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Lot 3216: Colt Burgess Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Scarce Colt Burgess Lever Action Rifle

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Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Scarce 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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Catalog Page: 134
Class: Antique

The Colt Burgess rifles and carbines were only available from 1883 to around 1885, and only 6,403 were manufactured (2,556 had octagon barrels). 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 a blade front sight, an elevation adjustable rear sight, Rampant Colt stamped on the left side of the receiver, two-line address/patent dates marking on the top barrel flat and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Good. The rifle has a smooth brown patina with traces of original blue finish in the sheltered areas of the frame. Hammer has grind like marks on the spur. The forearm has a stabilized crack and chip along the inside edge (right side) and a gap visible between rear and face of receiver, otherwise the wood is also good with a number of minor dings and scratches. Mechanically fine.

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