Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 40: "Open-Top" Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: September 11, 2020

Scarce "Open-Top" Winchester First Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Scarce "Open-Top" Winchester First Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1876
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-75
Barrel: 28 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 50
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1878. This rifle has the scarce First Model receiver without any provisions for the dust cover, thus giving the name open top. Dust covers started to appear around serial number 1600, usually only on special orders by the customer and later, by serial number 3200 they were a regular feature on the rifle. With this late of a serial number, this was probably a special order that requested it not be fitted with the dust cover. The rifle is equipped with a dovetail blade front sight and an "1876" marked folding ladder rear sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line address/patent dates marking ahead of the rear sight. The rifle correctly lacks a caliber marking. The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1876." The buttstock has a trapdoor crescent buttplate. Comes with a four piece cleaning rod.

Rating Definition:

Fine as professionally restored, retaining 85% of the refinished blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. Most of the refinished case colors remain on the hammer, lever and buttplate. All markings have been recut. The revarnished wood is also fine with minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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