Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3005: Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: May 15, 2022

Highly Desirable, Exceptional Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $45,000 - $65,000

Highly Desirable, Exceptional Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: highly figured checkered
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 6
Class: Antique

This stellar Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 was manufactured in 1883. As a deluxe model, this Model 1873 is a highly sought after Winchester collectible that is becoming increasingly difficult to find in such high condition. The condition alone makes it a standout piece worthy of the finest collection. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line New Haven address/King's improvement patent dates legend ahead of the rear sight. The rifle correctly lacks caliber markings. The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1873." The serial number is in script font under the lever latch. The rifle is fitted with a combination Beach front sight, a folding ladder rear sight marked "1873", and a no. 62 tang peep sight. The receiver has the highly desirable casehardened finish and is a third model with an integral dust cover guide rail and a dust cover featuring serrated finger grip at the rear. The hammer, forend cap and lever are also casehardened. The loading gate has a nitre blue finish. The remaining metal surfaces are blue. The checkered forearm and pistol grip stock are deluxe XX walnut. The pistol grip has an ebony insert. The buttstock is fitted with a blued steel shotgun buttplate. The left side of the lower tang is marked "XX 1042 S." The assembly number "1042" is repeated on the stock inlet and buttplate. The accompanying factory letter confirms the octagon barrel, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, shotgun butt and casehardened receiver as well as the rifle being received in the warehouse on August 23, 1883 and shipped the next day.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The barrel and magazine retain 90% plus bright original polish blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. The buttplate is mostly a brown-gray patina mixed with some original blue finish. 90% original blue remains on the dust cover. 80% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. The receiver retains 90% vivid original case colors. The hammer, lever and forend cap retain 90% plus vivid original case colors. The wood is also excellent with a slight chip visible on the right side of the forearm at the receiver, some minor handling marks, crisp checkering and most of the original varnish remaining. Mechanically excellent. A highly sought after, high condition Winchester Deluxe Model 1873 rifle deserving of the finest collection.

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