Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3: Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action First Model Rifle

Auction Date: December 2, 2011

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action First Model Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44-40
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1249
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 7
Class: Antique

This First Model with the dust cover held in place with grooved guides was manufactured in 1875. The rifle has a replacement blade front sight with an adjustable buckhorn rear sight. The lever catch is also a crude period replacement. Top barrel flat is marked with the two line address/patent date information, upper tang is marked "MODEL 1873", and the lower tang is marked with the serial number. Smooth forearm and straight grip stock with metal forend cap and crescent buttplate with compartment.

Rating Definition:

Good. The rifle has a smooth brown-gray patina with a darker patina on the magazine tube. There is some minor pitting on the receiver. The revarnished wood is good with a few hairline cracks, a few shallow dents, and some minor handling marks. Mechanically fine.

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