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RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 EXPRESS LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 37862. Cal. 50 Ex.(50-95). Fine deluxe rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead Beach’s front sight, early short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges and a rare thick base combination tang sight with fine spiral knurled barrel. Left side of lower tang is marked “XXX” and the assembly number “1740”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Mounted with very highly figured, about 3X, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and black insert, serpentine pistol grip buttstock that has crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver is very nicely engraved, about $4.00, and is signed on bottom tang, behind trigger slot “ULRICH” and appears to have the initials “CF” in front but the strike was very light and the initials are indistinguishable. Engraving consists of a bugling bull elk on left side surrounded by light foliate arabesque patterns with matching engraving on right side, top & bottom of receiver and buttplate tang. Dust cover has matching engraving and is inscribed “WINCHESTER EXPRESS / .50 CAL. 95 GRS.”. Forend cap is also lightly engraved and it is fitted with sgl set trigger. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in Express caliber with oct bbl, set trigger, pistol grip, Lyman & Beach sights, engraved, received in warehouse Nov. 1, 1883 and shipped next day to Order #8062. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain a mottled silver/gray patina, as does the forend cap; receiver & sideplates are also a mottled silver/gray patina from faded case colors; hammer is cleaned gray metal patina; lever retains a couple of spots of case colors being mostly a dark patina. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains strong orig piano varnish finish with light wear on the checkering. Bottom tang wood screw is a replacement. Set trigger needs adjusting, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. This exact rifle is pictured on p 159 of Wilson’s Winchester Engraving book. 4-48394 JR123 (17,500-27,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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