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RARE SMALL BORE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 188244. Cal. 22 Short. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, combination front sight, spirit level in rear seat and a Model 62-B (Lollipop) tang sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate without trap. Right side of the forearm is inlaid with an engraved gold ribbon about 1-3/4″ long x 5/16″ wide bearing the initials “H.A.M.” with floral accents at each end. Right sideplate is without loading gate, as is proper for the 22 rifles, and has an orig inside magazine tube. Only about 19,500 of these rare rifles were produced in the period 1884-1904 and were the first repeating rifle chambered for 22 rimfire ammunition in America. Few of these rifles survive today and of those, very few retain high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl retains 96-97% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and a couple of small scratches; magazine tube retains 88-90% orig blue with an area of fine pitting just below the magazine band that was cleaned a long time ago and is now beginning to patinate; receiver retains 93-95% orig blue with very fine sharp edge wear and light flaking; hammer retains strong case colors; lever retains case colors in sheltered areas, mostly turned silver. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44577 JR73 (10,000-15,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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