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Auction Date: February 19, 2017

Lot 6025: Winchester 1873 Rifle 44 WCF

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Extremely Rare Short Barreled Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter
Estimated Price: $7,000 - $9,000
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Serial #Winchester 1873 Rifle 44 WCF ManufacturerWinchester Model1873
TypeRifle Gauge44 WCF Catalog Page350
Barrel16 Inch Octagon FinishBlue Grip
Stockwalnut ClassAntique RatingOF WB
Rating DefinitionOF - FAIR: some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned; rounded edges of metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal partly obliterated; wood scratched, bruised, cracked or repaired where broken.
DescriptionThis rifle was received in the Winchester warehouse on January 14, 1911, and shipped to G. Amsinck & Co. (misspelled "Amslnck" in the letter), a shipping firm tied to the Bolo Pasha peace plot during WWI, in New York on April 26, 1913, in its current configuration including the short 16" barrel. Very few Winchesters were manufactured with barrels substantially shorter than the standard lengths. Most of those that do have short barrels are carbines, not rifles, making this a very rare collector's item.

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