Manufactured in 1886 as a Third Model, the barrel has the two-line address/King's patent marking and caliber marking at the breech and on the bottom of the cartridge elevator. The upper tang is marked with the model designation and the serial number is on the lower tang. Fitted with combination front and elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sights. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. Winchester manufactured approximately 19,552 Model 1873s in .22 short or .22 long between 1884 and 1904. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration as well as receipt at the warehouse on 9 April 1886 and shipment on 10 May 1886 in order number 6408. A second shipment date of 26 April 1888 and order number 5482 are also listed.
Fine, retains 50% of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to a smooth grey-brown patina. The reoiled wood is also fine with some scattered minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.
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