Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 5: Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Rifle with Casehardened Receiver

Auction Date: June 5, 2020

Antique Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500

Antique Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 38 WCF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: highly figured walnut pis
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 9
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1892 as a third model with integral dust cover rail, dust cover with rear serrations, and a desirable special order casehardened receiver. The barrel is marked with the standard two-line Winchester address/King's patent marking, "38 W.C.F." at the breech, and fitted with dovetailed German silver blade front and elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sights. "38 CAL." marked on the bottom of the cartridge elevator, model designation on the upper tang, and serial number on the lower tang. The left side of the lower tang is marked "699 XX" and the stock mortise and inside of the buttplate are marked "699". Mounted with a finely figured, checkered, forearm and pistol grip stock with an ebony insert on the grip and a trapdoor crescent buttplate (cleaning rod not included).

Rating Definition:

Very good, retains traces of original blue finish with the balance a mottled brown and grey patina, and some light pitting concentrated mostly on the magazine. Traces of the original case colors remain in sheltered areas with the balance a silvery grey patina and some very light surface pitting on the dust cover. The wood is also fine with some minor dings and scratches scattered throughout and a few minor blemishes/wear spots in the overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. Provenance: The John Fox Collection.

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