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RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 251501. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Beautiful deluxe rifle with 24″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine, ivory bead combination front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a thick base tang sight with 2-1/2″ staff. Mounted with about 2X flame & shell grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with black insert and crescent buttplate with trap containing an orig 4-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number “970”, “XX” and “38”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver has sgl-set trigger. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, received in warehouse Nov. 8, 1887 and shipped next day to Order #24036. This rifle was produced at the height of the Great Western Expansion and rifles of this era usually saw hard service on the frontier with little or no maintenance and are rarely found with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 93-95% crisp orig blue with losses from hand & fingerprints of light pitting toward the muzzle; magazine tube retains 95-97% strong orig blue also with pitting above magazine band, which also has same type of pitting; receiver, forend cap & buttplate retain about all of their orig case colors; receiver has brilliant case colors in sheltered areas with the balance lightly to moderately faded, turned silver over bottom front; forend cap retains very strong bright colors and the buttplate bright colors on the tang & toe with balance fading. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its bright orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; has had very little, if any, use. 4-44571 JR71 (20,000-30,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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