Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 10: Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Outstanding Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $25,000 - $37,500

Outstanding Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 14
Class: Antique

Offered here is an outstanding Winchester Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine manufactured in 1885 with a third model receiver featuring the integral dust cover rail and dust cover with rear serrated edges. The included factory letter states the carbine was received in the warehouse on July 17, 1885 where it remained for nearly a year before being shipped on July 3, 1886 on order number 7811. The top of the barrel has the two-line address/patent dates marking ahead of the rear sight and "44 CAL" at the breech. The cartridge elevator is marked "44 CAL." The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1873." The lower tang has the serial number. The carbine features carbine sights with the rear sight marked "1873", a saddle ring mounted on the left side of the receiver and a carbine stock. The trapdoor casehardened buttplate contains a three piece cleaning rod. The underside of the buttstock has a silver initial shield signed and dated "RBH/1886." These carbines are a highly desirable variation of the Model 1873 and were used greatly during the period, leaving high condition examples like this one hard to find.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 95% original blue finish. The hammer and lever retain 98% vivid original case colors. The buttplate retains 85% original case colors with some spotting at the toe. 75% original niter blue remains on the loading gate The wood is also excellent with some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. A high condition, highly attractive Winchester Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine.

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