Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 48: Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Musket

Auction Date: September 8, 2017

Very Fine Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Musket

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,750 - $5,500

Very Fine Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Musket

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 30 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1861
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 34
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured in 1903 as a third model musket variant. It has an inverted "V" front sight/bayonet lug, folding ladder rear sight and a smooth straight grip stock with crescent buttplate with compartment (cleaning rod not included). The barrel is marked with the two-line address/patent dates information ahead of the rear sight and "44 CAL" at the breech. The upper tang has the model marking, and the cartridge elevator has the caliber marking.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The musket retains 85% bright original high polish blue finish showing areas of smooth brown patina. 95% bright original nitre blue visible on the loading gate. There are numerous small patches of minor pitting. 75% vivid original case colors remain on the hammer, lever and buttplate. The wood is also very fine showing a few chips along the grain and numerous scattered minor pressure dents. Mechanically excellent.

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