Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 31: Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Musket with Bayonet

Auction Date: December 5, 2014

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

Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Musket
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 30 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 14
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1893, this Winchester Model 1873 musket is a Third Model with the guide rail integrally machined as part of the receiver and features nearly full length magazine tube and forend secured by three barrel bands, square base front sight/bayonet lug, military style folding leaf rear sight graduated to 800 yards and carbine style buttplate with buttstock compartment containing a cleaning rod. The middle barrel band and butt are fitted with sling swivels. The top of the barrel is marked with the two-line address/patent dates in front of the rear sight. "44 CAL" is marked near the breech and is also on the bottom of the brass cartridge elevator. The top of the receiver tang is marked "MODEL.1873." and the lower tang is marked with the serial number. The hammer, lever, and buttplate are casehardened and the remaining surfaces are blue. Mounted with an oiled walnut forearm and straight grip stock. Complete with an unmarked socket bayonet.

Rating Definition:

Very good plus. The rifle retains 30% plus of the original blue finish with a brown patina on the balance. There are a series of scratches on the frame likely from cleaning with an abrasive material along with some small scratches and marks spread throughout and some small patches of light pitting. The buttplate has a mix of gray and brown patina. The wood is very good with some minor pressure marks and light abrasions. Mechanically excellent with clear markings. The bayonet has an even gray patina.

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