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EXTREMELY RARE JOHN ULRICH ENGRAVED DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 36481. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Spectacular engraved ’66 rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mtn. front sight and 900 yard Henry-style ladder rear sight and a thin base adjustable early tang sight that has 3-3/4″ staff. Trigger is the thin pointed style usually found on engraved & deluxe rifles. Mounted with extraordinary, 3X, tiger-striped, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap. Bottom of stock & forend cap have factory sling swivels. SN is found on lower tang with matching number in top tang channel of buttstock and last three digits of matching number inside toe of buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked “XXX” with an “S” and an “O”. Left side of upper tang is engraved in large letters “JU”. Receiver is beautifully engraved in some of John Ulrich’s finest work with full coverage on sides consisting of very highly detailed & shaded foliate & floral arabesque patterns and has an open panel on each side with a dog’s head incorporated at left rear side and an eagle’s head at right rear side. Front side panels have full coverage engraving by the same hand in unusual patterns. Top of receiver, top & bottom tangs, bottom of receiver, forend cap and buttplate tang are also engraved and all of the engraving has an extremely fine pearled background. Receiver, forend cap & buttplate were originally silver-plated. Accompanied by what is probably its orig factory sling with brass buckle. The engraving by John Ulrich is very distinctive with fine, tight scrolls and great shading with very fine background and unusual, highly detailed panels. This represents one of John Ulrich’s finest pieces of work outside of those with deep relief engraving. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains a smooth even plum patina with traces of dark blue in the most sheltered areas and one spot of pitting on left side flat toward the muzzle; magazine tube retains about 98% dark plummy/blue; receiver retains about 20-30% orig silver, mostly oxidized to dark finish; exposed brass is a medium mustard patina. Wood is sound with the forearm having a small gouge and retains a dark hand worn patina; buttstock is fine and retains most of its orig, bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with sharp rifling and fine pitting with a ring about mid-point which has caused a very fine bulge, faintly visible on the outside. Altogether an extremely beautiful & rare ’66. Sling shows heavy wear but is still soft & supple and retains a black hand worn patina. Buckle billet has been re-stitched. 4-49008 JR139 (70,000-100,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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