Manufactured in 1891, this Winchester Model 1873 Saddle Ring carbine has the Third Model dust cover on an integral central guide rail, a blade front sight and rear sight with folding ladder graduated to "9" and marked "1873". The top of the barrel is marked "WINCHESTER'S REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29, 1866, OCTOBER 16, 1860." The caliber is marked on the carrier and on top of the barrel. The serial number is marked on the lower tang while the model designation is marked between two foliate designs on the upper tang (both in script). The saddle ring is mounted on the left side of the receiver. It has a plain forearm and straight grip stock with a steel buttplate and a single barrel band.
Very good plus. The carbine retains some traces of the original blue finish in the protected areas with otherwise a mottled brown patina with some small nicks and scratches. The loading gate retains 30% original niter blue. The hammer retains strong traces of the dark case colors particularly on the right side. The wood is also very good with some scrapes, a chip and thin crack near the buttplate tang, and a few minor dings. Mechanically excellent with clear markings.
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