Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 7: Civil War Era New Haven Arms Co. Henry Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: October 4, 2022

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Estimated Price: $18,000 - $25,000

Civil War Era New Haven Arms Co. Henry Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co.
Model: Henry Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 RF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Class: Antique

OE - GOOD - some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; lightly scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.


Manufactured 1863. Empty receiver sight dovetail, folding ladder rear sight on the barrel and the two-line barrel legend. The full serial number is on the top flat of the barrel at the breech, the left of the lower tang, inside the buttplate, on the forward upper tang screw, and both buttplate screws. The lower tang screw is a poorly numbered to match replacement. Only around 14,000 Henrys were manufactured in 1860-1866, and around half of them are believed to have been used by Union soldiers, mostly purchased by the men themselves, some using reenlistment bonuses. "That damned Yankee rifle that can be loaded on Sunday and fired all week" was one of the most advanced firearms of the war. Includes a four-piece metal cleaning rod.

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