Page 151 - Auction84-Book3
P. 151

   LOT 3255
Scarce and Desirable Colt Deluxe Model 1883 Burgess Lever Action Rifle - Serial no. 3441, 44 WCF cal., 25 1/2 inch octagon bbl., blue
finish, fancy checkered walnut stock. This model is famous as Colt’s only attempt to compete head to head with Winchester in the lever action rifle market.
The Burgess was arguably superior to the comparable Winchester Model 1866 and 1873 thanks to its shorter, smoother, and more refined design. However, only a total of just
3,775 rifles were manufactured in 1883-1885, 2,556 with octagon barrels and 1,219 with round barrels. Colt may have dropped the Burgess as part of an agreement with Winchester, or they may have
simply decided to focus their attention on their distinctive Lightning rifles. Regardless, the Burgess is one of the nicest and rarest of the late 19th century lever actions. The rifle has a combination Beach front sight, an elevation adjustable rear sight, the two-line address/patent dates marking ahead of the rear sight, the Rampant Colt trademark on the left side of the frame, trapdoor crescent buttplate (empty stock compartment), and checkered, highly figured select walnut forearm and straight grip stock. Very few of the deluxe version of the Colt Burgess rifle are known to have survived.
CONDITION: Very good, retaining traces of the old refinished blue with some minor-moderate pitting mostly on the receiver and the magazine having a thinned blue-gray appearance. The wood is also very good with minor dings and scratches and some blemishes in the overall crisp checkering. Mechanically functions fine with loose lever.
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
   each lock plate. Mounted on a checkered
splinter forearm with ebony accent and a multi-point checkered Prince of Wales style buttstock with a
smooth steel buttplate. Length of pull is 14 1/8 inches.
CONDITION: Very fine, with 85% plus of the original brown finish remains on the attractive
Damascus twist barrels with all of the pattern visible. There are a few light dings at the muzzles. The casehardened components retain 40% of
the original vivid case colors mostly in the protected areas. Some of the screw heads are marred. The wood is also very fine with a hairline crack inside the forearm (not visible externally!) along with scattered light scratches and dings. Mechanically excellent.
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 2,750 - 4,250
  length magazine tube, blade front and folding ladder rear sights, two-line address/patent dates barrel marking, Rampant Colt and saddle ring on the left side of the receiver, and carbine stock with carbine buttplate with empty compartment.
CONDITION: Very good. The barrel and magazine retain 20% faded original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance and some light pitting mostly on the magazine. The frame retains 40% original blue finish, strongest on the lower tang, with the balance as smooth brown patina. The lightly sanded, refinished wood is also very good with some minor handling marks and the buttplate proud at toe. Mechanically excellent.
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 6,500 - 9,500
 Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000
LOT 3256
Exceptional Colt Model 1878 Side by Side
Damascus Barrel Hammer Shotgun - Serial no. 21349, 12 gauge, 30 inch solid rib bbl., brown/casehardened finish, walnut stock. Manufactured in 1887
with a single brass bead sight on the solid rib, this shotgun is choked improved cylinder/ improved cylinder and has 2 3/4 inch chambers with an extractor. The serial number is stamped on the water table, on the inside of the forearm hardware and on the bottom
flat of the barrels with the serial number also engraved on the lower tang. “Colt’s Pt. F. A. Mfg. Co.” is stamped in script letters on
LOT 3257
Colt-Burgess Lever Action Carbine - Serial no. 6231, 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 long arms (3810 rifles and 2593 carbines). This particular carbine is the standard
weight version as opposed to the baby carbine. Colt manufactured 1,219 standard carbines. Features a 20 inch barrel, full

   149   150   151   152   153