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Revised: 10/31/2012 

Additional Information: There are differences of opinion on the engraving. We therefore do not guarantee the engraver or the age of the engraving.

SPECTACULAR NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 21028. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Fabulous ’66 rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and 900 yard Henry style ladder rear sight with slide retaining screw. Top flat of bbl is marked with the Henry’s and King’s patent 2-line address. It is mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered, slab sawed American walnut with straight stock and brass crescent buttplate with traps. SN is on bottom tang with last 3-digits of SN inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is most spectacularly engraved by master engraver L.D. Nimschke in one of his most elaborate pieces of work accomplished over his sterling career. Receiver has nearly full coverage deep, semi-relief, intertwined and overlaid foliate arabesque patterns with very fine punch-dot background. Left side plate is engraved with the vignette of a bull elk being attacked by two dogs and a detailed forest scene. Right side plate has a scalloped edge, empty counterpoint panel with dot border and light shaded edges. Both front side flats are engraved with matching semi-relief foliate arabesque patterns and each panel has Mr. Nimschke’s mythical dog-like creature. The engraving continues over the entire top of the receiver and top tang with elaborate fan panels in front of the ejection port and behind the hammer slot. Top edges of the side plates and each side of the ejection port are engraved in feather patterns with elaborate, relief foliate patterns on each top side flat with Mr. Nimschke’s 4-petal flower blossom in the center. Bottom of the carrier is engraved with double rows of feather patterns with a matching 4-petal flower blossom in the center. He has engraved the area between and around the timing screws with foliate arabesque patterns and his full name “NIMSCHKE” on a ribbon in the center. He has added matching arabesque patterns around the lever opening, behind the trigger opening, around the lever lock with geometric patterns at the toe and a chip and dot border. He additionally added a beautiful ribbon around the SN. Forend cap is also more elaborately engraved than normal with foliate arabesque patterns on each side with feather and chip and dot border patterns around the edges. To complete the effect, Mr. Nimschke also engraved the buttplate tang and the buttplate more elaborately than normal with foliate arabesque patterns on the top of the tang and sides of the heel with the top of the heel engraved in a wonderful fan pattern. Side edges of the tang are engraved with feather border patterns with chip and dot border down the edges and, most unusually, a small pattern around the bottom screw hole. Given the extensive coverage with deep semi-relief engraving throughout, there can be little doubt that this rifle was ordered by or for someone of great importance. It does not appear to have been plated with either silver or gold. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain blue in sheltered areas being mostly a smooth plummy-blue patina. Receiver retains sharp edges with only very light wear except at bottom front edge at carry point. Stock has a repaired crack in the toe with a couple spots of wood fill and a broken top tang screw, otherwise all wood is sound and retains a smooth restored finish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with moderate pitting. Cleaning rod is fine. 4-46968 JR290 (50,000-70,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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