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Lot 1021: Winchester 1873 Rifle 44 WCF

Auction Date: September 10, 2016

Documented Factory Inscribed Atlanta Police Winchester Model 1873 Rifle with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,000 - $9,000

Documented Factory Inscribed Atlanta Police Winchester Model 1873 Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1724
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 24
Class: Antique

This Winchester Model 1873 Rifle was manufactured in 1890. The left side plate is factory engraved: "66/Atlanta Police" in bold script letters. The rifle has the Third Model receiver with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated rear edges. This rifle is accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter that describes it as: "Type: Rifle, Caliber: 44, Barrel Type: Octagon, Trigger: Plain, Sling-Swivel" and "#66-engraved on left side plate "Atlanta Police". The letter states that this rifle was shipped from Winchester on February 24, 1890. The 24-inch octagon barrel, full length magazine, forearm cap, dust cover and receiver are blued and the hammer, lever, trigger and crescent buttplate are color case-hardened. The loading gate has a fire blue finish. The barrel has a sporting style front sight with nickel-silver blade and a sporting style buckhorn rear sight. Factory sling swivels are mounted on the forearm cap and stock. The buttplate has a sliding brass trap door and the butt trap contains a four-piece, jointed, steel cleaning rod with brass tip. The stock and forearm are oil-finished walnut. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING-ARMS NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A."/-KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860.-" in two lines ahead of the rear sight. The caliber designation: "44 W.C.F" is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel just ahead of the receiver. The script marking "44 CAL" is stamped across the bottom of the brass cartridge elevator. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped: "-MODEL 1873-" in fancy letters with foliate devices at either end. The serial number, "331912B" is stamped in script numerals on the lower tang between the lever latch and the rear tang screw.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The original blue finish on the barrel and magazine is 50% intact with light edge wear. The barrel markings are sharp. The forearm cap, receiver and side plates show light handling marks and edge wear and retain 60% of the bright original blue finish. The factory engraved serial number and police markings on the left side plate are crisp. The dust cover has a mottled silver-gray patina with traces of blue finish. There is discoloration on the bottom of the brass cartridge elevator. The case colors on the hammer, trigger, lever and crescent buttplate have faded to a mottled, gray-brown, patina. The stock and forearm are in good overall condition and show wear consistent with a police firearm that saw regular service. There are numerous shallow dents on the left side of the forearm and lower left side of the stock; the right side of the stock and forearm show considerably less handling wear. The stock and forearm have an attractive aged patina; the handling marks do not detract from the overall appearance of the rifle. This is a fine example of a rare, special order. Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action rifle with factory engraved police markings.

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