Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 12: Panel Scene Engraved Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,500 - $9,500

Panel Scene Engraved Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1866
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 24 3/8 inch octagon
Finish: blue/brass
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 16
Class: Antique

The engraving on this Winchester Model 1866 rifle from 1870 was inspired by Conrad Ulrich's masterful engraving on 1866 #112270 (see page 124 of "Winchester Engraving" by Wilson) which features similar patterns in semi-relief. The barrel features an altered front sight blade to form a post, an adjustable sporting rear sight, filled third dovetail, and no visible markings. The frame has scroll, border, and Greek key engraving, a rendition of Diana, Goddess of the Hunt, on the right side plate, a stag scene on the right at the front, a bison on the left at the front, and a small scene with a bear and a larger scene with a pair of deer on the left side plate. The forearm cap and buttplate have full-coverage scroll engraving. It has a plain stock and forearm.

Rating Definition:

Fine as custom engraved and refinished with most of the custom applied blue finish, plum color on the lever, blue and plum on some of the small components, aged patina on the brass frame and furniture, faint cracks in the re-oiled stock and forearm, and mild overall wear. Mechanically fine.

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