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RARE WINCHESTER THIRD MODEL LEVER ACTION MUSKET. SN 445789. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade musket with 30″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base front sight/socket bayonet lug and 800-yard musket ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured American walnut with full length forearm and straight stock that has carbine/musket buttplate with trap containing a 5-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Forearm has three bands secured with screws with the upper band having the rare saber bayonet lug. Middle band has a sling loop with corresponding loop in the buttstock. Bottom of carrier is crudely engraved “M. = Kloos”. Accompanied by an orig saber bayonet with 20-3/16″ Yataghan blade that has brass handle with feathered body & eagle head pommel along with its brass & leather scabbard. Also accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this musket in caliber 44 with saber bayonet, received in warehouse Feb. 9, 1893 and shipped next day, no order number indicated. Also accompanied by copies of pp. 172 & 173 of Winchester’s New Model of 1873 A Tribute Volume II, Gordon, which pictures the carrier of this musket on p. 172 and right side of the receiver on p. 173, both photos identified by SN. According to The Winchester Book, Madis, Model ’73 muskets with saber bayonet lugs are extremely rare, most were equipped for socket bayonets. There were about 721,000 Model 1873 firearms produced and according to the referenced publication only 5% were muskets. Extrapolation of those figures shows that there were only about 36,000 muskets produced and of those, very few were equipped with saber bayonets. CONDITION: Good. Traces of orig finish remain on the receiver, around the sideplates, with the balance of the metal a dark plummy brown patina. Stock has a couple of chips around the wrist, a hairline on each side of the wrist and a series of heavy bruises on the comb, otherwise the wood is sound showing heavy use with nicks & dings and heavy wear on the forearm and retains about 60% original finish on the buttstock and a hand worn patina on the forearm. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine, frosty & dark in the grooves. Bayonet blade has been cleaned with a few small spots of pitting; handle is a cleaned light yellow patina; scabbard has an open seam with light crackling and retains about 80% orig finish; throat & tip have a few small dents. 4-47636 JR225 (3,000-5,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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