Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1024: Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Desirable Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,750 - $5,500

Desirable Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1866
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 RF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 686
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 26
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1872. Also known at the "improved Henry," the Model 1866 is the direct descendant of the Henry rifle, traces its lineage back to earlier repeaters like the Volcanic and saw heavy use in conflicts related to land, gold and other resources on the frontier in the second half of the 19th century in the hands of settlers, Native Americans, outlaws, lawmen, and hunters. The barrel has the two-line Winchester address/King's improvement patent marking, a dovetail blade front sight, and a folding ladder rear sight graduated to 900 yards. The serial number is stamped behind the trigger. The buttstock is fitted with a trapdoor brass buttplate containing a four piece cleaning rod.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrel and magazine tube retain half% of the dull refinished blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. The barrel address has been recut. The brass has taken on a darkened appearance. The fine attractively aged receiver has tight fitting side plates. The wood is fine with minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.



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