Fall 2017 Extraordinary Firearms Auction

Auction: October 31, November 1 & 2, 2017: 10am

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1050

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH FACTORY LETTER.

SN 375193. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard carbine with 20″ bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight & 1873 marked carbine ladder rear sight. Top of bbl has the Winchester & King’s patent 2-line address with caliber marking over the chamber area. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Bottom front edge of receiver has vise marks on each side. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate with trap containing a 3-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this carbine in caliber 44, received in the warehouse February 25, 1891 and shipped next day to order no. 1173. This carbine was produced at a time when business and ordinary work were conducted from the back of a horse or wagon box and carrying a firearm as an everyday working tool was a way of life. Firearms of that era usually saw very hard frontier service under harsh weather conditions often with little or no maintenance. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains strong blue in sheltered areas with about 90% finish, overall turning plummy brown over the top. There are a series of small nicks by the forearm band from someone removing the band. Magazine tube retains strong blue in the sheltered areas, being mostly a blue/gray patina with areas of fine surface rust. Receiver retains 30-35% orig blue in sheltered areas, stronger on left side with the loss areas showing wear & flaking, turning brown over the top & bottom edges. Buttplate retains about 50-60% orig case colors, strong & bright on the tang. Stock has light nicks, dings & scratches and a hairline in the forearm, otherwise the wood is sound and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some very fine orange peel pitting. Cleaning rod is fine. 52601-2 JRL (4,000-6,500) – Lot 1050


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1051

EARLY FIRST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH FACTORY LETTER.

SN 3458. Cal. 44 WCF. 20″ bbl. Full mag with front sight integral with magazine band. Non adjustable folding leaf rear sight with 300 yard portion of front leaf removed. Early style action without stepped front ring. Mortised thumb print dust cover with two screws above cover and saddle ring on left side. Walnut forearm and straight grip stock with steel carbine buttplate. Cody Firearms Museum letter confirms type as carbine, further listing date received and shipped from warehouse as April 10, 1875, order no. 2979. CONDITION: Fair condition rifle with functional mechanics. Dark pitted bore has worn rifling. Metal shows cleaned gray appearance with scattered spots of pitting, surface corrosion and series of dents at bottom of lifter. Top of bbl has polished spot behind rear sight and has weak markings. Wood has age darkened, heavily weathered appearance. Forearm shows warpage and chips along bbl channel with full length glued crack across right side extending to tip. Stock has crack along left side of wrist with plug type repairs. 51935-7 DS (2,500-3,500) – Lot 1051


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1052

EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER DELUXE SPECIAL ORDER FACTORY ENGRAVED MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH FACTORY LETTER.

SN 24685. Cal. 50-95 Express. Fabulous deluxe ’76 rifle with 26″ rnd bbl with full matted top, button magazine, express front sight & early style, short semi-buckhorn rear sight with platinum line & V-notch. Receiver is 2nd type, color case hardened with attached dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover marked on the top “WINCHESTER EXPRESS / .50 CAL. 95 GRS.”. Bottom of the carrier is marked “50-95”. Mounted with 2-3 X shell grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm & fleur-de-lis insert, serpentine grip buttstock that has full checkered hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly no. “410”, “XXX” & an “S”. Matching assembly no. is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Rifle has what was probably $2.00 or $2.50 engraving which consists of fine foliate arabesque patterns on each side & rear edge of the hammer, each side of the forend cap and each side of the lever. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this firearm as a rifle in Express caliber with 26″ matted rnd bbl, plain trigger, half magazine, checkered stock with shotgun butt & rubber buttplate, case hardened and “Engraved and etc”. Received in warehouse Sept. 9, 1882 and shipped Sept. 12, 1882 to order #34086. It was shipped again Oct. 8, 1895 to order #21424. There is no record of it having been returned, leaving one to speculate that this may have been an exhibition rifle. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains 96-98% strong orig blue with a couple of minor scratches & rubs and slight muzzle end wear. Matting is crisp & clean. Receiver retains about 95% orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, lightly faded elsewhere and turned silver on bottom front edge at the carry point. Hammer retains virtually all of its bright case colors and the lever shows case colors turned dark which matches the forend cap. Dust cover retains about 88-90% bright orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn to a light patina. Stock has a couple small gouges with light nicks & scratches, wood is sound and retains about 98% crisp, orig piano varnish finish with the checkering showing only light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of fine pitting. Altogether an extremely rare ’76 with high orig condition. 52466-1 JRL (40,000-65,000) – Lot 1052


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1053

EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 OPEN TOP RIFLE WITH 3-DIGIT SERIAL NUMBER AND FACTORY LETTER.

SN 590. Cal. 45-75. 28″ rnd bbl, full magazine, full blue finish. Straight grain American walnut stocks with crescent buttplate. Bbl shows 2-line Winchester address rolled in front of rear sight. Standard sights for this model. Receiver is of the rare open top variety. Upper tang is marked “MODEL 1876” without finials. SN is hand engraved on the lower tang behind the lever latch. Elevator is unmarked. Lever is of the 2nd Type with a pin inserted in the lever to depress the trigger block. Steel buttplate is of the 1st Type with a thick toe. There is a 5-pc steel cleaning rod in the butt compartment. Accompanying this rifle is a Cody Firearms Museum letter confirming features and showing shipment on November 24, 1877 to Order Number 10535. Winchester 76’s with these early features are extremely rare and desirable to collectors and are seldom found in very good condition. CONDITION: Fine for this model. Bbl shows a smooth mottled plum/brown patina overall with a generous amount of blue in protected areas and very little roughness or erosion. Bbl marking is sharp and clear. Sights are very good. Rear sight shows considerable blue finish. Magazine tube is also a smooth mottled blue/brown patina with traces of blue in protected areas and some very slight roughness at the mid-point in front of the forend. Bore is frosty with some stains and strong rifling. Receiver retains 50-60% of the bright blue finish with the balance drifting into a pleasing plum/brown especially at the carry point. Bright blue is evident in protected areas, especially under the lever and around the hammer. There is a small dent on the right sideplate behind the loading gate. Tang markings are sharp. SN engraving is unmolested. Hammer is a deep plum/brown patina with a generous traces of case color showing on both sides. Stocks are very good, full sized and show handling marks overall commensurate with the age of the rifle. Forend has some slight dents on left side. Stocks show a very light coat of varnish that was applied many years ago. Buttplate is a mottled silver/grey patina with some erosion at the heel and toe. Buttplate screws show considerable blue. Forend cap shows generous traces of orig blue with some staining and slight roughness. Mechanics are crisp. This is an opportunity for an advanced Winchester collector to obtain an extremely rare Winchester open top Model 1876 rifle in far above average condition for this model. These rifles are rarely seen in the condition that is exhibited by this very fine example. 52303-2 TEP (20,000-30,000) – Lot 1053


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1054

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 63035. Cal. 45-75. Beautiful special order ’76 with 27-7/8″ heavyweight oct bbl that measures 15/16″ across the flats, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight, no rear seat for a bbl sight & a “76” marked thin base Vernier tang sight with 3″ staff. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail & 3rd type dust cover. Receiver also has single-set trigger and is color case hardened. Top flat of bbl has the standard 2-line Winchester & King’s patent markings with caliber marking over the chamber area. Carrier is caliber marked. Mounted with 2-3X uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate that has a trap. Left side of lower tang is marked with the assembly no. “677” & “XXX”. Matching assembly no. is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. This rifle is most unusual with its uncheckered deluxe wood, that was obviously special ordered. The heavyweight bbl is also a very unusual feature on the Model 1876. Given the 28″ bbl and full magazine which when fully loaded would have been extremely heavy with the weight balanced toward the muzzle. A most unusual rifle. This rifle was produced in about 1888, well after the introduction of the more successful Model 1886 which chambered more powerful cartridges and was a departure from the toggle link system utilized in the 1876. By the time this rifle was produced the 1876 was near its end of production with only about another 835 arms produced over the next 10 years. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong blue, beginning to thin with purple overtones. Receiver & sideplates retain about 20-25% orig case colors, strong in the most sheltered areas, turning mottled silver elsewhere. Hammer retains strong case colors, turned silver on the spur. Lever retains strong case colors on the sides, turned to silver/gray on the outer faces. Buttplate & forend cap are gray patina. Stock has a chip in the top left edge at the wrist, otherwise wood is sound with the buttstock showing light nicks & scratches and retains about 95% orig piano varnish finish. Forearm retains about 75% orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Shows very little use. 52665-3 JRL (15,000-25,000) – Lot 1054


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1055

FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 “BIG 50” LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 20409. Cal. 50-95. Standard grade rifle with 26″ rnd bbl, full magazine, slightly altered half nickel front sight and 1873-style, short, semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Top of bbl, forward of rear sight has the 2-line Winchester and King’s 2-line address with chamber area marked “50-CAL.”. Receiver is 2nd type with attached dust cover rail containing a 3rd type dust cover which is marked “WINCHESTER EXPRESS / 50 CAL. 95 GRS”. Bottom of carrier is marked “50-95”. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate that has a trap containing an orig 5-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with assembly no. 394 with matching assembly number in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Bottom of stock and forend cap have factory sling swivels. This rifle was produced about 1881 at a time when the West was still wild with marauding Indians and carrying a rifle was an everyday working tool. These big 50 rifles were very effective hunting arms, especially for the larger wild game of North America, Canada and Alaska, up to and including the great bears of Alaska and the Arctic. Many of these rifles in the big 50 cal. were also used extensively in Africa against the big game over there. Standard grade rifles, such as found here were a working man’s tool and usually saw hard and continuous service. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Bbl and magazine tube retain 95-97% strong orig blue with a nick on the bbl and magazine tube and a couple of spots of surface discoloration. Receiver and sideplates retain 80-85% orig blue with most of the losses on the sideplates and bottom front edges, which have turned to a light patina. Remainder of receiver shows very bright blue in sheltered areas. Hammer retains brilliant case colors, lightly faded on right side. Lever retains strong but faded case colors on left side and in protected areas, being a brown patina elsewhere. Forend cap retains about 85% orig blue and buttplate about 60%. Stock has a long bruise at the left heel with the wood overall showing light scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use. 52609-1 (14,000-21,000) – Lot 1055

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1056

FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH CONNECTION TO MONTANA TERRITORY WITH FACTORY LETTER.

SN 27959. Cal.45-75. Standard Grade 3rd model rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, altered Rocky Mountain front sight with replacement blade and 1876 marked rifle ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate that has a trap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this firearm as a rifle with oct bbl and plain trigger received in the warehouse Sept 28, 1882 and shipped March 24, 1883 with 9 other Model 1876 arms to order no. 3268. Also accompanied by a Montana Territorial Warrant (invoice) made out to R.B. Molesworth in the amount of $8 for “killing one bear”. Additionally accompanied by a letter of research dated May 12, 2006 over the signature of Waddy Colvert, Firearms Researcher of Cody, WY, addressed to Mr. John Hawk of Cody, WY. The letter states that Mr. Colvert’s research disclosed that R.B. Molesworth (1806-1890) was Sir Robert B. Molesworth who had been knighted by Queen Victoria and had been a judge in Montana Territory 1856-1886. Cosigner states that this is the rifle Judge Molesworth used to kill the bear for which he was paid the princely sum of $8.00. Standard Grade rifles were the working man’s tools of that era and most often saw hard service under extreme adverse conditions usually in a saddle scabbard or a wagon box frequently with little or no maintenance. Rifles of that era are rarely found today with high orig finish or in fact any orig finish. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl and magazine do retain about 90% orig blue turning slightly plum color with only sharp edge wear. Receiver and side plates retain 60-65% thin orig blue with the balance blue/grey patina, turned silver on the bottom front at the carry point. Hammer retains about 70% faded case colors and the lever traces of case colors being mostly a silver grey patina. Wood is sound with a few nicks and scratches and a couple of dings with the buttstock showing about 40% orig finish and the balance of the wood a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 52506-5 JRL (12,000-16,000) – Lot 1056

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1057

RARE FIRST MODEL OPEN TOP WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 1831. Cal. 45-75. Standard grade carbine with 22″ bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight & 1866-style 2-position flip rear sight graduated 100, 300 & 500 yards. Receiver is 1st type open top without dust cover and left side has a stud & ring. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with full length forearm that has steel nose-cap and single band with straight stock and carbine/musket buttplate without trap. Extractor is original with low rounded top. There are nearly 64,000 Model ’76 rifles, carbines & muskets produced 1876-1998. Probably fewer than 3,000 were shipped in open top configuration and of those very few were carbines making this a very rare ’76. When the ’76 model was introduced at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition it was the first big bore repeating firearm available to the American market. Those early rifles & carbines were in great demand for the great westward expansion of Manifest Destiny. They usually saw hard and continuous service on the American frontier and, of the few 1st typecarbines known today extremely few are found with high orig finish. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains strong blue in sheltered areas being a blue/brown patina over the top and around the muzzle. Receiver & sideplates retain about 60% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas fading to plummy brown elsewhere. Wood is sound with usual handling and use nicks & scratches and shows a pleasing hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. These Open Top Saddle Ring Carbines are rare and highly sought after by collectors. 52609-6 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 1057


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1058

EXTREMELY RARE ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC RAILROAD MARKED SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 63131. Cal. 45-60. Standard grade carbine with 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and carbine ladder rear sight graduated to 900 yds. Top of bbl has standard 2-line Winchester & King’s address and patent dates roll marking forward of the rear sight and cal. marking over chamber area. Left side of bbl, below the middle band is marked “A&P 7”. This marking is believed to be for the famed “Atlantic and Pacific” Railroad which was incorporated in 1866 and remains to this day under the BNSF Railway. Receiver has a stud & ring in the left side. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with full length forearm that has metal cap and one band with straight stock and carbine/musket buttplate without trap. This carbine was produced in about 1888 near the end of production of the Model 1876. There were only a few hundred more 1876 marked arms produced before production of this model completely ceased in 1898. These carbines were in great demand on the American frontier where they usually saw hard and continuous service, often under harsh & extreme circumstances, frequently with little or no maintenance. Carbines were especially desirable for ease of handling from a horse,or railcar, and as such were a daily use working tool. This is an extremely rare gun with a most interesting railroad connection which could be further researched. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains 93-95% orig blue turning slightly plum with one area of light, cleaned surface rust. Receiver and sideplates retain about 80-85% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas, turning plum elsewhere, showing sharp edge wear and candy striping to both front side flats. Bottom front of receiver has turned brown and has a deep scratch which continues back toward the lever. Hammer retains bright case colors, turned silver on the spur. Lever retains traces of case colors in the most sheltered areas, being a mottled silver/brown patina elsewhere. Buttplate shows traces of silvered case colors, being mostly a mottled brown patina. Wood is sound with a scratch above the band retaining spring in the forearm and a couple of small gouges on comb of buttstock with normal light handling and storage nicks and scratches. Wood retains nearly all of its original finish with some finish added for preservation. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 52609-3 (7,000-11,000) – Lot 1058

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1059

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 SADDLE RING CARBINE SOLD TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT WITH FACTORY LETTER AND MARKED “GOVERNORS GUARD” ON THE COMB.

SN 44472. Cal. 45-75. Standard Grade carbine with 22″ rnd bbl barleycorn front sight & 1,000 meter Spanish rear sight, graduated 1 to 5 on left side of base and 2 to 10 on the standing leaf. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail & 3rd type dust cover. Receiver has a stud and ring in the left side. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate without trap and full length forearm that has a special blued steel nose-cap with one band secured by a spring keeper. Buttplate is without trap, however the buttstock has the cleaning rod recess under the buttplate and it contains as small piece of paper with handwritten name and address “Leland B. Griswold, 239 N.Pinerst St., Milwaukee, WIS, Jan 4, 1944, Winchester 1876 carbine #44472.”. Comb of the buttstock just forward of the buttplate tang has very worn, barely visible letters stamped into the wood that are only visible under strong light in the right circumstance. The letters appear to be “GOV GA 31”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this firearm as a carbine, received in the warehouse April 8, 1885 and shipped the same day with 399 other arms to order no. 19819. There is a notation in the letter “Please see the attached research regarding Royal Canadian Mounted Police carbines.” That information is attached and contains a brief history of the Governor General’s Body Guard which was a militia unit organized under the Militia Act of 1793 that mandated that all healthy male citizens ages 16-60 yrs were required to serve. After the British Army completely left Canada in 1870, the Canadian Govt raised a small regular force and reorganized the militia cavalry into regiments. It was apparently during this time that the Canadian govt ordered the model 1876 carbine to arm the North West Mounted Police as well as the militia cavalry units. This carbine was part of a 399 gun shipment ordered on April 3, 1885. These carbines saw hard frontier service especially during the Riel Rebellion & later patrolling the Canada/U.S. borders and remained in service until 1914. Few of these carbines survive today in orig configuration with orig finish. After their lengthy service with the Canadian Militia they were sold as surplus. Also accompanied by an orig 3-piece brass & steel cleaning rod. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 96-97% strong restored blue. Receiver and sideplates retain about 80-85% thinning orig blue with sharp edge wear, turning silver brown around the carry point on the bottom front. Hammer retains strong case colors turned dark on top edge. Lever retains what appears to be about 70% of a blue finish. Wood is sound with common use nicks, dings and scratches & shows most of a lightly restored finish. Mechanics are crisp. Worn, dark bore with moderate pitting. Cleaning rod is fine. 52506-7 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 1059

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1060

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 OPEN TOP SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH ENGLISH PROOFS AND FACTORY LETTER.

SN 2838. Cal. 45-75. Standard Grade carbine with 22″ rnd bbl that has Metford style rifling, barleycorn front sight and 1866 style 2-position flip rear sight graduated 100, 300 & 500 yds. Bbl has standard Winchester and King’s patent roll marking with British proofs on the top left over the chamber area and a corresponding proof mark on the receiver ring. Receiver is 1st type, open top without provision for a dust cover. Left side of frame has a stud & ring. Left sideplate is hand engraved “LONDON ARMOURY / JAS. KERR & CO. / 54, KING WILLIAM ST. E.C.”. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with full length forearm that has special blued steel nose cap and one bbl band secured with a spring keeper. Buttstock has a straight grip with carbine buttplate without trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly no. 1563 with matching assembly no. inside toe of buttplate. Top tang channel of buttstock has matching SN “2838” to this carbine. Very few 1876 carbines were produced in the open top configuration and many of those were later returned to the factory to have a rail and dust cover added. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this firearm as a carbine, received in the warehouse March 19, 1878 and shipped July 10, 1878 to order no. l2311 with four other 1876 arms (probably also carbines). Additionally accompanied by copies of pages of the Winchester ledger book which lists this carbine along with the SN’s of those other four 1876 arms, which are 2836, 2837, 2839 & 2840. CONDITION: Very good, all matching as noted above. Bbl retains about 50% orig blue mixed with fine surface etching. Receiver and side plates also retain about 50% thin orig blue with most of the losses from flaking, showing light sharp edge wear, turning plummy brown over the top and bottom edges. Bbl legend and side plate engraving are sharp and clear. Hammer retains strong case colors, turned dark on top edge. Lever retains dark case colors on the sides turned dark on outer faces. Wood is sound with a few light nicks and scratches and retains most of an old lightly added finish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 52506-3 JRL (10,000-12,000) – Lot 1060

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1061

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE ISSUED SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH FACTORY LETTER.

SN 44181. Cal. 45-75. Standard carbine with 22″ rnd bbl, barleycorn front sight and what is probably a replacement civilian ladder carbine/musket rear sight. Bbl has standard Winchester & King’s patent 2-line address with the area over the chamber marked “CAL. / 45-75”. Receiver is 3rd type with integral dust cover rail containing a 3rd type dust cover and has is a stud & ring in the left side. Carrier is marked “45-75”. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with full length forearm that has special blued steel nosecap and a single band secured with a spring keeper. Buttstock has a straight grip with carbine buttplate without trap. Right side of buttstock is marked with a Northwest Mounted Police “N.W.M.P. Cartouche” in a half circle. Bottom of stock, below the lower tang has the faint stamping “APP 139” which stands for Alberta Provincial Police. In 1916 the N.W.M.P. loaned the Edmunton Reserve Militia 710 Winchester carbines for training purposes. In January 1919 the Alberta Provincial Police purchased these carbines to arm their police and militia. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this firearm as a carbine, received in the warehouse March 28, 1885 & shipped the same day to order no. 19589. Also accompanying are copies of research records which shows that order no. 19589 was for 150 carbines which included this serial number. Additionally accompanying is a copy of page 123 “taken out of Lewis Yearout book on 1876 NWMP” which is a listing of 115 carbines by SN which were reported on an inventory of Model 1876’s assigned to H-Division of the N.W.M.P. This division was assigned to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory during the gold-rush period. The list of 1876 carbines shown on p. 186 of Arms & Accoutrements of the Mounted Police, Clancher, lists this carbine by SN as having been part of a shipment of 150 Winchester carbines shipped from New Haven to Winnipeg on March 28, 1885. After the British Army completely left Canada in 1870, the Canadian Govt raised a small regular force and reorganized the militia cavalry into regiments. It was apparently during this period that the Canadian govt ordered the model 1876 carbine to arm the North West Mounted Police as well as the militia cavalry units. These carbines saw hard frontier service, especially during the Riel Rebellion and as part of the forces assigned to the Yukon Territory during the gold-rush and later patrolling the Canada/U.S. borders & remained in service until 1914. Few of these carbines survive today in orig configuration with orig finish. After their lengthy service with the Canadian Militia they were sold as surplus. Accompanied by an orig 3-piece brass & steel cleaning rod. CONDITION: Good. Bbl retains blue in the most sheltered areas being mostly a silver gray patina with a few nicks and dings. Receiver and sideplates retain about 20-25% thin orig blue in sheltered areas with the left sideplate showing artificial aging. Bottom and top edges of receiver are a blue gray patina. Hammer retains faded case colors, stronger on left side and rear edge. Lever retains traces of case colors, being mostly a mottled silver brown patina. Forearm has two or three gouges about midpoint otherwise wood is sound with a cleaned, hand-worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong sharp bore with some shine & very fine pitting. Cleaning rod is fine. 52506-6 JRL (8,500-15,000) – Lot 1061

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1062

BEAUTIFUL SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH FACTORY LETTER.

SN 13457. Cal. .45-60. Standard grade rifle with 28″ rnd bbl, special order button mag, half nickel front sight and 1876 marked sporting leaf ladder rear sight. Bbl has usual 2-line Winchester & King’s address with caliber marking over the chamber area. Receiver is 2nd type with attached dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “35” and “S”. Top tang channel of buttstock has matching assembly number which is also found inside toe of buttplate. Buttstock does not have the cleaning rod recess under the buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this firearm as a rifle in caliber 45-60 with rnd bbl, plain trigger, 1/2 mag and shotgun butt, received in the warehouse January 18, 1881 and shipped 3 days later to order number 23811 1/2. Firearms of this era were an everyday working tool and usually saw extensive hard service under very adverse conditions often with little maintenance and are rarely found today in orig configuration or high orig finish. PROVENANCE: The collection of Tim Zissler. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 98% crisp orig blue with a couple of tiny nicks and 3 or 4 small scratches. Receiver retains about 95% glossy orig blue with some light candy striping on both sides, a few scratches on right side plate and a series of light surface mars on left side plate. Lever & hammer retain strong case colors, turned dark on top edge of hammer and moderately faded on outer faces of lever. Buttplate retains 60-70% thin orig blue. Wood is sound with 3 or 4 small bruises on the buttstock and overall retains a lightly waxed finish. Mechanics are crisp. Very bright shiny bore. 52463-8 JRL (10,000-15,000) – Lot 1062


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1063

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 10912. Cal. 45-60. This 1880 produced ’76 rifle has 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with screw and rifle ladder rear sight that appears to be a reproduction. Top flat of bbl has standard 2-line address & patent information with caliber marking over the chamber area. Receiver is 2nd type with attached dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. Top tang is mounted with an orig 76 marked, thin base vernier tang sight with 3″ staff. The tang, under the sight, has an extra hole apparently for a sight with shorter base. Mounted with 2-3X American walnut with early style checkered forearm and fleur-de-lis insert grip with crescent buttplate that has trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly no. “985” and “XX”. Matching assembly no. is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. This rifle was produced at a time when the west was still very wild with frequent encounters with hostile Indians. Firearms of that day most often saw hard service under extreme adverse conditions and are rarely found today with high orig finish. Given that the cost of this deluxe rifle would have likely precluded the common cowboy or farmer from such a purchase, it is likely that it belonged to a wealthier person or someone in law enforcement. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains about 85% blue with scattered spots of surface rust and faint sharp edge wear. Magazine tube retains about 80% blue with a few scrapes in the finish and scattered spots of surface rust. Receiver retains faded case colors in sheltered areas, having mostly turned to silver patina. Lever & hammer also retain faded case colors. Wood is sound with numerous small nicks & scratches and retains most of a fine factory finish.A small amount of additional finish has been added to wood and appears to be period.Checkering shows moderate to heavy wear. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore with visible rifling and 2 rings toward the muzzle that do not show on the outside. Tang sight appears to be new old stock. 52324-2 (13,500-15,500) – Lot 1063


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1064

RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 WITH EXTRA HEAVY BARREL WITH FACTORY LETTER.

SN 52836. Cal. 40-60. Standard Grade rifle with special order 26″ extra heavy oct bbl with full magazine, altered Rocky Mountain front sight and a later replacement Winchester semi-buck horn rear sight. Muzzle of the bbl measures 1″ across the flats. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate that has a trap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter that lists this firearm as a rifle in cal 40-60 with 26″ extra heavy oct bbl and set trigger, received in the warehouse July 2, 1886 and shipped July 8, 1886 to order no. 6937. This rifle was probably ordered by a western big game hunter who anticipated doing lots of continuous shooting. The extra heavy bbl provided muzzle stability and reduced recoil while dissipating the heat of repeated firing without warping & losing accuracy. Firearms of the 1880’s era usually saw hard and continuous service in generally inclement weather in harsh circumstances, often with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today in orig configuration with any orig finish. CONDITION: Good. Bbbl and magazine tube show no orig finish remaining being an overall cleaned gray metal patina with a few minor nicks and scatters spots of surface rust. Receiver shows traces of orig blue around the side plates and in the most sheltered areas with the balance a cleaned metal patina and light surface pitting. Lever and hammer show traces of silvered case colors. Forearm has a repaired splinter in the right bbl channel otherwise wood is sound with a fine, recently restored finish. Mechanics are crisp. Strong bore wit good rifling and moderate pitting. A very rare rifle that saw hard frontier service. 52506-8 JRL (6,000-10,000) – Lot 1064


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1065

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 SPECIAL ORDER BIG 50 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH FACTORY LETTER.

SN 26416. Cal. 50-95 Express. Standard Grade rifle with 21-3/4″ rnd bbl (standard length for this caliber was 26″), full magazine, half nickel front sight and 1876 marked sporting leaf rear sight. Receiver is 3rd type with milled dust cover rail containing a 3rd type dust cover that is marked “WINCHESTER EXPRESS / .50 CAL. 95 GRS.”. Cal marking “50-CAL” is over the chamber area of the bbl and bottom of carrier is marked “50-95”. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate that has a trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly no. “1505” with matching assembly no. in top tang channel of butt stock and inside toe buttplate. Given that the front sight is centered at 1″ from the muzzle and the magazine band is centered at 3-3/4″ from the muzzle indicates, almost certainly that the bbl was cut at the factory and the sight and magazine band relocated to factory standards. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this firearm as a rifle in Express cal with rnd bbl and plain trigger received in the warehouse September 11, 1882 and shipped December 4, 1882 to order no. 1352. Given the lengthy time this rifle remained in the warehouse one could speculate that it was during that time the bbl and magazine were reduced in length. This rifle was produced in 1882 at a time when the West was still wild with marauding hostile Indians and numerous outlaws to contend with, and subsistence hunting was a way of life. This rifle would have been ideally suited for about anything. The large express caliber was certainly capable of taking any North American big game and would have been a very effective self defense arm. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching, bbl cut as noted. Bbl and magazine retain 92-94% thin orig Winchester type blue turning a little plum. Receiver retains strong blue around the side plates with the balance a blue brown patina. Side plates have been cleaned and artificially aged. Hammer retains moderately faded case colors and the lever dark case colors on the sideturn brown on outerfaces. Buttplate is a gray patina. Stock has a couple of small bruises otherwise wood is sound and retains about all of a lightly restored finish. Mechanics are crisp. Strong bright bore with good shine and scattered pitting. 52506-4 JRL (6,000-10,000) – Lot 1065


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1066

RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 BIG 50 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 109314. Cal. 50 EX (50-110). Fine deluxe ’86 Big Bore with 26″ oct bbl, button magazine, half nickel front sight with screw & semi-buckhorn rear sight. Top flat of bbl has the later type 2-line Winchester address with “50 EX.” caliber marking over the chamber area. Receiver, lever, hammer & forend cap are professionally restored case colors. Mounted with very highly figured 2-3X, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock that has smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly no. “1049”, “XX” & an “S”, with matching assembly no. in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Bottom of buttstock & forend cap are mounted with factory sling eyes. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Records Office worksheet which identifies this rifle in caliber 50-110 with oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock with shotgun butt, oil finish, half magazine, received in warehouse May 9 1896 and shipped same day to order #16287.This rifle was produced in 1896 and was likely a prized hunting rifle. The 50 Express cartridge was certainly capable of taking any North American big game including the major bears of Alaska and the Arctic. They were very popular in the North woods, the Rocky Mountain region, Canada & Alaska and usually saw very hard service. PROVENANCE: Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Research document confirming the rifle’s configuration and being shipped on May 9, 1896 on order #16287. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Overall retains about 95% crisp finish with bright Winchester blue & case colors, except for the buttplate which is cleaned gray metal patina. Wood retains virtually all of its fine oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 52665-4 (20,000-25,000) – Lot 1066

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1067

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 80554. Cal. 40-82. Fine special order ’86 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, 2/3 (5-shot) magazine, altered sporting front sight and V-notch flat top rear sight that is probably an old replacement. Receiver is color case hardened. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and black insert serpentine grip buttstock that has Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly no. “815”, “XXX” & “R B”. Matching assembly no. is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. This rifle was produced in about 1893 and was probably the prized hunting rifle of a wealthy person or as a special presentation, possibly someone in law enforcement. Firearms of that era usually saw extensive hard service under adverse conditions often with little maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear and some minor freckling on the octagonal area over the forearm. Receiver retains about 75-80% orig case colors, stronger on left side and in sheltered areas, fading elsewhere, having turned silver on the bottom with some spots of what appears to be blood pitting. Hammer retains strong case colors, turned dark on the spur. Lever retains bright case colors on the sides, turned silver on outer faces. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its bright, orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 52665-5 JRL (17,500-20,000) – Lot 1067


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1068

FINE DELUXE 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 70258. Cal. 38-56. Beautiful deluxe ’86 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman sporting front sight with bead missing and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Top flat of bbl has standard 2-line Winchester address with caliber marking over the chamber area. Top tang is marked “MODEL 1886”. Mounted with very nicely figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and black insert, serpentine grip buttstock and crescent buttplate without trap. Left side of lower tang is marked with the assembly no. “355” & “XX”. Matching assembly no. is also found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Bottom of forearm, at the receiver has the hand carved date “1893”. This rifle was produced in the 1892-1893 period and was probably someones prized hunting rifle. Firearms of that era most often saw hard service, frequently under harsh conditions, sometimes with little or no maintenance. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 95% strong orig blue, showing only sharp edge wear, a couple of small scratches & dings with some minor thinning on bottom of magazine tube. Receiver retains about 70% orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas, fading elsewhere and turned silver on the belly. Belly of the receiver still shows most of the “2nd coat lines”. Top & bottom tangs retain strong case colors. Hammer retains bright case colors, turned silver on the spur. Lever retains lightly to moderately faded case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, turning silver on outer faces. Buttplate & forend cap have mostly turned silver with smoky colors showing through. Wood is sound with some heat pimpling on the right side of buttstock with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its strong, orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 52404-8 JRL (15,000-20,000) – Lot 1068


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1069

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH FACTORY LETTER.

SN 99579. Cal. 45-90. Fine deluxe ’86 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, 2/3 magazine, Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight & a replacement semi-buckhorn rear sight that has fine pitting. Receiver is color case hardened. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm & black insert serpentine grip buttstock that has Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly no. “565”, “XXX”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-90 with 1/2 oct bbl, 1/2 magazine, 5 cartridges, plain trigger and checkered pistol grip stock with shotgun butt, rubber butt, received in the warehouse April 24, 1895 and shipped the same day to order no. 10735. The Model 1886, especially in this caliber was extremely popular in the North woods of America, the Rocky Mountains, Canada & Alaska. It was capable of taking the largest wild game, including moose, elk, grizzly bears & brown bears. Very often these rifles were hard used and rarely show orig finish. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue with only sharp edge wear and a couple small nicks. Receiver retains about 30-40% smoky case colors, stronger back of loading gate with the balance turned silver. Hammer retains faded case colors, turned silver on the spur. Lever & forend cap retain traces of case colors. Bottom tang shows bright case colors. Wood has light handling & storage, nicks & scratches with a gouge on the comb and overall retains most of the orig varnish on the buttstock and about 80% on the forearm showing wear at the carry point. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Please read the Conditions of Sale, section 15, for more information regarding the Endangered Species Act, and your responsibilities as a buyer. 52601-1 JRL (12,500-17,500) ESA – Lot 1069


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1070

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 BIG 50 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 88081. Cal. 50-100-450. Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, silver-bead sporting front sight and platinum line 3-leaf Express rear sight. Receiver is color case hardened and has close-coupled, double-set triggers. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. This rifle was produced in about 1894 long after the major buffalo herds had ceased to exist. These big 50 rifles were sought after as hunting arms, especially in the north woods, the Rocky Mountain region, Canada & Alaska for North America’s big game, up to and including the great bears of Alaska & the Arctic. They were also favored by hunters for African big game. This rifle is somewhat unusual with its crescent buttplate. Most of the big 50 rifles were fitted with shotgun butts because of the massive recoil. Shooting a big 50 with crescent buttplate has been related to a religious experience, frequently compelling the shooter to take the Lord’s name in vain. This rifle is a recent “attic find”. CONDITION: About fine. This rifle was virtually a new gun when it went into storage. Currently it shows about 99% of its orig factory blue on the bbl & magazine tube with areas of fine blood pitting about mid-point. Receiver retains brilliant case colors on the sides, lightly faded on the top edge and heavily faded on the bottom with 1 of the “2nd lacquer lines” still visible. Receiver also has a few spots of pitting. Hammer retains about 95% bright case colors and the lever about 40% bright case colors with the balance turned brown. Buttplate shows about 70-75% bright case colors with a spot of rust on the heel. Stock has a couple of tiny hairline grain checks, otherwise wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains about 98% orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. May be completely unfired having heavy factory type grease inside the receiver and shows no evidence on the loading gate of ever having been loaded. 52621-1 (12,500-17,500) – Lot 1070


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1071

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

SN 150674. Cal. 40-65. Standard grade carbine with 22″ bbl, full magazine, square base front sight & 2000 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Top of the bbl has the standard late 2-line address with caliber marking and the “WP” proof over the chamber area. Receiver ring also has the “WP” proof. Left side of receiver has a stud & ring. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and carbine buttplate. This carbine was built in about 1911 and was very likely someone’s hunting rifle, although the western frontier was still not completely settled and carbines such as this most often were carried in a saddle scabbard or wagon box working the open range. They most often were exposed to harsh elements frequently with little or no maintenance. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain most of their original blued finish. Receiver retains about 95-97% bright orig blue, showing sharp edge wear and a few light scratches. Hammer retains about 60% orig blue and the lever about 90%. Forearm band shows about 60% orig blue and the buttplate about 85-90%. Wood is sound and retains virtually all of its original finish, perhaps with some finish added for preservation. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pin-prick pitting. 52609-2 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 1071

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1072

RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH 30″ BARREL.

SN 60689. Cal. 45-90. Standard grade rifle with 30″ oct bbl, full magazine, replacement front sight with screw & brass blade and replacement semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver and attached metal parts are color case hardened. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. This rifle was produced in about 1891 when business was still being conducted from the back of a horse or wagon and firearms of that era were daily use working tools and are rarely found today with orig finish. This rifle with its extra length special order bbl, was undoubtedly a prized hunting rifle. CONDITION: Good, overall retains a completely restored finish with about 99% blue on the bbl & magazine tube. Receiver, lever, hammer, forend cap & buttplate retain a restored color case hardened finish. Wood has a few minor nicks & scratches and shows an amateur-style restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 52665-11 JRL (10,000-12,000) – Lot 1072


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1073

*VERY RARE WINCHESTER DELUXE EXTRA LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH FACTORY LETTER.

SN 129131. Cal. 45-70. Very rare rifle with 22″ extra light tapered rnd bbl, full magazine, ramp mounted Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight and flat top rear sight. Mounted with about 2-X American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock that has Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “238”, “XX” and an “R”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in Cal. 45-70, extra light 22″ rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock with rubber shotgun buttplate & oil finish, Winchester high velocity sights and full magazine, received in the warehouse March 30, 1905 and shipped the next day to order # 5930. These lightweight rifles were extremely popular as hunting arms, especially in the North Woods, the Rocky Mountain region, Canada and Alaska and in the 45-70 caliber is certainly capable of taking any North American big game up to and including the great bears of Alaska and the Arctic. This rifle was obviously someone’s prized hunting gun. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 95% strong orig blue with several spots of blood pitting on left side of magazine tube toward muzzle end and on the front sight. Receiver retains 93-95% glossy orig blue with a series of small scratches on both sides and sharp edge wear. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors, fading on the spur. Lever retains bright case colors on the sides, faded to silver on the outer faces. Buttstock has a hairline back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with usual light nicks, dings and scratches and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Very bright shiny bore. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Please read the Conditions of Sale, section 15, for more information regarding the Endangered Species Act, and your responsibilities as a buyer. 52404-3 (9,000-12,000) C&R; ESA – Lot 1073

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1074

*WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LIGHT WEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 128970. Cal. 45-70. 22″ tapered rnd bbl. Lyman pedestal mounted bead front sight with Winchester flat top V notch elevator adjustable sporting rear sight. Half length mag. Blue finish with case colored hammer and lever. Forearm and pistol grip stock are XX grade fancy black walnut with style H factory checkering, hard rubber grip cap and hard rubber shotgun style buttplate. Inside lower tang is marked with assembly No. 210 followed by XX stock grade. Top tang stock channel is marked with matching 210. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum record check confirming configuration and further stating shipped 8/15/1904, order no. 224457. PROVENANCE: Prestigious and lifetime Parker and Winchester collection of Dr. Tom Bouwkamp. CONDITION: Very good orig condition with fine mechanics. Bright bore with strong rifling. 85-90% orig blue with spots of light pitting along top and lower edges of receiver. Hammer and lever have bright case colors on sides. Orig wood finish shows scattered scratches and marks with small spots of wear. 52170-35 DS (8,000-12,000) C&R – Lot 1074

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