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New Haven Arms Company Volcanic Lever Action Carbine

Lot # 3000 (Sale Order: 1 of 758)      

New Haven Arms Company Volcanic Lever Action Carbine

This Volcanic lever action carbine with a 16 1/2-inch barrel was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company. This carbine has the rarely encountered plain receiver. The carbine is fitted with a German silver front sight blade and a professionally made replacement rear sight (loose). The top barrel flat is roll-stamped: "NEW HAVEN CONN. PATENT FEB. 14.1854" in one line (faint). The distinctive brass receiver has circular cut-outs on either end of the ejection port, and the number "18" is stamped in large font on the underside near the cartridge elevator. The straight grain walnut stock has a crescent buttplate. The receiver and buttplate are natural brass. The matching serial number appears on the left side of the lower tang, one of the upper tang screws, the lower tang screw, buttstock under the buttplate tang, both buttplate screws and buttplate. The New Haven Arms Company manufactured an estimated 1,000 lever action carbines with 16, 21 and 25 inch barrels.

Class: Antique

Fine. The barrel has a gray appearance with traces of blue near the barrel extension and pits under the applied refurnished brown around the barrel address. The fine receiver and buttplate have an attractively aged appearance. Tight fitting receiver side plates. The wood is fine with a horizontal hairline crack visible in the wrist and numerous scattered minor dings and scratches. Mechanically fine. A highly desirable, historically significant New Haven Arms Co. rarely found in any condition waiting to fill a gap in your Winchester collection.

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Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Lot # 3001 (Sale Order: 2 of 758)      

Desirable Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufactured in 1870. The carbine has the distinctive brass receiver, round barrel, full length magazine, barrel band with integral front sight, two leaf rear sight, saddle ring and staple on the left side of the frame, and walnut stock with crescent brass buttplate with compartment. The bolt retains its original rimfire firing pin. The top of the barrel is stamped with the two-line Winchester address/King's improvement patent dates ahead of the rear sight. The lower tang has the serial numbers stamped behind the trigger. The '66 secured Winchester's place in the annals of the West and launched a long line of successful Winchester lever actions that remain popular to this day and still retain the basic form of the '66. It was one of the earliest and most widely used repeating rifles in the American West and saw use in conflicts over land, gold, and other resources on the frontier in the second half of the 19th century in the hands of settlers, Native Americans, outlaws, lawmen, and hunters.

Class: Antique

Very good plus. The barrel and magazine retain 30% plus original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. 40% of the bright original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. The fine brass receiver and buttplate have an attractive darkened age appearance. Tight fitting receiver sideplates. The wood is in very good condition showing authentic use and care with a couple buttstock repairs, a forearm crack on the underside ahead of the barrel band and dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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Box of Winchester 44 Flat Ammunition for Model 1866 Rifle

Lot # 3002 (Sale Order: 3 of 758)      

Desirable 50 Count Box of Winchester 44 Flat Ammunition, Label Marked for Model 1866 Rifle

Constructed from brown cardboard, with a black-on-green lid label and a black-on-green seal. The lid label bears a picture of the 44 Flat Rimfire cartridge, and is marked for 50 rounds, with the New Haven address below. The seal reads, ".44 FLAT R.F./WINCHESTER/MAKE." on three sides with the Winchester guarantee on the fourth. Though the factory seal is broken, the box contains a full compliment of "H" headstamped cartridges.

Class: Other

Good overall, with a few minor handling marks, a few spots of staining on the lid label and lid. Cartridges have a white oxidation on the bullets, and aged patina on the cartridges.

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1st Year Special Order Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 3003 (Sale Order: 4 of 758)      

Exceptionally Fine Documented Antique First Year Production Four Digit Serial Number Special Order Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufactured in 1892, the first year of production, with the standard two-line address and "32 W.C.F." on the top barrel flat. The upper tang is marked with the three-line model/trademark/patent date and the serial number is on the bottom of the receiver. It is fitted with dovetailed German silver blade front, elevation adjustable buckhorn rear, and tang mounted peep sights, as well as a special order half-magazine. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration as well as receipt at the warehouse on 28 July 1893 and shipment on 29 July 1893 in order number 21627.

Class: Antique

Exceptionally fine, retains 85% plus original blue finish, 70% of the original case colors, and 75% plus of the original nitre blue on the loading gate with the balance mostly a smooth grey patina, mostly on high spots/edges and the forend cap, and a light speckling of brown patina on the forward portion of the receiver. The wood is excellent with a few scattered minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Extra Lightweight Takedown Rifle

Lot # 3004 (Sale Order: 5 of 758)      

Documented Antique Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Extra Lightweight Takedown Lever Action .45-70 Short Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufactured in 1898 per factory research. The accompanying factory letter confirms the 22 inch round, nickel steel barrel in .45-70 caliber, plain trigger, oil finish, checkered pistol grip stock, Lyman sporting front and rear sights ("flat top sporting rear, P. lined"), 3/4 magazine, hard rubber shotgun buttplate and takedown configuration. The top of the barrel is stamped with the two-line address/patent dates marking ahead of the rear sight and marked "45-70" and "N.S." (nickel steel) at the breech. The lower tang has the two-line patent dates marking and serial number. The Winchester grip cap and buttplate are hard rubber. The forearm and pistol grip stock are highly figured deluxe walnut and feature "H" style checkering. The left side of the lower tang is stamped "77 SR." The assembly number "77" is repeated on the stock inlet. As George Madis said, "While [Model 1886 extra lightweight 45-70 rifles] were offered over a period of years, comparatively few were produced and it is a scarce gun" ("The Winchester Book," page 249).

Class: Antique

Extremely fine, retaining 90% original blue finish with the balance thinning to a brown and magazine wear on the underside of the barrel. 25% of original niter blue remains on the loading gate. 70% original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. The wood is excellent with some minor dings and scratches and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent. A nearly impossible to find pre-1899 Winchester Model 1886 lightweight deluxe rifle.

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Winchester Model 1894 Extra Lightweight Takedown Rifle

Lot # 3005 (Sale Order: 6 of 758)      

Documented Antique Special Order Winchester Model 1894 Extra Lightweight Lever Action Takedown Rifle with Factory Letter

The included factory letter lists the rifle in .30 caliber with a round barrel, plain trigger, takedown, half magazine, extra light, plain pistol grip stock (does not mention checkering), and shotgun butt with rubber buttplate when received at the warehouse on 28 September 1898 and shipped the same day. It also lists a repaired and returned date of 3 July 1900. The left side of the lower tang is marked "6077 RB CF" and the stock inlet is marked "6077". Fitted with raised Lyman beaded blade front, three-leaf rear, and tang mounted peep sights. Mounted with a checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with a hard rubber grip cap and hard rubber shotgun buttplate.

Class: Antique

Fine, retains 50% original blue finish and 40% of the original case colors with the balance a smooth grey patina. The refinished wood is very good with minor dings and scratches scattered throughout, a visible replaced/repaired section in the toe, and mostly well-defined post-factory checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 3006 (Sale Order: 7 of 758)      

Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Manufactured in 1885 as a Third Model with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrations at the rear. It has standard markings. The shortened barrel is fitted with a Lyman beaded blade front sight, folding ladder rear sight, and a shortened 3/4 length magazine. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. Two collection tags are attached to the lever.

Class: Antique

Fine as shortened, retains 40% original blue finish and traces of the original case colors with the balance a mottled grey brown patina. The wood is fine as refinished with some scattered minor dings and scratches. Mechanically fine.

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New Haven Arms Company Henry Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 3007 (Sale Order: 8 of 758)      

One of the Last Production New Haven Arms Company Henry Lever Action Rifle Serial Number 14248 with Round Top Receiver

According to Henry rifle expert and author Wiley Sword, "The highest serial number for a Henry rifle in the 'traditional' range is 12832, yet several examples of standard Henry rifles have been reported with high serial numbers, including into the 14000 range" (see page 72 of "The Historic Henry Rifle"). Offered here is one of the Henrys that fall into the 14000 range (no. 14248), making it one of the last Henry Rifles manufactured with a round top receiver. This example was manufactured in 1866. Serial numbers for the Henry Rifle overlap with those of the Model 1866 from 1865 to 1866. The barrel has an absent front sight, is fitted with a replacement notch rear sight and is stamped with the two-line Henry's patent date/New Haven address legend ahead of the rear sight and the serial number "14248" at the breech. The left barrel flat is stamped "37." As on the barrel, the matching serial number "14248" is stamped on the left side of the lower tang, stock inlet, and buttplate. The left side of the stock has a sling swivel, and the left side of the barrel has a screw fastened ring for a sling hook. The buttstock is fitted with later style brass buttplate with pointed upper extension. During the Civil War the Henry Rifle was the most advanced firearm available, mostly through private purchase, to soldiers who wanted to take advantage of the sustained firepower of a 15-shot magazine rifle. The firepower of the Henry Rifles continued to be valued on the frontier in the years that followed. The smooth rounded brass frame Henrys, like this example, were among the last manufactured post-Civil War. Most Henry rifles were "working guns;" the surviving examples typically exhibit wear associated with years of hard use.

Class: Antique

Very good. The barrel and magazine retain 70% old refinished dull blue finish with light spotting. The brass has a bright appearance with minor handling marks. The receiver side plates are tight fitting. The stock is good with an overcoat of varnish, a few hairline stress cracks in the wrist area, and minor-moderate dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. A true survivor of the last manufactured Henrys, the gun that started the "Winchester won the West" rifle legacy. A must have to complete your Winchester lever action collection.

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Winchester Centennial 1876 Single Action Revolver

Lot # 3008 (Sale Order: 9 of 758)      

Rarest of All Winchester Firearms The Winchester "Centennial 1876" Single Action Revolver

Offered here is one of the most advanced rarities in Winchester collecting, a Winchester-Wetmore-Wells single action revolver. In 1872, former Smith & Wesson employees William W. Wetmore and Charles S. Wells were hired by Winchester to develop a revolver. As the year 1872 came to a close, Wetmore and Wells had developed rudimentary single action revolver designs. Later their designs featured chambering for a new series of experimental cartridges developed by Wells and experimental ejector systems that included a swing out cylinder design by Stephen W. Wood. Winchester board of directors planned on making a big splash in the revolver market and planned on doing so at the Centennial Exhibition held in Philadelphia in 1876. To say that the directors were ambitious would be an understatement. The company was still enjoying the success and profits that came with the improved design of the Henry rifle, the Model 1866, and its iron frame successor the Model 1873 and were looking forward to the introduction the Model 1876 at the time of Centennial celebration. But the revolver market eluded the company. Colt emerged as the big winner in the revolver market, winning a series of highly competitive U.S. Army contracts and also a large share of the civilian market with its Single Action Army. Smith & Wesson also won a few U.S. contracts and had a large civilian following. In the early 1870s it was announced that the U.S. government as well as the Russian government were in the market for a new side arm. Smith & Wesson as well as Colt competed for these contracts but what many people do not realize is so did Winchester. Undaunted by its losses for government contracts, Winchester forged ahead with its plans to break into the revolver market. The company invested a great sum of resources and money to the Centennial Exhibition, and their Wetmore-Wells revolver samples were introduced to the public. (For more see, for example, Herbert Houze's "Winchester Repeating Arms Company" with a photo of a similar revolver on page 100. Note that other publications have referred to Centennial '76s as Winchester-Borchardt revolvers. An examination of the historical record has shown Borchardt's participation in the design of these revolvers was minimal.) Renowned firearms expert and author R.L Wilson has noted 9 known Winchester revolvers with most of them still held by the Winchester Museum in Cody, Wyoming. This example is without visible markings and features a cartridge ejector system developed by Wells. The ejector system is mounted on the right side of the frame. Ejecting a casing requires the operator to push down the ejector bar, thus setting in motion a sliding ejector that rode under the rims of a chambered cartridge in line with the loading port. It has a solid frame, six shot cylinder, blade front sight and frame sighting groove. All nickel finish with checkered walnut grips. A lanyard ring is mounted on the butt. According to a signed letter of analysis by Winchester expert and author Herbert Houze, "Approximately seven pistols were made in this series prior to the termination of the project in late July 1876….and [this revolver] is identical in nearly all respects to an unfinished model [at the Winchester Arms Museum]."

Class: Antique

Excellent. The revolver retains 97% original nickel finish showing some very scattered light flaking and some loss on the hammer. The grips are excellent with overall crisp checkering. Action needs work as cylinder is not in time and does not lock up when cycled. A once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a historic piece of Winchester history rarely found outside a museum!

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Smith & Wesson No.1 Type I Lever Action Repeating Pistol

Lot # 3009 (Sale Order: 10 of 758)      

Rare Early Smith & Wesson No.1 Type I Lever Action Repeating Pistol with Finger Spur

This early production Smith & Wesson No. 1 lever action repeating pistol was manufactured in Norwich, Connecticut c. 1854. This Type I pistol has a .31 caliber, four inch, part round/part octagon barrel with flat muzzle, wide muzzle collar and rounded T-bar spring. The barrel has a flattened brass front sight, integral six-shot magazine and small, steel, clam-shell follower. The receiver has the early and rare lever with finger spur, flat back ejection port and simple, fixed rear sight with two-piece, bag-shaped walnut or rosewood grips. The receiver was originally blued, the barrel/magazine browned and the hammer, lever and trigger color casehardened. The grips have a high polish piano finish. The receiver, backstrap and back of the hammer are decorated with the standard Smith & Wesson open scroll and leaf engraving. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped: "SMITH & WESSON/NORWICH. CT." in two lines. "PATENT/FEB. 14. 1854" is roll-stamped on the left angle flat, and "CAST-STEEL" is stamped on the right angle flat. The serial number "A56" is stamped on the left side of the butt beneath the grip. "56" is stamped on the toggle flat and the inside of both grips. The serial number "A56" indicates this was the 156th No. 1 pistol manufactured by Smith & Wesson. Total production of No.1 pistols by Smith & Wesson was approximately 700 pistols from 1854-55. Early Smith & Wesson No. 1 Type I pistols with finger spur levers are rare.

Class: Antique

Good. This Smith & Wesson No. 1 pistol is all original and retains 20% of the brown and casehardened finish in protected areas. The brown finish on the barrel has aged to a smooth gray-brown patina. The barrel edges are sharp, and the Smith & Wesson markings are crisp. The delicate blue on the receiver has worn to mottled silver gray. Metal surfaces are smooth with scattered spots of age discoloration. The well-executed factory scroll engraving is crisp and deep. The hammer retains about 40% of the mottled case colors. Traces of the color casehardened finish are present on protected areas of the lever. The bag-shaped rosewood or walnut grips are in good overall condition and retain 40% of the original piano finish with scattered handling marks. This is a good example of a rare, early production Smith & Wesson No. 1 Type I lever action repeating pistol with finger spur.

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Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Co. Volcanic No. 1 Pocket Pistol

Lot # 3010 (Sale Order: 11 of 758)      

Documented Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Company Volcanic No. 1 Pocket Lever Action Repeating Pistol as Featured in the Book "Volcanic Firearms"

This No. 1 Lever Action Pocket pistol with extra cost silver-plated frame, special factory engraving and factory antique ivory grips was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company c. 1857. This pistol is illustrated and described on page 75 of "Volcanic Firearms" by Edmund Lewis and Stephen Rutter. The pistol has a four-inch, non-ribbed barrel with integral six-shot magazine. The barrel has a crowned muzzle, rounded T-bar spring, pinch-top front sight blade and clam-shell shaped brass magazine follower. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the New Haven Arms Company legend: "NEW HAVEN CONN. PATENT FEB. 14.1854." in a single line. The brass frame has semi-circular cut-outs at the front and rear of the ejection port and simple, dove-tail mounted rear sight. The sides, top of the frame, side-plates and backstrap are decorated with factory open scroll and floral engraving with slightly more detailed borders and a blank rib and on the left sideplate. The frame is silver-plated, and the bolt, rear sight and cartridge elevator have a fire blue finish. The left side of the butt is stamped with the serial number "295" beneath the grip. The hammer has a hand knurled spur. The lever, trigger and hammer are color casehardened. The special order two-piece grips are stamped with the pistol serial number "295" on the inside of both grips.

Class: Antique

Very good. The barrel has an old artificially applied gray-brown patina over light pitting with traces of bright blue finish in protected areas. The barrel edges are sharp, and the New Haven Arms Company legend is crisp. There is some very light pitting on the right barrel flat and right side of the magazine collar. The brass frame retains 30% of the delicate silver-plated finish. The frame shows minimal handling marks and has tight side-plate joints. The well executed factory engraving is crisp and deep. Traces of fire blue finish are visible on the cartridge elevator, bolt and rear sight. The hammer, trigger and lever retain traces of the muted case colors. The grips are in fine overall condition with a good looking patina and some hair-line age cracks on the butt. This is a good-looking, documented example of a New Haven Arms Company No. 1 Pocket Pistol with extra cost silver-plated finish, special factory engraving and rarely encountered factory grips.

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Early Production Winchester Model 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine

Lot # 3011 (Sale Order: 12 of 758)      

Fine Antique Early Production Winchester Model 1894 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine with Factory Letter

Manufactured in 1895, the second year of production, with standard two-line address, "32-40" at the breech, three line model/trademark/patent date marking on the upper tang, and serial number on the bottom of the receiver. Fitted with pinned blade front and folding ladder rear sights, saddle ring on the left of the receiver, and added sling swivels on the barrel band and carbine stock. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration as well as receipt at the warehouse on 28 August 1895 and shipment on 20 November 1895.

Class: Antique

Fine, retains 60% original blue finish and faint traces of the original case colors with the balance a smooth grey patina. The wood is also fine with some minor dings and scratches scattered throughout. Mechanically excellent.

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Nimschke Engraved Bust of Columbia Winchester Model 1866 Rifle

Lot # 3012 (Sale Order: 13 of 758)      

Iconic, Well-Documented L.D. Nimschke Exhibition "Bank Note" Engraved Bust of Columbia Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle Masterpiece

This Model 1866 rifle, arguably the most recognizable and well published of L.D. Nimschkes Winchesters, has been documented in R.L. Wilsons Winchester Engraving on page 56 and the Texas Antique Arms Annual on page 56. Wilson proclaimed that this rifle along with Model 1866 carbine no. 66601 are two of the finest examples of L.D. Nimschke engraving. This Winchester displays masterful scrollwork and highly detailed figural vignettes. For this Model 1866, the exhibition quality engraving on the gold plated receiver consists of mostly profuse floral scrollwork on a punch dot background. Amongst the scrolls on the right side plate is a blank inscription panel. The left side plate features the most spectacular bust of Columbia, the female personification of the United States, which Nimschke copied from the Civil War era 15 cent fractional currency note. A similar pattern of engraving showing the exact engraved bust appears as a "smoke" or "ink" pull found in Wilson's "L.D. Nimschke Firearms Engraver" on page 58. This pull is dated December 1869 in Nimschkes own hand. The serial number on this rifle dates to 1869. Another smoke pull of Columbia appears on page 60. The bust of Columbia alone stands as a testament to Nimschkes undisputed title of Americas foremost 19th century master engraver and why so many past and present engravers have chosen to emulate his style. Additional scrollwork appears on the forend cap, cartridge elevator and buttplate tang. Like the receiver, the forend cap and buttplate are plated in gold. The barrel is fitted with dovetail blade and notch sights and is stamped with the two-line Winchester address/Kings improvement patent dates marking ahead of the rear sight. Sling swivels are mounted on the underside of the forend cap and buttstock. The forearm and stock are nicely figured walnut. The trapdoor buttplate contains a four piece cleaning rod.

Class: Antique

Very fine. The barrel and magazine retain 75% original blue finish, mixing and thinning to with an untouched blue-brown patina. 30% of the bright original gold plating remain in the protected areas, otherwise the brass has a highly attractive honey appearance. The masterful engraving is crisp. Traces of original niter blue remains on the loading gate. Generous amounts of original case colors remain on the hammer. The wood is also very fine with minor dings and scratches and retaining most of the original varnish. Mechanically excellent. As one of the best known Nimschke Winchesters, this Model 1866 is a must have for the serious Winchester or firearms art collector. It will certainly make a grand statement to any private or public collection no matter how advanced. An outstanding piece of 19th century American patriotic art by the master himself, L.D. Nimschke.

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Factory Engraved Winchester Deluxe Model 1885 Rifle

Lot # 3013 (Sale Order: 14 of 758)      

Rare Documented Factory Engraved Winchester Deluxe Model 1885 High Wall Target Rifle with Factory Letter

The accompanying factory letter confirms the 30 inch, no. 3 half octagon barrel in .32-40 caliber, "Schuetzen set trigger," checkered pistol grip stock with F style carving, mid-range and wind gauge sights, Swiss buttplate, no. 8 engraving at an additional cost of $6.00 and spur lever. This rarely encountered factory engraved Model 1885 was received in the warehouse on September 22, 1904 and shipped on the same day. The top barrel flat is marked with the two-line address ahead of the rear sight filler block and "32-40" followed by a Winchester factory oval proof at the breech. The wind gauge front sight has a spirit level. The mid-range tang sight is graduated from 0-75. The High Wall receiver has double set Schuetzen triggers with one-piece spur lever. The receiver is engraved with the no. 8 factory pattern depicting two squirrels on a tree branch on the left side and three rabbits in an open clearing on the right side. The lower tang has the patent date marking and the serial number. The checkered deluxe walnut forearm and pistol grip stock feature the seldom encountered F carving. The pistol grip has a hard rubber Winchester cap. The buttstock is fitted with a nickel plated Swiss buttplate. The left side of the lower tang is marked with the assembly number "293." The stock under the buttplate is marked "6191" in pencil.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Very fine. The barrel retains 98% plus of the refinished, most likely factory blue finish which has taken on a plum appearance. Nearly all of the aforementioned blue remains on the receiver. The engraving is crisp. Nearly 97% of the case colors remain on the lever, breechblock and hammer. The wood is also very fine with minor dings and scratches and crisp checkering overall. 97% of the nickel plating remains on the buttplate. Mechanically excellent. A rarely encountered factory engraved Winchester deluxe Model 1885 High Wall rifle.

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Winchester Model 1866 Saddle Ring Carbine

Lot # 3014 (Sale Order: 15 of 758)      

Exceptional Winchester Model 1866 Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufactured in 1870. This carbine has the distinctive brass receiver with moderate curve ahead of the hammer and exposed serial followed by "CE" numbers on the lower tang between the trigger and mainspring adjusting screws which are characteristics of Third Model 1866 carbines and rifles. The carbine has a 20-inch round barrel and full-length magazine. The magazine has the early threaded cap. The front sight blade is an integral part of the upper barrel band. The two-leaf rear sight is the Second Style with high base. The indented loading port cover is secured by a single screw. A staple mounted saddle ring is located on the left side of the receiver. The hammer has border-less, hand-cut knurling on the spur. The crescent brass buttplate has a hinged trapdoor, and the butt trap contains a four piece jointed steel cleaning rod with brass tip. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEWHAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED -MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER. 16 1860" in two lines ahead of the rear sight. The lower receiver tang is stamped with the serial number behind the trigger. The barrel, magazine and barrel bands are blued, the hammer, trigger and lever are casehardened, and the loading gate has a fire blue finish. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut.

Class: Antique

Exceptionally fine. This exceptional Model 1866 carbine is all original and retains 60% of the original blue finish on the barrel and magazine. The Winchester legend is sharp. The upper barrel band has 50% plus of the blue finish while the lower band has a gray-brown patina. Significant amounts of blue are present on protected areas of the rear sight. The loading gate retains 50% of the original nitre blue finish. The brass receiver and crescent buttplate are both excellent with a beautiful untouched patina. The side plate joints are perfect. The bolt retains half of the original blue finish. The case colors on the hammer, trigger and lever have aged to a mottled gray brown patina. The stock and forearm both remain very fine with most of the original varnish. Wear is limited to a few scattered and relatively minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. This is an outstanding original example of an iconic original Winchester Model 1866 Saddle Ring Carbine.

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Factory Engraved Marlin Deluxe Model 1893 Takedown Rifle

Lot # 3015 (Sale Order: 16 of 758)      

Phenomenal and Fresh Panel Scene Engraved, Gold and Platinum Inlaid Antique Marlin Deluxe Model 1893 Lever Action Takedown Rifle

Offered here is a wonderful Marlin factory engraved and inlaid Model 1893 rifle manufactured in 1895. From 1881 to 1910 renowned master engraver Conrad F. Ulrich, Jr. did most of the engraving for Marlin. The quality of the embellishment certainly reaches Ulrich's standards. He was after all the person who established Marlin's patterns. It is a fine engraving with the added elegance of gold and platinum inlaid line borders. The receiver is decorated with floral scrollwork on a stippled background along with various stylistic bordering. The top of the receiver has the standard "MARLIN SAFETY" flanked by light scrollwork. The right side of the receiver features a leaf outlined in gold and platinum. The floral scrollwork and inlaid leaf flourish is carried over to the bolt. The centerpiece to this embellishment is the highly detailed oval panel game scene outlined in a gold and platinum border terminating in scrolls. The finely cut scene depicts a hunter firing his trusty Marlin rifle at a running stag. So detailed is the engraving that even smoke bellows out of the rifle muzzle. Simple scrollwork and inlaid flourishes extend to the takedown collar and lever. Additional engraved scrollwork appears at the rear of the barrel. A band that borders around the caliber marking decorates the breech of the barrel. The buttplate tang, forend cap and hammer are engraved and inlaid to match. The rifle is equipped with a dovetail Marble No. 2 beaded blade front sight, a folding two leaf rear sight and a tang folding peep sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line New Haven address and patent marking ending with the August 1893 date. The nicely figured deluxe walnut forearm and pistol grip stock feature Marlin's multi-point no. G cut checkering. Within the checkering is a unbroken band. The buttstock is featured with a crescent buttplate.

Class: Antique

Very fine. The barrel and magazine retain 80% original blue finish with the balance thinning to a brown. Patterns of original case colors remain on the forend cap and buttplate. The receiver, hammer and lever retain 70% original case colors with the most striking colors in and around the sheltered areas. The engraving is crisp. Half of the original blue remains on the loading gate. The wood is also very fine with minor dings and scratches and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent. A true work of Marlin artistry towards the turn of the century that will be a welcomed addition to any Marlin, lever action or firearms art collection.

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Antique Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Rifle

Lot # 3016 (Sale Order: 17 of 758)      

Documented Antique Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle Formerly of the John M. Olin Collection with Factory Letter

Manufactured in 1893 as a Third Model with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrations at the rear. The included factory letter lists the rifle in .38 caliber with an octagon barrel, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, hard rubber shotgun buttplate, and casehardened when originally received at the warehouse on 6 April 1893 and shipped on 7 December 1893. The letter also lists a return date of 30 January 1908 for work not listed, as well as 31 October 1912 when it states that the rifle was changed to a "rifle, .44 caliber, octagon barrel, plain trigger, checkered stock, pistol grip" before being reshipped on 9 November 1912. It has standard markings including Winchester factory oval proofs on the barrel and receiver at the breech which were added during the factory refurbishment. The left side of the lower tang is marked with the scored out original assembly number of "1231 XXX RB" as well as the new assembly number of "774 X", with "774" repeated on the stock inlet, butt of the stock, and inside the buttplate. The factory replaced barrel is fitted with dovetailed blade front (added bead) and elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sights. Mounted with finely figured "H" pattern checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with a trapdoor crescent buttplate (cleaning rod not included). Also included is an Olin factory order listing the rifle by serial number along with other guns from when they were originally given to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and a 1991 dated letter from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center stating the rifle was part of the John M. Olin estate before being given to the museum to either keep in their collections or sell to raise funds for continued operation, with this rifle being one of those sold in 1990.

Class: Antique

Very fine as factory refurbished/rebarreled, retaining 98% of the high polish factory refinished blue with some scattered light handling marks. The wood is also very fine with a few scattered light dings and scratches, crisp checkering, and retains almost all the varnish. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester Model 1866 Saddle Ring Carbine

Lot # 3017 (Sale Order: 18 of 758)      

Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine Formerly of the Winchester Gun Museum with Documentation

Manufactured in 1869, this Winchester Model 1866 carbine has the serial number stamped in block numerals behind the trigger. The two-line Winchester address/King's patent marking is faintly visible on the top of the barrel. The left side of the lower tang is marked "XXX", and the stock inlet and inside the buttplate are both marked "6041". The barrel is fitted with a blade front sight that is integral to the barrel band and a two-leaf rear sight. It is mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a trapdoor crescent buttplate (cleaning rod not included). An included letter from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center states that prior to their acquiring the carbine it was part of the Edwin Pugsley collection which was owned by Olin Corporation's Winchester Gun Museum. Pugsley was a long time superintendent of Winchester Repeating Arms Co. and an avid gun collector. Also included is a copy of Pugsley's collection card for this gun which states that no factory records are available for it, that it was refinished by Winchester Repeating Arms Co. in 1943, and that it was presented by T.G. Bennett in 1943.

Class: Antique

Very fine, retains 98% of the factory refinished blue and an attractive antique patina on the brass with some scattered very light edge wear, softened barrel address, and minimal handling marks. The wood is also very fine with some scattered minor dings and scratches and retains most of the factory refinished varnish. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester Model 61 Slide Action Rifle in .22 Short Only

Lot # 3018 (Sale Order: 19 of 758)      

Winchester Model 61 Slide Action Rifle in .22 Short Only with Octagon Barrel

Manufactured in 1946. Beaded blade front and elevation adjustable rear notch sights, first style barrel inscription, Winchester "WP" proofs on the barrel and receiver at the breech, matching numbers on the receiver and trigger guard assembly, smooth trigger, serrated hammer catch, and correct non-drilled upper tang. 17 groove forearm and smooth pistol grip stock with checkered blue steel buttplate.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Excellent with 90% original blue finish, some scattered light spotting, slide retraction wear on right side of barrel, sharp markings and proofs, and some small dings. The wood is very fine with some small dings and bruises and light edge wear on the buttplate. Mechanically excellent.

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Pre-World War II Winchester Model 61 Slide Action Rifle

Lot # 3019 (Sale Order: 20 of 758)      

Pre-World War II Winchester Model 61 Slide Action Rifle with Extra Length Barrel

Manufactured in 1933 and subsequently upgraded to current configuration. The rifle is in .22 Long Rifle configuration with an extra length custom made octagon barrel. Lyman 3W beaded blade front and Winchester Model 32B elevation adjustable rear sights, first style barrel inscription, early style magazine tube with collar, Winchester "WP" proofs on the barrel and receiver at the breech, round top receiver, correct checkered hammer lock, and factory drilled and tapped upper tang with filler screws in place. Round 11 groove slide handle and smooth pistol grip stock with checkered blue steel buttplate.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Very fine with 95% factory quality refinished blue remaining, slide retraction marks on the barrel, sharp re-rolled markings and proofs, small scratches on the magazine tube, slight plum coloration on the magazine, and dark patina on the bright muzzle. The wood is very fine with scattered small dings and some light edge wear on the buttplate. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester Model 62A Semi-Deluxe Style Gallery Rifle

Lot # 3020 (Sale Order: 21 of 758)      

Attractive Winchester Model 62A Semi-Deluxe Style Slide Action Gallery Style Rifle with Box

Manufactured in 1958 and subsequently upgraded to semi-deluxe configuration. Beaded blade front and elevation adjustable rear notch sights, standard markings on the barrel, Winchester "WP" proofs on the barrel and receiver at the breech, triangular "gallery" style loading port, red paint filled "WINCHESTER/TRADE MARK" roll mark on the left side of the receiver highlighted with red paint fill, and serrated trigger and hammer. With nicely figured, smooth walnut straight grip stock and matching smooth forearm with checkered Winchester composite buttplate. Includes reproduction box with matching numbered end label marked "SPECIAL/SELECT WOOD", "IMPORTED WALNUT", and "Semi-Deluxe", and reproduction hang tag with the same "SPECIAL", "SELECT WOOD", "IMPORTED WALNUT", and "Semi-Deluxe" stamps.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Near mint as custom upgraded to semi-deluxe configuration with 99% high quality blue finish remaining, light cycling marks, and small storage marks. The wood has an attractive burl grain and figure with just a few insignificant marks. Mechanically excellent. Box is very good with some corner and edge wear.

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Winchester Model 63 Semi-Automatic Rifle with Box

Lot # 3021 (Sale Order: 22 of 758)      

Exceptional Winchester Model 63 Semi-Automatic Rifle with Original Box

Barrel is stamped with the standard legend and is fitted with dovetailed post front and elevation adjustable rear sights. Mounted on a smooth pistol grip stock and forearm. Includes original box. Also included is a May 24th, 1956 dated U.S. naval air station registration of privately owned weapon issued to LTJG K.R. Schuette for this Winchester rifle serial number 156959.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Near new in box, retaining 99% plus original blue finish with limited minor handling marks. Box is very fine with a couple of tears and a name written on the end label.

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Winchester Model 92 Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 3022 (Sale Order: 23 of 758)      

Winchester Model 92 Lever Action Rifle

Manufactured circa 1920. Barrel features standard two line address, ".38 W.C.F." at the breech on the left side of the barrel, and Winchester proof on top at the breech. The standard three line model designation on the upper tang. Dovetailed front sight and adjustable sporting rear sight. Ill-fitting buttplate on likely a replacement straight grip stock.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Very fine, retaining 85% original blue finish on the metal surfaces with thinning on the remainder. The wood is fine with scattered scratches and dings, a hairline crack visible at the wrist coming off the lower tang, and a chip at the buttplate on the right side of the stock.

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Winchester Model 1886 Extra Lightweight Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 3023 (Sale Order: 24 of 758)      

Winchester Model 1886 Extra Lightweight Lever Action Rifle

Manufactured in 1901. Lyman hunting front sight with sporting folding ladder rear sight. The top of the barrel is marked "MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PAT. OCT. 14. 1884. JAN. 20. 1885", caliber marking at the breech. The lower tang is marked "PAT. OCT. 14, 1884 / JAN. 20, 1885". The top of the tang is fixed with a Lyman adjustable rear sight. 3/4 length tubular magazine, casehardened lever and hammer, smooth forearm with iron forend tip, and straight grip stock with a checkered hard rubber shotgun style buttplate marked " WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO" in a circle.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Very good with 40% plus of the thinning original blue finish remains on the barrel with minor spotting and a few handling marks. The receiver retains traces of original blue finish mostly in sheltered areas the balance is now a mottled dark gray patina exhibiting only minor surface scratches. The hammer and lever show faint but distinct traces of original case colors. The wood is good as revarnished with scattered pressure marks and scratches. The left forearm has the name "SAM" hand etched on the side. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester Model 1894 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Lot # 3024 (Sale Order: 25 of 758)      

Winchester Model 1894 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine in Desirable 38-55 WCF

Manufactured in 1913 with the standard barrel markings, Winchester oval proof on the top of receiver and barrel at the breech, three-line maker, model and trademark marking on the upper tang and the serial number on the underside of the receiver. Pinned front blade sight and folding ladder rear sight. Full magazine and saddle ring mounted on the left side of the receiver. Smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a steel carbine buttplate.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Fine with 60% original blue finish remaining with all of the finish loss concentrated on the receiver which is mostly a smooth brown patina. The lever shows some muted original case colors with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The wood is very good with some scattered minor dents and scratches. The markings are clear. Mechanically excellent.

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