Factory engraved Henry rifles are scarce and highly sought after by collectors, and this stunning rifle is certainly no exception. It is featured on page 22 of "The Book of Winchester Engraving" and page 29 of "Winchester Engraving," both by R.L. Wilson as well as on pages 156 and 157 of "The Story of Benjamin Tyler Henry and His Famed Repeating Rifle" by Les Quick. Looking at the rifle it is very easy to see why it was featured in those books. It is a beautiful work of firearms art. The engraving is very similar to those on other Henry rifles of the period and mainly consists of scrollwork, decorative borders, floral blooms on the front panels, and a buck on the left side plate. The rifle was manufactured in 1864 and is equipped with a German silver blade front sight and notch and ladder rear sight with 900 yard top notch. The two-line address and patent marking is marked ahead of the rear sight, and the serial number is marked on top at the breech. The Oliver Winchester "W" inspection is stamped on the lower tang.
Fine. The barrel has 30% plus of the original blue finish remaining with smooth gray and brown patina on the balance, some lateral filing/polishing lines, and distinct address and serial number. The frame and buttplate have bight original gold in the backgrounds and otherwise a very attractive aged patina overall. The engraving remains crisp. The hammer, lever, and trigger are mostly silver gray patina. The sanded and refinished stock is also fine and has beautiful figure, a few scattered minor dings and dents, and mostly only minimal handling and storage marks. Mechanically excellent. This is a stunning Henry lever action rifle with factory classic engraving and a beautifully figured stock.
There are currently no customer product questions on this lot