Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 11: Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Outstanding Documented Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $45,000 - $70,000

Outstanding Documented Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 38 WCF
Barrel: 26 inch part octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: highly figured checkered
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 20
Class: Antique
Description:

Offered here is an extraordinary Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with several sought after special order features confirmed by factory records such as the half magazine, sights, and half octagon barrel. The accompanying factory letter also confirms the 26 inch half octagon barrel in .38 caliber, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, "Vernier and Beach" sights, half magazine tube, and casehardened receiver. The rifle was received in the warehouse on August 8, 1887, and shipped the next day. The rifle is fitted with a combination Beach front sight, an elevation adjustable rear sight, and a Vernier tang sight. The casehardened third model receiver features an integral dust cover guide rail and a dust cover featuring serrated finger grip on the rear. The receiver also has the desirable casehardened finish. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line Winchester New Haven address/King's improvement patent dates legend ahead of the rear sight and "38-CAL." at the breech. The brass cartridge elevator is marked "38 CAL." The lower tang has the serial number. The forearm and pistol grip stock are highly figured "XXX" deluxe checkered walnut. The pistol grip has an ebony insert. The buttstock is fitted with a trapdoor crescent buttplate containing a 5-piece cleaning rod. The left side of the lower tang is marked "482 XXX 38." The assembly number "482" as well as the caliber designation "38" are repeated on the stock inlet. The stock inlet is also marked with the letter "P". "482" is also repeated on the buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The barrel retains 95% original blue finish with the balance thinning to a brown patina. The dust cover retains 85% thinned original blue finish. 90% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. 95% plus vivid original case colors remain on the receiver. Nearly 95% original case colors remain on the forend cap, hammer, lever and buttplate. The deluxe wood is also excellent with minor dings and scratches and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent. A strikingly handsome special order deluxe Model 1873 rifle that will be a welcomed addition to even the most advanced Winchester collections.



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