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Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 16,000 - 25,000
     LOT 3059
Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Company Volcanic Carbine
with Scarce 21 Inch Barrel - Serial no. 165, 41 Volcanic cal., 21 inch
bbl., brown/silver finish, walnut stock. This factory engraved Volcanic
carbine was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company c. 1857. New Haven
Arms lever action carbines with 21 inch barrels are very scarce; experts estimate fewer than 100 21 inch
barrel carbines were manufactured between 1857 and 1860. This carbine has a 21 inch, Type II, octagon barrel
with partial rib and integral magazine. The barrel has a German sliver, half-moon front sight, rounded T-bar spring and brass, clam-shell
shaped follower. The silver-plated brass receiver and crescent buttplate are factory engraved with open style scrollwork with line and dot borders.
The receiver has semi-circular cut-outs at either end of the ejection port, dove-tail mounted rear sight with elevation wheel, hammer with hand-cut knurling on the spur and bolt
with hook type extractor. The straight grain walnut stock is oil finished. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the New Haven Arms Company legend: “NEWHAVEN CONN. PATENT FEB. 14.
1854” in one line. The serial number is stamped on: (1) the left side of the lower receiver tang beneath the stock, (2) the stock heel beneath the buttplate, (3) inside of the buttplate heel, (4) the shanks of the hand-fitted buttplate screws and (5) the shanks of the tang screws. All of the visible serial numbers match. The barrel and magazine of this carbine were originally browned, and the
receiver and buttplate were silver plated. The rear sight, bolt, cartridge elevator and other small parts were fire blue.
CONDITION: Very good. The barrel/magazine is mostly a dark brown patina with sharp edges and clear markings along with traces of light pitting on the magazine and lower edges of the barrel flats. The receiver has
been lightly polished but shows minimal handling wear with crisp side plate joints and deep, crisp engraving. Considerable amounts of the delicate silver-plated finish are visible on the protected areas of the receiver and buttplate. Traces of fire blue finish are visible on some of the internal components. The rear sight, hammer, lever and trigger have a brown patina with traces of light pitting. The brass buttplate has an attractive aged patina with
crisp engraving on the heel. The stock has been re-varnished and is in good overall condition a few minor, scattered handling marks. This is a solid example of a New Haven Arms Lever Action Carbine with very rare 21 inch barrel that is missing from all but the most advanced collections of Volcanic and Winchester firearms.
LOT 3060
Desirable and Exceptional Winchester Model 1866 Lever
Action Rifle - Serial no. 130946, 44 RF cal., 24 inch octagon bbl., blue
finish, walnut stock. The legendary Model 1866 was essentially a Henry Rifle
with improvements invented and patented by Winchester shop Superintendent
Nelson King in 1866. As a direct descendant of the Henry rifle, the Model 1866 traces its lineage back to
earlier repeaters like the Volcanic, went on to see heavy use in conflicts related to land, gold and other resources
on the frontier in the second half of the 19th century in the hands of settlers, Native Americans, outlaws, lawmen, and hunters; and is credited for ushering in the era
of the repeating arm. This Winchester Model 1866 Rifle was manufactured in 1876. It is a third model with the block serial number stamped behind the trigger and a single upper tang screw. The barrel is fitted with a German silver blade front sight and an elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line Winchester New
Haven/King’s patent legend ahead of the rear sight. Factory sling loops are mounted on the underside of the brass forend cap and buttstock. It is fitted with a 24 inch full octagon barrel, a full length magazine tube, and straight grain American walnut straight grip stock and forearm. The buttstock has a trapdoor brass buttplate (cleaning rod not included).
CONDITION: Fine. The barrel and magazine retain 40% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. 50% original niter blue remain on the loading gate. The exceptionally fine brass has a bright attractive appearance. The receiver also has tight fitting side plates. Case colors are mostly dark muted in appearance. The wood is also fine as there is a crack towards the stock toe and
some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. No Winchester or Old West collection is complete without a Winchester Model 1866 Rifle!
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
    56 Estimate: 9,500 - 16,000

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