Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 31: New Haven Arms Henry Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: September 8, 2017

Civil War Era New Haven Arms Henry Lever Action Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,000 - $13,000

Civil War Era New Haven Arms Henry Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co.
Model: Henry Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 Henry RF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 28
Class: Antique

This is an example of a refurbished Civil War era Henry Lever Action Rifle that was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co. in 1863. The rifle has the distinctive Henry "gun metal" brass receiver, which has an added inscription "HENRY'S PATENT. OCT. 16. 1860/MANUFACTURED BY THE NEW HAVEN ARMS. Co./NEW HAVEN CT./NO-2013" on the left side, and has the alternate rear sight dovetail found on Henrys until about serial number 3,000. The barrel has a nickel silver blade front sight and a fixed notched rear sight and is marked with the two-line patent/address information. The buttplate is the First Style with rounded heel which was eventually replaced in the mid 4000 serial number range with a sharp pointed buttplate heel. The buttplate has a hinged brass trapdoor (cleaning rod not included). The left side of the stock and barrel have a factory sling swivel and screw mounted loop for a sling hook. Matching numbers are found on the top barrel flat at the breech, on the left side of the lower tang, in the upper tang stock slot and on the inside of the buttplate toe. A buttplate screw has the number "[?]82," and the other screw is un-numbered. The tang screws are correctly not serial numbered. Experts believe that most Henry rifles made before 1865 were privately purchased by individual federal soldiers who wanted the unprecedented firepower offered by the 15-shot Henry repeating rifle. The Henry rifle was especially popular with soldiers in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky regiments. Many of these soldiers purchased Henry rifles from dealers in Louisville, Kentucky, and other Midwest cities in 1864 using re-enlistment bounties.

Rating Definition:

Good. The barrel has an artificial brown patina and a remarked address. The frame and buttplate have an attractive appearance. The upper tang has an additional screw added. The refinished stock is good showing some chipping near the frame tangs and some minor gouges. Mechanically excellent.

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