Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 6: Engraved New Haven Arms Company Henry Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: September 7, 2018

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $35,000 - $55,000

Engraved New Haven Arms Company 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: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 11
Class: Antique

This is a very attractive example of an engraved Henry Rifle. Blade front and folding ladder rear sights, with the second pattern "HENRY'S PATENT.OCT.16.1860./MANUFACT'D BY THE NEWHAVEN ARMS.CO. NEWHAVEN.CT." in Roman letters ahead of the rear sight and the serial number behind it. The receiver and buttplate heel are decorated with the factory scroll and floral pattern engraving with a punch dot background much in the style of Ulrich. The engraving features large floral designs on both sides of the forward portion of the receiver with punch dot background and smaller open scrollwork on a punch-dot background on the rest of the receiver and buttplate. There is an animal scene in an oval amid the scroll on each side of the receiver, a deer on the left side and a bear on the right side. Produced without sling mounts, with a smooth straight grip walnut stock and brass buttplate numbered "6315".

Rating Definition:

Very good as period engraved and partially refinished, with the barrel and lever showing 95% of the current blue finish, with some minor dings and a small amount of minor finish over pitting on the barrel and rear sight. The barrel marking is a little faint, but legible. The frame and buttplate are fine with an attractive even, untouched aged "mustard yellow" patina. The engraving remains crisp. Stock is very good as a refinished replacement, with some minor dents and dings. There is a little play in the lever; otherwise, the action is fine. A very nice engraved Henry Rifle.

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