Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 42: Antique Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Carbine

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Antique Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Casehardened Receiver Factory Reconfigured to Deluxe Carbine Configuration with Factory Letter

Estimated Price: $2,500 - $3,750

Antique Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Casehardened Receiver Factory Reconfigured to Deluxe Carbine Configuration with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 1052
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 44
Class: Antique
Description:

The special order casehardened receiver was originally manufactured in 1883 and was likely originally paired with a rifle length barrel and matching, deluxe, rifle length forearm. The Winchester oval proofs on the barrel and receiver at the breech indicate that the rifle was returned to the factory sometime after 1905, when it was likely refitted with this shorter 20 inch barrel, magazine, and carbine length gumwood forearm. The factory replacement barrel has the two-line address/patent dates and caliber marking offset on the upper left and is fitted with pinned German silver blade front and folding ladder rear sights. It is fitted with a single set trigger. The left side of the lower tang is marked "XXX 5049 R", with "5049" repeated in the stock inlet and inside the buttplate. The nicely figured, checkered, walnut pistol grip stock is fitted with a trapdoor crescent buttplate (cleaning rod not included). The included factory letter lists the rifle in .38 caliber with a half octagon barrel, set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, half magazine, casehardened, and special sights and stock when received at the warehouse on 3 October 1883 and shipped the same day to order number 7337.

Rating Definition:

Good as factory reconfigured to a carbine, retains 40% of the original blue finish on the replacement barrel and magazine and traces of the original case colors in sheltered areas of the receiver with the balance having thinned to a smooth grey or brown patina. The replacement forearm is also good with some scattered minor dings and chips, and a hairline crack in the left at the tip. The refinished original stock is good with some scattered minor dings, scuffs, and faint checkering. Mechanically excellent.



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