Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1017: Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Outstanding, Benchmark Example of the Iconic Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $30,000 - $50,000

Outstanding, Benchmark Example of the Iconic Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 38 WCF
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 392
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 18
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

This high condition Winchester Model 1873 Rifle is a third model with the receiver featuring an integral dust cover guide rail and dust cover with rear finger grip serrations. Dovetail blade front sight and elevation adjustable rear sight on a barrel stamped with the two-line address/patent dates legend ahead of the rear sight and "38 WCF" at the breech. A Winchester factory oval proof is stamped on the barrel and receiver at the breech. The upper tang has the three-line model/trade mark information. The cartridge elevator is marked "38 CAL." The rifle has the correct "step" at the barrel and receiver junction as found on rifles chambered for .22, .32 and .38 caliber cartridges. The plain forearm and straight grip stock are nicely figured walnut. The buttstock is fitted with a trapdoor casehardened buttplate containing a four piece cleaning rod. Per the accompanying factory letter, "Only information available was a scrap of paper containing the following information: '711399--New System--May 8, 1958--DR.'" The included scan of the "scrap of paper" has the handwritten notation "other guns with close SN [711399] circa 1916-1917." Per the WACA, this rifle was manufactured in 1916.

Rating Definition:

Excellent plus, retaining 98% plus bright original blue finish. 95% original niter blue remains on the loading gate. 98% plus vivid original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. 95% original case colors remain on the buttplate. The wood is also excellent with some minor handling marks and nearly all original varnish remaining. Mechanically excellent. Impossible to improve upon, an ideal invest quality example of the American Icon, Winchester Model 1873, "The gun that won the west".



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