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Lot 46: Antique Special Order Winchester Model 1873 Heavy Barrel Rifle

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Documented Antique Special Order Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Very Scarce Extra Heavy Barrel and Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Documented Antique Special Order Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Very Scarce Extra Heavy Barrel and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 26 inch heavy octagon
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 64
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1884 as a second model with the dust cover guide rail retained with two screws and dust cover with the serrations at the rear. The included factory letter lists this rifle with a special order 26 inch extra heavy octagon barrel and a set trigger when it was received at the warehouse on 10 January 1884 and shipped the next day with six other Model 1873s to order number 9835. A heavier than standard barrel was a special order feature that renowned Winchester author George Madis lists as only being found on one out of every 1,100 Model 1873 rifles, making it one of the rarest special order features. The top barrel flat is marked with the two-line address/King's patent marking and correctly lacks a caliber marking. The extra heavy barrel is fitted with a later added, large German silver blade front sight, an elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sight, and the rifle has a tang mounted long range peep sight and the previously mentioned set trigger. It is mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a trapdoor crescent buttplate (cleaning rod not included).

Rating Definition:

Good, showing mostly a mixture of dark grey and brown patinas and a few scattered patches of light pitting, typical of rifles that were heavily used on the frontier. The refinished wood is also good with a few hairline age cracks and some moderate chipping, particularly on the right where a large chip is seen that shows years of use after it occurred. Mechanically fine. A character rich Model 1873 that has all the appearances of having been special ordered by a western hunter or frontiersman!



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