Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1286: Serial Number 1000 Colt Burgess Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Desirable Serial Number 1000 Colt Burgess Lever Action Rifle

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

Desirable Serial Number 1000 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: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 138
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 dovetailed German silver blade front and elevation adjustable notch rear sights. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Very good, retains traces of original blue finish in sheltered areas with the balance mostly a smooth grey patina speckled with some patches of brown and a few scattered patches of very light pitting/rough oxidation. Sling swivel holes in the forend cap and stock have been filled The sanded wood is good with two noticeable triangular splices at the front of the forearm along with a couple hairline cracks and otherwise generally mild handling evidence. Mechanically fine.

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