Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 14: Engraved Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 1, 2017

Rare Factory Engraved "Daisy" Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle Shipped to Australia with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,500 - $15,000

Rare Factory Engraved "Daisy" Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle Shipped to Australia with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 3142
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 19
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1891. The accompanying factory letter lists the rifle with an octagon barrel in .44 caliber, plain trigger, "Daisy" engraved and half magazine when it was received in the warehouse on November 25, 1891, and shipped on November 30. "Daisy" refers to the professionally re-cut inscription "THE DAISY RIFLE" on the upper left barrel flat, and this inscription was especially done for the Sydney, Australia, dealer F. Lassetter & Co. Ltd. The Australian dealer special ordered .44 caliber Model 1873s with octagon barrels and half magazines. Each of these rifles featured the "Daisy" marking. This rifle also has a later factory pattern engraving that consists of floral scrollwork on a punch dot background featured on the receiver, cartridge elevator, which is also marked "44 CAL," and buttplate. The left side plate has a game scene engraved inside a circular panel. Although not listed in the factory letter, this embellishment is considered to be done by Master Engraver John Ulrich as expressed in an included handwritten letter by Winchester Master Engraver Pauline Muerrle. The rifle also has dovetail blade and elevation adjustable sights, special order half magazine, two-line Winchester address/patent dates and "44 CAL" markings on the top barrel flat, model marking on the upper tang and crescent buttplate with trapdoor (cleaning rod not included).

Rating Definition:

Very good. The rifle retains scattered traces of blue finish with the balance a refinished smooth artificial brown patina. There is some minor pitting (mostly on the receiver). The refinished wood is also very good with some minor handling marks. Mechanically fine.

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