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Lot 3019: Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Very Fine Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action .44-40 Rifle

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Lot 3019: Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Very Fine Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action .44-40 Rifle

Auction Date: December 11, 2022

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500
Price Realized:

Very Fine Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action .44-40 Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 444
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 20
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1880 as a second model with the dust cover guide rail retained with two screws and dust cover with the serrations at the rear. The rifle is fitted with a dovetail blade front sight and an elevation adjustable rear sight. The rifle correctly lacks a caliber designation. The top of the barrel has the two-line Winchester legend ahead of the rear sight. The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1873." The lower tang has the serial number. The rifle has a special order half magazine. The forearm and straight grip stock are plain walnut. The buttstock is fitted with a trapdoor crescent buttplate. The butt compartment holds a four piece cleaning rod. The Model 1873 was a "working man's" gun that saw hard use among the pioneers headed westward in search of new fortunes. These Second Model 1873s are becoming difficult to find, especially those in well above average condition like this example.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The barrel and forend cap retain 85% plus original blue finish and the receiver retains 80% bright original high polish blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance and surface oxidation visible on most of the upper receiver tang. 40% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. 70% of original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. The wood is also very fine with some scattered minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. A highly attractive Winchester Second Model 1873 Rifle.



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