The Model 1873 became one of a handful of firearms that became synonymous with the American west due to their widespread use on the frontier and their ruggedness. This example was manufactured in 1883 as a Third Model with integral dust cover rail on top of the receiver and dust cover with gripping serrations at the rear. The standard two-line address/King's patent marking is on the top barrel flat along with the caliber marking. The upper tang is marked with the model designation and the lower tang has the serial number. It is fitted with German silver blade front and elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sights. It is mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration as well as receipt at the warehouse on 28 March 1883, and shipment on 1 June 1883.
Very good, showing the look of a rifle that spent a large part of its life on the frontier, retaining 25% of the original blue finish with the balance mostly a mottled grey brown patina with a few scattered patches of dark oxidation. The wood is fine having the appearances of being well-cared for during its working life with some scattered minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent.
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