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Auction Date: February 20, 2015

Lot 3003: Winchester - 1866

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Desirable Ulrich Engraved Factory Documented Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter
Estimated Price: $20,000 - $30,000
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Serial #Winchester - 1866 ManufacturerWinchester Model1866
TypeRifle Gauge44 Catalog Page161
Barrel24 Inch Octagon FinishBlue/silver Grip
Stockwalnut ClassAntique RatingOD WW
Rating DefinitionOD - VERY GOOD: all original parts; none to 30% original finish.
DescriptionManufactured in 1876, this Third Model 1866 lever action rifle features documented factory engraving. The accompanying Winchester factory letter confirms rifle, silver plating and factory engraving. The rifle was received in the warehouse on January 15, 1876 and shipped the next day. Blade front sight, ladder rear sight, and full length magazine tube. The receiver has a beautifully executed factory engraving featuring an extensive floral scroll and punch dot pattern. The scrollwork surrounds a circular panel scene of a majestic elk on the left side plate. Wedges of scrollwork extend to the brass forend cap, buttplate and cartridge elevator. Similar examples of Ulrich's engraving are pictured in Wilson's "THE BOOK OF WINCHESTER ENGRAVING" page 52 and "WINCHESTER ENGRAVING" page 95, which shows engraved 1866's in the same serial number range. The top barrel flat is marked "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN, CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED MARCH 29, 1866 OCTOBER 16, 1860." The lower tang is marked with the serial number. The receiver is silver plated. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock.

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