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VERY RARE ENGRAVED & NICKEL FINISH WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION MUSKET. SN 134949. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Full nickel finish with 27″ rnd bbl, full magazine & square base front sight/bayonet lug and 900 yard Spencer style rear sight with flat tension spring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with 3/4 length forearm, three bands & straight stock and musket/carbine buttplate with trap. SN is found on bottom tang and the buttstock has last four digits of matching SN in top tang channel and also found inside toe of buttplate. Buttstock & middle band contain factory sling wires. Receiver is very nicely engraved, probably by one of the Ulrichs with the vignette of a standing elk on left side surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with one scroll terminating in a flower blossom. Right side is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with one flower blossom. Top & bottom of receiver are sparsely engraved to match. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this musket with nickel finish & engraved, received in warehouse March 24, 1879 and shipped same day to Order #8365. Winchester ’66 muskets are not uncommon, however plated examples are very rare and engraved ones are extremely rare. CONDITION: Very good, all matching. Bbl retains about 50% orig nickel mixed with flaked areas turned to dark patina; magazine tube retains 95-96% milky orig nickel with some very fine flaking; receiver retains about 95-96% restored nickel finish; lever, hammer & buttplate retain strong orig nickel. Stock has a hairline in left wrist, otherwise wood is sound with a couple of bruises on buttstock and two long scratches in forearm and overall retains about all of a restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-47864 JR121 (10,000-15,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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