Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 113: Colt Burgess Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Desirable Colt Burgess Lever Action Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000

Desirable Colt Burgess Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Burgess-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44-40 WCF
Barrel: 25 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 132
Class: Antique

The Colt Burgess rifles and carbines were only available from 1883 to around 1885. They were designed by Andrew Burgess who held 894 patents by the end of his life. It has long been rumored that Colt and Winchester came to an agreement that Colt would exit the lever action market and Winchester would not release a revolver. There seems to be little other reason for Colt to have discontinued these fine repeating arms so quickly after they introduced them. The Burgess is arguably more advanced and refined than the Winchester Model 1873. This is one of only 2,556 Colt Burgess rifle manufactured with an octagon barrel. The rifle is fitted with a blade front sight and an elevation adjustable rear sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line Hartford address/patent dates legend. The left side of the receiver is stamped with a Rampant Colt. The buttstock is fitted with a trapdoor crescent buttplate. A four piece cleaning rod is included. The plain forearm and straight grip stock are walnut.

Rating Definition:

Very good plus, retaining strong traces of faded original blue finish mixed with a smooth brown patina and some scattered patches of pitting. The wood is very fine with minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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