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Lot 1000: Antique Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle in .22 Short

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Exceptional Antique Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle in Desirable .22 Short Caliber

Estimated Price: $9,000 - $14,000

Exceptional Antique Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle in Desirable .22 Short Caliber

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 22 short
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 668
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 3
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1889 as a Third Model with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrations at the rear. Winchester only manufactured approximately 19,552 Model 1873s in .22 short or .22 long between 1884 and 1904. The barrel is marked with the two-line address/King's patent marking on the upper flat and "22 SHORT" at the breech. The bottom of the cartridge elevator is marked "22 CAL./SHORT." The upper tang is marked with the model designation and the serial number is on the lower tang. It is fitted with a German silver blade front sight and elevation adjustable notch rear sight. It is mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retains 90% plus of the original blue finish and 60% plus of the original case colors with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina, primarily on edges and high spots, and some speckling of very light oxidation on the bottom of the lever. The wood is very fine with some scattered minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.



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