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Lot 1045: "Texas Folk Art" Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Unique "Texas Folk Art" Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

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

Unique "Texas Folk Art" Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1876
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 40-60 WCF
Barrel: 28 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 527
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 46
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1884 as a third model with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrations at the rear. The increased firepower introduced with the Winchester Model 1876 was very desirable on the frontier among those who didn't find the modest stopping power of the Model 1873's caliber offerings to be sufficient. The top of the barrel is marked with the two-line address/King's patent marking in front of the rear sight and the caliber marking at the breech. The model designation is marked on the upper tang, serial number on the lower tang, and caliber designation repeated on the bottom of the cartridge elevator. It is fitted with a beaded blade front sight and folding ladder rear sight. It is mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a sling swivel on the bottom and a trapdoor crescent buttplate (cleaning rod not included). The forearm has been hand carved with diamond panels of checkering, and the wrist has been hand checkered with a five-pointed star on each side near the receiver, a symbol often associated with Texas. The right side of the buttstock has been attractively carved with a jumping stag. The carving on the forearm and stock appears to have been done long ago, possibly by the original owner passing the time by personalizing a trusted companion.

Rating Definition:

Good, retains traces of the original blue finish in sheltered areas with the balance having thinned to mostly a plum-brown patina and some scattered light speckling of rough oxidation. The wood is also good with some scattered minor handling marks and well-defined period carving that shows some mild wear from continued use on the frontier after it was done. Mechanically excellent. It is easy to imagine an individual sitting next to a fire on the frontier, adding this wonderful carving to his trusted Winchester Model 1876!

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