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EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH BIRDSEYE MAPLE STOCK AND FOREARM. SN 215880. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight & semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver has single set trigger. Left side of the lower tang, under the wood is marked “XXX” & the assembly # 1185 along with “BM”, which presumably stands for birdseye maple. Matching assembly # is also found in the top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Standard grade Model 1873 rifles are not uncommon and although exotic woods were listed as an option in Winchester catalogs they were very seldom ordered with anything other than walnut. Later models are more frequently encountered with birdseye maple but extremely few Models 1873 are known. PROVENANCE: Woody Frey Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear & light muzzle end wear. Forend cap retains most of it’s orig blue, slightly dulled. Receiver retains 88-90% orig blue, stronger on the left side with most of the losses on the side plates. Loading gate retains nearly all of it’s bright fire blue. Hammer retains bright case colors & the lever bright colors on the sides, more faded on the outer faces. Buttplate retains about 85% thin orig blue. Wood is sound with light oil staining on buttstock around the receiver with a very few, very light nicks & scratches and retains about all of it’s bright orig finish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright, shiny bore. 4-48418 JR166 (7,000-10,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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