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Revised: 9/30/2012 

Additional Information: We do not gurantee this was engraved by Nimschke.

FINE NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 109705. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and 900 yard ladder rear sight. The 2-line Winchester & King’s Patent address is completely legible. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & brass crescent buttplate with trap. Bottom of stock & forend cap have factory sling swivels. Last four digits of matching SN are in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is very nicely engraved by master engraver, L.D. Nimschke, in his distinctive large sweeping foliate arabesque scrolls with punch dot background. Left sideplate has an empty scalloped edge panel with stars in the border and the right side has full coverage foliate arabesque patterns. The vertical raised land area before the front flat on each side is engraved in a geometric pattern. Engraving extends over the top of the receiver with a foliate spray forward of the ejection port and matching spray behind the hammer slot. Bottom of receiver has Mr. Nimschke’s distinctive foliate pattern between the timing screws and a beautiful hunter star on the carrier. Forend cap and buttplate tang are engraved to match. This rifle was, undoubtedly, the prize possession of someone of relative importance to either have received it as a gift or to have been financially able to purchase it. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain blue in sheltered areas being mostly a cleaned thin blue/gray patina; receiver shows moderate edge wear and it, along with the buttplate and forend cap, retain a smooth medium mustard patina. Wood is sound with a few, very light handling & storage nicks and retains about all of a fine refinish. Mechanics are crisp, strong dark bore with fine pitting and a fine ring about 2″ from muzzle that did not bulge the bbl. 4-41516 JR287 (22,500-32,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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