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      LOT 3214
Very Rare Colt-Burgess Lever Action Baby Carbine - Serial no. 5192, 44 WCF cal., 20 inch round bbl.,
blue finish, walnut stock. Manufactured circa 1883 to 1885, this is the only lever action
firearm made in any quantity in Colt’s history with a total production of only 6,403 rifles (3,810) and carbines (2,593). This
particular carbine is the version with the lightened frame and barrel and was called the Baby Carbine. Only 972 of this variation were reportedly manufactured
 and weighed 5 1/2 lbs versus the 7 1/2 lbs of a standard carbine. Considerable expense of tooling up to
manufacture the Burgess caused Colt to suddenly discontinue the Burgess-Colt long gun. With the low number of production of only 972, this Baby Carbines are not only rare, but also prized by collectors. Features a 20 inch barrel and full length magazine tube with a blade front and folding ladder
rear sights. The top of the barrel ahead of the rear sight is marked with the two-line Colt address/patent dates with a Maltese cross flanking the patent dates. The Rampant Colt is on the left side of the receiver, and the serial number is marked on the lower tang. A saddle ring and stud are mounted on the left rear of the receiver. Blue finish with casehardened hammer, lever and buttplate. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm attached by a single barrel band and straight grip stock with a carbine buttplate with compartment containing a three piece cleaning rod.
CONDITION: Very fine. The barrel and magazine tube retain 85% original blue finish. The barrel bands retain 95% plus refinished blue finish. The frame retains 98% plus professionally restored blue finish. 90% refinished niter blue remains on the loading gate. 30% original case colors remain on the buttplate. 97% original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. The wood is also excellent with some minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. A representative example of a Colt-Burgess Baby Carbine.
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 4,500 - 7,500

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