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.
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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