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VERY FINE LATE TYPE II MARTIAL MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 9209. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Type II Martial Henry with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, late style square back German silver front sight and 900 yd. Henry ladder rear sight. Top flat of the bbl has the late style, large 2-line Henry’s address. Rnd part of the bbl, under the loading sleeve is marked with the assembly number “2360”. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and late style brass buttplate with pointed heel & trap. Left side of the buttstock has a factory sling swivel and left side of the bbl is mounted with a corresponding loop. Left side of the wrist is marked with the tiny inspector initials “A.W.M.” which is the inspector initials used on type II Martial Henry rifles. This series of Henry rifles were purchased on contracts placed during 1864 & 1865 which is believed to have been for more than 600 rifles. The U.S. Government purchased 1,731 Henry rifles during the Civil War for issue to the Army. Most of these Martial Henry’s were issued to the 3rd Veteran Volunteer Regiment which saw very little, if any combat, performing picket & guard duty around Washington D.C. As part of this units enlistment bonus, if they performed their duties and served full term of their enlistment, they were allowed to keep their arms and equipment if they so desired. Apparently most of these soldiers took advantage of this program and took their Henry rifles home with them for personal use for hunting and protection. Many of the soldiers never returned home, they simply kept moving west to the great American frontier taking their Henry rifles with them. Few of these late Martial Henry’s have ever been identified because the inspector initials are very tiny and were not struck deep. Therefore it took very little wear to obliterate them and since there are very few records of the serial numbers they simply have been lost to history. Some of the above information was extracted from the book The Henry Rifle, Quick. PROVENANCE: Woody Frey Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl and magazine tube retain strong blue in the gullets with the balance of the bbl and loading sleeve retaining a smooth, even plum patina. Receiver and buttplate have strong, sharp edges with tight side plates and both receiver and buttplate retain a dark mustard patina. Stock is sound with usual nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of a lightly restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with good rifling and fine pitting. 4-48401 JR203 (30,000-50,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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