Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 47: Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: May 13, 2022

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 44
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1880 as a second model featuring a dust cover rail secured to the receiver by two screws and dust cover with serrations at the rear. The barrel has a dovetail blade front sight and an elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sight and is stamped with the two-line address/patent dates legend ahead of the rear sight. The rifle correctly lacks a caliber designation. The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1873." The lower tang has the serial number. The straight grip stock is fitted with a trapdoor crescent buttplate (cleaning rod not included).

Rating Definition:

Very good, retaining 25% original blue finish in and around the sheltered areas with the balance a smooth brown-gray patina. Traces of original nitre blue remain on the loading gate. 40% original case colors remain on the hammer. The wood is also very good with a stabilized crack and divot on the forearm and numerous minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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