Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3257: Colt-Burgess Lever Action Carbine

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,500 - $9,500

Colt-Burgess Lever Action Carbine

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Burgess-Carbine
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 597
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 149
Class: Antique

Manufactured circa 1883 to 1885, this is the only lever action firearm made in any quantity in Colt's history with a total production of only 6,403 long arms (3810 rifles and 2593 carbines). This particular carbine is the standard weight version as opposed to the baby carbine. Colt manufactured 1,219 standard carbines. Features a 20 inch barrel, full length magazine tube, blade front and folding ladder rear sights, two-line address/patent dates barrel marking, Rampant Colt and saddle ring on the left side of the receiver, and carbine stock with carbine buttplate with empty compartment. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrel and magazine retain 20% faded original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance and some light pitting mostly on the magazine. The frame retains 40% original blue finish, strongest on the lower tang, with the balance as smooth brown patina. The lightly sanded, refinished wood is also very good with some minor handling marks and the buttplate proud at toe. Mechanically excellent.

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