Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1311: Scarce Lee Arms Co. Model 1879 U.S. Navy Contract Rifle

Auction Date: September 11, 2015

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

Scarce Lee Arms Co. Model 1879 U.S. Navy Contract Rifle

Manufacturer: Lee Firearms Co
Model: 1879
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-70 Government
Barrel: 29 1/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 2370
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 140
Class: Antique

This rifle is serial number 276 of that original 300 rifles prouduced by Sharps under contract with the Lee Arms Co. It is marked "THE LEE ARMS Co. BRIDGEPORT CONN. U.S.A. / PATENTED NOV. 4TH 1879" on top of the left receiver rail preceded by the serial number and has a "HN" inspection mark. "143" is stamped on the comb. The magazine is the correct early flat sided version with the cut-off device on the left. It has blade front and folding ladder rear sights graduated 1-5 on the "R" marked base and 6-13 on the "N" marked ladder. The barrel is marked with "W.W.K/US/anchor" at the breech. It includes a slotted cleaning rod.

Rating Definition:

Good. The rifle has a mottled mix of traces of blue finish, gray patina, brown patina, and mild pitting. There is a brighter section at the muzzle suggesting a bayonet was fitted on the rifle for a significant period of time. The stock is fine and has some chipping on the butt, overall minor scratches and small dents, small repairs on the wrist, and some pressure indentations/marks. The action is fine, and the markings are crisp.

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