Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 4: Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 2, 2011

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $950 - $1,600

Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 32 WCF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 7
Class: Antique

This Third Model was manufactured in 1887. Blade and buckhorn (missing elevator) sights on barrel marked with the two line address/patent date marking and "32 CAL". Front sight blade is a period replacement which is made from a U.S. silver coin of the period (a seated liberty 25 or 50 cent piece!) Brass cartridge elevator is marked "32 CAL" and upper tang is marked "MODEL 1873". Smooth forearm and straight grip stock with metal forend cap and crescent buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The rifle retains traces of original blue finish in the protected areas with the balance a mottled brown patina. The wood is very good with a long hairline crack near the upper tang and some minor handling marks. Mechanically fine.

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