Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 11: Winchester Model 1873 .22 Short Rifle

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Exceptional Documented Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle in Desirable .22 Short Caliber with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $18,000 - $27,500

Exceptional Documented Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle in Desirable .22 Short Caliber with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 22 short
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 15
Class: Antique
Description:

Per the included factory letter, the serial number for this rifle was applied on September 13, 1893 and the rifle was received in the warehouse on December 23, 1893 and shipped on January 30, 1894 with an octagon barrel in .22 Short and plain trigger. The barrel is fitted with a dovetailed blade front sight and an elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line address/patent dates legend ahead of the rear sight and "22 SHORT" at the breech. The "MODEL 1873" marked upper tang has a 62-B sight which was made for the Model 1873. The third model receiver has an integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrations at the rear. The cartridge elevator is marked "22 CAL./SHORT." The serial number is marked on the lower tang. The hammer, lever and buttplate are casehardened. The remaining surfaces are blued. The forearm and straight grip stock are nicely figured walnut. The buttstock is fitted with a solid crescent buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 90% strong original blue finish. 85% original case colors remain on the hammer and buttplate. The wood very fine with some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. A high condition Model 1873 in .22 Short that will be a welcome addition to your Winchester collection.



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