Lot 3103: Winchester - 1866
|Documented Winchester Model 1866 Carbine with Scarce Nickel-Plated Finish|
|Estimated Price: $8,500 - $12,000|
|Type||Carbine||Gauge||44 Henry RF||Catalog Page||53|
|Barrel||20 Inch Round||Finish||Nickel||Grip|
|Description||Winchester Model 1866 Carbine manufactured in 1885. The carbine has a very scarce factory full nickel plated finish. This carbine is pictured and described on page 75 of "THE WINCHESTER BOOK" by George Madis. Madis states that "only one of each three hundred guns was plated". The carbine has a barrel band ahead of the iron block front sight and late pattern folding leaf rear sight. A staple-mounted saddle ring is located on the left side of the receiver. The iron carbine-style buttplate has a sliding trap (cleaning rod not included). The stock and forearm are straight grain black walnut. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860" ahead of the rear sight. The serial number, "164533" is stamped in script numerals on the lower tang behind the lever latch.
|Condition||Fine. The receiver has almost 75% of the original plating intact. Finish loss is limited to wear on the top of the receiver in front of the ejection port and scattered minor handling marks. The lever and hammer have some scattered flaking on contact points. The barrel, magazine and barrel bands are bright and retains traces of the plated finish in protected areas. The buttplate has 20% of the plated finish remaining. The barrel marking are clear. The stock and forearm are very good with minimal handling wear. The rear sight folding leaf is broken. This is a fine example of a scarce and fully documented Winchester Model 1866 Carbine with factory full nickel-plated finish.|
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