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  LOT 1037
Highly Desirable Documented Winchester Raised Thumbprint Dust Cover First Model 1873 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine - Serial no. 2390, 44 WCF cal., 20 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. Manufactured in 1874 as a desirable first model carbine with distinctive dust cover held in place by grooved guides on either side of the receiver, dust cover with raised checkered oval thumbprint grip on top and lever latch with visible screw threads. The accompanying factory letter (copy) confirms the 20 inch barrel and states the carbine was received in the warehouse on September 30, 1874 and shipped October 21, 1874. The front sight is integral to the barrel band, and there is a two leaf rear sight. This early carbine correctly lacks caliber markings, otherwise standard markings, a saddle ring is mounted on the left side of the receiver, and carbine stock with trapdoor buttplate (cleaning rod not included). CONDITION: Very good, retaining traces of original blue finish in the protected areas, otherwise a brown-gray patina. The wood is very good with some chipping along the surface and minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. A rare and desirable raised thumbprint dust cover Winchester First Model 1873 Carbine. Estimate: 7,500 - 12,000
LOT 1038
Winchester Model 1895 Lever Action NRA Musket - Serial no. 79553, 30-06 cal., 24 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. Manufactured in 1915. These N.R.A. muskets were made to comply with the specifications of the National Rifle Association of America’s “any military arm” matches with special 24 inch barrels, Krag style rear sights, and special flat buttplates. This example also has a special ordered threaded muzzle. The threads at the muzzle provided a means to attach a silencer made by Maxim and others as advertised by Winchester from 1902 to 1910. Per Winchester expert and author George Madis, only “a few Winchesters” left the factory with “threads cut on the barrel” for the purpose of attaching a silencer (see “The Winchester Book,” page 467). (Due to the period of time the rifle was made, there is no way to document the aforementioned feature, as Cody does not have the records for 1915). Other features include standard Winchester markings with the factory oval proof on the receiver ring and barrel ahead of the rear sight, barrel non factory drilled and tapped for scope/sight mounting, bayonet lug on the underside of the barrel band, and musket stock with finger grooved forearm. CONDITION: Fine, retaining 70% original blue finish with thinning to brown-gray on the balance. The wood is excellent with some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. A solid example of a Winchester Model 1895 NRA Musket with rare special order threaded muzzle. Estimate: 2,500 - 4,000
LOT 1039 Desirable Early Production Antique Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Rifle - Serial no. 15347, 38 WCF cal., 24 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. Manufactured in 1892. The barrel is fitted with a dovetail blade front sight and an elevation adjustable rear sight and is stamped with the two-line address ahead of the rear sight and “38 WCF” at the breech. The upper tang has the three-line model/patent date marking. Mounted with smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock fitted with a crescent buttplate. CONDITION: Fine, retaining 50% original blue finish with the balance thinning to a brown and numerous scattered patches of minor spotting/pitting. 60% original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. Traces of original niter blue remain on the loading gate. The wood is very good with a shallow cut on the left side of the buttstock and a number of minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 1,600 - 2,500
        LOT 1040
Documented Antique Special Order Winchester Second Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Extra Length 30 Inch Barrel in .44-40 W.C.F. and Factory Letter - Serial no. 69701, 44 WCF cal., 30 inch octagon bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. Manufactured in 1881 as a Second Model with dust cover rail attached to the receiver with two screws and dust cover with serrations at the rear. The special order, extra length barrel is marked with the two-line address/King’s patent marking and, correctly, is not marked with the caliber designation. The upper tang is marked with the model designation, and the serial number is on the lower tang. The barrel is fitted with German silver blade front and elevation adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sights. It is also fitted with a special order single set trigger. It is mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a trapdoor crescent buttplate (cleaning rod not included). The accompanying factory letter confirms the 30 inch octagon barrel and set trigger. Per the factory letter, the rifle was received in the warehouse on April 20, 1881 and shipped the same day. CONDITION: Good, showing mostly a smooth grey-brown patina overall with a few scattered patches of light pitting and dark oxidation. The front sight blade appears to have been shortened. The wood is also good with a few hairline cracks, a few minor chips in the left edge of the wrist, and some scattered minor dings. Mechanically excellent.
Estimate: 1,800 - 2,750

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