Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1: Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Co., Henry Lever-Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 2, 2011

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $15,000 - $22,500

Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Co., Henry Lever-Action Rifle

Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co.
Model: Henry Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 Henry RF
Barrel: 24 inch
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 6
Class: Antique

The top and sides of the brass receiver and the heel and bottom of the brass buttplate are engraved with the standard Henry engraving pattern executed by Samuel J. Hoggson (similar engraving is illustrated on page 23 of WINCHESTER ENGRAVING by R.L. Wilson). The front receiver panels are engraved with with large floral designs in double bordered panels with scalloped edges. The left sideplate is engraved with a hunting dog on point surrounded by open scrollwork on a punch-dot background. The right sideplate is covered with scrollwork on a punch-dot background. Both side plates are engraved with double-line borders with wavy edges. The top and sides of the receiver and the upper tang are engraved with scroll-work flourishes on punch-dot background. The heel of the buttplate has scroll and punch-dot engraving and, unusually, the bottom of the buttplate is engraved with scroll work. The face of the butt trap is engraved with a star burst. The barrel has a nickel-silver front sight blade with flat back and a dovetail mounted folding leaf rear sight. The left side of the varnished walnut stock is fitted with a factory sling swivel and a factory loop for a sling hook is mounted on the left side of the barrel. The top barrel flat is marked with the two-line legend: "HENRY'S PATENT. OCT. 16. 1860/MANUFACT'D Y THE NEW HAVEN ARMS. CO. NEWHAVEN.CT." ahead of the rear sight. The serial number, "5011" is restamped on the top barrel flat between the rear sight and the receiver, on the lower left receiver tang, the upper tang inlet of the stock . The inside of the buttplate is numbered "8720". The late style cap screws on the buttplate and tang are, correctly, not serial numbered. The buttplate has the late style pointed heel. The butt trap contains the four-piece iron cleaning rod with brass tip that was provided with later manufacture Henry rifles.

Rating Definition:

Fair as repaired/rebuilt. The barrel has been refinished; the NEW HAVEN ARMS Co., markings have been refreshed. The front sight blade is a replacement. The receiver shows moderate handling wear; there are numerous small dents and scratches on the top and sides of the receiver and the sideplate edges are battered. The tang has been repaired on both top and bottom. The sides of the hammer and lever show some pitting. The oversized replacement stock has been lightly sanded and revarnished. The engraving is original factory work and the the scrollwork remains sharp and clear. The delicately engraved hunting dog on the left sideplate is crisp. This Henry has had some work, however, it is a representative example of a scarce, actual Samuel J. Hoggson factory engraved, Henry lever-action rifle.

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