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Lot 19: Winchester 1873 Rifle 32 WCF

Auction Date: December 5, 2014

Winchester Third Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle in 32 WCF with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,400 - $2,250

Winchester Third Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle in 32 WCF with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 32 WCF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Catalog Page: 10
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured in 1903, the rifle has the Third Model integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated edges. The included factory letter confirms that this rifle arrived at the warehouse on September 26, 1903, and shipped out on October 02, 1903. The factory letter also confirm rifle configuration, caliber, octagon barrel and plain trigger. The top of the barrel is marked "WINCHESTER'S REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A./KING'S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860" and "32 WCF." is marked on the top of the barrel at the breech. The bottom of the brass cartridge elevator is marked "32 CAL" in script letters. The serial number is stamped in script on the lower tang. It features dovetailed blade front and a rear sight filler block, and a adjustable rear peep sight mounted of the upper tang. With a blue finish and casehardened hammer and lever. It is mounted with a smooth oil finished walnut forearm with steel end cap and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Very good as partially refinished (wood). The rifle retains 30% of the original blue finish with it mottled to a brown patina with scattered scratches. The casehardened hammer and lever are mixed to a smooth grey patina. The brass elevator has a smooth dark patina. The markings are legible. The wood is very good with a high gloss finish and scattered handling marks. Mechanically fine.

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