Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 2012: John Ulrich Signed Engraved Winchester Model 1866 Rifle

Auction Date: February 4, 2021

Scarce and Desirable John Ulrich Signed, Master Engraved, and Gold Plated Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $16,000 - $25,000

Scarce and Desirable John Ulrich Signed, Master Engraved, and Gold Plated Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1866
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 Henry RF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue/gold
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 94
Class: Antique
Rating:

OC - FINE- all original parts; over 30% original finish, sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood.

NPRF - NON-PROFESSIONALLY REFINISHED/COLD BLUE, ETC.

WW - WOOD IS WORSE FOR THE PERCENT FINISH RATING GIVEN

Description:

This beautiful Third Model was manufactured in 1870. The highly detailed inhabited scroll engraving incorporates a bald eagle's head on the right side near the back of the frame and a wolf's head on the left side plate as well as intricate geometric patterns. The engraving patterns are similar to examples pictured in the chapter "Signed Works of John Ulrich" in "Winchester Engraving" by R.L. Wilson, especially number 26484 on page 143 which has the same wolf head design. The left side of upper tang is signed "J.U." for John Ulrich, and the last four digits of the serial number are found in the upper tang mortise and inside the buttplate. In addition, the lower tang is marked "G" and "XXX ." The rifle features a combination globe and blade front sight, notch and folding ladder rear sight, tang peep sight, sling swivels (front absent), and a high grade deluxe walnut stock. Includes the four-piece cleaning rod in the stock.

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