Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 4: Civil War Era New Haven Arms Henry Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 1, 2017

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $12,000 - $18,000

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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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 8
Class: Antique

Offered here is a Civil War era Henry Lever Action Rifle as manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co. in 1864. The rifle has the distinctive Henry "gun metal" brass receiver, German silver blade front sight and folding ladder rear sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line patent date/address marking ahead of the rear sight and the serial number "4191" at the breech. This serial number also is stamped on the left side of the lower tang, stock inlet, buttplate and both buttplate screws. 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. 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:

About good. The barrel and magazine have a dark mottled patina and extensive minor pitting. The receiver is very good with scattered dings and a pleasing aged mustard yellow patina overall. The rear sight and sling swivel are replacements. The heavily worn stock is fair showing a number of moderate dings, chipping and scratches and a missing sizable chip near the buttplate tang. The lever is loose as it does not stay up without the use of the catch, otherwise the action cycles.

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