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Lot 3005: Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle in .44 W.C.F.

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle in Desirable .44 W.C.F. with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle in Desirable .44 W.C.F. with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 5
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1884 as a Third Model with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrations at the rear. Standard two-line barrel address/King's patent marking, model designation on the upper tang, and serial number on the lower tang. Fitted with German silver blade front, elevation adjustable buckhorn rear, and later-added Lyman tang mounted peep sights. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a trapdoor crescent buttplate (cleaning rod not included). The included factory letter confirms the current configuration as well as receipt at the warehouse on 15 August 1884 and shipment on 10 September 1884.

Rating Definition:

Very good, retains 25% of the original blue finish in sheltered areas, faint traces of the original case colors, and traces of the original nitre blue with the balance having thinned to a mostly grey patina with some areas speckled with brown. The lightly sanded and reoiled wood is also very good with some scattered minor dings and scratches. The later-added peep sight shows an artificial silvery-grey patina and new retention screws. Mechanically excellent.

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