Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1010: Civil War New Haven Arms Henry Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $14,000 - $22,500

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
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 11
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1864. The barrel is fitted with a German silver blade front sight and a folding ladder rear sight graduated to 900 yards. 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 "6630" at the breech. The matching serial number appears on the barrel, left side of the lower tang, stock inlet, and buttplate. The rifle has the distinctive Henry brass receiver without the sight dovetail and brass buttplate. The left side of the stock has a sling swivel, and the left side of the barrel has a screw fastened ring for a sling hook. The buttstock is also fitted with a trapdoor buttplate (cleaning rod not included). The Henry became very popular with Union soldiers who could get their hands on one, and experts believe that most Henry rifles manufactured between 1862 and 1865 were purchased by individual soldiers and saw some Civil War service. The Henry was particularly popular with Midwest troops, and many are believed to have been purchased with reenlistment bounties in 1864 by veterans who signed back on to see the war to its conclusion.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrel and magazine have a mottled brown-gray patina. The receiver is also very good and has a mellow appearance. The refinished wood is very good with indentations on the right wrist, minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. A solid representative example of a Civil War era New Haven Arms Henry Rifle.



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