Manufactured in 1890 as a Third Model with dust cover rail integral to the receiver and dust cover with serrations at the rear. This rifle was part of a shipment containing 124 other Model 1873 rifles for the Atlanta Police Department. Standard markings and fitted with dovetail blade front and elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sights, and the special order "82/Atlanta Police" engraving on the left side of the receiver. This rifle's Atlanta Police rack number is consecutive to the following lot, and these two Atlanta Police marked Model 1873s are only two serial numbers a part (331937B and 331935B). Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with special order sling swivels and a trapdoor crescent buttplate containing three pieces of a four-piece cleaning rod. The included partial copy of the factory letter confirms the current configuration including the special order engraving and features as well as receipt at the warehouse on 21 February 1890 and shipment on 24 February 1890 in order number 9045.
Fine, retains 40% plus original blue finish with the balance thinning to a mixture of grey and brown patinas. The wood is very good with some minor dings and scratches scattered throughout and a hairline crack in the toe of the buttstock. Mechanically excellent.
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