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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 19115. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with scarce, special order 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, early combination front sight with 2nd bead on top of loop and early semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver is 1st model with 2nd type impressed thumb print mortised dust cover. Mounted with slab-sawed uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver has sgl-set trigger. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, received in warehouse July 31, 1876 and shipped Aug. 2, 1876 to Order #6482. Any special order feature on these early 1873 Winchesters is very rare, especially extra length bbls. Arms of this era are rarely found with high orig finish as they generally saw hard service under adverse conditions on the American frontier with little or no maintenance. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 80-85% blue turning plum with edge wear and a couple of dings; magazine tube retains about 90% blue with a couple of repaired & touched-up dents just above the forearm; receiver retains 65-70% thinning orig blue with some candy striping and some scattered surface spotting; lever & hammer retain faded case colors, turned silver on outer faces; forend cap retains about 85% orig blue and the buttplate is a silver/gray patina with some light pitting. Wood is sound with light handling & use marks, a series of bruises near the toe and shows an even hand worn patina with a dark spot near the heel. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-44589 JR78 (7,500-12,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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