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FINE MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 2425. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, square back, tapered, German silver front sight, an empty dovetail over the chamber area with its orig 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight marked “900” at the top, in the dovetail in the top flat of the receiver. Top flat of the bbl has the usual Henry company name, patent date and address forward of the dovetail and the SN in the usual position behind the dovetail. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut, slight perch belly buttstock with early style rnd heel brass buttplate with trap that has the large cleaning rod hole containing an orig 4-pc iron & hickory cleaning rod. The forward part of the bbl, under the rotating sleeve is marked with assembly number “766” with matching number on rear face of the sleeve. Left side of the lower tang, under the wood, is marked with the SN with matching numbers in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. All of the receiver screws and buttplate screws are matching numbered except the top tang wood screw which is unnumbered but is an orig Henry screw that is contoured to fit the tang and indexes properly, so is probably the orig screw that just didn’t get numbered. Left side of the buttstock is mounted with a factory sling swivel with a corresponding sling loop on left side of the bbl. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. Henry rifles of this era were very popular with Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War when they could find them. They are rarely found with high orig condition having served continuously throughout the Civil War and later on the American frontier, usually under adverse conditions with limited or no maintenance. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except one screw as noted. Bbl & magazine retain about 85-90% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and thinning around carry point near the receiver with a series of halos from a sling on left side below the sling loop; receiver, side plates & buttplate are crisp with sharp edges and retain a wonderful medium to dark mustard patina. Stock has a fine hairline back of top tang, otherwise the wood is sound with light handling & use nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore, has seen very little, if any, use. This is a truly exceptional Henry rifle. 4-44559 JR67 (65,000-90,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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