Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3011: Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: May 15, 2022

Fine Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $14,000 - $22,500

Fine Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1876
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-75
Barrel: 28 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 549
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 13
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1878. The second model receiver features a dust cover guide rail attached to the receiver with two screws and a dust cover with oval finger checkering. The rifle is fitted with a rare set of sights: combination Beach front sight, "1876" marked folding ladder rear sight, and a Vernier tang sight. The top barrel flat has the two-line New Haven address/King's improvement patent dates. The lower tang has the serial number located between the lever catch and screw. The rifle correctly lacks a caliber designation. The checkered forearm and pistol grip stock are deluxe "XX" walnut. Small initials (likely from a previous owner) are stamped on the underside of the stock behind the pistol grip. The stock has an ebony grip insert and a trapdoor buttplate containing a five piece cleaning rod. The left side of the lower tang is stamped "XX 283." The assembly number "283" is repeated on the stock inlet and buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel and magazine tube retain 50% plus original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. Traces of original blue remain on the dust cover. 20% of the original nitre blue remain on the loading gate. The receiver retains 30% faded original case colors, and 40% faded original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. There is limited pitting overall. The wood is fine with minor dings and scratches and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent.

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