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Lot 30: Winchester Third Model 1873 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: September 11, 2020

Outstanding Winchester Third Model 1873 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

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

Outstanding Winchester Third Model 1873 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1610
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 43
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured in 1908. The carbine has the Third Model receiver with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated finger guides. The barrel has the second style upper barrel band with steel block front sight and folding leaf rear sight. The carbine style buttplate has a sliding brass trapdoor, and the butt trap contains a three-piece, jointed steel cleaning rod. The barrel, magazine, barrel bands, receiver and dust cover are blued, and the hammer, lever, trigger and buttplate are color casehardened. The loading gate has a fire blue finish. The stock and forearm are oil-finished American walnut. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the legend: "WINCHESTER'S REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29, 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860." in two lines ahead of the rear sight. The caliber designation "44 W.C.F." is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. Winchester oval "W/P" proofmarks are stamped on the top of the barrel just ahead of the rear sight and on the top of the receiver. "44 CAL" is stamped in script across the bottom of the brass cartridge elevator. The upper tang is factory drilled and tapped and roll-stamped "MODEL 1873/-WINCHESTER-/TRADE MARK" in three lines.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. This carbine is all original and retains 95% plus of the original blue and color casehardened finish overall. Nearly 98% of the blue finish is present on the barrel, magazine and barrel bands. The receiver retains nearly 90% of the blue finish. Wear is limited to several very small spots of age discoloration on the lower receiver and a few very light handling marks. The loading gate retains 98% of the nitre blue finish. The hammer, trigger, lever and buttplate have most of the muted case colors. The barrel, elevator and receiver markings are sharp. The stock and forearm are in very good condition with scattered minor handling marks. The right side of the stock wrist and forearm show some light finish wear. Winchester Model 1873 carbines typically saw hard use, and examples like this one in excellent condition are scarce and rarely offered for sale.

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