Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1011: Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,000

Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 38 WCF
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 11
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1888, this third model features the dust cover guide rail integral to the top of the receiver and the dust cover has the serrated finger grip on the rear. Dovetail blade and elevation adjustable rear sights on the barrel stamped with the two-line address/patent dates marking ahead of the rear sight and "38 WCF" at the breech. The upper tang has the model marking flanked by the decorative foliate design, and the lower tang has the serial number. The cartridge elevator is marked "38 CAL." Mounted with a nicely figured walnut forearm and straight grip stock. The buttstock is fitted with a trapdoor crescent buttplate (cleaning rod not included). Provenance: The Doug Ellison Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 70% plus bright original blue finish with the balance thinning to a brown. 50% original niter blue remains on the loading gate. 40% faded original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. The sanded/revarnished wood is also fine with a small filled repair on the wrist (left side) and a few minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent.

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