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Lot 1036: Winchester Deluxe First Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Documented Winchester Deluxe First Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1036: Winchester Deluxe First Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Documented Winchester Deluxe First Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Estimated Price: $11,000 - $16,000
Price Realized:

Documented Winchester Deluxe First Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 720
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 36
Class: Antique
Description:

The accompanying factory letter (copy) lists this rifle with an octagon barrel, set trigger, checkered stock, and casehardened receiver when received in the warehouse on October 14, 1876 and shipped on December 14. Special features such as deluxe wood were generally considered too costly and unnecessary for the average customer looking for a reliable "working man's gun." Finding a deluxe Model 1873, especially a first model, in any condition is becoming increasingly difficult. The rifle was later restored by Turnbull Restoration Co. to manufactured specifications including a new barrel, stock and forend. The replacement barrel has the two-line Winchester address ahead of the rear sight and a facsimile of the "J.P. LOWER" marking at the breech. John P. Lower Sportsman's Depot was a large merchandiser of firearms and accoutrements in Denver, Colorado, from the mid-1850s to the early 1900s who stamped his name on the guns he sold. The rifle is fitted with a German silver blade front sight, sporting rear sight, and No. 36 tang peep sight graduated from 0-250. The casehardened first model receiver has a dust cover grooved guide, a dust cover with checkered overall finger grip, and set trigger. The cartridge elevator is unmarked. The lower tang has the serial number. Sling swivels are mounted on the underside of the forend cap and buttstock. The buttstock is fitted with a trapdoor buttplate, and the butt compartment contains a four piece cleaning rod. The forearm and straight grip stock are select grade walnut with coarse multi-point checkering. Provenance: The Wayne Connor Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine as professionally restored overall, with 99% plus of the blue and casehardened finishes remaining with very limited handling marks. Mechanically excellent.



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