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Lot 1278: Three Digit Serial Number 493 Colt Burgess Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Early Production Three Digit Serial Number Colt Burgess Lever Action Rifle

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

Early Production Three Digit Serial Number Colt Burgess Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Burgess-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 25 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
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Catalog Page: 136
Class: Antique

The Colt Burgess rifles and carbines were only available from 1883 to around 1885, and only 6,403 were manufactured. They were designed by Andrew Burgess who held 894 patents by the end of his life. It has long been rumored that Colt and Winchester came to an agreement that Colt would exit the lever action market and Winchester would not release a revolver. There seems to be little other reason for Colt to have discontinued these fine repeating arms so quickly after they introduced them. The Burgess is arguably more advanced and refined than the Winchester Model 1873. This example has standard markings and is fitted with a replacement bone blade front sight and elevation adjustable notch rear sight. Sling swivels are mounted on the forend cap and stock. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a trapdoor crescent buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Very good, retaining 20% of the original blue finish in sheltered areas and on the lower tang with the balance mostly a bright grey patina speckled with some brown. The nicely figured wood is fine with some minor dings and scratches scattered throughout. Mechanically excellent.

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