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     1876 but very similar to the “new” invention of Jonathon Browning used on all later Winchester lever actions. It had a separate locking block
at the rear of the breechblock and a solid arm that moved the breechblock in both directions. The number “4” is found on most parts with the “A” added
on top of the barrel, frame, lock plate, lock cover and magazine cap. The follower and magazine spring are incorrect additions. Many of these were converted to muzzle loading or lost parts to incorrect assembly. If you are unfamiliar with the priming mechanism and take the gun apart to fix it, it is easy to lose parts. This one is complete as made. CONDITION: Very good plus with smooth brown patina overall. The stock wrist has been neatly repaired with the balance of the stock fine with much of the original varnish. The action is fine. A tough to find rifle in any condition and this is better than most. Provenance: The Peter & Patty Murray Collection; The Milan J. Turk Collection.
   LOT 3056 Very Scarce Early Production Two Digit Serial Number Orvil M. Robinson/Adirondack Arms Co. Tube Loading Repeating Rifle - Serial no. 29, 44 cal., 25 inch octagon bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. This is an early example of the repeating rifles manufactured by Adirondack Arms Co. based on Orvil M. Robinson’s patent. Very little is known about the inventor or the manufacturer. The rifle was designed and patented by Orvil M. Robinson of Upper Jay, New York, and Winchester Repeating Arm Co. later bought his patents. It is believed A.S. Babbit of Plattsburgh, New York, manufactured the arms and the Adirondack Firearms Company of Plattsburgh, New York, was a financial entity only and was formed to market the rifles. These rare rifles were manufactured from 1870 to 1874, and collectors have identified two different models. This example is a Model I, or Model 1870, which, as Flayderman’s describes it, has “wing-like grippers for fingers at each side of the hammer for activating mechanism and cocking.” The serial number is marked on the left side of the barrel and frame at the breech as well as on the loading gate. The right side of the frame is marked with the three- line Robinson patent date/A.S. Babbit address. It has a dovetail blade front sight, an elevation adjustable rear sight (elevator absent), German silver trigger guard, and straight grip stock with crescent buttplate. CONDITION: Good. The magazine tube retains some faded original blue finish, otherwise the rifle has a mixed brown-gray patina and a small crack on the lower left side of the frame. The stock is very good with a couple hairline stress cracks at the receiver, some chipping at the tangs and some minor handling marks. Mechanically fine. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection. Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000
 LOT 3055 Very Scarce Engraved Jennings Lever Action Repeating Rifle - Serial no. 4A, 54 cal., 25 3/4 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. This is the first fully operational commercially produced predecessor of the
Winchester rifle. Based on Lewis Jennings patent (#6973, Christmas Day, 1849) and produced by Robbins & Lawrence in Windsor, VT., they were usually marked like this one “PATENT 1849/C.P.DIXON AGENT/NEW YORK” on the left side of the receiver. The action
is unlike the later Volcanic guns made by Smith &
Wesson, Volcanic Arms, and New Haven Arms
or the early Winchesters Models 1873 and
Estimate: 8,500 - 13,000

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