Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 9: Whitney-Kennedy Lever Action Sporting Rifle

Auction Date: May 20, 2011

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,250

Whitney-Kennedy Lever Action Sporting Rifle

Manufacturer: Whitney Arms Company
Model: Kennedy-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 CF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 9
Class: Antique

Produced circa 1879 - 1886 with a total production of approximately 15,000. This particular rifle is a small or light frame variation. The top barrel flat ahead of the rear sight is marked "WHITNEYVILLE ARMORY CT, U.S.A." followed by "KENNEDY" and "44 CAL. C.F." at the breech. The two line patent marking is on the upper tang and the serial number is marked on the lower tang. German silver blade front and adjustable buckhorn rear sights. Full length magazine, "S" style lever and mounted with a smooth walnut forearm with iron end cap and straight grip stock with crescent buttplate with compartment (cleaning rod not included).

Rating Definition:

Fair. The metal surfaces have a smooth mottled dark brown patina. The wood is good with scattered minor dings, dents and scratches and an overcoat of varnish. The lever doesn't completely return to the up position and the loading gate doesn't function, otherwise the action functions properly. With the exception of the upper tang markings, the markings are clear.

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