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Lot 20: Civil War New Haven Arms Henry Lever Action Rifle

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Lot 20: Civil War New Haven Arms Henry Lever Action Rifle

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Estimated Price: $16,000 - $25,000
Price Realized:

Civil War New Haven Arms Henry Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co.
Model: Henry Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 Henry RF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 5871
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 36
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1864. The rifle has the distinctive Henry brass receiver without the sight dovetail and buttplate with pointed heel. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line Henry's patent date/New Haven address legend ahead of the rear sight and the serial number "5310" at the breech. The rifle features several period of use alterations such as the removal of both barrel and stock sling swivels with the stock cut-out inlaid in wood, upper tang tapped for a sight (no filler screws), and added combination Beach front sight and three leaf rear sight (one leaf fixed, two leaves folding). Matching serial numbers are found on the barrel, left side of the lower tang, stock inlet, and buttplate. Most Henry rifles manufactured during the Civil War were privately purchased by Federal soldiers from Midwestern regiments. The firepower of the Henry rifles was valued on the frontier in the years that followed the Civil War. Most Henry rifles were "working guns;" the surviving examples typically exhibit wear associated with years of hard use. Includes an Eric Vaule Military Antiquities advertisement from the December 1978 issue of "Gun Report" listing this rifle and two well-known Civil War Henry related photographs (reprints), 7th Illinois Infantry troops showing off their Henrys and a portrait of a Union army 1st sergeant with his early production Henry.

Rating Definition:

Very good plus with great "working gun" character. The barrel and magazine retain 30% faded original blue finish with the balance a mottled gray patina mixed with some minor spotting. The receiver and buttplate have an attractive aged appearance. Tight fitting side plates. The stock is also fine with minor dings and scratches. The bolt is missing the rimfire firing pin, otherwise action functions fine. A classic Civil War era New Haven Arms Henry rifle showing authentic care and use that will be a welcomed addition to any Winchester or American antique collection.



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