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Lot 4012: First Model Henry Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: February 5, 2021

Early Production First Model Henry Lever Action Rifle with Three Digit Serial Number

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $18,000 - $27,500

Early Production First Model Henry Lever Action Rifle with Three Digit Serial Number

Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co.
Model: Henry Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 Henry RF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 186
Class: Antique

OD - VERY GOOD- all original parts; none to 30% original finish; original metal surfaces smooth with all edges sharp; clear lettering, numerals and design on metal; wood slightly scratched or bruised.



Early production Henry Rifle manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company in 1862. The rifle has the first pattern brass frame with rear sight dovetail and first pattern brass buttplate with rounded heel. The barrel is fitted with the standard folding adjustable rear sight in the alternate rear sight dovetail and nickel silver front sight. The loading lever has a spur to engage the latch on the lower tang. The rifle is not fitted with the extra cost sling swivel on the left side of the stock and sling loop on the left side of the barrel. The serial number of the rifle "526" is stamped on the top barrel flat between the rear sight and the frame, on the lower left side of the tang, in the upper tang inlet of the stock and on the inside of the buttplate. The buttplate screws and the lower tang screw are stamped with the full serial number. The two small tang screws are stamped with the partial serial number "26". The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "HENRY'S PATENT. OCT. 16. 1860/MANUFACT'D BY THE NEW HAVEN ARMS CO. NEWHAVEN. CT." The Henry Rifle was the most advanced rifle manufactured during the Civil War. Experts believe that most Henry Rifles manufactured before April, 1865, were purchased by individual Federal soldiers who appreciated the Henry's fire power. Henry Rifles were especially popular with soldiers from Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky in the Federal Army of the Cumberland. This is a very attractive, early production original Civil War Henry Rifle.

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