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Premiere Firearms Auction - Day 2
Premiere Firearms Auction - Day 2

Premiere Firearms Auction - Day 2

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Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Extra Lightweight Takedown Rifle

Lot # 1000 (Sale Order: 1 of 956)      

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

Manufactured in 1907. The accompanying Buffalo Bill Historical Center letter lists this rifle in extra lightweight, takedown configuration with a 22 inch barrel in .45-70 caliber (smokeless), plain trigger, 4 cartridge magazine, checkered pistol grip stock and shotgun buttplate when received in the warehouse on June 21, 1907 and shipped on July 30. The barrel is stamped with the two-line address/patent dates marking ahead of the rear sight, "45-70" at the breech and "NICKEL STEEL" on the left side and is fitted with a dovetail beaded blade Lyman front sight and an elevation adjustable rear sight. A Winchester factory oval proof is stamped on the barrel and receiver at the breech. The upper tang has the model/trade mark information, and the lower tang has the serial number and patent dates marking. The varnished checkered forearm and pistol grip stock are highly figured "XX" walnut. The buttstock has a hard rubber grip cap and shotgun buttplate. The left side of the stock is marked "371XX." The assembly number "371" is repeated on the stock inlet.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Very fine, retaining 80% plus original blue finish with the balance thinning to a gray patina. 50% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. 60% original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. The wood is also very fine with minor handling/storage evidence, a few blemishes in the overall crisp checkering and retaining most of the original finish. Mechanically excellent. This highly attractive deluxe Model 1886 extra lightweight takedown rifle will make a worthy addition to any Winchester collection.

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Special Order Winchester Semi-Deluxe Model 1894 Rifle

Lot # 1001 (Sale Order: 2 of 956)      

Excellent Documented Special Order Winchester Semi-Deluxe Model 1894 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

The accompanying factory letter lists this rifle with a round barrel in .32-40 caliber, plain trigger, checkered plain pistol grip stock and half magazine when received in the warehouse on November 3, 1904 and shipped the next day. The rifle is fitted with a combination Beach front sight, elevation adjustable rear sight, and a tang peep sight. The top of the barrel is stamped with the two-line address/patent dates marking ahead of the rear sight and "32-40" at the breech. The hammer, lever and buttplate are casehardened, the loading gate is nitre blue, and the remaining surfaces are blued. The straight grain walnut forearms and pistol grip stock have factory "I" checkering, a seldom encountered style of checkering. The buttstock has a hard rubber Winchester grip cap and a solid crescent buttplate. The assembly number "20005" is marked on the left side of the lower tang and the butt of the stock.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Excellent, retaining 90% plus original blue finish with thinning on the balance. 70% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. 75% original case colors remain on the hammer and lever, and patterns of original case colors remain on the buttplate. The wood is also excellent with scattered light scratches. Mechanically excellent. A worthy addition to any Winchester collection.

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Citizens' Guard of Hawaii Winchester 1876 Musket with Bayonet

Lot # 1002 (Sale Order: 3 of 956)      

Rare, Documented Citizens' Guard of Hawaii Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Musket with Saber Bayonet and Factory Letter

Manufactured in 1882 as a third model with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated edges. The accompanying factory letter lists this Model 1876 as a musket when received in the warehouse on November 2, 1882, and was part of a shipment of with 298 muskets and 81 carbines that left the factory on November 22. According to records kept at the Hawaii State Archives, this musket is listed by serial number as a Winchester in .45-75 caliber issued to S.W. Paty, a 40 year old "head carpenter" commissioned as a quarter master serving with Division 3, Pahala Co. of the Citizens' Guard of Hawaii. A copy of this document is included. In an accompanying letter researcher John Bell speculates that due to Paty's "head carpenter" occupation "he no doubt worked for the sugar plantation in Pahala where he lived." The Citizens' Guard of Hawaii was a militia used against royalists forces who opposed the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The 1895 counter-revolution in Hawaii was the last major military operation conducted by Kingdom of Hawaii loyalists. Around 500 Citizen Guards participated in the brief conflict that occurred from January 6 to January 9, 1895, and consisted of three major battles. Three years later Hawaii was annexed to the United States. The Guard was outfitted with Winchester Model 1876 and 1886 rifles, and records of many of these arms are kept at the Hawaii State Archives. The musket features a bayonet lug on the right side of the forend cap, folding ladder rear sight graduated to 800 yards, the number "55" stamped on the right side of the buttstock, sling swivels, cleaning rod fitted to the left side of the full length forearm, and crescent buttplate. Comes with a saber bayonet and brass trimmed leather scabbard. Consignor states it was purchased from John Hawk.

Class: Antique

Very good. Traces of faded original blue finish remain in the protected areas, otherwise a mixture of mottled brown and gray patinas. There are a few patches of minor pitting .The wood is also very good with some chipping and a long stabilized crack at the upper tang, and minor-moderate dings and scratches. The bayonet is very good with pitting on the cleaned blade, and the scabbard is good with age cracking and flaking. Mechanically excellent. An identified Citizens' Guard of Hawaii soldier issued Model 1876 musket missing from even the most advanced Winchester collections.

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Hawaii Guard Winchester Model 1886 Carbine with HMP Marking

Lot # 1003 (Sale Order: 4 of 956)      

Very Scarce, Documented Citizens' Guard of Hawaii Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action .45-70 Carbine with Hawaii Mounted Police Marking

Manufactured in 1898. According to records kept at the Hawaii State Archives, this carbine is listed by serial number as a Model 1886 issued to the Citizens' Guard of Hawaii. A copy of this document is included. The Guard was a militia used against royalists forces who opposed the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The 1895 counter-revolution in Hawaii was the last major military operation conducted by Kingdom of Hawaii loyalists. Around 500 Citizen Guards participated in the brief conflict that occurred from January 6 to January 9, 1895, and consisted of three major battles. Three years later Hawaii was annexed to the United States. The Guard was outfitted with Winchester Model 1876 and 1886 rifles, and records of many of these arms are kept at the Hawaii State Archives. For further reading see for example George Madis' book "The Winchester Book" (page 626). Both sides of the buttstock are stamped "HMP" along with the number "14". Based on included research complied by noted Winchester collector Lewis Yearout, "HMP" stands for Hawaii Mounted Police, a "sub-group" of the Guard, and "14" is the rack number. As retold in an accompanying letter, this carbine was found with 19 other Model 1886 carbines all having the "HMP" marking. Yearout purchased the carbine from Alan Parker of Parker Guns in Hilo, Hawaii. The carbine features a pinned beaded front sight, folding ladder rear sight graduated to 900 yards, two-line barrel address legend, "45-70" stamped on the barrel at the breech, saddle ring mounted on the left side of the receiver, "-MODEL 1896-" stamped on the upper tang, two-line patent dates marking along with the serial number on the lower tang and carbine stock.

Class: Antique

Very good. The carbine has a mottled dark brown patina. The wood is good with refinish visible on right side of buttstock, some surface chipping and minor dings and scratches. The stock markings are clear. Mechanically excellent. Truly a rare Winchester Model 1886 carbine documented to the Citizens' Guard of Hawaii with even rarer Hawaii Mounted Police stock marking.

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U.S. Contract New Haven Arms Co. Henry Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 1004 (Sale Order: 5 of 956)      

Documented Martially Inspected, U.S. Civil War Contract New Haven Arms Co., Henry Lever Action Rifle

This Henry lever action rifle was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company circa November 1863 and sold to the Ordnance Department as part of a contract for 800 rifles on December 30, 1863. These rifles were issued to the 1st District of Columbia Cavalry Regiment. Although the Ordnance Department purchased approximately 1,730 Henry rifles from the New Haven Arms Company between April 1863 and May 1865, only the 800 rifles purchased under the December 30, 1863, contract have Ordnance inspection marks. The 1st D.C. Cavalry was originally raised for police and provost duty in the District of Columbia and reported directly to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The regiment was subsequently assigned to suppress Confederate partisan rangers led by Col. John S. Mosby operating in Northern Virginia. In the spring of 1864, the 1st D.C. Cavalry was assigned to Kautz's Cavalry Brigade and saw action at Petersburg, Virginia. The regiment lost significant numbers of Henry rifles in combat around Petersburg. When Confederate President Jefferson Davis fled Richmond in April 1865, his bodyguard was partially armed with Henry rifles; possibly captured from the 1st D.C. Cavalry. This rifle has the distinctive Ordnance inspection marks found only on the 800 Henry rifles purchased by the Ordnance Department on December 30, 1863. These markings consist of the initials of Ordnance Sub-Inspector Charles G. Chapman (C.G.C.) stamped in block letters on the right side of the barrel at the junction with the receiver and the script initials "C.G.C." in an oblong cartouche stamped vertically on the right side of the stock wrist. A "C" sub-inspection mark is stamped on the right barrel flat between the "C.G.C." mark and the receiver. "H" and "C" sub-inspection marks are stamped on the right side of the receiver near the barrel, and a "C" is stamped on the right side of the buttplate heel. The rifle has the distinctive 24-inch octagon barrel with integral 15-shot magazine. The barrel has a flat back, nickel silver front sight and folding leaf rear sight. The rear sight has a 900 yard center notch and elevator bar with rounded ends. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the small first style legend "HENRY'S PATENT OCT. 16. 1860/MANUFACT'D BY THE NEWHAVEN ARMS. CO. NEWHAVEN. CT." that uses all serif letters except for the second "NEWHAVEN" which is stamped in block letters. The barrel has the second style, large diameter, brass follower, and the receiver has the second style, beveled follower cut. The second pattern brass receiver lacks the rear sight dovetail that was eliminated around serial number 3000. The first style buttplate has a rounded heel and hinged trap door. The rifle, correctly, lacks the sling swivel on the left side of the stock and the loop for a sling hook on the left side of the barrel. At the time the government contract was executed the sling swivel and loop were special order items and are not found on most U.S. contract Henry rifles. The barrel and integral magazine were blued, the hammer, trigger and lever are color casehardened, the receiver and buttplate have the natural brass finish and the straight grain, American walnut stock is oil finished. The serial number is located: on the top barrel flat between the rear sight and the receiver, on the lower left side of the receiver tang beneath the stock, in the stock upper tang inlet, on the inside of the buttplate below the lower screw hole and on the shanks of both hand-fitted buttplate screws. All of the visible serial numbers match. The tang screws, correctly, are not stamped with the rifle serial number. This rifle is pictured and identified in John Hamilton’s article “The Dilemma of the Martially Marked Henry Rifle” published in the included November 1986 issue of "The Gun Report". Also comes with Hamilton’s rough drafts of the article, collection of letters from fellow collectors recording the details of their Henrys, mostly written to Hamilton after the article was published and providing a wealth of desirable collector information, and letters from "The Gun Report" regarding publication of the article.

Class: Antique

Very good. This rifle has all of the original components including the rear sight. The barrel/magazine has a smooth, silver-gray patina with sharp edges and crisp legend, serial numbers and inspection marks. The brass receiver and buttplate are in very fine condition with an attractive, un-touched patina. The receiver joints are perfect. The inspection marks on the right side of the receiver are sharp. Wear on the receiver and buttplate is limited to a few insignificant scratches and handling marks. The hammer retains traces of the original muted case colors. The case colors on the trigger and hammer have aged to a brown p
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Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Rifle with 36" Barrel

Lot # 1005 (Sale Order: 6 of 956)      

Exceedingly Scarce Documented Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with 36 Inch Extra Length Barrel and Factory Letter

Manufactured in 1892 as a Third Model with dust cover rail integral to the receiver and dust cover with serrations at the rear and ordered with all manner of desirable special order features. These start with the extra length, 36 inch barrel and casehardened receiver but also include Lyman sights, a set trigger, and a very finely figured and multi-point checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with ebony grip insert. The buttstock was not removed due to the screw being marred. The Lyman sights are a blade front and tang mounted peep, and it has an elevation adjustable notch rear sight. It has the standard two-line address/patent and caliber markings on the barrel, model designation on the upper tang, serial number on the lower, and caliber on the bottom of the cartridge elevator. Model 1873 rifles with extra length barrels are fairly rare on their own, but the addition of all these special features makes a rifle such as this truly scarce. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration, including all of the special order features previously listed, as well as receipt at the warehouse on 26 October 1892 and shipment on 27 October 1892 in order number 8487. Also included is a copy of the page of the Winchester ledger that features this rifle, where it is again listed with the 36 inch barrel, set trigger, checkered stock, and Lyman sights.

Class: Antique

Very good, retains 25% of the original blue finish on the barrel and magazine with the balance mostly an attractive antique plum-brown patina. The receiver shows some strong flashes of the original fiery case colors with the balance mostly a silver-grey patina. The wood is also very good showing beautiful figure, minor dings and scratches scattered throughout, and moderately worn but well-defined checkering. Magazine follower absent. Mechanically fine. A truly scarce rifle that would instantly become the centerpiece of all but the most advance Winchester lever action collections.

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Winchester Second Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 1006 (Sale Order: 7 of 956)      

Fine Winchester Second Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

This second Model was manufactured in 1880 with the dust cover rail secured to the receiver with two screws and dust cover with the oval thumb print. The top barrel flat is marked "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN.CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860." ahead of the rear sight, the upper tang is marked "MODEL. 1876." and the serial number is on the lower tang. It's equipped with a special order Lyman folding combination front sight and a folding leaf sporting rear sight graduated to "10". The rifle is finished blue with a casehardened forend cap, hammer, lever and buttplate. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate and sling swivel. There is also a sling swivel factory mounted on the forend cap.

Class: Antique

Fine. The barrel and magazine retain 50% plus of the original blue finish with high point and handling wear and some spots where the finish has flaked. The receiver and dust cover retain 60% of the original blue finish with wear on contact points and the side plate edges and scattered patches of light pitting. The hammer, lever and buttplate retain large amounts of the original case colors with scattered patches of discoloration. The wood has been lightly sanded and reoiled and are good overall with a few minor handling marks. This is a good original example of a scarce and very desirable Winchester Second Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle.

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Inscribed Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 1007 (Sale Order: 8 of 956)      

Inscribed Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Manufactured in 1874 as a third model with the serial number stamped in block numerals behind the trigger. The barrel is fitted with replacement fixed sights and is stamped with the two-line Winchester legend. The left side plate is inscribed "I. Cordeaux." At the time of cataloging the identity of I. Cordeaux remains unknown. Sling swivels are mounted on the underside of the forend cap and buttstock. The straight grip stock is fitted with a brass trapdoor buttplate. Comes with a four-piece cleaning rod.

Class: Antique

Very good plus. 25% original blue finish remains on the barrel and magazine tube. The untouched, crisp brass has darkened with age. The wood is very good with minor dings and scratches throughout. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester First Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle, Factory Letter

Lot # 1008 (Sale Order: 9 of 956)      

Documented Special Order Winchester First Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

This is a desirable first model variation of the Model 1873 featuring a dust cover held in place with grooved guides and cover with checked oval grip. The accompanying factory letter lists this rifle with a round barrel and special order set trigger when received in the warehouse on May 24, 1876, and shipped nearly a year later on April 19, 1877. Dovetail blade front and elevation adjustable rear sights, standard Winchester markings (correctly lacks caliber markings), and straight grip stock with trapdoor buttplate (cleaning rod not included).

Class: Antique

Very good plus, retaining 30% plus original blue finish with the balance a mixture of smooth brown and gray patinas. The wood is very good with minor dings and scratches. The set trigger does not function; otherwise, the action cycles properly.

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Engraved Winchester First Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 1009 (Sale Order: 10 of 956)      

Finely Engraved Winchester First Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

The factory letter lists this rifle with a round barrel and plain trigger when it was received in the warehouse on October 12, 1876, and when it shipped much later in May 4, 1878, in order 11667. It features the very desirable First Model receiver with grooved dust cover guides and dust cover with checkered oval finger grip. The sides of the receiver are finely engraved with attractive scrollwork and bordering closely resembling factory patterns of the period. Entwining line motifs are engraved on the top and bottom of the receiver, and the scrollwork and bordering extend to the cartridge elevator and dust cover. The rifle correctly lacks caliber markings and has a discreet recent Birmingham nitro proof. The rifle also features a dovetail nickel blade front sight, an elevation adjustable rear sight, a folding tang peep sight graduated from 0-75 on the side, a buttstock sling swivel (swivel on magazine tube has been removed), and a trapdoor crescent buttplate (cleaning rod not included).

Class: Antique

Very fine, retaining 70% period retailer applied blue finish with high edge wear. 60% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. Patterns of original case colors remain on the lever. 80% original case colors remain on the hammer. The engraving is crisp. The stock is fine with numerous minor-moderate dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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New Haven Arms Company Volcanic Carbine

Lot # 1010 (Sale Order: 11 of 956)      

Scarce New Haven Arms Company Volcanic Carbine with 21-Inch Barrel, Factory Engraving and Silver-Plated Finish

This Volcanic lever action carbine was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company c. 1857. This carbine has a rare 21-inch, "Type II" half-rib barrel with integral 25-shot magazine and nickel-silver, square back, front sight blade. The top flat is stamped with the New Haven Arms Company legend: "NEW HAVEN CONN. PATENT FEB. 14. 1854" in one line. The brass receiver and crescent buttplate are silver-plated and factory engraved with broad, open scrollwork. The receiver has a dovetail mounted rear sight with thumb-wheel elevator. The rear sight, bolt, and top of the cartridge elevator are fire blue. The hammer has deep, border-less, hand-cut knurling on the spur. The hammer, trigger, and lever are color casehardened. The straight grain American walnut stock has a high polish varnished "piano" finish. The serial number is stamped on: (1) the heel of the stock beneath the buttplate, (2) the inside of the buttplate heel, (3) the lower left side of the receiver tang and (4) shanks of the hand fitted buttplate heel screw, rear upper tang screw and lower tang screw. The lower buttplate screw is a replacement, and the front tang screw is not serial numbered. All of the visible serial numbers match. The New Haven Arms Company manufactured approximately 1,000 carbines with 16 1/2, 21 and 25-inch barrels between 1857 and 1860. Nearly all of these carbines had 16 1/2-inch barrels. Carbines with 21 and 25 inch barrels are rare. Volcanic carbines are rare and historically significant firearms. The combination of "rocket-ball" primed cartridge, self-cocking toggle action and integral spring loaded magazine represented a huge advance in firearms design. When combined with reliable rimfire and centerfire cartridges, the modified Volcanic action served as the basis for the Henry rifle and Winchester Model 1866, 1873, and 1876 rifles and carbines.

Class: Antique

Fine. The carbine barrel and stock have been professionally refinished. The brass receiver and buttplate retain 40% of the original delicate silver-plated finish and remain in fine overall condition. The factory engraving on the receiver top, sides, upper tang, and the buttplate heel is crisp. The side plate joints are perfect, and the receiver and buttplate have no significant scratches or handling marks. The barrel has an attractive plum blue finish with sharp edges. Traces of light pitting are visible beneath the finish near the New Haven Arms legend, and the markings are faint. The stock shows minimal handling wear. Significant amounts of the original niter blue finish are present on the cartridge elevator, bolt, and rear sight. With the exception of the lower buttplate screw and un-marked upper tang screw, all of the components appear to be original to the carbine. This is a good-looking example of a factory engraved, silver-plated New Haven Arms Company Volcanic carbine with rare 21-inch barrel. Provenance: Dr. Gerald Klaz collection.

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Special Order Atlanta Police Department Winchester Model 1873

Lot # 1011 (Sale Order: 12 of 956)      

Factory Engraved Atlanta Police Department Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Manufactured in 1890 as a Third Model with dust cover rail integral to the receiver and dust cover with serrations at the rear. This rifle was part of a shipment containing 124 other Model 1873 rifles that left the factory on February 24 for the Atlanta Police Department. It has the standard two-line address/patent and caliber markings on the top barrel flat, model designation on the upper tang, caliber marking on the bottom of the cartridge elevator, and the special order "68/Atlanta Police" engraving on the left side of the receiver. This special order inscription has shown up on the factory letters of previous Atlanta Police contract Model 1873 rifles as well as the rifle in the next lot. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with special order sling swivels and a trapdoor crescent buttplate containing a four-piece cleaning rod.

Class: Antique

Fine, retains 50% plus original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina, some bright grey patina on edges and high spots, and a few patches of mild pitting. The wood is very good with numerous minor dings and scratches throughout and a minor crack in each side of the toe of the buttstock. Mechanically excellent.

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Atlanta Police Winchester Model 1873 Rifle with Letter

Lot # 1012 (Sale Order: 13 of 956)      

Factory Engraved Atlanta Police Department Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufactured in 1889 with dust cover rail integral to the receiver and dust cover with serrations at the rear. This rife was also part of a group of Model 1873 rifles in .44 caliber purchased by the Atlanta Police Department in the late 1880s. All were factory inscribed "Atlanta Police" with a large number above on the left side plate and were equipped with sling swivels. The accompanying factory letter lists this rifle with an octagon barrel in .44 caliber, plain trigger, sling (absent), swivels, and engraved left side plate with the number "69" and Atlanta Police" when received in the warehouse on February 21, 1890 and part of a shipment containing 124 other Model 1873 that left the factory on February 24. Dovetail blade front sight and elevation adjustable rear sight on a barrel with the two-line address/patent dates marking and "44 W.C.F." The left side plate is factory engraved "69/Atlanta Police." The upper tang has the model designation. "44 CAL." is marked on the cartridge elevator. There are sling swivels on the underside of the forend cap and buttstock. The buttstock is fitted with a trapdoor crescent buttplate (cleaning rod absent).

Class: Antique

Fine, retaining 50% original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown-gray patina. Patterns of original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. The wood is very good with crack and chip near the stock toe, hairline crack on the forearm, and minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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Volcanic Lever Action Navy Pistol

Lot # 1013 (Sale Order: 14 of 956)      

Desirable Factory Engraved and Silver Plated Volcanic Repeating Arms Company Lever Action Navy Pistol

The Volcanic Repeating Arms Co. manufactured an estimated 1,500 Navy Pistols with 8 inch barrels between 1855 and 1857. The receiver is engraved with the classic Volcanic scroll leaf style with shading. The barrel flat is marked with the three line Volcanic Repeating Arms Company address, and the matching serial number is marked on the right side of the lever, right side of the frame under the grip and on the inside of each grip panel. The left side of the lever opposite of the serial number is marked with the letter "Y". This pistol has the distinctive octagon barrel with integral magazine, silver plated brass frame and the lever with round finger hole. The barrel/magazine had a blue finish, and the hammer and lever were casehardened. The pistol has a German silver cone front sight on the barrel and a dovetail mounted fixed rear sight on the receiver. Fitted with smooth varnished walnut grips. Comes with a research letter from R.L. Wilson which verifies the above information.

Class: Antique

Fine. The barrel and magazine tube retain 30% original blue finish mixed with a smooth brown patina. 25% original silver plating remains mixed with a natural aged patina on the exposed brass. Much of the age darkened original case colors remain on the hammer, and the lever has a smooth mottled dark patina. The grips are also very good with almost all of the original varnish remaining and show some wear on the lower edges and numerous minor dents and dings. The engraving and markings are crisp and clear. The forward portion of the barrel does not lock in place, and the action is a bit stiff; however it functions well.

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Winchester Model 1895 Flat Side Rifle, Letter

Lot # 1014 (Sale Order: 15 of 956)      

Very Fine Winchester Model 1895 Flat Side Lever Action Rifle with 1974 Dated Winchester Gun Museum Letter

Manufactured in 1896 with a flat side receiver, which is found only on the first 5,000 Winchester Model 1895 rifles. The accompanying Winchester Gun Museum serial confirmation letter lists this rifle with an octagon barrel in .38-72 caliber and plain trigger when shipped on October 26, 1896. The rifle is fitted with a round barrel in .38-72 caliber, and we believe that the barrel appears original to the gun and possibly the factory record is in error. The barrel has the two-line address marking ahead of the rear sight, "38-72 W.C.F." marked at the breech, a dovetail blade front sight and elevation adjustable rear sight. The upper tang is marked "WINCHESTER/MODEL 1895." The patent date is marked behind the trigger. The forearm and straight grip stock are nicely figured walnut. The buttstock is fitted with a solid crescent buttplate.

Class: Antique

Very fine, retaining 85% original blue finish with thinning and high edge wear. The magazine is mostly a smooth brown patina. 90% original case colors remain. The wood is also very fine showing some minor handling marks and retaining most of the original finish. Mechanically excellent. A very fine representative example of a desirable flat side receiver Model 1895 worthy of any Winchester collection.

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Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 1015 (Sale Order: 16 of 956)      

Very Fine Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Manufactured in 1881 as a second model with dust cover guide rail attached by two screws and a dust over with oval finger guide. Dovetail blade and folding ladder sights on a barrel stamped with the two-line address/patent dates marking ahead of the rear sight and "CAL. 45-60" at the breech. The cartridge elevator is marked "45-60". The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1876," and the lower tang is marked with the serial number. The straight grip stock is fitted with a trapdoor buttplate (cleaning rod not included).

Class: Antique

Very fine, retaining 70% plus original blue finish thinning to a brown on the balance. Some original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. 50% original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. The wood is fine with numerous minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester Model 1890 Slide Action Takedown Rifle with Box

Lot # 1018 (Sale Order: 17 of 956)      

Late Production Winchester Model 1890 Slide Action Takedown Rifle in Very Scarce 22 Long Rifle with Factory Box

A late production example with the "MODEL 90" barrel legend on the upper left flat, dovetail beaded blade front sight, elevation screw adjustable rear sight, Winchester factory oval proofs, three-line trade mark information on the upper tang, 12-groove forearm, and smooth straight grip stock with crescent buttplate. Includes a period correct Model 90 box, box of Winchester .22 LR cartridges, and empty bottle of Hoppe's powder solvent No. 9 with box.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Excellent, retaining 95% plus original blue finish with scattered light scratches and patches of surface oxidation. The wood is fine with minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. The worn box is fine with repairable lid corners and retains nearly all of the end label.

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Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Rifle

Lot # 1019 (Sale Order: 18 of 956)      

Exceptional Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Rifle with Factory Letter

The factory letter confirms the rifle's serial number was applied on December 13, 1893, and that it was received and shipped on January 26, 1894, in order number 6530 as a rifle in .25-20 with a 28 inch octagon #2 weight barrel and plain trigger. The rifle has a "thick side" receiver with round ring, standard lever and a tang mounted Lyman folding combination sight. The barrel has a Lyman folding combination front sight and sporting style buckhorn rear sight with serrated edges and screw-adjustable centerpiece. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "-MANUFACTURED BY THE-/-WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.-" ahead of the rear sight. "25 W.C.F." is roll-stamped on the top barrel flat just ahead of the receiver. The barrel designation "2" is stamped on the underside of the barrel just ahead of the forearm tip. "PAT. OCT. 7TH 79" is stamped on the lower tang behind the trigger, and the serial number is stamped on the lower tang between the tang screws. The hammer, lever, trigger, and crescent buttplate are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with a varnish finish. The forearm has a schnabel tip with an ebony insert.

Class: Antique

Excellent plus. The rifle is all original and retains 99% plus of the original blue and overall finish. The receiver, breechblock, hammer, lever and crescent buttplate have 98% plus of the vivid original case colors. The stock and forearm are in excellent to near new condition and retain virtually all of the original finish. Wear on the stock and forearm is limited to a few very insignificant handling and storage marks. This is a nearly new example of the classic Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Standard rifle.

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Winchester 3rd Model 1873 Lever Action Musket

Lot # 1020 (Sale Order: 19 of 956)      

Very Fine Antique Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Musket with Bayonet

This is an excellent very late production M1873 3rd pattern musket. These muskets were produced throughout production with the majority being in the late 1890s and early 1900s in an attempt to generate sale in South America and to compete with the bolt action rifles being sold by the Europeans. This musket was produced in 1895/96. The top of tang is marked "Model 1873", and the barrel is marked "WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS NEW HAVEN CT. KINGS IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 9, 1866, 0CTOBER 16, 1860." On the rear of the barrel in front of the receiver and again on the brass lifter mechanism on the bottom of the receiver it is marked "44 CAL". It still retains the original second pattern musket rear sight, which is secured by two screws and is graduated from 200-800 yards, and an inverted "V" front sight. The stock is the original Winchester straight grip pattern, and the full-length forearm is also the original Winchester Musket version with three barrel retaining bands, with sling swivels mounted on the underside of the musket. The buttplate is the correct musket version with the trap to house the five-piece cleaning rod, which is included along with a socket bayonet.

Class: Antique

Very fine with 98% of the original blue on the receiver with some minor scratches on the sides behind the side plates. The faded barrel also retains 75% of the original blued finish, thinning just slightly and browning on top and the front end. The loading gate retains 90% bright original nitre blue. The first two barrel bands show 60% original finish while the last one shows mostly browning overall. The stock and forend are both in fine condition with some very minor handling marks on the right rear section of the forend, and the buttstock has a couple of minor handling marks on the right side with several larger pressure dents on the left side. The buttplate and lever have 50% of the case colors in the protected areas with the balance a silvery patina. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Musket with Bayonet

Lot # 1021 (Sale Order: 20 of 956)      

Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Musket with Bayonet

Manufactured in 1870 as a third model with the serial number stamped in block numerals behind the trigger. The barrel has a blade front sight/bayonet lug, ladder rear sight graduated to 900 yards and the two-line Winchester address/King's patent legend. Sling swivels are attached to the underside of the middle barrel band and buttstock. The straight grip stock has a trapdoor brass crescent buttplate containing a four piece cleaning rod. Comes with a socket bayonet.

Class: Antique

Very good. Traces of original blue finish remain on the barrel and magazine tube in the protected areas, otherwise a smooth dark brown patina. The lever catch is a period handmade installed replacement. The brass has an even patina with scattered dents visible on right rear, light period graffiti ahead on the right side plate. The wood is also very good with a chip at the lower tang and some minor-moderate dings and scratches. The bayonet is fair as pitted. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester Second Model 1876 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Lot # 1022 (Sale Order: 21 of 956)      

Rare Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufactured in 1882 as a Second Model carbine with dust cover rail attached to the receiver with a screw. The second model dust cover was replaced with a third model dust cover long ago. It shows standard markings including the faint caliber marking on the bottom of the cartridge elevator. Blade front and replacement folding ladder rear sights and saddle ring and saddle ring swivel attached to the left of the receiver. Mounted with the 18 inch long musket style forearm and a straight grip stock with a carbine buttplate.

Class: Antique

Good, retains traces of blue finish in sheltered areas with the balance mostly a mottled grey-brown patina. The moderately worn wood has minor dings and scratches throughout, a few hairline cracks, some minor chipping around the tangs, and a couple missing slivers near the upper tang. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester Model 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine with Shipping Crate

Lot # 1023 (Sale Order: 22 of 956)      

Outstanding Winchester Model 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine with Original Hanging Tag and Shipping Crate

This near new Winchester Model 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine with the original Winchester hanging tag and shipping crate was manufactured in 1923. The hanging tag shows the carbine serial number, features and issue date of "3/15". This particular carbine is fixed with a raised pinned front sight and folding elevator rear sight graduated to 200 yards. Standard two-line New Haven address on the left side of the barrel in front of the rear sight and just behind the barrel band. The tang is marked with the Winchester three-line trade marking. Complete with oiled walnut straight grip stock and crescent steel buttplate. Comes with the original shipping crate which was shipped to the Norfolk & Western R.R. Co. of Roanoke, VA in the 1920s. The crate was discovered by Norfolk & Western Chief Special Agent R.M. Gillispie in 1967 with 10 Model 1894s which had never been issued for security detail. Special Agent Gillispie sold the rifles to Norfolk & Western employees for $75.00 each. This crate retains the 1967 shipping label addressed to Norfolk & Western Regional Chief Special Agent L.H. Smith of St. Louis. The crate measures 42x11x11 inches. Each end of the crate is marked "Winchester/Carbines/Model 1894."

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Near new. The original blued finish is 99% with some very minor wear on the top of the action and on the heel of the buttplate. Otherwise mint. The oil finished stock and forearm are also near new with a small sliver of finish loss on the left side of the tang, and all other minute blemishes are results from storage. The Winchester hanging tag is fully legible. An exceptional Model 1894 Carbine with history. The totally original crate rates fine for the amount of traveling it has undergone showing typical wear and cracks. The lid has split, missing 10 inches of the corner. The ultimate gun room accessory for the serious Winchester collector!

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Winchester Model 92 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Lot # 1024 (Sale Order: 23 of 956)      

Outstanding Scarce Winchester Model 92 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

This standard carbine was manufactured in 1929. This model was an updated successor to the Model 1873 using a scaled down version of the Model 1886 action. Square base pinned front sight and adjustable rear carbine sight. The tang has a Marble peep sight installed. The right side of the barrel is marked "MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO/--NEW HAVEN. CONN.--". Winchester proof marks on top of the barrel and receiver. Saddle ring and staple mounted on the left side of the receiver with a leather strap on the ring. Full magazine and smooth straight grip stock with a steel carbine style buttplate.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Excellent. 98% plus original blue finish remains on the barrel with mild thinning along high points and showing a few collector type handling marks. The receiver retains 97% original blue finish exhibiting a few casual handling marks and some scattered freckling. The wood is excellent showing light pressure marks with a larger one on the right side of the wrist. An excellent example of a scarce 1892 carbine in outstanding condition.

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Factory Engraved and Gold Inlaid Winchester Model 1894 Rifle

Lot # 1025 (Sale Order: 24 of 956)      

Outstanding and Documented Factory Engraved and Gold Inlaid Special Order Winchester Model 1894 Fancy Sporting Takedown Lever Action Rifle

This factory engraved, gold banded Winchester Model 1894 Fancy Takedown Rifle was manufactured in 1906. This special order Model 1894 Takedown rifle features a part octagon barrel, half-magazine and highly figured, fancy grade walnut forearm and pistol grip stock with factory checkering. The barrel has a gold band inlaid at the breech. The forearm cap, barrel breech, takedown collar, top and sides of the receiver, upper receiver tang and buttplate heel are decorated with Winchester No. 6 factory engraving. The 1897 edition of "Winchester Repeating Arms Co, Highly Finished Arms" describes No. 6 engraving as: "scroll, border, line and ribbon engraving". The engraving features detailed game scenes on either side of the receiver; the scene on the left side of the features a highly detailed bighorn ram and the scene on the right side of the receiver depicts a bull elk. The pistol grip and forearm have Winchester "Style H" checkering with a matted oil finish. The pistol grip has a black hard rubber cap embossed "WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO." The barrel, magazine, loading gate and crescent buttplate have a blue finish. The forearm cap, takedown collar, bolt and receiver are high polish blue. The hammer, trigger and lever are casehardened with subdued case colors. The barrel has an express style front sight with silver bead and a buckhorn, sporting style rear sight with screw adjustable centerpiece. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped: "MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A." in two unequal lines ahead of the rear sight. The left side of the barrel is roll-stamped: "PAT. AUG. 21. 1894" in a single line below the Winchester legend. The caliber designation, "32-40", is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver in a dot and scallop panel surrounded by scrollwork. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped: "MODEL 1894/-WINCHESTER-/TRADE MARK REG.IN U.S. PAT. OFF." in three-lines with an engraved scrollwork flourish at the hammer end. The serial number is roll-stamped across the front edge of the receiver bottom. This rifle is pictured and identified in R.L. Wilson's "Winchester Engraving" on page 342. The engraving is attributed to Winchester Master Engraver Angelo Stokes. "A key to identification of Stokes from study of the Big Horn sheep motif," noted Wilson.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Excellent. This receiver retains 90% plus of the original blue finish. The barrel and half-magazine have 98% of the original blue finish. The barrel makings, engraving and gold inlay are perfect. The forearm cap shows only traces of handling wear. The bright blue of the takedown collar and adjacent portions of the receiver is flaked to brown and shows light handling wear. There is some very minor handling wear on the left side of the receiver near the game scene; the balance of the receiver shows minimal finish wear. The bolt retains nearly all of the bright blue finish. The blue loading gate retains 95% plus of the original finish, 95% of the blue is present on the buttplate. The meticulously engraved scroll and border works and highly detailed game scenes are in nearly perfect condition. The hammer, lever and trigger have 98% of the original case colors. The highly figured walnut stock and forearm remain in excellent condition with crisp checkering and minimal handling wear. This is an excellent example of a scarce Winchester Model 1894 Fancy Sporting Takedown Rifle with gold inlaid barrel band, factory engraving and deluxe pistol grip stock and forearm.

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Prince of Monaco Presented Winchester Model 1895 .405 WCF Rifle

Lot # 1026 (Sale Order: 25 of 956)      

Historic Royal Hunt Prince Albert I of Monaco Presented Winchester Model 1895 Takedown Lever Action .405 WCF Rifle

This historic Winchester Model 1895 rifle was presented to U.S. Yellowstone Park Ranger Harry E. Miller by Prince Albert I of Monaco. The large silver oval presentation plaque is on the right side of the buttstock and reads, "PRESENTED TO/Ranger Harry E. Miller/U.S. FOREST SERVICE/BY/Prince Albert I of Monaco/OCT. 13 1913." The left side of the magazine has a hand marked inscription: "Prince Albert I of Monaco/to/Harry E. Miller-Forest Ranger" and "Oct-13-1913." The rifle was manufactured in 1913 (according to the Winchester Collectors Association) and is chambered in the highly desirable .405 WCF big game caliber. It features raised dovetail blade and elevation adjustable notch sights, standard Winchester markings including the factory oval proofs, and smooth straight grip stock fitted with a checkered steel shotgun style buttplate. Prince Albert I of Monaco toured the United States in 1913. A Lexington, Kentucky, newspaper quoted the Prince as saying that "before anything else, I want to go West and shoot big game." His chance to hunt big game came while visiting Wyoming as the guest of Mr. A.A. Anderson, owner of the Palette Ranch. Years earlier the Prince and Anderson were students in Paris. Never one to miss out on a grand PR stunt, famed Wild West showman Buffalo Bill offered to host the hunt near his lodge, Pahaska Tepee, located near Yellowstone National Park's east entrance. A camp, nicknamed Camp Monaco, was selected about 15 miles north of Cody's lodge, and U.S. Yellowstone Ranger Harry E. Miller oversaw the two week royal hunt. The Camp Monaco site was marked with an elaborate carving on a tree by royal artist Louis Tinayre, and today the carving is on displayed at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. According to curator of the Buffalo Bill-Western History Gallery John Rumm, "Albert's visit marked the first time that a European ruler had visited the United States. Although his visit was scientific and personal — it wasn't diplomatic — that tree became significant of another ruler coming to the county and honoring the United States with his presence." The Prince harvested a bear, an elk and a deer and left in awe at Yellowstone's grand majesty. The prince expressed his gratitude for putting on the hunt by presenting Ranger Miller with this Model 1895. One hundred years later in 2013, Prince Albert II celebrated the centennial of his great, great grandfather's hunt by visiting the Buffalo Bill Historical Center at Cody and presenting the first ever Camp Monaco Prize for biodiversity research in the Yellowstone region. Comes with five original large format 8x14 inch silver gelatin photos of Buffalo Bill, the Prince and his entourage and Ranger Miller, two original photos of the Camp Monaco carving, a circa 1950 photo of Ranger Miller posing with his gun collection which includes this Model 1895, Ranger Miller's U.S. Department of Agriculture notebook containing the personally penned autographs and mailing address of Prince Albert I plus those of his entourage, and copies of secondary source material related to the 1913 hunt and its centennial.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Fine. The barrel, magazine and lever retain 75% original blue finish and the receiver and takedown collar retain light to moderate amounts of original blue finish, otherwise mostly a smooth brown patina. The wood is also fine with minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. A highly historic royal presentation Winchester Model 1895 rifle worthy of any private or public collection!

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