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RARE EARLY ENGRAVED HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 18231. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, replacement brass blade front sight and a 900 yard Henry style ladder rear sight with slide stop screw. Top flat of bbl has the Henry’s and King’s two-line address. It is mounted with deluxe, about 2x, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and brass crescent buttplate with trap containing a 4-pc brass and iron cleaning rod. Serial number was observed on the bottom tang, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of the buttplate. Bottom of stock and forend cap have factory sling swivels. Receiver, forend cap and buttplate tang are beautifully engraved by Henry and early ’66 engraver Samuel J. Hoggson. Engraving consists of large, very well executed, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background on both sides of the receiver. Each sideplate also is engraved with a large flower blossom within the scrolls. Both front side flats are engraved with Hoggson’s typical large flower blossom and all the engraving is bordered by a zigzag pattern. Engraving extends over top of receiver and top tang with flourishes on each side of the forend cap and the buttplate tang. Receiver, forend cap and buttplate are silver plated. Although Samuel Hoggson was established as an engraver in New Haven prior to the introduction of the Model 1860 Henry rifle and was still in business well into the 1870s, and was responsible for a majority of the engraved Henry rifles, he is not well known as an engraver of 1866 rifles. Mr. Hoggson’s engraved animals left a lot to be desired, however his foliate and floral work was among the best. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain a complete, even, smooth plum-brown patina showing moderate edge wear with a thin bbl address. Bbl address on these early ’66s was notoriously light and even finding a partial address is somewhat a rarity. This address is completely legible. Receiver retains 50-60% orig silver plating with the exposed brass a dark mustard patina. Hammer retains silvered case colors on the sides turned brown on the edges. Lever is a dark brown patina. Forend cap retains about 80% orig silver and buttplate about 30-35% orig silver. Stock has a repaired crack in the toe, otherwise the stock is sound with usual nicks, dings and scratches showing heavy use but still retains about 80% orig finish with a light overcoating on the buttstock. Forearm has a crack on each side, back of the forend cap with nicks, dings and scratches and retains about 80% varnish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with good shine and scattered pitting. 4-41520 JR289 (30,000-50,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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