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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 “BIG 50” LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 23296. Cal. 50-95 Express. Beautiful deluxe rifle with 26″ rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Bbl is full matted with caliber marking “50” on right side of matted panel and “CAL.” on left side. Receiver is 2nd Model with screwed-on dust cover rail and dust cover marked “WINCHESTER EXPRESS / 50 CAL 95 GRS.” Sides of hammer, lever & forend cap are very nicely engraved in about $2.50 coverage. Engraving consists of fine foliate arabesque patterns with line borders on lever & hammer. Mounted with 2-3X center crotch flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip buttstock with fleur-de-lis horn inlay and a smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number “313”, “XX” and “S”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock with buttplate having the assembly number “332” inside the toe. Receiver, lever, hammer & forend cap are color case hardened. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber “Express” with 26″ rnd bbl, “matted barrel, etc.”, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, shotgun butt and case hardened, received in warehouse June 30, 1882 and shipped next day to Order #32468. Although the engraving is not specifically mentioned in the letter, it is probably covered by the “Etc.” which follows “matted barrel”. Also accompanied by a small tin document box containing 48 reloaded cartridges, 20 of which are in a partial orig green label box and 21 empty brass casings. A complete 3-die set of RCBS loading dies and an Ideal bullet mold with handles. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-96% strong orig blue with a few light spots on bbl and the outer radius of the magazine tube a little thin and turning plummy; receiver & sideplates retain about all of their orig case colors, brilliant in front of trigger and lower tang, bright in other sheltered areas but generally faded; dust cover retains most of its high polish blue; hammer retains bright case colors and the lever bright case colors on sides, faded on outer faces; forend cap retains about all of its faded case colors. Wood is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig piano varnish on the buttstock with about 50% on forearm showing wear at back half and on checkering. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Reloaded ammunition is fine; empty casings are corroded; dies & mold are fine. 4-45672 JR280 (25,000-40,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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