This unique Henry rifle is featured on page 25 of "The Book of Winchester Engraving" and on page 37 of "Winchester Engraving", both by R.L. Wilson, and is noted as from the Henry R. Vogel Collection and is used as the representative example of this classic engraving pattern by Samuel J. Hoggson. The rifle features floral designs on the front side panels of the frame, a large scroll design on the right side plate, a dog scene on the left side plate, and additional scroll patterns, including on the upper tang of the buttplate. The rifle has the later production features, including a flat back German silver blade front sight, notch and ladder rear sight with stop screw below the 900 yard top notch, no second rear sight dovetail on the frame, all serifed letters in the two-line address and patent marking on the uniquely unserialized barrel, larger diameter magazine follower and beveled follower cut, sling mounts on the left side of the barrel and stock, and a buttplate with pointed rather than rounded heel. The left side of the upper tang has "F F," and the left side of the lower tang has "1-1" and "9373." The serial number is repeated in the upper tang mortise of the stock and inside the buttplate at the toe. Provenance: The Henry R. Vogel Collection; Property of a Gentleman
Fine. The engraving remains crisp. 70% plus of the original high polish blue finish remains on the barrel and magazine tube which exhibit some minor fading and oxidation mainly along the upper right. The hammer, trigger, and lever retain 60% of the vibrant case colors. There are strong patches of silver plating in the protected areas, mostly by the hammer and trigger. The silver has a deep aged patina. The brass also has deep aged patina. There are some mild marks and scratches scattered throughout. The refinished stock is very good and has some attractive figure, a spliced oval just behind the lower tang possibly where an initial escutcheon was previously located, minor edge wear, and a few dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. All Henrys are desirable, but factory engraved Henry's featured in widely referenced publications are particularly sought after and hard to come by. This rifle has long served as the representative example of this pattern for Winchester collectors and is sure to enhance any collection.
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