Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 52: Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

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

Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 38 WCF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 58
Class: Antique

The accompanying factory letter confirms the octagon in .38 caliber and plain trigger, received in the warehouse on May 20, 1891 and shipped on September 8. Dovetail blade and elevation adjustable sights on a barrel stamped with the two-line address/patent dates marking and "38 WCF." The Third model receiver features an integral dust cover guide rail, dust cover with rear finger grip serrations, and "step" at the junction with the barrel as found on rifles chambered for .22, .32 and .38 caliber cartridges. "MODEL 1873" is marked on the upper tang. "38 CAL" is marked on the cartridge elevator. The straight grip stock is fitted with a trapdoor crescent buttplate (cleaning rod not included). Provenance: The John Fox Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel and magazine retain 30% original blue finish and the receiver retains 60% original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. 50% original case colors remain on the hammer. Slight traces of original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. The wood is very good with minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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