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Lot 12: Winchester Model 1866 Rifle Inscribed to Reverend Nassau

Auction Date: October 6, 2021

Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle Period Inscribed to Reverend R.H. Nassau

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle Period Inscribed to Reverend R.H. Nassau

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1866
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 RF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue/brass
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 639
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Class: Antique
Rating:

OB - EXCELLENT- all original parts; over 80% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal; unmarred wood.

PRF - PROFESSIONALLY REFINISHED OR RESTORED

WW - WOOD IS WORSE FOR THE PERCENT FINISH RATING GIVEN

Description:

The receiver was manufactured in 1870, before later (post-1905) being returned to the factory and rebarreled, the stock refinished, and the barrel and receiver struck with factory oval proofs. The left side of the receiver is inscribed "Rev. R.H. Nassau./Benita/July 16, 1869. West Africa.". This period inscription is likely for Reverend Robert Hamill Nassau, who spent roughly 40 years as a Presbyterian missionary in West Africa. It is unclear when the inscription was added, but the date may refer to the day Nassau assumed his first missionary post on the island of Corisco.

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