Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 10: Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action .22 Short Rifle

Auction Date: December 2, 2011

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,700 - $2,500

Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action .22 Short Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 22 short
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 8
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1886, this particular example is a Third Model with the distinctive integral dust cover rail and a full length magazine. German blade front sight and buckhorn rear sight on the round barrel stamped with the address/King's improvement patent dates marking followed by "22 CaL." The brass cartridge elevator is marked "22 CAL./SHORT", with "MODEL 1873" on the upper tang. Plain forearm and straight grip stock with steel end cap and crescent buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The rifle retains 30% faded original blue finish in the protected areas with the balance a smooth brown patina . The frame is very crisp with 40% faded blue. The left side of the barrel has a few minor dings, with some pin point pitting on the right side of the frame. The buttplate has a mottled silver gray patina. The reoiled wood is also fine with exception of a hairline crack on the wrist (left side) and some minor dings and scratches. Mechanically fine.

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