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Premiere Firearms Auction - Day 3

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Signed Engraved/Inlaid Winchester Model 1886 Rifle

Signed Engraved/Inlaid Winchester Model 1886 Rifle

Lot # 3000 (Sale Order: 1 of 938)      

Highly Attractive Signed Engraved and Gold and Silver Inlaid Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with Relief Carved Stock

Originally manufactured in 1888 and subsequently professionally upgraded with profuse engraving, gold and silver inlay and deluxe carved stock. The receiver features near full coverage foliate scrollwork on a stippled background with gold inlaid scroll borders. The forend cap, magazine tube band, hammer, lever and buttplate are engraved and inlaid to match. The right side of the receiver has vignettes featuring a gold inlaid mountain lion and a gold and silver inlaid mountain goat. The left side of the receiver has a vignette of a gold inlaid bugling bull and cow elk in an engraved scene with a silver inlaid full moon. A gold inlaid bison head appears on the underside of the receiver. The right side of the receiver is signed with the engraver's name "L.F. SHERMAN" under the mountain lion inlay. Additional gold inlaid line motifs appear on the bolt. The barrel is adorned with double gold inlaid bands and profuse scrollwork at the muzzle and breech. Equipped with a dovetail blade front sight and elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sight with engraving and gold inlay. Mounted on a highly figured walnut straight grip stock with fancy checkering featuring a carved oak leaf and acorn motif.

Class: Antique

Very fine as professionally upgraded/elaborately embellished, retaining 99% plus of the blue and casehardened finishes with limited handling evidence and crisp stock checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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Engraved/Inlaid Winchester Model 1873 Rifle

Engraved/Inlaid Winchester Model 1873 Rifle

Lot # 3001 (Sale Order: 2 of 938)      

Elaborate Engraved Signed Engraved and Gold Inlaid Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Originally manufactured in 1889 as a third model with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated rear edge and subsequently professionally custom embellished with profuse engraving, gold inlay and deluxe stock. The receiver features near full coverage foliate scrollwork on a stippled background with gold inlaid scroll borders. The side plates feature a vignette of a gold inlaid California grizzly bear in a woodland scene. The underside of the receiver is inscribed with the engraver's name "L.F. SHERMAN" on a ribbon and has a discreet recent Birmingham nitro proof. The forend cap, magazine band, hammer, dust cover, lever and buttplate are engraved and inlaid to match. The barrel is adorned with gold and silver bands and profuse scrollwork at the muzzle and breech. Equipped with a dovetail blade front sight and elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sight with engraving and inlay. Remarked caliber designations are found on the barrel and cartridge elevator. Mounted on a highly figured walnut straight grip stock with fine fancy checkering.

Class: Antique

Very fine overall as professionally upgraded/elaborately embellished, retaining 99% plus of the blue and casehardened finishes showing limited handling evidence and crisp stock checkering. The barrel is sleeved. Mechanically excellent.

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Abercrombie & Fitch Engraved Winchester Model 1973 Rifle

Abercrombie & Fitch Engraved Winchester Model 1973 Rifle

Lot # 3002 (Sale Order: 3 of 938)      

Attractive Abercrombie & Fitch Commissioned Relief Engraved Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

This is one of only approximately 30 Model 1873s embellished and plated in full gold specifically for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. that appeared in 1969/70. This very limited edition rifle was built using an original Winchester 1873 and decorated in a style normally found only on the Model 1866. It was easier to sculpt scenes in brass than in steel; because of this very few were done on the Model 1873. The majority of the calibers were .44-40 and .38-40 with some, like this example, chambered in .32-20 caliber. As identified in the factory letter, this rifle was originally received in the warehouse on September 10, 1894, and shipped on November 1 with an octagon barrel in .32 caliber and plain trigger. The modern A&F embellishment consists of beautiful floral scrollwork on a punch dot background and five stunning relief engraved game and coin circular vignettes on the receiver which include "seated Liberty," grizzly bear, and side profile bust of a Native American. A blank inscription oval appears on the right side plate amongst the scrollwork. Purportedly, the rifle was engraved by Del Zornada.

Class: Antique

Very fine as extensively professionally embellished for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. The rifle retains 50% of the gold plating with exposed nickel under plating on the balance. The wood is also fine with a hairline stress crack at the buttplate tang and some minor dings and scratches. The magazine spring and follower are absent. The action is excellent.

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Engraved Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Engraved Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 3003 (Sale Order: 4 of 938)      

Attractive Engraved Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Originally manufactured in 1887 as a third model with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated rear edge and subsequently professionally upgraded with profuse engraving and deluxe stock. The receiver features near full coverage engraved floral scrollwork on a stippled background. The cartridge elevator is engraved with a cross hatching motif and "32 CAL." The barrel is adorned with engraved scrollwork at the breech. Equipped with a combination Beach front sight, elevation adjustable rear sight and 62-B folding peep sight. Mounted on XX walnut straight grip stock with multi-point checkering, ebony insert on the underside of the grip and brass Swiss buttplate. The left side of the lower tang is marked "230 XX." "230" is repeated on the stock inlet and buttplate.

Class: Antique

Very fine overall as professionally embellished overall, retaining 99% plus of the blue and casehardened finishes with limited handling evidence and crisp stock checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Rifle, Swiss Buttplate, Letter

Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Rifle, Swiss Buttplate, Letter

Lot # 3004 (Sale Order: 5 of 938)      

Documented Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with Swiss Buttplate and Buffalo Bill Historical Center Letter

The accompanying Buffalo Bill Historical Center letter lists this rifle with a 28 inch octagon barrel in .38-56 caliber, set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, Swiss buttplate and Lyman front and rear sights when received in the warehouse on June 24, 1890 and shipped the same day. The barrel has a dovetail beaded blade front sight, filler block in the rear sight slot, two-line address marking and "38-56 WCF" at the breech. There is also a Lyman tang sight. The lower tang has the two-line patent dates marking and serial number. The forearm and pistol grip stock are highly figured and checkered walnut. The rare special order stock has a raised cheekpiece, ebony grip insert and nickel plated Swiss buttplate. According to Winchester expert and author George Madis, "The cheekpiece stock…was produced in very limited numbers on any models." The left side of the lower tang is marked "330 XXX." "330" is repeated on the stock inlet and buttplate. The combination of deluxe/special order features makes this Model 1886 a rare example.

Class: Antique

Fine. The barrel, magazine and bolt retain 50% thinned original blue finish. The buttplate retains 30% original nickel plating. The remaining surfaces retain 40% plus original case colors. The wood is fine with a few long scratches, otherwise some minor handling evidence and crisp checkering overall. The action needs work as the hammer does not hold at the half and full cock positions.

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Scarce U.S. Contract Civil War New Haven Arms Co. Henry Rifle

Scarce U.S. Contract Civil War New Haven Arms Co. Henry Rifle

Lot # 3005 (Sale Order: 6 of 938)      

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

Offered here is an example of one of the 800 Henry rifles purchased by the Ordnance Department in December 1863 from the New Haven Arms Company. These rifles were issued to the 1st District of Columbia Cavalry Regiment (1st D.C. Cavalry). The 1st D.C. Cavalry was utilized for provost duty in the District of Columbia under the direct control of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. In early 1864 the 1st D.C. Cavalry was assigned to combat Confederate partisan rangers led by Col. John S. Mosby operating in northern Virginia. The 800 Henry rifles in the 1st D.C. Cavalry contract are in the 3000-4000 serial number range. These are the only Henry rifles marked with Ordnance inspection marks. The second style receiver introduced around serial number 3000 lacks the alternate rear sight dovetail found on Henry rifles manufactured in 1862 and 1863. The first pattern crescent buttplate, used until about serial number 5100, has a rounded heel. The barrel has a blade front sight, folding ladder rear sight graduated to 1,000 and the two-line Henry's patent/address ahead of the rear sight. The "C.G.C." initials of Ordnance Inspector Charles G. Chapman are stamped on the right barrel flat at the junction with the receiver. The left side of the stock and barrel are correctly not fitted with a sling swivel and sling loop which were special order features not included on most U.S. contract Henry rifles. The buttplate has a hinged trapdoor (cleaning rod not included). A single "H" sub-inspection mark is stamped on the side of the barrel below the "C.G.C." mark. "HH" is stamped on the right side of the receiver adjacent to the barrel marks. A small "C" sub-inspection mark is stamped on the right heel of the buttplate. The matching serial number is stamped on the top barrel flat, left side of the lower tang, buttplate and one buttplate screw. Number in the stock inlet is illegible. The U.S. contract Henry rifles issued to the 1st D.C. Cavalry saw hard service when the regiment was assigned to the Army of the Potomac during the Petersburg Campaign in the summer of 1864. Several hundred of these rifles were captured during engagements with Confederate cavalry. The bodyguard of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was armed with captured Henry rifles when he fled Richmond during the closing days of the war. Although most of the Henry rifles manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co., during the Civil War are believed to have been purchased by individual Federal soldiers who wanted the firepower offered by the advanced Henry rifle; the 800 Henry rifles purchased by the Ordnance Department on December 31, 1863, were the only Henry rifles with Ordnance inspection marks issued during the Civil War. The 1st D.C. Cavalry was the only unit in the Federal army armed entirely with government issued Henry rifles during the Civil War.

Class: Antique

Good. The barrel and magazine have a crisp smooth dark patina overall. The evenly worn brass has a very attractive untouched mellow yellow appearance. The sanded and revarnished stock is also good with a repair visible in the wrist (right side), couple hairline stress cracks and some minor handling/storage marks. There is a faint outline of a cartouche on the right side of the stock. Mechanically fine. A desirable U.S. contract New Haven Arms Co. rifle that is missing from most Civil War or lever action collections. A must have for the serious collector.

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Special Order Deluxe First Model Winchester 1873 Rifle

Special Order Deluxe First Model Winchester 1873 Rifle

Lot # 3006 (Sale Order: 7 of 938)      

Rare Documented Special Order Deluxe First Model Winchester 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Nickel-Plated Receiver and Factory Letter

Special order Winchester Model 1873 rifle manufactured in 1875. This rifle has the First Model receiver with grooved dust cover guides and dust cover with checkered oval finger grip. The rifle is accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter that describes this Model 1873 as: "Rifle, 28-inch Octagon barrel, Set trigger, Checkered stock with xxx wood" and "Nickel Receiver". The letter states this rifle was shipped from Winchester on September 3, 1875. The rifle has a blued barrel, full length magazine and trigger with fire blue loading gate and casehardened forearm cap, hammer, lever and crescent buttplate. The receiver, dust cover and cartridge elevator are nickel-plated. The stock and forearm are highly figured, deluxe, 3x, fancy grain walnut with a satin finish and early 16-18 line Winchester factory checkering. The left side of the lower tang is marked "XXX 741." The assembly number "741" is repeated on the buttplate and stock inlet. The special order, 28-inch octagon barrel has a standard sporting style front sight with nickel-silver blade and a buckhorn rear sight with fixed sighting notch and four notch elevator marked "1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2" and "3" on the left side. The rifle has a single set-trigger. The upper receiver tang is factory drilled and tapped. The crescent buttplate has a sliding brass trapdoor. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860." ahead of the rear sight. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped "MODEL. 1873." in fancy letters. The serial number is stamped in script numerals between the lever latch and the rear tang screw. There are, correctly, no caliber markings on the barrel or cartridge elevator.

Class: Antique

Very fine. The barrel and magazine retain 60% of the original blue finish with light edge wear and small scattered spots of age discoloration. The Winchester legend is crisp. The case colors on the forearm cap, hammer and lever have faded to a mottled gray-brown with 40% of the original finish remaining. The buttplate has a dark brown patina with scattered age discoloration. The receiver, dust cover and cartridge elevator retain 70% of the nickel-plated finish with light-moderate handling wear on contact points. The loading gate retains about 50% of the fire blue finish. The 3x, fancy grain walnut stock and forearm are all in fine condition. The satin finish has a dark age patina with scattered minor handling marks. The checkered panels have light-moderate handling wear and remain in very good overall condition. This is a very good example of a desirable, early production First Model 1873 Winchester rifle with extremely rare nickel-plated receiver and other special order features.

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Engraved Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Rifle

Engraved Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Rifle

Lot # 3007 (Sale Order: 8 of 938)      

Stunning, Factory Engraved Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with Platinum Barrel Bands and Factory Letter

This Winchester Model 1886 lever action rifle comes with two Cody Firearm Museum Letters (2007 & 2008). The Cody Museum letters describe this rifle as: "Rifle, 45/70 caliber, Barrel Shape: Octagon, Plain trigger, Checkered stock with pistol grip, Shotgun butt rubber" and "Engraved $5.00 Barrel inlaid & etc. $2.00 Blued" (no mention of sling swivels). The letters states this rifle was shipped from the Winchester warehouse on December 7, 1893. The rifle has a full-octagon 26-inch barrel with standard sporting style front sight with nickel-silver blade and sporting style folding leaf rear sight graduated to "10" and marked "1886" on the top of the leaf with a single silver band at breech and muzzle. The stock and forearm cap are fitted with factory sling swivels. The pistol grip stock has a special order black, hard rubber, checkered shotgun style buttplate embossed with the logo "WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO." in a relief circle. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "-MANUFACTURED BY THE-/-WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. USA-" ahead of the rear sight. The caliber: "45/70" is roll-stamped on the top barrel flat just ahead of the receiver in a panel formed by scallop and punch-dot engraving. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped: "-MODEL 1886.-". The 1884 and 1885 patent dates are roll-stamped on the lower tang behind the trigger and the serial number is stamped in script numerals between the rear tang screws surrounded by an engraved banner. The barrel and full length magazine have a blue finish. The forearm cap, receiver and bolt have the special order high polish blue finish. The loading gate is fiery niter blue. The hammer, trigger and lever are casehardened. The forearm and pistol grip stock are deluxe, highly figured, fancy grade walnut with a high polish piano finish. The forearm and pistol grip have Winchester factory "Style H" checkering and the pistol grip has an ebony inlay. Delicate scrollwork is engraved on the barrel top and flats from the receiver nearly to the rear sight and from the muzzle past the rear sight on the top flat and to the edges of the sight on the sides of the barrel. The forearm cap is engraved with delicate scroll and border work. The top, sides and bottom of the receiver are decorated with Winchester No. 9 engraving as illustrated on pages 20-21 of the October 1897 edition of "Winchester Repeating Arms Co. Highly Finished Arms" reproduced on page 229 of "Winchester Engraving" by R.L. Wilson. The engraving features a vignette of a grazing deer on the right side of the receiver ahead of the loading gate and a larger vignette of a bull elk in a mountain scene on the left side of the receiver. Both vignettes feature extremely fine detail. The game scenes on the sides of the receiver are surrounded by precisely executed line, scallop, zig-zag and punch-dot borders complemented by delicate scrollwork. Fine scrollwork decorates the top of the receiver at the breech and the bottom of the receiver at the junction with the forearm and at the lever. The engraving is delicate, precisely executed and elegantly understated. The engraving was almost certainly executed by Winchester Master Engraver John Ulrich. Note: This rifle's consecutively serialized mate, number 78316, is pictured in R.L. Wilson's "Winchester Engraving" and has a no. 4 engraving and H style stock checkering. This suggests that this rifle was part of a series of Model 1886s that were highly embellished at the factory.

Class: Antique

Excellent overall. The barrel and magazine have 97% plus of the original blue finish with traces of thinning at the muzzle and front edge of the magazine. The Winchester legend, caliber designation and scrollwork engraving are extremely sharp. The forearm cap retains almost all of the blue finish with some traces of age spotting under the sling swivel. The receiver has nearly 98% of the special order blue finish with some thinning on the upper and lower receiver tangs and some scattered and very light age spotting on the bottom between the end of the lever and the forearm. There is a small scuff mark on the right side of the receiver behind the loading gate and several nearly invisible scratches on the left side of the receiver. The engraving and delicate game vignettes are extremely sharp. The bolt retains 98% of the high polish blue finish. At least 95% of the fire blue finish is present on the loading gate. The hammer, trigger and lever retain 98% of the casehardened finish with strong case colors. The highly figured walnut stock and forearm have at least 98% of the high polish piano finish. The stock and forearm have very insignificant, scattered, handling and storage marks but remain in excellent plus conditio
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Special Order Winchester Centennial Model 1876 Rifle

Special Order Winchester Centennial Model 1876 Rifle

Lot # 3008 (Sale Order: 9 of 938)      

Exceptional Documented Special Order Winchester "Centennial" Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Special order Winchester Model 1876 Centennial Model rifle with Winchester factory letter. The Winchester factory letter describes this Model 1876 as: "Rifle, 45/60, 26 inch, 1/2 octagon barrel, Plain trigger, Shotgun butt" and "Casehardened". The letter states that this rifle was shipped from the Winchester warehouse on December 21, 1880. The rifle has the Second Model receiver with screw-fastened dust cover guide rail and dust cover with serrated finger guide along the rear edge. The special order, half-round/half octagon, barrel has a standard, sporting style front sight with nickel-silver blade and folding leaf rear sight graduated to "10" and marked "1876" on the top of the leaf. The rifle has a half-magazine with button tip. The upper receiver tang is factory drilled and tapped. The stock has a special order, smooth steel, shotgun buttplate. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860." ahead of the rear sight. "CAL. 45-60" is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel just ahead of the receiver. "45-60" is stamped in script numerals across the bottom of the brass cartridge elevator. "MODEL 1876." is roll-stamped in fancy letters on the upper receiver tang and the serial number is stamped in script numerals on the lower tang between the lever latch and the rear tang screw. The rifle barrel has a blue finish. The dust cover is bright blue and the loading gate has a fire blue finish. The magazine tip, forearm cap, receiver, hammer, trigger and lever are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with the "Extra Finish" polish applied to special order rifles with casehardened receivers.

Class: Antique

Very fine. The barrel retains 75% of the original blue finish with small, scattered, spots of discoloration on the bottom and sides ahead of the forearm tip. The barrel legend and caliber markings are sharp. The dust cover retains 80% of the bright blue finish with moderate age discoloration. The loading gate has 90% plus of the original nitre blue finish. The forearm cap receiver, side plates and hammer retain 70% plus of the casehardened finish with vivid case colors. The trigger and contact points of the lever have aged to a brown patina; the sides of the lever retain most of the muted case colors. The shotgun buttplate is a mottled silver gray with patches of age discoloration and traces of light pitting on the heel and toe. The stock and forearm are in very good overall condition and retain nearly 90% of the "Extra Finish" varnish with a few scattered, minor, handling marks. This is a very good example of a scarce, special order, Winchester 1876 Centennial Model rifle.

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Antique Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Rifle, Factory Letter

Antique Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Rifle, Factory Letter

Lot # 3009 (Sale Order: 10 of 938)      

Exceptionally Fine Antique Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Offered here is an exceptional example of a factory documented deluxe variation of the Winchester Model 1894 as originally manufactured in 1895 per George Madis' serial number range. The accompanying factory letter lists this rifle with a round barrel (currently octagon) in .25-35 caliber (currently chambered in .30 WCF), plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock and hard rubber shotgun buttplate (currently a steel crescent buttplate) when received in the warehouse on March 19, 1897 and shipped on March 23. The rifle returned to the factory on April 19, 1897, received in the warehouse on April 1, 1898, shipped on April 2, 1898, received in the warehouse on July 10, 1899 and shipped on August 11, 1899. The barrel and stock were changed at some point by the factory. A Winchester factory oval proof which was not standardized until 1905 is stamped on top of the barrel and receiver at the breech. Dovetail blade and three leaf sights on an octagon barrel stamped with the two-line address and "30 W.C.F." on the top flat and the two-line nickel steel marking on the upper left flat. A Lyman tang peep sight is installed. Mounted on a highly figured and checkered forearm and pistol grip stock. The buttstock has a hard rubber Winchester grip cap and a casehardened crescent buttplate. The left side of the lower tang is marked "3660 XXX." The stock is hand marked "SPARE" in pencil over the stamped marking "92/7570" under the buttplate. The assembly number "7570" is repeated on the buttplate.

Class: Antique

Exceptionally fine as factory reconfigured (see above). The barrel and magazine tube retain 98% plus factory blue finish. The forend cap, receiver and bolt retain 97% original blue finish showing some speckling of brown and extremely limited pitting. 97% original case colors remain on the hammer, lever, and buttplate. The wood is also excellent showing some minor handling marks and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent. A highly attractive factory documented antique deluxe Model 1894 rifle that will make a great addition to any Winchester lever action collection.

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Winchester First Model 1866 Flatside Rifle

Winchester First Model 1866 Flatside Rifle

Lot # 3010 (Sale Order: 11 of 938)      

Extremely Rare Documented Winchester First Model 1866 "Flatside" Lever Action Rifle

This extremely rare and desirable Winchester First Model 1866 "Flatside" rifle was manufactured circa 1866. This rifle has the First Model receiver which lacks the flare at the junction with the forearm found on later production Model 1866 rifles. In addition to the "Flatside" receiver, other early production features on this rifle include: (1) rapid drop in the receiver profile at the hammer ("Henry Drop"), (2) un-capped, chamfered, forearm retained by a single screw, (3) two-screw upper tang, (4) screw-fastened magazine retaining band, (5) Henry style stock with straight comb and (6) early, carbine style, rear sight with 100, 300 and 500 yard markings. The loading port cover is the second, indented, style secured by two screws. The rifle has a dove-tail mounted steel front sight. A staple-mounted saddle ring is located on the left side of the receiver. The brass crescent buttplate has the same profile and butt trap door as late production Henry rifles. The butt trap contains the four-piece, jointed, steel cleaning rod with brass tip provided with Model 1866 rifles. The stock and forearm are deluxe, burl grain, piano finished, walnut. The barrel and magazine have a blue finish. The bolt and loading gate are blued and the hammer, trigger and lever are color casehardened. The receiver and buttplate have the natural brass finish. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the first style legend: "HENRY'S-PATENT-OCT. 16. 1860/KING'S-PATENT-MARCH 29. 1866" ahead of the rear sight. The serial number is stamped: (1) on the lower left side of the receiver tang concealed by the stock, (2) in the upper tang inlet of the stock and (3) on the inside of the buttplate below the lower screw hole. All of the visible serial numbers match. A tiny assembly number: "1601" is stamped on the lower left side of the tang ahead of the serial number. This particular rifle is illustrated and described on page 58 of "THE WINCHESTER BOOK" by George Madis.

Class: Antique

Very fine. This rifle is all original. The blue finish on the barrel and magazine remains 40% intact with the balance having faded to a smooth, blue-gray, patina. The barrel edges and legend are crisp. Traces of nitre blue are present on the loading gate cover. The hammer, trigger, and lever have 50% of the casehardened finish. The brass flatside receiver and crescent buttplate are in very fine condition with a handsome, untouched attractively aged patina. The receiver has perfect side plate joints and is free from scratches or handling marks. The buttplate has some very minor wear on the edges of the heel and toe but remains in the same overall condition as the receiver. The deluxe, burl walnut, stock and forearm remain in very fine condition with at 85% of the high polish piano finish. The forearm has a small chip on the upper right side at the junction with the receiver, a repaired hairline crack on the right side running from the tip of the forearm through the retaining screw and several shallow scratches and handling marks. The stock has three shallow compression marks visible near the buttplate on the left side. This is an outstanding, high condition, example of an extremely rare documented Winchester First Model 1866 Flatside rifle.

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John Ulrich Signed Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Rifle

John Ulrich Signed Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Rifle

Lot # 3011 (Sale Order: 12 of 938)      

Magnificent Documented John Ulrich, Signed, Factory Panel Scene Engraved, Gold Plated, Inlaid Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Short Rifle with Factory Letter

This is a magnificent example of a Deluxe Winchester Model 1873 Rifle engraved and signed by master engraver John Ulrich. The rifle is accompanied by a letter from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center that states this rifle was shipped from the Winchester warehouse on June 7, 1886. The letter identifies the rifle features as: 20 inch octagon barrel, set trigger, checkered stock, pistol grip, gold trim, matted barrel and engraved "& c & c". This Third Model 1873 Rifle has a blued full octagon barrel and full length magazine. The top of the barrel is matted and the breech and muzzle are inlaid with gold bands. The upper barrel flats are decorated with engraved scrollwork at the breech and muzzle. The barrel is fitted with a dove-tail mounted Beach combination front sight and a sporting style buckhorn rear sight. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING ARMS NEW HAVEN CT./KING'S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29, 1866 OCTOBER 16, 1860" ahead of the rear sight. "44 CAL" is uniquely engraved on the left barrel flat just ahead of the front sight. The gold-plated receiver is engraved with four highly detailed game scenes. The left side of the receiver features a round panel with a bull elk and an oval panel on the left side plate is engraved with a hunter, two grizzly bears and a hound. The right side of the receiver has a bull moose engraved in a round panel on the front of the receiver, and a white tail deer is engraved in a slightly larger circular panel on the side plate. The balance of the sides of the receiver are decorated with highly detailed scrollwork and engraved borders. The scrollwork continues along the top and edges of the receiver, the dust cover, dust cover rail, upper tang, bottom of the receiver and cartridge elevator. The sides of the casehardened hammer and loading lever are decorated with scroll work. The upper tang is roll-stamped with the designation, "MODEL 1873" with foliate decoration at either end. The lower tang is signed by the engraver "J. ULRICH" in tiny letters behind the trigger. The serial number is stamped on the lower tang behind the lever latch. The heel of the crescent, gold-plated buttplate is decorated with scroll-work and engraved borders. The gold-plated forend cap is also decorated with scrollwork and engraved borders. The stock and forearm are fancy grade, highly figured walnut with a high polish varnish finish. The pearl initials "H.L." are inlaid on the right side of the stock. The checkered stock has bone or ebony inlays on the tip of the comb and the edge of the pistol grip. This rifle is a magnificent example of the best and most elaborate engraving, special finishes and special order features available on Model 1873 Winchester rifles.

Class: Antique

Fine. The rifle retains 75% of the original gold-plated finish on the receiver, dust cover, forend cap and buttplate. The engraved game scenes, scrollwork and borders are crisp. Strong traces of case colors are present on the sides of the hammer and lever. The loading gate has 50% of the spotted niter blue finish. The barrel and magazine have a deep brown patina. The barrel, rear sight and about half of the magazine are covered with shallow pitting. There is light pitting on the sides and bottom of the lever, and the right side of the hammer has patches of light pitting. This rifle was originally sold by RIAC in December 2011, lot 1287. Subsequently, the owner has partially restored the finish on both frame and barrel for preservation purposes. Note both frame and barrel exhibit original finishes mixed with professional touch up. The stock and forearm are in fine condition. The stock retains much of the original high polish varnish with dark staining visible on forward comb. The checkering on the pistol grip is fine; wear is limited to minor handling marks. The varnished finish and checkered panel on the forearm show light-moderate handling wear but remain in very fine overall condition. This is one of the most highly decorated Model 1873 Winchester Rifles extant and is a magnificent example of 19th century Winchester craftsmanship and the skill of Master Engraver John Ulrich. Writer has never seen another Model 1873 quite like this and will have to say that it ranks as one of my personal favorites!

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Factory Engraved Winchester Model 1873 Rifle, Letter

Factory Engraved Winchester Model 1873 Rifle, Letter

Lot # 3012 (Sale Order: 13 of 938)      

Documented Factory Engraved Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

The accompanying factory letter lists this rifle with an octagon barrel, plain trigger, nickel plating and factory engraving at an extra cost of $2.00 when received in the warehouse on March 13, 1886 and shipped on March 17. The receiver features an engraved floral scroll motif on a punch dot background and line borders. The left side plate is engraved with a stag scene inside a circular panel. Flourishes of scrollwork appear on the forend cap, buttplate tang, dust cover and cartridge elevator. A similar receiver engraving is pictured in R.L. Wilson's "Winchester Engraving" on page 190. The barrel is fitted with a Beach combination front sight and elevation adjustable rear sight and is stamped with the two-line address/patent dates marking and "44 WCF." "44 CAL" appears on the cartridge elevator, the model marking is on the upper tang, and the serial number is on the lower tang. The forearm and straight grip stock are nicely figured walnut, and the buttstock is fitted with a trapdoor buttplate (cleaning rod absent).

Class: Antique

Very good. The barrel and magazine tube retain 95% of the period replated nickel with light flaking on the balance. The remaining surfaces retain traces of nickel in the protected areas with the balance a bright appearance mixed with some light pitting. The engraving is crisp. The reoiled wood is very good with a hairline stress crack near the forend cap and a deep divot on the buttstock, otherwise some minor handling/storage marks. Mechanically excellent. Documented factory engraved Winchester Model 1873s are very rare and seldom encountered!

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Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 3013 (Sale Order: 14 of 938)      

Special Order Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle with Nickel Plated Receiver

Manufactured in 1881 as a second model with dust cover guide rail attached by two screws and a dust cover with serrated edges at the rear. The rifle has several special order features: combination Beach front sight, nickel plated receiver, forend cap and buttplate, and set trigger. At the time of this writing, writer did not have a factory letter to verify the aforementioned features. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line address/King's improvement patent dates marking ahead of the rear sight and "CAL. 45-60" at the breech. The rear sight is an adjustable sporting sight. The cartridge elevator is marked "45-60." The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1876." The serial number is marked on the lower tang. The nicely figured straight grip stock has a wide tiger stripe appearance and is fitted with a trapdoor buttplate (cleaning rod not included). Model 1876s with nickel plated receivers are rarely encountered.

Class: Antique

Fine. Traces of faded original blue finish remain on the barrel and magazine tube with the balance a mottled brown-gray patina. The receiver, forend cap and buttplate retain 85% frosted original nickel plating. The reoiled wood is very good with minor dings and scratches. The hammer does not hold at the half cock position, otherwise action cycles properly.

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Deluxe Special Order Winchester Model 1876 .50 Express Rifle

Deluxe Special Order Winchester Model 1876 .50 Express Rifle

Lot # 3014 (Sale Order: 15 of 938)      

Deluxe, Special Order Winchester Model 1876 .50 Express Rifle

This is a solid representative example of a restored Winchester Model 1876 .50 Express Rifle that was manufactured in 1879. The rifle features a special order, 24-inch round barrel with half-magazine and deluxe fancy grain checkered walnut forearm and pistol grip stock. The barrel, magazine and loading gate are blued. The forearm cap and crescent buttplate are silver-plated and the frame, dust cover, hammer, and lever are casehardened. The barrel has a folding combination front sight and a two-leaf express rear sight. A folding, graduated peep sight is mounted on the tang. The rifle has a Winchester adjustable single set trigger. The second style frame has a screw-fastened dust cover rail and dust cover with impressed oval thumb-piece. The buttplate has a sliding brass trapdoor. The pistol grip has an ebony inlay. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860" in two lines ahead of the rear sight. The caliber ".50 CAL. 95 GRS." is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel in script letters between the rear sight and the frame. "50-95" is roll-stamped in script letters on the cartridge elevator. ".50 CAL." is stamped in script letters on the dust cover. The serial number is stamped in small numerals across the lower tang between the lever latch and rear tang screw.

Class: Antique

Very good. The barrel and magazine retain half of the thinning refinished blue finish. About 90% of the silver plated finish on the forearm cap and buttplate remains with some minor flaking. The case colors on the frame, dust cover, lever and hammer have aged to a smooth gray patina. The markings on the barrel and dust cover have been re-engraved. The refinished recheckered stock and forearm are both in very good condition. The checkering is sharp and nearly all of the finish remains. This is a solid representative example of a Deluxe, Winchester Model 1876 .50 Express Rifle.

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Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Sporting Rifle

Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Sporting Rifle

Lot # 3015 (Sale Order: 16 of 938)      

Excellent Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Sporting Rifle with Casehardened Receiver and Factory Letter

Special order Winchester Model 1886 Sporting Rifle with Cody Firearms Museum factory letter. The Cody letter describes "Model 1886, serial number 6751" as: "Rifle, 40/82, Octagon barrel, Plain trigger" and "1/2 magazine". The letter states that this rifle was shipped from the Winchester warehouse on July 28, 1887. This early production rifle has the very desirable color casehardened receiver with casehardened magazine tip, forearm cap, hammer, trigger, lever and crescent buttplate. The full octagon barrel has a charcoal blue finish and the bolt and loading gate are bright blue. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with a semi-gloss oil or varnish finish. The barrel has a special order Winchester express front sight with white bead and a buckhorn, sporting style rear sight with serrated edges. A Lyman folding combination rear sight with coarsely knurled post is mounted on the receiver tang. 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. The caliber designation: "40-82 W.C.F." is roll-stamped on the top barrel flat between the rear sight and the receiver. The 1884 and 1885 patent dates are roll-stamped on the lower tang behind the trigger and the serial number is roll-stamped in script numerals between the tang screws.

Class: Antique

Excellent. This early production, special order, Model 1886 Sporting Rifle is all original and retains nearly 95% of the original blue and 90% deep, rich casehardened finish. The receiver has fiery case colors on the sides with more muted colors on the contact points on the top and bottom. All of the vivid case colors are present on the magazine tip and forearm. The case colors on the hammer, trigger and lever are muted but remain 95% intact. The crescent buttplate has dove gray case colors with some age discoloration on the heel and toe. The barrel has nearly all of blue finish with crisp markings. The bolt retains 98% of the bright blue finish. The blue on the loading gate is faded and 40% intact. The stock and forearm are in excellent plus condition and retain 98% plus of the original finish; wear is limited to several very insignificant handling or storage marks on the left side of the stock. This is an excellent example of an early production, special order, Winchester Model 1886 Sporting Rifle with highly desirable color casehardened receiver.

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Winchester First Model 1866 Flat Side Rifle

Winchester First Model 1866 Flat Side Rifle

Lot # 3016 (Sale Order: 17 of 938)      

Extremely Rare Winchester First Model 1866 "Flat Side" Lever Action Rifle

Manufactured in 1866. This is a rare first model with the brass receiver lacking the flare at the junction with the forearm, having the same drop in front of the hammer as the Henry rifle and having two upper tang screws. First models are seen up through the 15000 serial number range. A saddle ring is mounted on the left side of the receiver. The matching serial number ("13821") is marked on the left side of the lower tang, stock inlet and buttplate. The barrel has the first style, two-line Henry address/King patent dates legend, a dovetail blade front sight and a folding ladder rear sight graduated to 900 yards. The hammer correctly lacks a half cock feature, and the bolt retains the original rimfire firing pin. The forearm and straight grip stock are nicely figured walnut. The buttstock is fitted with a trapdoor brass buttplate (cleaning rod absent). According to Winchester expert and author George Madis, the total number of First Model 1866s manufactured was approximately 3,500 guns equally divided between rifles and carbines. He further estimated that the survival rate for these early Winchesters was approximately 25% and that "less than 875" First Model 1866 rifles and carbines were available to collectors. The majority of these are carbines.

Class: Antique

Very good. The barrel and magazine tube have cold blue touch up mixed with a smooth dark brown patina overall. The brass has an aged appearance with some freckling of darker patina. The forend cap is absent. The forearm is cracked and repaired, otherwise the wood is fine with numerous dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. It is not often that we catalog Winchester Model 1866 flat side rifles. No Winchester lever action collection can be considered complete without a very rare Winchester First Model 1866 flat side rifle.

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Factory Nickel Plated Winchester Model 1892 Rifle, Letter

Factory Nickel Plated Winchester Model 1892 Rifle, Letter

Lot # 3017 (Sale Order: 18 of 938)      

Rare Documented Special Order Factory Full Nickel Plated Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Offered here is a rare factory nickel plated Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Rifle that was manufactured in 1898 in exceptional condition. This is without question the highest condition factory full nickel plated Model 1892 we have cataloged! The accompanying factory letter addressed to Mr. Felix A. Bedlan is dated September 4, 1984 and lists this rifle with an octagon barrel in .32 caliber, set trigger, flat-top sporting rear, Lyman front combination and Lyman rear cup disc sights, screw eyes and full nickel when it was received in the warehouse on March 26, 1903, and shipped the next day. In a second included letter on famed North Carolina gun dealer Cherry's letterhead, Cherry's vice president and firearms author Gurney Brown references Winchester expert and author George Madis' research that found 1 out of 825 Model 1892s shipped had special order factory plating (silver, gold, or nickel). This would mean that no more than 1,217 Model 1892s had plating of some kind out of 1,004,675 that were manufactured in total. As Madis proclaims, "Needless to say here, not many specially finished arms were ordered and they are rare today" ("The Winchester Book," page 385). The barrel has a Beach combination front sight, pointed filler block in the rear sight dovetail, two-line address/patent date marking and "32 WCF" marking. The receiver is equipped with double set triggers and has a tang peep sight. As stated in the factory letter, sling eyelets are present. Mounted on nicely figured smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock. Writer believes this rifle was most likely for factory exhibition purposes.

Class: Antique

Excellent, retaining 97% plus of the original factory nickel plating with light flaking mixed with a few patches turned to a dark patina on the balance. The wood is also excellent showing minor handling/storage evidence and retaining most of the varnish with a textured area on the left side of the buttstock. Mechanically excellent. An exceptional example of a rare special order nickel plated Model 1892 rifle worthy of the most advanced Winchester collections.

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Deluxe Special Order Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Deluxe Special Order Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 3018 (Sale Order: 19 of 938)      

Exceptional Documented, Fancy Stocked, Highly Optioned Special Order Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Deluxe, special order, Winchester Model 1873 rifle with Winchester Museum letter and copy of factory ledger sheet. This rifle has the Second Model receiver with screw-fastened dust cover guide and dust cover with serrated finger grips. The Winchester Museum letter describes this Model 1873, as: "rifle, octagon barrel, plain trigger, fancy stock, peep and knife blade sights, shotgun butt, casehardened" and "sling and swivel". The letter states that this rifle was received in the Winchester warehouse on December 14, 1882 and shipped on December 15, 1882. The rifle has a full octagon barrel with full length magazine. The barrel has a Rocky Mountain front sight with nickel silver blade and buckhorn, sporting style rear sight with solid back. A fifty minute folding graduated peep sight with early squared base is mounted on the receiver tang. Factory sling swivels are mounted on the forearm cap and stock. The stock and forearm are nicely figured, deluxe, fancy grade, "XXX" walnut with a semi-gloss piano finish. The barrel and magazine have a blue finish. The rear sight, bolt, dust cover and shotgun style buttplate are bright blue. The loading gate is a fiery niter blue. The forearm cap receiver, hammer, trigger and lever are color casehardened with vivid case colors. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED -MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860." ahead of the rear sight. The serial number is stamped in script numerals on the lower tang between the lever latch and the rear tang screw. The barrel and cartridge elevator are, correctly, not marked with a caliber designation. The left side of the lower tang is marked "XXX 882." The assembly number "882" is repeated on the stock inlet.

Class: Antique

Excellent. This rifle is all original and retains at least 95% of the original blue, bright blue, and casehardened finish. The barrel and magazine tube retain 97% plus of the blue finish with a small spot of finish loss on the right side of the magazine near the muzzle. The Winchester markings on the top barrel flat are crisp. 90% plus of the bright blue finish is present on the dust cover, bolt and shotgun buttplate. The loading gate has 98% of the original nitre blue finish. The forearm cap, receiver, hammer, trigger and lever retain 95% of the vivid case colors with only very minor high point wear. The highly figured, fancy grade, stock and forearm are in excellent condition. The forearm shows light-moderate handling wear with 90% of the original finish. The stock retains 90% plus of the semi-gloss piano finish with light handling wear. This is both an attractive and excellent original example of a very scarce, documented fancy stock, highly optioned, special order Winchester Model 1873 lever action rifle

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Winchester Model 1866 Rifle, Henry Patent Barrel Address

Winchester Model 1866 Rifle, Henry Patent Barrel Address

Lot # 3019 (Sale Order: 20 of 938)      

Fine Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle with Desirable Henry Patent Barrel Address

Manufactured in 1869 and features a serial number stamped in block style digits behind the trigger and a single tang screw. The bolt remains in its original .44 rimfire configuration. The barrel has dovetail blade and folding ladder sights and is stamped with the desirable first style legend "HENRY'S PATENT-OCT. 16. 1860/KINGS-PATENT-MARCH 29, 1866" ahead of the rear sight. Sling swivels are mounted on the underside of the forend cap and buttstock and hold a leather sling. The brass trapdoor buttplate holds a four piece steel cleaning rod. 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.

Class: Antique

Fine. The barrel and magazine tube retain 40% plus original blue finish thinning to a brown with light spotting mixed with some pitting. 70% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. The very fine brass has an attractive patina overall. The wood is fine with numerous minor dings and scratches. Mechanically fine, but follower hangs up. A solid example of a Winchester Model 1866 rifle with desirable Henry patent barrel address.

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Winchester Second Model 1873 Rifle

Winchester Second Model 1873 Rifle

Lot # 3020 (Sale Order: 21 of 938)      

Fine Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Manufactured in 1879 as a second model with receiver dust cover rail secured by two screws and dust cover with checked oval grip. British proofs are stamped on the left side of the barrel and receiver at the breech. The barrel has a dovetail blade front sight and an elevation adjustable rear sight and is stamped with the two-line address/patent dates legend ahead of the rear sight. The rifle correctly lacks caliber markings. The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1873." The straight grip stock has a trapdoor buttplate (cleaning rod not included).

Class: Antique

Fine, retaining 60% original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. 30% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. 40% of original case colors remain on the hammer and lever, and mostly silvered out case colors visible on the buttplate. The wood is also fine with minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester Model 1886 Sporting Rifle

Winchester Model 1886 Sporting Rifle

Lot # 3021 (Sale Order: 22 of 938)      

Excellent Documented Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

The Factory letter describes this Winchester Model 1886 as: "Rifle, 38/56, Octagon barrel" and "Plain trigger". The letter further states that this rifle was received in the Winchester warehouse on January 10, 1888, and shipped on January 11, 1888. The rifle has a 26-inch full-octagon barrel with full-length magazine. The barrel has a custom, dove-tail mounted, brass bead front sight and sporting style buckhorn rear sight with solid back and knurled edges. The upper receiver tang is factory drilled and tapped. The barrel and magazine have a blue finish. The bolt and loading gate are bright blue. The forearm cap, receiver, hammer, trigger, lever and crescent buttplate are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with a semi-gloss oil or varnish finish. 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. The caliber designation "38-56 W.C.F." is roll-stamped on the top barrel flat between the rear sight and the receiver. "-MODEL 1886.-" is roll-stamped on the upper tang. The lower tang is marked with the 1884 and 1885 patent dates immediately behind the trigger and the serial number in script numerals between the tang screws.

Class: Antique

Excellent. The barrel and magazine have 95% original blue finish intact. There is some slight finish loss on the magazine band. The Winchester legend and caliber designation are crisp. The bolt retains nearly all of the bright blue finish. The blue on the loading gate has faded but is 80% intact. The case colors on the receiver remains at least 90% intact. Nearly all of the case colors are present on the forearm cap, hammer and trigger. The receiver has strong case colors on the top and sides with a small spot of discoloration on the right side ahead of the loading gate and some fading on contact points on the bottom. The case colors on the sides and bottom of the lever show some handling wear and have faded to a mottled brown patina. The crescent buttplate retains half of the faded case colors with silvering and traces of light pitting on the toe and heel. The stock and forearm are in excellent condition and have nearly 95% of the original finish. Wear is limited to several shallow bruises along the left side of the forearm near the receiver and a few scattered and very minor handling marks on the forearm and stock. This is an excellent original example of a Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with very desirable casehardened receiver.

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Winchester Deluxe Model 1895 Fancy Lever Action Rifle

Winchester Deluxe Model 1895 Fancy Lever Action Rifle

Lot # 3022 (Sale Order: 23 of 938)      

Scarce Documented Winchester Deluxe Model 1895 Fancy Lever Action Rifle

The letter describes the features as: "Rifle, 30 caliber" and "Fancy checkered stock". The letter further states this rifle was shipped from Winchester on April 3, 1903 and returned to the warehouse for repair in August 1905 and September 1906. The rifle has the 28-inch round barrel that was standard for caliber .30 Army rifles. This barrel is roll-stamped with the caliber designation "30 U.S." on the top of the barrel just ahead of the receiver; this designation and the fact that the rifle was manufactured in 1905 indicates it is chambered for the desirable .30-03 cartridge. The barrel has a braised, ramp front sight base with brass sight blade and a standard, sporting style, rear sight with serrated edges and screw-adjustable center insert. A Lyman adjustable receiver sight with extended locking lever is mounted on the left side of the receiver. The left side of the barrel is roll-stamped: "NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER" in two lines just behind the rear sight. The left side of the receiver is roll-stamped with the second style Winchester legend with the "JAN. 25.98" two-line legend. The side of the rear sight is marked: "LYMAN". The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped: "MODEL 1895/-WINCHESTER-/TRADE MARK" in three lines. The serial number is stamped across the bottom of the lower tang between the tang screws. The barrel, receiver, rear sight and lever have a blue finish. The bolt and trigger have a high polish blue finish. The hammer and crescent buttplate are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are deluxe, highly figured, fancy grade walnut with Winchester "Style H" checkering and a high polish piano finish. The forearm tip has an ebony insert. The Winchester Model 1895 receiver was designed to handle high power cartridges, and the distinctive box magazine allowed the use of modern pointed bullets. Model 1895 rifles chambered for the .30-03 cartridge (30 Army) are particularly desirable. Model 1895 rifles with deluxe, fancy grade checkered stocks and forearms are scarce.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Very fine. This rifle is all original and retains 85% plus of the original blue finish. The barrel has 90% plus of the blue finish with the exception of a two-inch area on the top of the barrel ahead of the rear sight where the blue has thinned slightly. The finish on the top and upper right side of the receiver show handling wear, and there are some scattered patches of flaking on the sides and top of the lever. The bolt and trigger retain nearly all of the high polish blue. The hammer has nearly all of the muted case colors. The crescent buttplate shows typical handling wear and has a silver-gray patina with some rust and age discoloration on the heel and toe. The barrel and receiver markings are extremely sharp. The highly figured walnut stock and forearm are in very fine-excellent condition. There is some finish loss and what appears to be an old repair on the right stock wrist between the checkered panel and the edge of the receiver. The balance of the stock and forearm retain nearly all of the original piano finish. The checkered panels show minimal handling wear. This is a very fine example of a scarce Winchester Model 1895 Fancy Sporting Rifle chambered for the desirable .30-03 cartridge.

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Special Order Winchester Semi-Deluxe Model 1894 Carbine, Letter

Special Order Winchester Semi-Deluxe Model 1894 Carbine, Letter

Lot # 3023 (Sale Order: 24 of 938)      

Scarce Winchester Semi-Deluxe Model 1894 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine with Factory Letter

Manufactured in 1902. The accompanying factory letter lists this carbine with a barrel in .30 caliber and shotgun buttplate when received in the warehouse on November 5, 1904 and shipped on November 8. Although the checkered forearm and pistol grip stock are not listed in the letter, these special order features appear original. The not often found "I" style checkering around the diamond under the forearm. The left side of the lower tang is marked "182 S." The butt of the stock is marked "94/2829." The buttplate also has the number 2829." The barrel has the two-line address/patent dates marking, two-line nickel steel marking and "30 WCF" and is equipped with pinned Marble 894 front sight and folding ladder rear sight. The tang has a folding Lyman peep sight. There are also sling eyelets attached to the bottom of the barrel band and buttstock, hard rubber factory grip cap and steel shotgun buttplate. Winchester carbines are rarely found with special order features.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Very fine, retaining 80% plus original blue finish with the balance thinning to a gray. There is a series of scratches on the right side of the frame. 50% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. 30% of original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. The wood is very fine with dark stains on forward right comb, short hairline crack protruding from the buttplate heel, some minor dings and scratches and some blemishes in the overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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Winchester Model 1886 Extra Lightweight Lever Action 45-70 Rifle

Winchester Model 1886 Extra Lightweight Lever Action 45-70 Rifle

Lot # 3024 (Sale Order: 25 of 938)      

Exceptional Winchester Model 1886 Extra Lightweight Takedown Lever Action .45-70 Rifle

Manufactured in 1921. This near brand new Model 1886 Extra Lightweight Takedown Rifle has beaded Lyman blade front and elevation adjustable rear sights, standard late production Winchester markings including the factory oval proofs on the barrel and receiver, 3/4 magazine tube, attractive straight grain walnut forearm and buttstock and Winchester hard rubber shotgun buttplate. The Model 1886 was one of the finest and strongest lever actions built by Winchester, and this beautiful, extremely high condition example is chambered in .45-70 Government, the most popular chambering offered in the Model 1886 line.

Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Excellent plus, retaining over 99% original blue finish showing limited handling evidence. The wood is in equal condition. Mechanically excellent. It is not often that we see a Model 1886 in near brand new condition. This is a must have for the serious Winchester collector!

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