Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 22: New York Engraved Winchester Model 1866 Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: September 11, 2020

Rare and Desirable Factory Engraved, Full Nickel Plate Special Order Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,000 - $14,000

Rare and Desirable Factory Engraved, Full Nickel Plate Special Order Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1866
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 44 RF
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: nickel
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 31
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1871. The lower tang is stamped with the serial number and "IC" a factory designation code for special engraving and plating . The receiver features a profuse foliate scrollwork on a punch dot background along with ornate inscription panels in the Ulrich style on both side plates and front flats, and simple border patterns. The buttplate tang is engraved to match. The top of the barrel is marked with the two-line New Haven address/King's Improvement patent dates. The carbine also has the distinctive brass receiver, round barrel with full length magazine, barrel band with integral front sight, two leaf rear sight, saddle ring and staple on the left side of the frame, full nickel plating, and walnut stock with sling swivel filler and crescent brass buttplate with compartment (cleaning rod not included).

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrel, barrel bands and magazine tube retain 60% of the original nickel plating with the balance a mottled gray patina. The frame retains 90% of the nickel plating. The remaining surfaces retain 30% of the nickel plating. The engraving is crisp. The wood shows an old coat of applied protective varnish done some time ago with several repairs on both the forearm and stock and some scattered minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. A very rare configuration and often a hole in even the most advanced Winchester collections.



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