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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 37981. Cal. 45-75. Beautiful deluxe ’76 with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, slightly altered half nickel front sight, an “1876” marked ladder rear sight and an early thick base tang sight with spiral knurled barrel. Receiver is color case hardened and engraved about $2.50 with the small vignette of a standing bull elk and a reclining hind in a forest scene surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns and chip & dot borders. Front side panels are identically engraved with foliate arabesque patterns and matching borders. Right sideplate is engraved to match with matching patterns over top of receiver, dust cover, top tang and bottom of receiver with light flourishes on the forend cap and buttplate tang. It is artist signed “J. Ulrich” in tiny letters behind the trigger on bottom tang. Mounted with very highly figured, about 2-3X, marbled flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with black fleur-de-lis inlay and smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with the assembly number “609”, “XX” and “S”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Rear face of buttstock, under buttplate, is stamped with the small name “J.H. WILLIAMS”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, Lyman sights, shotgun butt, case hardened & engraved, received in warehouse Dec. 11, 1883 and shipped next day to Order #9534. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Bbl retains traces of blue in most sheltered areas, stronger around forearm and bottom side flats with the upper flats mostly a mottled & silver/brown patina with light surface rust spots; magazine tube retains about 60-70% orig blue with the outer radius a plum/blue patina with fine surface rust spotting; forend cap retains mottled case colors; receiver also retains mottled silvered case colors turned gray on front side flats; lever & hammer retain faded case colors, dark on outer faces of lever; buttplate is a brown patina with light rust. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its bright piano varnish finish on buttstock and about 75% piano varnish finish on forearm; the forearm finish is dulled at the carry point. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-46638 JR272 (55,000-75,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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