Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 2: Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: May 13, 2022

Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,000 - $9,000

Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1876
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-75
Barrel: 28 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: highly figured checkered
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 8
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1883 as a special order deluxe third model with an integral dust cover rail and dust cover with finger grip serrations at the rear. The included factory letter confirms the octagon barrel, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, half magazine, shotgun buttplate and desirable casehardened receiver. The factory letter also states the rifle was received in the warehouse on September 10, 1883 and shipped the same day on order number 6883. The rifle appears to have been returned to the factory as the letter lists a second shipping date, December 27, 1892 on order number 12112. The rifle is fitted with a dovetail blade front sight, an "1876" marked folding ladder rear sight, Marble folding tang peep sight, and a half length magazine tube. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line address/patent dates legend ahead of the rear sight. The lower tang has the serial number. The rifle correctly lacks a caliber marking. The receiver is casehardened. The checkered forearm and pistol grip stock are deluxe "XXX" walnut. The pistol grip has an ebony insert, and the buttstock is fitted with a smooth steel shotgun style buttplate. The left side of the lower tang is stamped "XXX 535 S." The matching assembly number "535" along with the letter "P" appears on the stock inlet. The larger caliber Winchester Model 1876 was popular among those in the west that believed .44-40 wasn't quite enough stopping power for whatever they might encounter.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrel retains 50% original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. 30% original blue remains on the dust cover. Strong patterns of original case colors remain on the receiver. The wood is very good with some minor dings and scratches and some blemishes and wear in the checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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