Manufactured in 1889. The accompanying factory letter confirms the octagon barrel in .32 caliber and plain trigger. The rifle was received in the warehouse on March 12, 1889 and shipped the next day. This Model 1873 rifle has a third model receiver with integral dust cover rail and dust cover featuring serrated edges. The rifle is fitted with a dovetail beaded blade front sight, an elevation adjustable rear sight and a tang peep sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line Winchester New Haven address/King's Improvement patent dates marking ahead of the rear sight and "32 W.C.F." at the breech. The brass cartridge elevator is marked "32 CAL." The lower tang has the serial number. The forearm and straight grip stock are nicely figured walnut. The buttstock is fitted with a solid crescent buttplate. The hammer, lever, and buttplate are casehardened. The loading gate is nitre blue. The remaining surfaces are blued.
Excellent. The magazine tube, barrel and forend cap retain 90% original blue finish and the receiver and dust cover retain 95% original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. 95% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. Nearly all vibrant original case colors remain on the hammer. 50% original case colors remain on the lever. 80% original case colors remain on the buttplate. The wood is very fine with minor dings and scratches and retaining nearly all original finish. Mechanically excellent. An exceptional example of a Winchester Model 1873 rifle in .32 WCF.
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