Lot 1043: Winchester - 1873
|Magnificent, Deluxe, Documented Special Order, Winchester Third Model 1873 with Casehardened Frame and Factory Letter|
|Estimated Price: $100,000 - $180,000|
|Type||Rifle||Gauge||38 WCF||Catalog Page||32|
|Stock||factory walnut checkered||Class||Antique||Rating||See Condition|
|Description||Special order, deluxe, Winchester Model 1873 rifle with Cody Firearms Museum letter. The letter describes the features of this rifle as: 38 caliber, 1/2 octagon barrel, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, folding peep rear and Beach front sights, and casehardened receiver. The letter states that this rifle was shipped from the Winchester warehouse on May 21, 1886. The rifle has the Third Model receiver with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated edges. The top of the receiver has the step found on .22, .32 and .38 caliber Model 1873 rifles. The half-round/half-octagon barrel, full-length magazine, dust cover, trigger and loading gate have a blue finish. The forearm cap, receiver, hammer, lever and crescent buttplate are casehardened with fiery case colors. The forearm and pistol grip stock are highly figured, deluxe, 3X, fancy grain walnut with high polish piano finish and "Style H" checkered panels. The bottom of the pistol grip has an ebony inlay. The barrel has a gold washed, Beach folding combination front sight and a buckhorn, sporting rear sight with serrated edges. A rare Lyman 62-B folding peep sight is mounted on the receiver tang. The 62-B sights were produced in very limited numbers are seldom encountered on Model 1873 rifles. The rifle has a special order single set trigger. The buttplate has a sliding brass trap door and the butt trap contains a four-piece, jointed, steel cleaning rod with brass tip. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the two-line legend "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER.16. 1860." ahead of the rear sight. "38 CAL" is stamped in script on the top barrel flat between the rear sight and the receiver. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped "MODEL 1873" in fancy letters with foliate devices at either end. "38 CAL" is stamped in script letters on the bottom of the brass cartridge elevator. The serial number, "195998/A" is stamped across the lower tang between the lever latch and the tang screw.
|Condition||Excellent plus, near new. The rifle retains 99% of the blue finish on the barrel, magazine, dust cover, loading gate, trigger and tang sight. The forearm cap, receiver, hammer, lever and crescent buttplate have nearly all of the vivid case colors found on deluxe, special order, Winchester rifles. Even the buttplate case colors show minimal handling wear. The highly figured, 3X, fancy grain stock and forearm are in excellent plus condition; the stock and forearm retain nearly all of the high polish piano finish and the checkered panels show almost no handling wear. The barrel and frame markings are perfect. The bore is mirror bright. This is a magnificent example of a fully documented, deluxe, Winchester Model 1873 rifle with numerous special order features including the very desirable casehardened receiver. This Deluxe Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle would be the standout piece in the finest collection of Winchester firearms and is the finest of it's type we have ever offered at auction!|
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