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EXTREMELY RARE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 93927. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Spectacular full nickel engraved ’73 carbine with 20″ bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight & reverse mounted, orig “1873” marked carbine ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, about 2-3X, American walnut with standard carbine forearm and straight stock and carbine buttplate with trap which contains an orig 3-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Buttstock & forearm band have factory sling swivels. Receiver is beautifully engraved by John Ulrich and signed on bottom tang. Engraving consists of the vignette of a grizzly bear on a promontory on the left sideplate and a bugling elk on right side, all surrounded by wonderful intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with a large flower blossom also on left side. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number “4338”, “XXX” and “C”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this carbine with a ring & staple, fancy stock, sling & swivel, full nickel and engraved $7.50, received in warehouse June 10, 1882 and shipped same day with five other arms to Order #32919. Engraved ’73 carbines are very rare, nickel finish ones even more rare and highly figured wood without checkering is the most rare. Usually the arms of this era saw hard service on the American frontier with very little or no maintenance and are rarely found with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 90-95% strong orig nickel with some minor flaking and small spots of fine pitting; receiver, lever, hammer & buttplate retain just about all of their strong orig nickel finish with a few very minor scratches and a couple of small spots of flaking. Wood is sound with scattered nicks, scratches & dings and retains most of its orig oil finish showing wear on the carry point of the forearm and around the wrist. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some minor pitting. 4-44586 JR76 (25,000-40,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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