Historic Firearms Auction
A Blowout at Approximately $18 Million in Sales!

Auction: March 12th & 13th, 2012

Preview: March 9th - 11th, 2012

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2000

RARE EARLY “HENRY” MARKED PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 16705. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Fine early ’66 carbine with 20″ bbl, full magazine with integral front sight/front band, a forearm band and 2-position rear sight graduated 100-300-500 yards. Left sideplate is engraved in period script “D Edwin Hawley / New York / from H.E.H. Dec. 25th 1868”. Left side of frame has a staple & ring. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent brass buttplate containing a 3-pc orig all steel cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang is stamped with SN along with “CV” and “W”. Matching number is also found inside toe of buttplate. A quick search of the internet disclosed no information pertinent to D. Edwin Hawley. This carbine was produced very shortly after the transition from the Henry rifle to the Model 1866 Winchester and these ’66s are rarely found today with high orig finish. They were the first repeating lever action carbine, ever, and were immediately adopted by all manner of frontiersmen for use in the great American West, generally carried in saddle scabbards & wagon boxes or across saddle bows, usually under harsh conditions of weather & dirt with very limited or nonexistent maintenance. When one is fortunate enough to find such an early carbine, the bbl address is usually completely worn away with rounded edges on the receiver and damaged wood. While this carbine has been used and shows evidence of blood pitting on the bbl, over the chamber area, front sight & spots on the bbl, it is in remarkably strong orig condition. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl, as noted above, has heavy blood pitting over chamber area and left side of the rear sight, on the front bbl band & sight with lesser spots on the bbl which have been cleaned; middle band has a couple of additional small spots; loading gate retains about 60-70% orig blue; receiver retains sharp edges and a wonderful, smooth, dark coffee patina; hammer retains dark case colors, turning brown on rear edge; lever retains dark case colors in sheltered areas being a brown patina on the loop; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and the buttstock retains most of an old refinish; forearm is sound with a hand worn finish, possibly refinished. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-44551 JR449 (10,000-20,000)

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2001

RARE EARLY “HENRY” MARKED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 26268. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl has both Henry’s & King’s Patent markings. Forend cap is the early style brass with dimpled front edges. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent brass buttplate with trap which contains a 4-pc brass & iron orig cleaning rod. Buttstock is stamped with the last four digits of matching SN in top tang channel with matching number inside toe of buttplate. Bottom of stock & forend cap have factory sling swivels. Left side of buttstock has the hand scratched Roman numeral “XIX”. Early “Henry”marked ’66s are seldom encountered with high orig finish because, immediately upon their introduction, they were purchased & used on the American frontier, usually under very harsh conditions with little or no maintenance. Just finding a “Henry” marked ’66 is a rarity but finding one with substantial orig finish is a very great rarity. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with light muzzle & sharp edge wear, a few small chemical spots and some thinning over chamber area; magazine tube retains about 98% strong orig blue with the magazine band mostly gray patina; receiver retains sharp edges showing only very light wear around carry point on the bottom and all the brass retains a wonderful dark mustard patina; hammer retains strong case colors; lever retains faded case colors on sides, turned dark on outer faces; stock has a gouge on left side with normal nicks, scratches & dings and retains about all of its orig varnish finish; forearm is also sound and retains about 92-93% strong orig varnish with a couple of small gouges toward the upper end & wear on the bottom at the carry point. Hammer is solid in the full cock notch when manually cocked or when the lever is operated slowly, however if the lever is operated rapidly the hammer will not hold at full cock and will follow the bolt forward, otherwise mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; appears to be unfired with the bolt face retaining about all of its orig factory finish with crisp firing pins. 4-44556 JR448 (15,000-25,000)

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2002

EXTRAORDINARY, ONE OF A KIND, RELIEF ENGRAVED, GOLD & NICKEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 96741. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Spectacular rifle, gold & nickel finish with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, gold washed Beech’s combination front sight and a reproduction Henry 900 yard ladder rear sight. Mounted with spectacular center crotch, flame grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and gold plated brass crescent buttplate with trap containing an orig 4-pc brass & steel cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped “XXX” and a “V”. SN is in an engraved rectangle on the outer face of lower tang, inside the top tang channel of the buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver & forend cap have full coverage engraving, probably by John Ulrich which consists of ten large & small game scene vignettes all in semi-relief. The left sideplate is engraved with the large oval vignette of a standing hunter in a forest scene shooting two bull elk. To the rear of this large vignette are smaller vignettes of a standing bird dog, a partridge and below the large vignette is a tiny panel of a bear’s head. Forward of the large vignette is a small squirrel holding a nut and in the left front side panel is the rnd vignette of two feeding doe deer. Right sideplate is engraved with the large vignette of a standing bull elk, a reclining hind and a feeding fawn. To the rear are two smaller vignettes of a cougar and flying duck. In the right front side panel is the large rnd vignette of Diana the Huntress and her leaping hound. The remainder of the receiver has full coverage, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with extremely fine punch dot background. The various scenes & panels are divided with counterpoint bright borders and decorative engraved borders. Forend cap has full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with a fine scalloped border around rear edge. Forend cap has a factory sling swivel with corresponding swivel in buttstock. The buttplate tang is engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns surrounding a bright round counterpoint panel with decorative borders around the front edge. The bbl, magazine tube, lever, hammer & loading gate are nickel plated. Close examination of the receiver and tangs of this rifle disclosed no engraver’s signature. This rifle was discovered several years ago by well-known dealer/collector, LeRoy Merz in Spain. He personally traveled to Spain and purchased it from the great-great grandson of the former King of Spain. The family history of this rifle was that it was presented personally to the king by Oliver Winchester. Mr. Merz also purchased two other firearms from this direct descendant of the King of Spain, one being a Winchester Model 1873, SN 13, which was sold through the Julia Auction Company recently and a Colt Lightning Magazine rifle. It is almost without question that this rifle was created for a special presentation and given the elaborate and extensive engraving coverage, it certainly is of the quality one would expect for a royalty presentation. PROVENANCE: LeRoy Merz; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains 94-95% orig nickel with some flaked losses and fine freckling; magazine tube retains 96-97% restored nickel finish; receiver retains most of its bright orig gold wash with some light wear on right rear and right front sides of receiver; forend cap & buttplate retain virtually all of their orig factory gold wash; lever & hammer retain most of their orig nickel finish with a few small spots of flaking; wood is sound with numerous small nicks & scratches in the varnish and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory piano varnish finish; toe screw of buttplate is rusted which has stained the buttplate, but may clean; buttstock swivel is also lightly rusted; cleaning rod appears to be new & unused. 4-44554 JR299 (200,000-300,000)

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2003

SCARCE WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 14420. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade early carbine, 2nd type, with 20″ bbl, full magazine, integral front band/front sight and Model 1866 style forearm band with 2-position rear sight graduated 100-300-500 yards. Receiver has a mortised dust cover with impressed checkered thumb print and has a staple & ring in left side. Mounted with very nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and smooth steel carbine buttplate with trap containing a 3-pc, orig all steel cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is stamped with assembly number “294” with the matching assembly number in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Lever latch is 1866-style. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, both dated 2006, which provide identical information identifying this firearm as a carbine, received in warehouse Jan. 7, 1877 and shipped June 26, 1877 to Order #9342. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue with only faint muzzle end wear; bbl bands retain most of their orig blue, lightly to moderately thinned and turning plum; receiver & sideplates retain 95-96% strong orig blue with a few light nicks & scratches, some fine spots of surface discoloration and a halo on left side from saddle ring; lever & hammer retain dark case colors; wood is sound with a few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired; bolt face retains virtually all of its orig factory blue. 4-44594 JR421 (20,000-30,000)

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2004

RARE EARLY WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 282148. Cal. 22 Short. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Bbl has usual 2-line Winchester & Kings’ Improvement markings with caliber marking over chamber area. Bottom of brass carrier is marked “22 CAL. / SHORT.” Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate without trap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Records Office worksheet which identifies this rifle in caliber 22 with oct bbl & plain trigger, received in warehouse Nov. 5, 1888 and shipped Dec. 11, 1888 to Order #16346. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were a total of 19,552 of these scarce rifles manufactured in the period 1884-1904 in two bbl lengths and two calibers. This model was the first repeating rifle chambered for 22 rimfire and as such was accepted by the American shooting public with great enthusiasm. They were usually hard used and with the small bore had very little maintenance and today are almost never found with high orig finish and unblemished bores. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Appears to be new & unused retaining about 99% crisp, orig factory finish to both metal & wood with only a faint hint of sharp edge wear in a few isolated places; lever & hammer retain most of their bright orig case colors, moderately faded on outer face of lever; buttplate retains brilliant case colors on tang, moderately faded on the face; wood is sound with a long scratch on bottom of forearm and a few other very minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its strong orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; probably unfired; bolt face retains about all of its orig factory blue; lever lock retains about all of its orig factory case colors as does the trigger. This is truly a magnificent, one of kind for condition ’73 small bore rifle. 4-44576 JR341 (20,000-32,000)

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2005

RARE DELUXE FACTORY ENGRAVED FULL NICKEL WINCHESTER 2ND MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 35027. Cal. 44 wcf (44-40). Wonderful early ’73 with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, thinned Lyman front sight and short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver has attached dust cover rail with impressed, checkered thumbprint dust cover and sgl set trigger. Mounted with very nicely figured, 2X American walnut with early style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “84” and “XX”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is beautifully engraved by L.D. Nimschke with the vignette of a bull & cow elk on left side plate all surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns. Right sideplate and sides of receiver are engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns and a large shell pattern on side plate. Top & bottom of receiver, top tang & buttplate tang are engraved to match with matching patterns on forend cap. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1995 and the other 2001. Both identify the rifle with oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock, full nickel and $2.50 engraving, received in warehouse June 9, 1879 and shipped June 12, 1879 to Order #15529. The 1995 letter also states that it was shipped with three other arms. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 93-95% strong orig nickel with some light flaking on left lower flat above the magazine tube and some light thinning over chamber area; magazine tube retains about all of its strong orig nickel plating; forend cap retains about 85-90% orig nickel; receiver retains 90-95% strong orig nickel with losses on right sideplate and the carrier being exposed brass and ; lever & hammer retain strong orig nickel with scattered flaking; buttplate retains about 80% orig nickel; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of a fine, old professionally restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore, dark in the grooves. 4-44569 JR4200 (20,000-30,000)

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2006

EXCEEDINGLY RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED NICKEL FINISH MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 484723. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine with two bands, barleycorn front sight and 900 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Bbl has standard 2-line markings and caliber over chamber area. Mounted with very highly figured, marbled, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate with trap that contains an orig 3-pc nickel plated iron & brass cleaning rod. Receiver is lightly engraved in foliate arabesque patterns on both sides from the Ulrich shop with the name “Luis Esnarriaga” in a ribbon on left sideplate. Top & bottom of receiver and top tang, along with buttplate tang are lightly engraved to match. Carrier is marked “44 CAL.”. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “2222” and “XX”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter, addressed to Mr. Arlin McCroskie, which identifies this firearm as a carbine in 44 caliber with fancy stock, full nickel and engraved $2.50 with the name on sideplate “Louis (sic) Esvarriaga (sic)”, received at warehouse Nov. 3, 1894 and shipped Nov. 15, 1894 to Order #23966. It seems likely that Luis Esnarriaga was someone of importance in South or Central America to receive such a fine gift. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp orig nickel with some scattered chemical spots on front half of bbl; dust cover has some minor pinprick pimpling and there are a few other pin pricks of pimpling elsewhere but the nickel is crisp & bright; wood is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches with a small wear spot on bottom left of wrist and a series of scratches on right side of buttstock and overall retains virtually all of its bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired; bolt face retains about all of its orig nickel. 4-44585 JR342 (25,000-40,000)

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2007

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 29331. Cal.44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, half nickel front sight, short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges and a thick base tang sight with 4″ staff. Receiver has a mortised dust cover with impressed checkered thumbprint. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent steel buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “399” with matching assembly number in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Lever latch is the later style without threads. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle with 28″ oct bbl & plain trigger with no shipping information. 1st Model ’73s are scarce with special order features and given their early, immediate success with usually hard & continuous service on the American Frontier, today they are rarely found in orig configuration with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains about 95% strong orig blue with fine pinpricks of surface discoloration and turning plum; receiver & sideplates retain 93-95% strong orig blue with some minor candy striping and cleaning scratches on sides, turning a little plum over receiver ring and bottom front, in the recess; hammer retains most of its orig case colors and the lever retains strong case colors on the sides, turned dark on outer faces; stock has a couple of minor chips and a few, very minor, scattered light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; shows little evidence of use retaining most of its orig factory blue on bolt face. 4-44588 JR422 (12,500-17,500)

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2008

RARE GOLD & ENGRAVED OPEN TOP WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 4901. Cal. 45-75. Spectacular early ’76 with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, windgage globe front sight missing the spirit level keeper & aperture with early style semi-buckhorn rear sight that has checkered edges and an early Marbles locking tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, about 2X, center-crotch, flame grain American walnut with early style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate that has a trap. Bottom of stock is fitted with a factory sling loop with corresponding sling swivel in the forend cap, both of which are gold plated. Receiver, forend cap & buttplate are gold plated with the receiver engraved in Conrad Ulrich style, from his shop. Left sideplate has the oval vignette of a walking white tail buck in a field & forest scene surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Right side has matching foliate arabesque patterns with a large ribbon engraved “JS” or possibly “JP”. Both front flats of receiver are engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns that have a simple line border. Top & bottom of receiver, along with the buttplate tang & each side of forend cap, are engraved in light foliate arabesque patterns. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “175” which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. This exact rifle, identified by SN, is pictured, both sides, on p. 201 of the book Winchester Engraving, Wilson, and credited to the Ivan B. Hart Collection. Top of receiver has two small plugged holes with a small milled slot at the rear of the ejection port, apparently where a dust cover rail was after market, attached at one time. Receiver has a sgl set trigger. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters and two Winchester Museum letters, all of which identify this rifle with oct bbl, set trigger, gold & engraved, received in warehouse on June 10, 1878 and shipped June 19, 1878 with 17 other Model 1876s to Order #11781. The letters further note that it was returned May 1881 with the notation “Skinker”. In the Winchester Museum letter of Jan. 14, 1963, over the signature of T.E. Hall, the last sentence states “There is nothing in our files pertaining to Mr. Skinker, the California agent.” PROVENANCE: Ivan B. Hart Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 88-90% strong orig blue with muzzle end and sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains 75-80% orig blue, worn thin on the bottom radius; receiver retains 88-90% strong orig gold plating with high point & sharp edge wear and a couple of spots of light surface pitting; forend cap & swivel retain most of their orig gold plating; buttplate retains 70-75% thin gold plating and the stock sling loop retains about 75% gold plating; wood is sound with a couple of small gouges on left side of buttstock and a few light handling & use marks elsewhere and retains most of an old restored finish; checkering shows moderate to heavy wear with a few mashed diamonds. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Tang sight lock is not functioning. 4-44550 JR336 (35,000-65,000)

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2009

EXTREMELY RARE EARLY 1ST MODEL, OPEN TOP DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 708. Cal. 45-75. Usual configuration with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead front sight, “1876” marked ladder rear sight and an early Lyman tang sight with spiral knurled barrel. Mounted with very nicely figured straight grain American walnut with early style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with black fleur-de-lis insert and crescent steel buttplate that has sliding trap which contains an orig 4-pc steel & brass cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “44” and “XXX”. This number is also found inside toe of buttplate with what appears to be pencil numbers in the top tang channel of the buttstock. This is slightly unusual and may be a factory replacement stock but regardless it is orig Winchester equipment. Accompanied by a period heavy, leather lined custom wood casing that is 50-3/8″ long x 9-1/2″ wide x about 2-3/4″ deep, compartmented for the rifle and five boxes of orig Winchester ammunition. The case has been fitted with a block at the muzzle end with a figure-8 recess for the end of the bbl & magazine tube. The butt end is form fitted for the crescent buttplate and the center section, over receiver area, has an attached orig leather covered pad which covers the receiver. Two of the boxes of ammunition are full with orig cartridges. Two other boxes have 10-rds each orig factory ammunition and 10-rds each fired brass. The fifth box has 17-rds of orig ammunition, one dud and two missing. Also accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum work sheet which identifies this firearm as a rifle with oct bbl, set trigger, case hardened with checkered stock and pistol grip, received in warehouse Nov. 5, 1877 and shipped same day to Order #10347. It seems likely that this was a set created by an Eastern hunter for a safari to the West and saw little, if any, use. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig factory blue with a few minor nicks & scratches; receiver & sideplates retain virtually all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, moderately faded elsewhere; hammer retains virtually all of its brilliant orig case colors with a small wear spot on left side; lever retains bright case colors in sheltered areas, turned silver on most of outer faces; wood is sound with light handling & use nicks & scratches with a small ding and a few scratches on left side and overall retains just about all of its bright piano varnish finish; checkering shows light to moderate diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Cleaning rod is fine. Case is sound with nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of its orig finish; leather carrying handle on front is missing; leather lining is solid & clean with light soil; ammunition boxes are generally fine with a couple of small tears in the lids with one box has a detached end flap; two of boxes have crisp labels with the other three moderately soiled; ammunition is all fine with some of bullets showing light oxidation. 4-44546 JR331 (25,000-40,000)

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2010

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER 2ND MODEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 14190. Cal. 45-60. Fine standard grade Model ’76 with 26″ oct bbl, button magazine, ivory bead front sight with bead broken, sporting leaf ladder rear sight graduated to 1,000 yards and a Lyman combination tang sight. Receiver is 2nd type with screwed-on dust cover rail. Mounted with nicely figured, slab sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and smooth steel buttplate. Bottom of carrier, as usual, is marked with the caliber side to side and is engraved in period script lengthwise “J. Parsons” over the SN. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “121” and “CF”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum records request sheet which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-60 with 26″ 1/2 oct bbl, case hardened, plain trigger, half magazine and shotgun butt, received in warehouse May 19, 1891 and shipped same day to Order #25399. Although the records indicate “1/2 octagon” bbl, it is readily apparent that this rifle has had this full oct bbl its entire life. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with very light muzzle & sharp edge wear with some minor pinpricks of discoloration over forearm area; receiver & sideplates retain virtually all of their brilliant orig, factory case colors, very lightly faded on sides, a little more faded over top & bottom; hammer retains very bright case color, faded on top edge; lever retains bright case colors on sides, fading to silver on outer faces; buttplate retains about 50% orig blue, showing wear at heel & toe with balance flaked, not worn, to a dark patina. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44543 JR440 (15,000-20,000)

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2011

RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 4100. Cal. 45-90. Rare deluxe ’86 with 26″ full matted rnd bbl, full magazine with German silver Rocky Mountain front sight & an unmarked 1886-style 1,000 yard ladder rear sight. Mounted with highly figured, center crotch, uncheckered American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with black insert and full checkered hard rubber buttplate. Although this buttplate is not Winchester marked there is no doubt whatsoever that it is orig to this rifle. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number “2805”, “XXX”, “S” and “RB”. Matching assembly number is also found in the top tang channel of buttstock. Bbl address is on the top, forward of rear sight and was rolled through the matting. Caliber marking is on left side of chamber in order to accommodate the matting. Rifle is early style with spring screw that extends through the top tang. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, which are identical and identify this rifle in caliber 45-90 with rnd matted bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, German silver Rocky Mountain front & sporting leaf rear sights, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, received in warehouse Feb. 9, 1887 and shipped same day to Order #14698, returned & repaired Feb. 15, 1887. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig blue with only light muzzle edge wear; receiver retains brilliant case colors on sides, lightly faded on right front and over the top with faint colors on belly; top tang is also fading; hammer retains bright case colors, faded on top edge; lever retains bright case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, fading to silver on outer front faces; wood is sound with a few, very minor nicks & scratches and one small rub on left side of buttstock with buttstock retaining 96-98% strong orig piano varnish; forearm retains about 75% strong orig piano varnish showing wear and turned dark on bottom rear edge. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44461 JR438 (30,000-50,000)

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2012

RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 7172. Cal. 45-70. Wonderful special order ’86 with rare 28″ rnd bbl, slightly altered Rocky Mountain front sight and very rare special order military, windage adjustable, musket style, ladder rear sight graduated to 1,000 yards. Receiver has sgl set trigger. Mounted with very nicely figured burl & shell grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with black insert and crescent steel buttplate with trap. Left side of buttstock has a deep fluted cheekpiece. Bottom of stock has a military style sling wire with a corresponding sling swivel in forend cap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “493”, “XX” and “SS”. Matching assembly number, along with an “S”, is stamped in the top tang channel of the buttstock. Toe of buttplate also has the matching assembly number. Accompanied by three Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1996 and the other two, 2008. All three furnish identical information and identify this rifle in caliber 45-70 with 28″ rnd bbl, half magazine, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip & cheekpiece, rod in butt, with sling & swivel, sights are listed as “military windgage rear, 1 inch forward of frame”, pull 14 in. and drop 3 in., received in warehouse Sept. 9, 1887 and shipped Sept. 12, 1887 to Order #20720. Special order Winchesters are occasionally encountered but those with so many special order features are indeed, very rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% orig blue with a few tiny scattered spots of surface rust; receiver retains about 75% orig case colors, strong & bright on right side and in sheltered areas on left side, fading elsewhere and turned silver on bottom; hammer retains strong case colors, turned silver on top edge; lever retains strong case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, faded to silver elsewhere; top tang is mostly faded to gray; forend cap retains smoky case colors; buttplate retains about 90% bright case colors, showing wear on heel & toe; stock has a chip by the lower tang at the receiver, two or three tiny grain checks back of top tang and some others back of cheekpiece and has light handling & use nicks & scratches and overall retains most of its piano varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44507 JR417 (20,000-30,000)

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2013

RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 108133. Cal. 45-70. wonderful deluxe ’86 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead combination front sight, flat top rear sight and Lyman large disc tang sight with adjustable diopter. Mounted with very highly figured 2X American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip buttstock with deep fluted cheekpiece and Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number “1029” and “XX”. The matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1989 and the other 2006, both of which identify this rifle in caliber 45-70 with half oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, “dark stock”, special sights, rubber butt and cheekpiece, received in warehouse Feb. 28 and shipped same day. Deluxe ’86s, while not especially rare, are extremely uncommon with a factory cheekpiece and special order wood. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% crisp orig factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear; receiver retains about 95-96% strong orig case colors, bright on sides, lightly to moderately faded over the top and lightly cleaned down the center of the belly; hammer retains strong case colors, moderately faded on top edge; lever retains bright case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, moderately to heavily faded on out face; wood is sound with a few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its fine varnish finish that may be a very old restoration. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, has seen very little use. 4-44477 JR416 (22,000-55,000)

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2014

VERY RARE INSCRIBED FACTORY ENGRAVED SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 106645. Cal. 45-90. Wonderful deluxe ’86 with 26″ oct bbl, button magazine, combination front sight, Lyman 6A 2-leaf folding rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured flame & shell grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent steel buttplate. Bottom rear of forearm is inlaid with a 1-1/4″ x 5/8″ oval silver escutcheon plate engraved “J.F. THOMAS / G.F.D 1905 / PHILADELPHIA”. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “822” and “XX”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is wonderfully engraved, probably by John Ulrich, with the large oval vignette of a whitetail buck & doe in a forest scene on left side and a walking bull moose in a small vignette on right side, surrounded by light foliate arabesque patterns with wavelet borders. Top & bottom of receiver, bolt, hammer, top tang, lever, forend cap & buttplate tang are engraved to match. Buttstock has a repaired toe. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1990 and the other 2008, which report identical information, identifying this rifle in caliber 45-90 with oct bbl, 1/2 magazine, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip and $12.00 engraving, received in warehouse Feb. 19, 1896, shipped same day to Order #5621, repair & return Nov. 10, 1896. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear; receiver retains about 70% faded, smoky case colors, a little stronger in sheltered areas; hammer retains bright case colors, faded on top edge; lever retains case colors in sheltered areas, mostly having turned to silver; buttplate has faded to silver. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore, shows little or no use, retaining most of the orig finish on bolt face & loading gate. 4-44444 JR439 (35,000-75,000)

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2015

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION MUSKET. SN 82375. Cal. 45-70. Rare ’86 musket with 30″ rnd bbl, full length forearm which conceals the magazine tube, that has a metal nose cap and sgl band with sling loop. It has square base front sight/bayonet lug and a musket style ladder rear sight graduated to 1,000 yards. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and musket/carbine buttplate with trap which contains a 5-pc orig all steel cleaning rod. Bottom of stock has a sling loop. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this firearm as a musket in caliber 45-70, received in warehouse on Sept. 15, 1893 and shipped same day to Order #22833. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 350 of these rare muskets were produced and “The ’86 musket is the greatest rarity of all Winchester lever action muskets.” PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains about 99% strong orig factory blue with a couple of minor freckles of pinprick rust; receiver retains most of its orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas and the entire left side; top & bottom are moderately faded with the dbl shellac lines still visible on the bottom; hammer retains strong case colors, turned dark; lever retains strong case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, faded on outer faces; buttplate retains moderately faded case colors showing wear on heel & toe; wood is sound with some light scrapes & dings on buttstock and a few small nicks on forearm and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. May have been fired but if so, very little. 4-44516 JR434 (15,000-25,000)

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2016
Revised: 3/9/2012

Additional Information: The lower tang on this rifle is a replacement. The stock has been renumbered to match the assembly number on the tang.

EXTREMELY RARE, VERY EARLY SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 “BIG 50” LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 74783. Cal. 50 Ex. (50-110). Extraordinary deluxe ’86 with 26″ extra-heavy oct bbl that is 1″ across the flats. It has full magazine and Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with black triangle inlay and crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “685” and “XX”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. This rifle is quite unusual with its extra heavy bbl, color case hardened receiver and crescent buttplate. This weight barrel is rare on any Winchester but more so on the heavier 50 caliber rifles. The color case hardening on a 50 caliber rifle also is somewhat unusual because by the time the 50 caliber was adopted for the 1886 the standard for this model was blued frame. The crescent buttplate is equally unusual on a 50 caliber rifle because they were very uncomfortable to shoot with anything but a shotgun buttplate. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1988 and the other 2007 with both having identical information which identifies this rifle in caliber 50-110, extra heavy oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip and Lyman front & rear sights, received in warehouse Feb. 14, 1893 and shipped same day to Order #14285. Also accompanying is a copy of the shipping record. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with very light sharp edge wear and a small scratch on top left flat that does not go completely through the blue; receiver retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant on left side which also has most of its orig shellac, and in sheltered areas elsewhere, fading to silver on the bottom and areas of the right side; top of receiver is moderately faded; hammer retains strong case colors, moderately faded on top edge; lever retains most of its orig case colors, strong & bright on sides and upper front, strong in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded on outer face; wood is sound with a few light storage & handling nicks & scratches and a grain check in left side of buttstock and overall retains most of an outstanding professionally restored finish; buttplate retains about all of its orig case colors, bright in a few spots, moderately faded elsewhere. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. May have been fired but if so very little. 4-44487 JR430 (45,000-75,000)

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2017

*RARE FACTORY GOLD AND NICKEL ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 122768. Cal. 45-90. Beautiful deluxe rifle with 26″ octagon bbl, full magazine, fixed blade front sight with set screw and V-notch sporting rear sight. Rifle has 4 dollar engraving, gold plated with a large vignette of a buck deer running across a rocky landscape, surrounded by bold arabesque foliate scrolls with punch dot background and border engraved in a snake and dot pattern. Right side forward part of the small circle with a standing buck deer with remainder a bold foliate arabesque scroll with punch dot background and matching snake and dot border. Top of receiver, along bolt, has a narrow snake and dot borders and moderate foliate scroll over the receiving ring. Bbl, over the chamber area has some light foliate scroll and a border design around caliber designation. Mounted with “XX” walnut with H-style checkered forend and checkered pistol grip stock with Winchester hard rubber grip cap and an engraved gold plated crescent butt-plate. The bbl, magazine tube, sights, lever, hammer, bolt, loading gate, and screws are all nickeled on this fine deluxe rifle. Accompanying is a Cody Firearms Museum letter fully identifying this rifle and showing a long storied history of shipments from and returns to the factory with first ship date of March 9th, 1901 and concluding as “charge to exhibition showcase sample consignment account ticket #547859” on July 26, 1921. Order #7604-27. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. The nickeled bbl and magazine tube have the usual nicks and scratches with sharp edge wear; the nickeled sights show more wear on the edges than the bbl and mag-tube; the gold plated receiver shows wear on the sharp edges but still contains very much of it’s orig. gold plating; the nickeled receiver parts retain most of their nickel; buttplate shows considerable loss of gold but still has evidence that it was gold plated; the deluxe wood carries a complete and professional restoration of factory quality from Turnbull restorations. Mechanics are crisp; bore is somewhat dark with moderate pitting. 4-44448 (40,000-70,000)

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2018

*EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER MODEL 1886 WINCHESTER “BIG 50” LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE. SN 127365. Cal. 50-100-450. Rare standard grade short rifle with 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine, takedown with Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Bbl is marked “NICKEL STEEL” on left side by rear sight and has the cal. marking over chamber area. Mounted with very nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered, American walnut with straight stock and smooth steel shotgun buttplate. The tangs, under the wood, are without assembly number, however the top tang channel of buttstock has assembly number “118” with matching number in white pencil on rear face of buttstock under the buttplate and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1989 and the other 2004, both of which report identical information which identifies this rifle in caliber 50-100-450 with 22″ rnd nickel steel bbl, plain trigger, takedown with flat top sporting rear & Lyman hunting front sights and shotgun butt, received in warehouse March 5, 1903 and shipped next day to Order #177374. Also accompanied by a copy of the shipping record. The 50-100-450 cartridge was produced for only a short period of time before being supplanted by the 50-110 cartridge. As such, very few rifles were marked as being chambered for this cartridge and very few of those are known today. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98-99% strong orig blue with only faint muzzle edge wear; receiver retains about 98% strong orig blue with a couple of small scratches and a minor area of flaking on the top rear edge; takedown ring retains most of its orig blue, turned dull on bottom; lever & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, strong & bright on hammer and sides of lever, also in sheltered places on the lever with the loop moderately faded; buttplate retains about 95% strong orig blue showing wear at heel & toe; wood is sound with a small gouge on the forearm and a few light nicks & scratches elsewhere and overall retains about all of its strong orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; probably unfired. Bolt face & loading gate retain virtually all of their orig factory finish. 4-44494 JR458 (35,000-50,000)

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2019

*FINE LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 152314. Cal. 45-70. Standard grade carbine with 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine, 2-bands with square base front sight and 3-leaf express rear sight. Left side of receiver is installed with a stud & ring. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and smooth steel carbine buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this firearm as a carbine in 45-70 caliber, charged to: Iver Johnson Sporting Goods Co., Boston, MA, received in warehouse Nov. 2, 1916 and shipped Feb. 6, 1917 to Order #807243. This is a very late carbine, seldom encountered. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl has a small spot of touch-up over chamber area behind the rear sight, otherwise bbl & magazine tube retain most of their strong orig factory finish; bands also retain about all of their orig factory finish with light high point wear; receiver has a couple of fine scratches on left side and fine sharp edge wear and overall retains 95-96% strong orig blue on sides & top edge, lightly thinned on belly at carry point; lever & hammer retain strong case colors, faded on outer faces of lever; buttplate is flaked to a mostly brown patina; stock has a bruise on the comb with a very few, tiny nicks & scratches elsewhere and overall retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; may have been fired but if so, very little. 4-44518 JR435 (15,000-25,000)

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2020

*RARE SPECIAL ORDER SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE. SN 126535. Cal. 45-70. Rare ’86 with 20″ extra light, tapered rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with Lyman ivory bead ramp front sight and flat top rear sight. Bbl has usual markings with “NICKEL STEEL” by the rear sight and the caliber marking over the chamber. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with “I” style checkered forearm and straight stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Bottom of stock has a factory sling eye with corresponding sling eye in the forend cap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “460” and “R”. Top tang channel of buttstock is stamped with the matching assembly number. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 45-70, takedown with 20″ extra light rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered plain wood stock, half magazine, Lyman front sight, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, sling & swivels, received in warehouse Oct. 18, 1902 and shipped Oct. 20, 1902 to Order #155970. Also accompanied by a copy of the shipping record. Configuration of this little rifle is rare & unusual and seldom encountered especially with high orig finish. Short rifles such as this one were usually ordered by trappers or horsemen and generally saw very hard service. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Overall retains 98-99% strong, orig, glossy, factory blue with faint sharp edge wear and a couple of small scratches on the receiver with some very minor thinning over the top of the takedown ring; lever & hammer retain most of their strong factory case colors, faded on top edge of hammer and outer faces of lever; wood is sound with a very few, very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and a couple of small dings on forearm and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. 4-44480 JR413126535 (15,000-25,000)

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2021

SCARCE EARLY SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 23906. Cal. 38-56. Beautiful standard grade rifle with 26″ heavy oct bbl, half magazine (5-shots), ivory bead front sight and “1886” marked ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 38-56 with oct bbl, plain trigger, 1/2 magazine (5 cartridges), sporting leaf & Lyman front sight, received in warehouse Sept. 27, 1888 and shipped same day to Order #12881. Standard grade Winchester rifles with high orig finish are quite unusual because they were often working man tools and usually saw hard service under adverse conditions with limited maintenance. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98%+ condition with very faint sharp edge wear, a nick on the bbl and flaked magazine tube cap; receiver retains virtually all of its orig case colors, strong & bright on sides & top with the belly moderately faded but still showing the dbl shellac lines down the edges; lever & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, dark on top edge of hammer and moderately faded, turning silver on the loop; buttplate retains strong, bright case colors with wear only on edge of toe & heel; wood is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some scattered roughness. 4-44497 JR433 (15,000-20,000)

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2022

*RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 144437. Cal. 33 WCF. Rare rifle with 24″ tapered lightweight rnd bbl, full magazine, pedestal mounted Lyman ivory bead front sight, an unusual blank in the rear seat and a Lyman small disc tang sight. The slot filler in the rear seat has a flat, 1-1/16″ x 5/8″ oval piece of steel attached to its top that is engraved in a scroll and has a mostly obliterated name which may be “WASHINGTON”. Mounted with very nicely figured center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with deep, fluted cheekpiece and crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “580” and “XX”. The matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of the buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 33 with rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, full magazine, rifle butt with cheekpiece, received in warehouse March 2, 1908, shipped March 9, 1908 to Order #139968 and repair and return March 8, 1917. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig blue with some light, minor thinning; receiver retains about 50% thin orig blue with balance a silver patina; hammer retains strong case colors on sides and rear edge with top edge turned silver; lever retains traces of case colors in sheltered areas being mostly a silver patina; wood is sound with a few minor, light nicks & scratches and retains most of what is probably an old factory restored finish which was likely done in 1917 when it was returned to the factory. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44454 JR408 (8,000-14,000)

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2023

*FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 135901. Cal. 45-70. Standard grade rifle with 26″ rnd bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight, unmarked 1886-style ladder rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum information request sheet which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-70 with rnd bbl & plain trigger, received in warehouse Dec. 15, 1905 and shipped Nov. 12, 1906 to Order #82996. It is unusual to find a standard grade rifle with high orig finish as they were usually “working” guns that regularly saw frequent service in the field generally under harsh conditions. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its strong orig factory finish with bright orig blue and only very light sharp edge wear and a few small scratches on receiver; lever & hammer retain about all of their bright factory case colors, moderately faded on outer face of lever; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Appears to be unfired, retaining virtually all of its orig factory finish on bolt face & loading gate. 4-44509 JR429 (7,500-12,500)

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2024

*HIGH CONDITION POST WWI WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 924463. (1923) Cal. 30 WCF. Standard carbine with correct sights and markings. Blued hammer, lever and buttplate. Walnut stocks. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, with only a few minor blemishes in finish of wood and metal. Bbl and magazine are essentially blemish free. There are a few light flakes on sides of action. Top tang is flaked around lettering. There are a few minor marks on buttstock, mostly at right rear near heel. Brilliant bore. 4-44410 MGM353 (4,500-7,500)

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2025

*RARE INSCRIBED DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION CARBINE. SN 580761. Cal. 32 WS. Spectacular carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, two bands with Lyman 3-bead front sight, no rear seat and a Lyman 21 side-mount receiver sight. Mounted with highly figured, about 2X, American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and straight stock with smooth steel carbine buttplate. Top of bbl is engraved in block letters “PROPERTY OF HERBERT W. HEGELE M.D. PORTLAND, OREGON”. Receiver is without a saddle ring stud and never had one. Deluxe carbines are very rare and inscribed or presentation pieces are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% crisp, orig factory finish; bbl bands retain most of their orig factory finish with some light high point wear; receiver has scattered flaked spots on left side and top right side with light thinning on edges of receiver ring and thinning on carry point of the bottom; lever & hammer retain bright case colors, fading on the loop; buttplate retains 95-96% crisp orig blue with wear on heel and a scratch on the face; wood is sound with a couple of small chips in the finish and a very few other scattered light nicks with some minor cloth pattern wear in the finish on right side at the buttplate and overall retains virtually all of its crisp piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Shows little or no use, may have never been fired. 4-44363 JR402 (7,500-12,500)

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2026

*RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED EXHIBIT WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 202971. Cal. 32-40. Spectacular ’94 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with screw and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with wonderful 3-4X American walnut with “H” style forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang has the assembly number “18223” and “XXX”. Buttstock has the matching assembly number and “94” under the buttplate with the matching assembly number inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is engraved in style-9, probably by Angelo Stokes or one of the Ulrichs. Engraving consists of the large vignette of a running white tail buck on left side and a standing mule deer buck on right side. Both vignettes are surrounded by light foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background and wide counterpoint open areas along with a snake & dot border. Matching engraving is also found on receiver ring, top tang back of hammer slot and bottom of receiver with light engraving patterns over top three flats of chamber area. Buttplate tang is also lightly engraved. Top left flat of bbl, receiver & bolt have Belgian proofs. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters which identify this rifle in caliber 32-40 with oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, engraved $4.00 and received in warehouse Feb. 9, 1904, shipped Feb. 29, 1904 to Order #217179. It was returned in Dec. 1904 and shipped again two days later, returned again Jan. 4, 1908 and shipped Feb. 9, 1909. Given that there was no indication of repair it is apparent that this was an exhibit or demonstration rifle. The second letter states that “This gun is listed in the book Inventory of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company Firearms Reference Collection, Pugsley, Hall, Johnson, et al. This book contains a listing of firearms known to have been part of the collection of the Winchester Repeating Firearms Co., the remainder of which is part of the collection of the Cody Firearms Museum. The letter also indicates that this rifle was Item #1146 in the collection. The information in the letter also indicates that it was engraved “Style No. 6”, however other reference books show this style of engraving as No. 9. Also accompanying is a copy of the shipping record for this rifle. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine plus, all matching. Overall retains about 99% of the orig bright factory finish with a few, very minor nicks & scratches with light sharp edge wear; lever & hammer retain virtually all of their bright orig case colors, lightly to moderately faded on outer face of lever; buttplate retains about all of its orig case colors, moderately faded; wood is sound with a few, very minor nicks in the finish with two small gouges and a couple of chips in buttstock finish and overall retains virtually all of its brilliant piano varnish finish; checkering shows light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired retaining virtually all of the factory finish on bolt face & loading gate. 4-44370 JR309 (40,000-60,000)

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2027

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 27661. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Fine antique deluxe ’94 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, takedown with Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight and 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Mounted with highly figured “XXX” American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang under the wood is stamped with the assembly number “4634” and “XXX”. The matching assembly number is also found on the rear face of the buttstock, under the buttplate, and inside toe of buttplate. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig factory blue with light muzzle & sharp edge wear and a few scattered spots of surface discoloration with some of the spots having fine pitting; takedown ring retains about 85% thin orig blue and the receiver 90-92% orig blue, strong on sides, thinned on the carry point and over the top; top tang is about half gray patina; hammer retains most of its moderately faded case colors; lever has strong case colors on sides in sheltered spots, fading to silver elsewhere; wood is sound with a series of fine scratches on buttstock and a few more on the forearm with the buttstock retaining 96-98% strong, orig piano varnish finish and the forearm about 90% strong orig finish, turned a little dark at the carry point. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44381 JR404 (10,000-15,000)

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2028
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: This firearm is antique.

FINE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 147518. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Beautiful ’94 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with set screw, 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight and a locking Lyman tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number “14401” and “XX”. Buttstock has the assembly number “5292” and “94” on rear face under buttplate. Buttplate is not marked. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in 30 caliber with oct bbl, plain trigger and fancy, checkered stock received in warehouse June 22, 1902 and shipped June 25, 1902 to Order #144605. Even though the stock is not orig to this rifle it fits perfectly. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig factory blue with only faint muzzle & sharp edge wear with a couple of minor scratches on magazine tube; receiver retains about 98% strong orig factory blue with light sharp edge wear and a scratch on left side; hammer retains lightly to moderately faded case colors; lever retains strong case colors on sides, faded to silver on outer faces; buttplate, a modern replacement, retains strong case colors; wood is sound with buttstock having a few minor nicks & scratches and retains most of a fine restored finish; forearm retains about 50% orig varnish with dark, hand-worn stains in rear half showing moderate wear on checkering. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44323 JR396 (6,000-10,000)

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2029

EXTREMELY RARE FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SECOND TYPE LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH COLOR CASE HARDENED RECEIVER. SN 832. Cal. 38-55. Wonderful ’94 with 26″ oct bbl, button magazine, Lyman ivory bead combination front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Receiver, lever, hammer, forend cap & buttplate are all color case hardened. Receiver is second type with internal guide rail screws. Mounted with beautiful 3X, center crotch, flame grain, American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang under the wood is stamped with the assembly number “1672”, “8” and “XXX”. Top tang channel of buttstock is marked with the matching assembly number, along with an “8” and the matching assembly number is inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1987 and the other 2009 both of which identify this rifle in caliber 38-55 with oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, Lyman sights, half magazine and case hardened received in warehouse Feb. 16, 1895 and shipped Feb. 18, 1895 to Order #7589. Color case hardened ’94s are extremely rare and those that are unaltered with high orig finish are exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with a couple of small scratches and a few tiny nicks; receiver retains about all of its orig color case hardening, moderately faded, turned silver on bottom; hammer retains strong case colors, turned silver on top edge; lever, which may be a replacement, retains brilliant case colors on sides and upper half of the outer face, moderately faded on the looop; forend cap & buttplate retain most of their orig case colors, moderately to heavily faded; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and a small bruise on right side of buttstock and overall retains most of its orig varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, although a little stiff; bolt & locking block may also be replacements; brilliant shiny bore. 4-44387 JR414 (20,000-35,000)

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2030

*EXCEPTIONALLY RARE JOHN ULRICH ENGRAVED & GOLD INLAID DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 303892. Cal. 32 Spcl. Incredibly rare ’94 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, takedown with half magazine and full matted top bbl, Lyman 3-bead front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with exceptional center crotch, flame grain American walnut with style-E carved forearm and capped pistol grip stock with nickel plated brass Swiss crescent buttplate. Left side of stock has an empty 2″ x 1-1/4″ oval gold plated brass plate in left side that appears to have had a name removed and sling eye in the bottom with corresponding sling eye in forend cap. Receiver has close coupled dbl set triggers. Left side of lower tang is marked with the assembly number “897”, “XX” and “SCB” which presumably stands for Swiss crescent buttplate. Matching assembly number is found on buttstock, under buttplate & inside toe of buttplate. The plate in the stock is retained in the orig old manner by means of a long pin from the butt through a flange attached to the back of the plate through a slot in the stock. Rifle is engraved by John Ulrich & signed on lower tang behind the triggers. Receiver is engraved in style-6 which consists of a standing gold inlaid Big Horn ram on a promontory in a mountain scene on left side and a standing white tail buck in gold on right side also in a mountain scene. Both vignettes have a very fine shaded background. Both vignettes are surrounded by counterpoint elliptical borders, foliate arabesque patterns and multiple outer borders. Top & bottom edges of receiver are engraved in snake & dot patterns. Top of receiver, bolt, top tang, bottom of receiver, sides of takedown ring, forend cap, top side flats & side flats of bbl, around muzzle & on buttplate tang are engraved to match. Bbl has inlaid gold bands at the receiver & muzzle ends. This exact rifle is pictured on p. 169 of The Book of Winchester Engraving, Wilson, with credit to “A.I. McCroskie Collection”. Accompanied by two factory letters, one to Mr. McCroskie and the other to Mr. Adams, both of which identify this rifle in caliber 32 Spcl., half oct matted bbl, set trigger, fancy pistol grip stock, Lyman rear leaf & King triple bead sights, half magazine, takedown, carved & engraved $10.00, #6 with two animals in gold, extra Swiss buttplate, sling & swivel, bbl inlaid with gold breech, muzzle gold plated and a plate on left side engraved “M.P. HERNANDEZ”, received in warehouse May 18, 1906 and shipped May 26, 1906 to Order #49879. The tang sight is not mentioned. This is one of the more extraordinary and rare Model 1894s to be found today. PROVENANCE: A.I. McCroskie Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp orig factory finish with some fine edge wear around muzzle and light thinning on high points on sides of receiver; lever & hammer retain about all of their brilliant orig case colors; wood is sound with a few, very minor handling & use nicks & scratches and retains about all of its brilliant orig factory piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44351 JR310 (50,000-80,000)

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2031

*RARE SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 157393. Cal. 32-40. Beautiful engraved ’94 with 24-1/4″ oct to rnd extra-light bbl with pedestal mounted King, mirrored, red ivory bead front sight, flat top rear sight and a locking Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured flame & shell grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm & capped pistol grip stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is stamped with the assembly number “15845”, “XX” and “OFR”. The matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock along with “94”. Receiver is beautifully engraved by Conrad Ulrich in style “9” with the rnd vignette of a running whitetail buck in a field scene on left side and the vignette of a standing whitetail buck in a field scene on the right side, all surrounded by light patterns of foliate arabesque engraving and snake & dot borders. Top & bottom of receiver, top tang & forend cap are engraved to match. Engraving patterns extend over all the exposed flats of bbl over chamber area. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter and a copy of the shipping record which identify this rifle in caliber 32-40 with 24″ nickel steel extra-light, half oct bbl, half magazine, checkered stock with pistol grip and shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, sporting rear, Lyman front & flattop sights, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate and oil finish, received in warehouse Nov. 25, 1903 and shipped Nov. 27, 1903 to Order #204134. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with a couple of small cleaned spots on upper rnd section which shows spots of pinprick pitting. Octagonal section has light sharp edge wear; receiver retains 95-97% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear, some minor pinpricks of pitting on left side and thinning to the top rear edges, turned a little plum; hammer retains bright case colors, moderately faded on top edge; sides of lever & sheltered areas retain bright case colors, faded on outer faces; wood is sound with a very few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its strong orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44348 JR443 (25,000-40,000)

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2032
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: This firearm is antique.

RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 90558. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Beautiful rifle with 24″ lightweight tapered oct bbl, half magazine takedown with tall dovetailed Lyman ivory bead front sight, Lyman 6A 2-leaf folding rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Top flat of bbl is fully matted with all of the roll markings & caliber marking on left top flat to accommodate the matted finish. Mounted with very nicely figured shell & flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm & capped pistol grip stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “10491”, “XX” and “HRB”. Top tang channel of buttstock has the matching assembly number & “94”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in 30 caliber with 24″ extra lightweight oct bbl, plain trigger, takedown, matted bbl, Lyman leaf sight, Lyman front & rear sights, half magazine, checkered stock with pistol grip & shotgun butt with rubber buttplate & oil finish, received in warehouse Sept. 1, 1900 and shipped Sept. 19, 1900. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear; forend cap retains 98-99% strong orig blue; takedown ring retains about 95% orig blue, thin on bottom at carry point and around top front edge; receiver retains 95-96% orig blue, strong on sides with some candy striping showing wear on the bottom at the carry point and over the receiver ring; hammer retains about all of its strong orig case colors; lever retains brilliant case colors on right side, in sheltered areas on left side with balance fading to silver; wood is sound with a very few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, has been fired but very little. 4-44353 JR399 (15,000-25,000)

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2033
Revised: 3/9/2012

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 137965. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Beautiful lightweight takedown ’94 with 22″ lightweight tapered rnd bbl, 3/4 magazine, pedestal front sight with Lyman ivory bead, 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured burl & shell grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number “15282”, “X” and “HR”. Matching assembly number is found in the top tang channel of the buttstock along with “94”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 30 with 22″ rnd bbl, takedown, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Lyman front & rear sights, 3/4 magazine, extra light, oil finish and rubber shotgun butt, received in warehouse Aug. 6, 1903 and shipped Aug. 15, 1903 to Order #193442. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig factory blue with only faint muzzle edge wear and some minor nicks from the takedown lever; forend cap retains most of its strong orig blue with some light wear & scratches on right side; takedown ring retains 97-98% strong orig blue; receiver retains about 96-97% strong orig blue, slightly thinned on bottom and with sharp edge wear; hammer retains strong, bright case colors; lever retains virtually all of its orig case colors, brilliant on sides, bright on outer faces, fading on the loop; wood is sound with a few minor handling & use nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44335 JR398 (14,000-20,000)

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2034

*SCARCE DELUXE TAKEDOWN SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 223032. Cal. 25-35. Beautiful deluxe rifle with 26″ rapid taper rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with broken pedestal mounted Lyman front sight, an English platinum line 3-leaf express sight, one standing, two folding, graduated 50-100-150 yards. Left side of bbl, takedown ring & receiver are marked with British proofs and is stamped on bbl & receiver “NOT ENGLISH MAKE”. Mounted with very nicely figured American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang under the wood is stamped with assembly number “19952”, “XX” and “HR”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock, along with “94”. This is undoubtedly an English sportsman’s light game rifle, probably for Africa or India. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue with only sharp edge wear; forend cap also retains about 98% orig blue; takedown ring is flaked, not worn to about 50% orig blue with the flaked areas a medium patina; receiver retains about 95-96% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and a few minor scratches; hammer retains bright case colors and the lever brilliant case colors on the sides, moderately faded on upper part of outer face and turning silver on loop; wood is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches, a couple of dings and a scrape on the wrist, otherwise wood is sound and overall retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44326 JR397 (8,000-12,000)

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2035

*SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 210408. Cal. 25-35. Beautiful deluxe takedown rifle with 24″ tapered lightweight bbl, half magazine and pedestal front sight that has a Lyman ivory bead replacement in the dovetail and a 3-leaf express sight. Mounted with extremely beautiful burl & shell grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and straight stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is unmarked. Top tang channel of buttstock has the number “16125” and “94”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum records request letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 25-35 with 24″ rnd bbl, plain trigger, half magazine, fancy checkered stock “etc.”, takedown and extra-light. It was received in the warehouse Feb. 22, 1904 and shipped Feb. 24, 1904 to Order #214910. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with only faint muzzle edge wear and a small herringbone pattern from the takedown lever; takedown ring retains about 95% thin orig blue, turning gray; receiver retains 92-93% orig blue, strong & bright on sides, thin over top & bottom with sharp edge wear; hammer retains about all of its bright orig case colors; lever retains bright colors on sides and in sheltered areas on the face, turned silver on loop; wood is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches and a series of rubs on right side of buttstock and overall retains most of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44319 JR395 (7,500-12,500)

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2036

UNUSUAL SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894. SN 115099. (ca 1898) Cal. 30 WCF. 26″ Half rnd nickel-steel bbl, fitted with three-leaf platinum lined express rear sight, and tall Lyman gold bead front. Rifle features half magazine, plain walnut capped pistol grip stock, and crescent butt. These specifications (except sights) conform to factory letter that also relates rifle was shipped June 11, 1901. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. Factory letter. CONDITION: Excellent, near new. Bbl retains essentially all its blue, some flaking and spotting on rear sight. Action is slightly silvered on top sharp edges, with some rubs on left side. Also silvered on lower edges from carrying. Lever and hammer retain nearly all of their orig vibrant case hardening color under orig varnish. Buttplate retains nearly all of its color. Stocks have only a few minor marks in their orig finish. Excellent bright shiny bore. An exceptional high condition Winchester. 4-44391 MGM356 (6,500-12,000)

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2037

RARE SPECIAL ORDER 1ST TYPE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 3238. Cal. 38-55. Standard grade rifle, very rare 1st Type with 26″ rnd bbl, full magazine, ivory bead combination front sight, semi-buckhorn rear seat and a Lyman combination tang sight. Receiver is the 1st type with external cartridge guide screws. Mounted with very highly figured, uncheckered, burl American walnut with straight stock & crescent steel buttplate. The left side of the lower tang is unmarked but has the number “72” on right side of upper tang, under the wood. Top tang channel of buttstock has assembly number “1761”, which number is also found inside toe of buttplate. Forearm is of matching quality wood. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 38-55 with rnd bbl, “fancy stock” & takedown, received in warehouse April 10, 1895 and shipped next day to Order #9924. Also accompanied by a copy of the shipping record. This cataloger recently read the old draft of an article written by Tommy Rholes and Jeb Klitzke regarding the external guide screw ’94s which included an inventory of surveyed rifles which included this rifle as identified by SN. This article was to have been published in the Winchester Arms Collector’s Association magazine The Winchester Collector. It is unknown whether it was ever published. An assumption gleaned from the article is that the external screw ’94s were only manufactured in 1894 and 1895 from the orig Browning design. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine; may be unfired. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% strong orig blue with 98-99% orig blue on forend cap; takedown ring retains about 95% strong orig blue with some light surface flaking; receiver retains sharp edge wear with light candy striping and light flaking and overall retains 94-95% strong orig blue; hammer retains strong, dark case colors; lever retains brilliant case colors on sides and elsewhere in sheltered areas with outer faces turned silver; buttplate retains 97-98% brilliant orig case colors; wood is sound with a very few, very tiny nicks & scratches and retains about all of its strong orig piano varnish finish with a spot of touchup over some old nicks in the finish on the left side. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44399 JR446 (8,000-15,000)

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2038

FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 89760. Cal. 30 WCF. Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, silver bead front sight and 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Receiver has close-coupled dbl-set triggers. Mounted with very nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in 30 caliber with oct bbl, set trigger and Lyman front sight, received in warehouse Aug. 21, 1900 and shipped Sept. 11, 1900 to Order #70917. Although the shipping record shows that this rifle was shipped in 1900 it was actually manufactured in 1897. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains about 97% strong orig factory blue with some areas of light surface rust and a couple of lightly cleaned spots; magazine tube retains about 99% strong orig blue; receiver retains about 97% glossy orig blue with light sharp edge wear, a series of extremely fine scratches on left side and a few scattered spots of light flaking on right side with thinning on top rear edges; top & bottom tangs also show scattered light flaking; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors, lightly thinned on top edge of hammer & moderately faded on outer faces of lever; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its crisp, orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44347 JR460 (6,000-10,000)

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2039

FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION, WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 RIFLE. SN 11689. Cal. 38-55. Standard early production rifle with 26″ rnd bbl, with three leaf platinum lined express rear sight, and silver bead front, has full length magazine, crescent butt. Lyman sight is mounted on top tang. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl and magazine tube retain nearly all of their orig blue, some light oxidation toward muzzle. Action retains nearly all its orig finish with only the slightest edge wear, and some minor marks and flaking. Lever and trigger retain nearly all of their orig case hardening color. Lever slightly silvered on bottom of loop. Buttplate color has darkened with some freckling in curve. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig finish with a considerable amount of minor marks and rubs, mostly on forend. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny throughout. A lovely early rifle. 4-44338 MGM343 (5,000-9,000)

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2040

WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 RIFLE. SN 135960. (1898) Cal. 32 Winchester Special. 26″ Full oct nickel-steel bbl with full magazine, crescent butt with Lyman 21 side mounted receiver sight (as per factory letter). PROVENANCE: Factory letter outlining orig features, including octagon bbl and Lyman sights, shipped from warehouse Sept 16, 1902. Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, Bbl shows silvering on high edges, some areas of minor cleaning with pitting left behind, rear sight slot is plugged with marble blank, micro brass bead front sight installed. Action retains 80% blue, silvered considerably at bottom. Loading gate retains most of its blue. Lever and hammer retain 70 – 80% vivid case hardening color, otherwise silvered from normal wear. Stocks have been sympathetically refinished, over numerous light marks, buttplate silvered. Bore is fine, dark in grooves. 4-44341 MGM344 (3,000-5,000)

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2041

WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 HALF MAGAZINE RIFLE. SN 96473. (1897) Cal. 30 WCF. 26″ Half rnd, half oct nickel-steel bbl, is fitted with three-leaf platinum lined express rear sight, and German silver blade front. Rifle has half magazine, crescent butt, and Lyman tang sight with large aperture. Factory letter confirms all of the above, except originally equipped with beech front sight, shipped from warehouse April 9, 1901. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. Factory letter. CONDITION: Excellent, with only the slightest edge wear on bbl, a bit more on action, with some minor marks and flaking. Lever and hammer retain most of their bright case hardening color, lever silvered on outer faces and in loop. Buttplate color is fading, and is mostly mottled silver. Stocks retain most of their orig finish, with perhaps some oil wiped in, with a number of minor marks. Bore is excellent, bright, sharp, and shiny. 4-44390 MGM347 (3,500-5,000)

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2042

WINCHESTER MODEL 1894. SN 44908. (1896) Cal. 30 WCF. Standard rifle with 26″ rnd nickel-steel bbl fitted with three-leaf platinum lined express rear sight, and German silver blade front, has full length magazine, crescent butt, and Lyman tang sight with large aperture. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Some silvering is at muzzle of bbl, and a few minor rubs. Action is silvered on high edges, with some slight freckling. Lever and hammer have strong case hardening color, lever silvered on loop. Buttplate retains a considerable amount of case hardening color, darkened, silvered at heel and toe. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with numerous minor marks and rubs. Bore is excellent. 4-44342 MGM345 (3,000-5,000)

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2043

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 497590. (1909) Cal. 30 WCF. Standard carbine has correct rear sight and saddle ring. Front blade replaced with Marbles Sherd bead. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and action retain most of their orig blue finishes. Hammer and lever retain 30 – 40% faded case hardened color. Buttplate is mostly silver with brown staining. Walnut stocks retain most of what appears to be their orig finish, with numerous minor marks. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny throughout. 4-44419 MGM351 (500-750)

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2044

*RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 TRAPPER CARBINE WITH HIGH CONDITION. SN 982509. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Rare Trapper carbine with 14″ rnd bbl, full magazine, two bands and square base front sight with a rifle style semi-buckhorn rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with 7-7/8″ carbine forearm & straight stock with smooth steel carbine buttplate. Accompanied by a Dept. of the Treasury, BATF letter exempting this carbine, identified by SN & bbl length, from the provisions of the National Firearms Act and declaring it a “curio & relic” and subject to Federal Regulations as an ordinary firearm. Trapper carbines found with high orig finish are a great rarity. Most of them were sold on the South & Central American markets and saw hard & continuous service in the jungles and other harsh environments usually with little or no maintenance. Few are encountered today and the majority of those show this hard service. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl, magazine tube & bbl bands retain about 99% strong orig factory blue with some dulling on the forearm band; receiver has a couple of small scratches and a few very minor spots of flaking with some very fine sharp edge wear and a light halo from the saddle ring and overall retains about all of its orig factory blue; lever & hammer retain most of their orig factory blue with some flaking on the lever; buttplate is mostly flaked to a blue patina; wood is crisp & sound with a couple of minor nicks on forearm and a couple on the buttstock and retains virtually all of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, possibly unfired; bolt face retains about all of its orig blue. 4-44663 JR338 (15,000-20,000)

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2045

*RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 689059. Cal. 25-20. Beautiful little rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, button magazine, ivory bead hunting front sight and Marbles folding leaf rear sight with a Lyman locking tang sight. It is fitted with close-coupled dbl set triggers. Mounted with highly figured American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock that has a sweeping, deep cheekpiece and nickeled brass Swiss buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number “673” and “XX”. There is also a tiny “26”. Buttstock is orig Winchester wood, however it is not numbered. Buttplate has the number “89” inside the toe. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig factory blue with only light sharp edge wear; receiver retains about 95% orig blue, thin on belly with sharp edge wear; wood is sound with a few scattered minor surface nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig factory piano varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44616 (15,000-20,000)

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2046

EXTREMELY RARE GOLD & NICKEL ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 67379. Cal. 44 WCFf (44-40). Beautiful carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base front sight and “1873” marked carbine ladder rear sight. It has usual bbl roll markings forward of rear sight with caliber marking over chamber area. Mounted with extremely fine, about 3X American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and straight stock with carbine buttplate. Bbl, sights, magazine tube, bolt, locking lugs, saddle ring & staple, lever & hammer are all nickel finish. Receiver, bbl bands & buttplate are gold finish. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number “3553” and “XXX”. Matching assembly number is found on the butt of the stock, under buttplate and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is beautifully engraved by one of the Ulrichs, probably John, in #9 style with the large vignette of a feeding white tail buck with a doe standing alert in a field scene, surrounded by an elliptical border and foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch dot background. Surrounding the entire side is a zig zag & dot border. Right side has a matching border with counterpoint inside blank border surrounding foliate arabesque patterns. Receiver ring and top tang back of hammer slot, along with bottom of receiver are engraved to match. The area surrounding the lever slot on the bottom of the receiver is engraved in a fan pattern. Buttplate tang is also lightly engraved. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this firearm as a carbine in 44 caliber with fancy checkered stock, $5.00 engraved, gilt & nickel, received in warehouse Dec. 18, 1896 and shipped the same day. Also accompanied by a copy of a letter from the Cody Firearms Museum which in part states there were a total of 105 Model 1892 carbines listed as engraved. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching as noted above. Bbl & magazine tube retain 92-94% strong orig nickel with scattered flaking which has turned to dark patina; receiver retains 95-97% strong gold plating with the bbl bands retaining 88-90% orig gold; buttplate retains about 85% orig gold; wood is sound with light nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of its orig piano varnish finish with lightly to moderately worn checkering. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-44619 JR295 (25,000-40,000)

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2047

VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 DELUXE CARBINE. SN 56950. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue finish with 20″ tapered rnd bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight, no rear seat and a Lyman combination tang sight. Left side of lower tang under the wood has the assembly number “2815” and “XXX”. Mounted with about 3X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip buttstock that has Winchester hard rubber buttplate with teat. Top tang channel of buttstock is marked with assembly number “5247” and “94” indicating that at some time in the past this model ’94 buttstock was installed on this carbine. The stock wood-to-metal fit is near perfect and is possibly a factory installation. Rear bbl band and buttstock have sling eyes. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this firearm as a carbine in caliber 32 with checkered pistol grip stock, Lyman front & rear sights, no rear seat, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, screw eyes and no sling ring, received in warehouse Feb. 9, 1898 and shipped Feb. 10, 1898 to Order 3297. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, as new, probably unfired, bolt face retains about all of its orig factory blue; the metal overall retains virtually all of its fine orig finish with strong bright blue and brilliant case colors; loading gate retains virtually all of its orig fire blue; wood is sound with only a very few light surface mars and retains virtually all of its orig factory piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44624 JR296 (17,500-27,500)

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2048

RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 53168. Cal. 25-20. Standard grade rifle with very rare 30″ oct bbl, full magazine with ivory bead combination front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a large disc Lyman combination tang sight. Receiver is mounted with close-coupled dbl set triggers. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 25-20 with 30″ oct bbl and set trigger, received in warehouse Jan. 20, 1899 and shipped next day to Order #20516. Any special order features on a standard grade ’92 is considered rare. The small bore ’92s were considered to be insufficient for big game and so were relegated to secondary status, primarily for women & boys and as such usually received less care & attention and are frequently found with little or no orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and a few scattered freckles of light surface rust; magazine tube is mostly all of a plum/blue patina; receiver retains 88-90% orig blue, stronger on the sides, thinner over the top & bottom with sharp edge wear and some minor candy striping with a couple of small nicks; wood is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches with the buttstock retaining most of its orig finish and the forearm a smooth hand worn patina with some nicks & dings on the bottom. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44606 JR495 (6,000-10,000)

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2049

*EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SMOOTH BORE SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 770947. Cal. 44 WCF. (44-40). Special order standard grade carbine with 20″ smooth bore bbl, button magazine, square base front sight and 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered, American walnut with straight stock & Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Carbines such as this one are rarely found with high orig finish. This carbine, produced in 1914, was made during the time when the West was becoming more & more safe but was still a time of cowboys & outlaws where firearms such as this were carried in saddle scabbards or wagon boxes or even early automobiles, usually under adverse conditions with little maintenance. Given that the bbl on this carbine is smooth bore, it is readily apparent that it was probably intended for one of the trick shooters employed by one of the Wild West Shows of that era, such as Buffalo Bill’s Wild West or Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show or any one of a myriad of other such entertainment venues. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% strong, bright orig blue; bbl band retains about 60% blue with balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina; receiver retains about 75% glossy orig blue wit balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina, with light sharp edge wear; top tang is also flaked to a medium patina; hammer retains strong case colors, turned dark on top edge; lever retains strong case colors on sides and upper half of the outer face with the loop faded to silver; wood is sound with some light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig factory finish. Mechanic are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; has seen little or no use. 4-44672 MGM457 (5,000-8,000)

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2050

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 CARBINE WITH UNUSUAL STUD FOR SABER BAYONET. SN 319618. Cal. 44-40. 24″ Bbl with standard markings and sights, is fitted with 13/16 x 7/16 stud for saber bayonet on right side 4″ back from muzzle. Magazine tube has been relieved at top to clear mounting ring. The only hint as to who may have ordered this feature is a circled “A” proof at left rear of bbl. (Belgian Congo ?). (Consignors tag says “French Foreign Legion”.) Otherwise carbine is a standard Model 1892 with saddle ring, with the exception that sling swivels have been fitted on toe line and on ring dovetailed into bottom of bbl surrounding magazine tube. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl is heavily pitted, and cleaned to silver gray and brown freckles. Action retains a considerable amount of its orig blue, and lever and hammer a considerable amount of their case hardening color, with areas of deep pitting, cleaned to silver, as would be expected from exposure to tropical environment. Stocks retain an old varnish finish, with numerous marks and minor dents. Bore is shiny with minor pitting throughout. 4-44669 MGM336 (2,500-4,000)

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2051

WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 RIFLE. SN 112827. (1896) Cal. 25-20. Standard rifle has 24″ rnd bbl with full magazine and crescent butt. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Metal retains 85% orig finish, edge wear and flaking on action, also slightly freckled. Bbl blue turning to brown with some spots. Lever and hammer retain 60 – 70% orig case hardening color. Buttplate retains most of its color, turning silver. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with numerous marks. Bore is very good, dark in grooves. 4-44615 MGM339 (1,500-2,500)

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2052

EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1887 DAMASCUS LEVER ACTION SHOTGUN. SN 4709. Cal. 12 ga. Beautiful & rare shotgun with 30″ very fine pattern Damascus bbl with sgl brass bead. It has steel half magazine with color case hardened receiver, lever & hammer. Left side of receiver has the intertwined initials “WRACO” with a fine line border on both sides. Mounted with very highly figured, beautiful, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with dbl diamond checkered forearm side panels and rnd knob pistol grip stock with Winchester checkered steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with assembly number “2853” and “XXX”. The matching assembly number is stamped in top tang channel of buttstock and inside buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this shotgun in 12 ga. with checkered stock and fine damascus, received in warehouse Nov. 3, 1887 and shipped the next day to Order #900. Model 1887 shotguns are not uncommon, however deluxe case colored examples are exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: Ray Saign; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Overall retains virtually all of its strong orig factory finish with crisp, fine damascus pattern in the bbl, bright blue on magazine tube and brilliant case colors on receiver, lever & hammer, lightly faded on outer face of hammer and top tang; wood is sound with a very few, very light, scattered nicks & scratches and overall retains virtually all of its brilliant piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44539 JR335 (25,000-40,000)

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2053

*RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 01 LEVER ACTION SHOTGUN. SN 78291. Cal. 10 ga. Standard grade shotgun with 32″ full choke steel bbl and half magazine, with sgl silver bead. Bbl has standard markings and receiver is roll-marked on left side with the logo “WRACo”. Mounted with very nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with forearm side panels and rnd knob pistol grip stock with checkered Winchester steel buttplate. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 13,500 of these rare shotguns were produced in the period 1901-1920. They are still popular today in the movies, especially westerns, and with Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his films, as well as with cowboy action shooters. They are very difficult to find today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish with strong bright blue and crisp clean wood; forearm has a gouge and a screw head bruise in the right side with a couple of small gouges with other light nicks & scratches in the buttstock and overall retains about all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44541 JR459 (5,000-8,000)

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2054
Revised: 3/11/2012

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SCARCE WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 2451. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Rare 1st Model ’73 with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, slightly altered early style semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges that has been filed flat on top. It also has a thick base tang sight with 4″ staff. Receiver is early style with mortised raised thumb print dust cover. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent steel buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang is stamped with the assembly number “224” which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. SN is hand engraved on bottom tang. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with 24″ rnd bbl, received in warehouse Oct. 3, 1874 and shipped same day to Order #2045. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Overall retains about 98% strong orig blue over all metal with receiver & sideplate blue glossy & bright with a couple of minor spots of flaking on right sideplate and a few light freckles on left side; lever & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, strong & bright on sides, moderately faded on outer face of lever and top edge of hammer; buttplate retains virtually all of its orig case colors, moderately faded; stock has a hairline grain check on left side of toe through the screw hole, otherwise wood is sound with one small gouge on buttstock and a couple on forearm and overall retains about all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; may have been fired but if so, very little; bolt face retains about half of its orig blue. 4-44573 JR340 (20,000-30,000)

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2055

RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 9201. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Rare 1st Model ’73, 2nd type, with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, combination front sight, short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges and a thick base tang sight that has 4″ staff. Receiver has a mortised dust cover with impressed checkered thumbprint. Mounted with spectacular 4X flame grain American walnut that has early style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent butt that has a trap containing an orig 4-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Bottom of stock has a sling wire with corresponding swivel in forend cap. Receiver has a sgl set trigger. Receiver, forend cap & buttplate tang are beautifully engraved by L.D. Nimschke with the rnd vignette of a walking bull elk on left sideplate and a running bull elk on right sideplate all surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns, one of which terminates in a flower blossom. Top & bottom of receiver, top tang, forend cap & buttplate tang are engraved to match. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number “1069” and “XXXX”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with oct bbl, “globe and peep” sights, set trigger, case hardened, XXX-checkered and engraved, received in warehouse Sept. 23, 1875 and shipped same day to Order #4028. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-97% orig blue with muzzle end and sharp edge wear and some light dulling over the forearm area; receiver retains about 40% faded case colors, mostly in rear sheltered areas with smoky case colors on sideplates and front flats; lever & hammer retain faded case colors; buttplate is mostly silvered case colors; wood is sound with light nicks & scratches showing moderate to heavy wear in the checkering and retains generous amounts of orig oil finish & hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Cleaning rod is fine. 4-44560 JR419 (20,000-35,000)

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2056

FINE DELUXE MODEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 258267. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Beautiful deluxe rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, blued Rocky Mountain front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured burl & flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm & straight stock with crescent buttplate that has trap containing an orig 4-pc steel & brass cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number “1777” and “XX”. Top tang channel of buttstock is stamped with assembly number “5282” along with “38” and has had the assembly number “1777” added. Inside toe of buttplate is stamped “5282”. This rifle appears to be a factory restoration which would explain the replaced wood. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong factory style restored blue with only sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains most of its orig factory blue; receiver & sideplates retain most of their brilliant factory case colors moderately faded on the front side flats, over top & bottom front; hammer retains brilliant case colors; lever retains strong case colors on sides, fading to silver on outer face; wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig piano varnish finish; checkering shows moderate diamond point wear; buttplate retains most of its orig case colors, bright on tang, faded elsewhere. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Cleaning rod is fine 4-44567 JR339 (12,500-17,500)

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2057

EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER IDENTIFIED DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 153355. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Extremely unusual ’73 with ultra-rare 34″ full matted oct bbl and full magazine that has two bands. Front sight is a gold washed Beach’s combination sight with a 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight and a locking Lyman combination tang sight with broken & missing small aperture. Receiver & sideplates are color case hardened and it has a sgl set trigger. Mounted with very nicely figured, 2X, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with black fleur-de-lis inlay and crescent steel buttplate without trap. Rear face of buttstock is milled for a trap. Bottom of stock has a factory sling eye with corresponding sling eye in forend cap. Bottom of stock also has a oval silver initial plate engraved “J.N. WINSLOW / NEW YORK”. No information is currently available on Mr. Winslow. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “5411”, “XX”, “32” and “R”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock, along with “32” and a large “S”. Inside toe of buttplate also has matching assembly number. Model 1873 rifles with bbls 30″ or longer are very rare with the extra long bbls, such as found here, are extremely rare and to find one with full matted top flat is exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 95-96% orig blue, turning a little plum, especially on magazine tube, showing wear around muzzle & sharp edges of bbl; magazine bands retain 60-70% thin blue; Beach’s front sight retains about 85% orig gold wash; receiver retains faded case colors in sheltered areas, stronger on right side, being mostly faded to a dark brown patina; sideplates & right front flat are lightly etched with scattered pinprick pitting; lever & hammer retain strong case colors in sheltered areas, turned dark on outer faces of lever; wood is sound with normal nicks & scratches showing moderate wear on checkering and overall retains most of its orig factory varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a couple of small spots of pitting. 4-44582 JR450 (15,000-25,000)

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2058
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Spot of wood fill in stock on left side of top tang at the receiver, not noted in catalogue.

RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. . SN 210561. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Rare engraved ’73 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, front sight with homemade short Rocky Mountain German silver blade, semi-buckhorn rear sight and early Lyman combination tang sight with spiral knurled barrel. Rifle is mounted with very highly figured, shell grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with black fleur-de-lis inlay and smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “632”, “XX” and “3”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock along with a “3”. Inside toe of buttplate also has the matching assembly number. Receiver & sideplates are beautifully engraved by John Ulrich with vignettes of a walking bull elk on left sideplate and the rare vignette of a dog’s head on right sideplate, all surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with a scalloped border pattern at top edges of front flats. Top & bottom of receiver, forend cap and buttplate tang are engraved to match. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 32 with 26″ half oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, shotgun butt, Lyman & Beach sights, case hardened and “engraved, etc.”, received in warehouse June 17, 1886 and shipped next day, no order number. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 92-94% thinning orig blue, turning a little plum with scattered spots of light surface discoloration and a couple of dings over chamber area; receiver retains 88-90% orig case colors, strong in sheltered areas, moderately to heavily faded elsewhere, turned silver on bottom at carry point; hammer retains strong case colors; lever retains strong case on sides and sheltered areas, turned silver on outer faces; buttplate retains a blue/brown patina with light surface rust; wood is sound with light nicks, scratches & dings and retains most of its orig factory piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-44563 JR425 (20,000-35,000)

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2059

FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 292491. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, ivory bead front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent steel buttplate without trap. The 32-20 cartridge was introduced in about 1882 for the Winchester Model 1873 and was initially touted as a small game & deer cartridge. Unfortunately it is underpowered for deer-sized animals and was usually relegated to shooting varmints, garden pests & small game. As such, those rifles chambered in this caliber were usually relegated to second class status and are rarely found with high orig finish, simply due to lack of maintenance. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% strong orig blue with only very faint muzzle & sharp edge wear; receiver retains 97-98% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear, a few small scratches, some minor candy striping and dulling around the front edge at the carry point; hammer retains brilliant case colors; lever retains strong case colors on sides and in the most sheltered areas, mostly fading to gray; buttplate retains about 80% faded case colors showing wear on heel & toe; wood is sound with a small gouge in the buttstock and a few light nicks & scratches and overall retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44579 JR562 (7,500-12,500)

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2060

RARE LONG BARREL WINCHESTER 1873 THIRD MODEL RIFLE. SN 198673B. (1886) Cal. 32-20. This scarce variation fitted with 32″ full oct bbl with full magazine, has standard Kings improvement nomenclature and caliber on top flat, is fitted with standard semi buckhorn rear, and Rocky Mountain front, sights. Blued action with cartridge lifter marked with caliber, is fitted with early style heavy base vernier tang sight, with large aperture disc adjustment. Rifle features single set trigger and crescent butt. These features are as specified in Cody Museum letter indicating that rifle was shipped on June 3, 1886. Sights not listed. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. Cody Museum letter. CONDITION: Fine, retaining most of orig finishes on all parts. Bbl slightly silvered. Magazine tube showing some old cold blue touch-up at rear. Action is considerably flaked. Stocks are dark, with numerous marks. Bore is very fine, with some minor light pitting toward muzzle. 4-44591 MGM360 (3,000-6,000)

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2061

EXTREMELY RARE, SPECIAL ORDER SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 “BIG 50” LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 70630. Cal. 50 Ex. (50-110). Spectacular semi-deluxe rifle with 32″ extra-heavy oct bbl, full magazine with two bands, gold washed Beach’s front sight, 3-leaf express rear sight and a thin base, short range vernier tang sight with 3″ staff. It also has sgl set trigger. Mounted with straight grain uncheckered American walnut with serpentine pistol grip stock that has a black triangle inlay and Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “490” and “SOF”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 50-110 with oct bbl, set trigger, plain pistol grip, rubber buttplate and Lyman front & rear sights, received in warehouse Jan. 13, 1894 and shipped Jan. 18, 1894 to Order #6636. Although the extra length, extra heavy bbl is not mentioned in the Cody letter, there is little doubt that it is orig to this rifle. Also accompanied by a letter from Herb Glass, on his company letterhead, dated Nov. 6, 1986, to someone named “Don”. He states that “I was pleased to hear that you had purchased the big handsome 50 Express Model ’86, number 70630.” He states that he had known it for 16 years and considered it to be a choice rarity in the Winchester field. He mentions the unusual 32″ heavy bbl and “non-checkered” pistol grip. He further states that he discovered the rifle in 1970 and immediately sold it to Richard P. Mellon where it remained for 10 years when he reacquired it in trade and immediately resold it. He finally states that “it is 100% original”. PROVENANCE: Herb Glass, Sr.; Richard P. Mellon Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig factory blue with only light muzzle & sharp edge wear with a few fine freckles of pinprick surface rust and a small ding on left side about mid-point; magazine tube retains 98-99% strong orig blue with a few small spots of pitting; receiver retains 70-75% orig case colors, strong in sheltered areas and left side, faded elsewhere and turned silver on the belly; lever & hammer retain faded case colors, turned silver/gray on outer face of lever; stock has a chip by the bottom tang and a few minor nicks & scratches and overall retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. A truly exceptional & rare rifle. 4-44483 JR432 (50,000-80,000)

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2062

WONDERFUL SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE BIG BORE MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 107020. Cal. 50 EX (50-110). Rare case colored Big 50 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, button magazine and Lyman ivory bead front sight with 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Mounted with highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with grip cap and smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang has the assembly number “919”, an “S” and “XX”. The assembly number is in the top tang channel of the buttstock, again in pencil on the butt, under the buttplate, along with an indecipherable name and what appears to be the date “95”. Assembly number is also inside the toe of the buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 50-110 with 1/2 oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Lyman front & rear sights with half magazine & shotgun butt. It was received in warehouse Dec. 27, 1895 and shipped the same day to Order #3205. 50 caliber ’86s are rare and seldom encountered. They are even more rare with color case hardened receivers. By the time the 50-110 caliber was introduced by Winchester the standard receiver finish was blue and color case hardening was available only on special order. The 50-110 cartridge is an extremely powerful loading and capable of taking the largest game including dangerous African game. A large number of the 50 caliber rifles were sold to the British trade for use in Africa & India. PROVENANCE: Michael Ginn Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 96-98% strong orig factory blue with light muzzle end & sharp edge wear on the oct section; receiver retains brilliant case colors on sides, strong & dark over top of receiver & top tang, faded to silver on belly; hammer retains about all of its orig case colors, turned dark on top edge; lever retains bright case colors on sides, fading to silver on outer face; forend cap retains about 50% moderately faded case colors; wood is sound with light handling & use nicks & scratches in the finish and overall retains about all of its orig factory piano varnish finish; buttplate retains about 50% plum blue finish with heavy rust at the heel and the heel screw. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44492 JR300 (25,000-48,000)

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2063

RARE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 78237. Cal. 38-56. Beautiful deluxe carbine with 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine, two bands with square base front sight and an 1873 carbine ladder rear sight. Receiver, lever, hammer & buttplate are color case hardened. Left side of receiver is mounted with a stud & ring. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “791”, “XXX” and a “0”. Matching assembly number is also found in the top tang channel of the buttstock, inside toe of buttplate which also has a “0” at the tip of the toe. Mounted with very highly figured flame & shell grain American walnut with very highly figured “H” style checkered forearm and pistol grip stock that has black triangular insert in the serpentine grip. It has a smooth steel carbine buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this firearm as a carbine in 38-56 caliber with fancy checkered stock with pistol grip received in warehouse Apr. 6, 1893 and shipped Dec. 7, 1893 to Order #5834. ’86 carbines are in and of themselves quite scarce with color case hardened receivers quite rare and deluxe carbines exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig factory blue with only slight muzzle edge wear; bbl bands have high point wear with some flaking on forearm band; receiver retains most of its orig case colors, brilliant on left side and the rear portion of right side and in other sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere; hammer retains virtually all of its orig case colors, brilliant on sides and rear edge, faded on top edge; lever retains bright case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, fading to silver on outer faces; buttplate retains about 90% orig case colors, brilliant on tang, faded on the face; loading gate retains about all of its orig blue; wood is sound with a few small nicks in stock finish and a wear spot on forearm, otherwise retains virtually all of its strong, bright, orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired as it retains virtually all of its orig finish on bolt face. 4-44523 JR298 (40,000-65,000)

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2064

EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED NICKEL & GOLD EXHIBITION WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 114695. Cal. 45-90. Usual configuration with 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base front sight and carbine ladder rear sight with broken staff. Left side of receiver has a stud & ring wrapped in rawhide. Mounted with very highly figured 2-3X burl & flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm & straight stock with carbine buttplate. Buttstock is drilled & milled for a buttplate with trap. Carbine has a gold washed receiver over nickel plating with balance of metal nickel plated. Receiver is engraved by John Ulrich and signed on bottom tang. Engraving is No. 6 style and consists of a large elliptical vignette on left side of a very detailed white tail buck & doe in a forested mountain scene surrounded by a counterpoint border with foliate arabesque patterns that has punch dot background fore & aft with a snake & dot border. Right side is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with matching borders and a rosette around the loading gate screw hole. Top edges of receiver are engraved in snake & dot borders with chip & dot borders on edges of bolt. Top tang has very fine zig zag borders. Receiver ring, rear end of bolt, top tang and bottom of receiver are lightly engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with a large sunburst around the lever slot. Buttplate tang is also lightly engraved. Bbl & receiver are stamped with the Winchester “WP” proof. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “365” and “XX”. Assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. There is also an “S” stamped inside toe of buttplate and it has the numbers “696” or “969” stamped on inside of one edge with two punch marks. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this firearm as a carbine in caliber 45-90 with fancy wood, checkered stock, 1/2 gilt – 1/2 nickel, engraved $5.00, shipped in Jan. 1898 to Order #3118. There are about 15 shipping dates and returns through March 1907. Many of the shipments were along with SN 114694. Letter also indicates that it was sold Nov. 12, 1907 to Order #130542 and that it was subsequently returned & repaired twice, once Nov. 15, 1907 and again May 12, 1910 with a third return & repair on June 15, 1910. This well-traveled carbine undoubtedly was part of Winchester’s inventory for exhibit and show purposes. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl, magazine tube & bbl bands retain virtually all of their strong orig nickel finish with a few light scratches and wear over forearm area; receiver retains strong gold on sides, worn to bare metal on top & bottom with strong gold on top & bottom tangs; buttplate retains traces of gold on outside, strong on inside; wood is sound and retains about all of a factory restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a ring about 10″ from muzzle and a couple of spots of pitting toward the muzzle. 4-44524 JR329 (45,000-70,000)

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2065
Revised: 3/11/2012

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ENGRAVED SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 37050. Cal. 40-82. Rare special order deluxe short rifle with 22″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine, German silver blade Rocky Mountain front sight with altered semi-buckhorn rear sight. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is stamped with assembly number “186” & “XXX”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of the buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Mounted with 3X, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip buttstock that has black triangle inlay & crescent buttplate. Receiver is very beautifully engraved, probably by John Ulrich, with the vignette of a #6 pattern on left side which consists of a standing whitetail buck in a woodland scene on left side with light foliate arabesque patterns front & back with feather border patterns. Right side of receiver has a small, long oval vignette of a setter on point in a field scene above the ejection port with foliate arabesque patterns front & back and along bottom edge with feather border patterns. Top & bottom of receiver, top tang & buttplate tang are engraved to match. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, with 22″ half oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, stock 14″ long, drop 3″, $4.00 engraving and Rocky Mountain front sight. The stock is listed as 14″ long with a drop of 3″. Current stock dimensions are 13-7/8″ with a 2-1/2″ drop, received in warehouse Nov. 19, 1889 and shipped same day to Order #4766. The fact that the assembly numbers are completely matching leads one to speculate that the record may be mistaken. PROVENANCE: Dr. James M. Goforth, II Estate Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 93-95% strong bright orig factory blue with light muzzle & sharp edge wear on octagonal section; There is an area of chemical spotting near muzzle with some very fine pitting & some lighter patterns of faint chemical spotting down left side of bbl; Receiver retains about all of its orig case hardening with faded colors on sides turning to silver with strong colors in sheltered areas; Lower tang is brilliant; Forend cap retains traces of case colors being mostly turned to silver; Buttplate retains faded case colors on tang with balance turned silver mixed with patina; Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and light to moderate wear on checkering with forearm retaining about 95% orig piano finish varnish; Buttstock has a couple of dings on left side of wrist & minor handling & storage marks elsewhere with a spot of heat crazing on left side of comb & retains what appears to be a light surface refinish over the back half, not easily detectable; Lever is mostly faded case colors with some pitting on sides & outer edges; Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some light orange peel effect. 4-44441 JR437 (25,000-40,000)

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2066

FINE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 83497. Cal. 40-65. Beautiful deluxe ’86 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight with Lyman loop tang sight. Mounted with highly figured, center crotch American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm & serpentine pistol grip stock with triangle ebony inlay and has a crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with the assembly number “976” and “XX”. The matching assembly number is found in the top tang channel of the buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain virtually all of their strong orig factory blue with a couple of very minor tiny nicks and faint muzzle end wear; receiver, lever & hammer retain virtually all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant on sides, retaining most of the orig factory lacquer; belly of the gun has distinct second lacquer coating lines with some light fading in the center; outer face of lever and top edge of hammer are faded; buttplate retains 92-94% orig case colors, brilliant on tang & heel, faded on face with wear on toe and sharp edge of heel; wood is sound with only a very few, very minor nicks in the finish and retains virtually all of its crisp, orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired; bolt face retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. 4-44471 JR304 (30,000-65,000)

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2067

RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 68067. Cal. 45-90. Fine deluxe antique ’86 with rare 26″ oct to rnd bbl that has full matted top with ivory bead hunting front sight and no rear seat with full magazine. The 2-line bbl address was correctly rolled over the matting. Mounted with very nicely figured 2X American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock that has black triangle inlay and a smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number “217” and “XX”. The matching assembly number is also found in the top tang channel of the buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 45-90 with matted half oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, Lyman rear sight, no rear seat and shotgun butt, received in warehouse June 28, 1892 and shipped same day to Order #432. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about all of a factory quality restored finish. Receiver retains 85-90% orig case colors, strong & bright on sides, stronger on left side, moderately faded over top & right side and turned silver on bottom; hammer retains about all of its strong orig case colors and the lever retains bright case colors on sides and loop, slightly faded on upper half; buttplate retains 65-70% orig blue; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of a very old factory style restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44462 JR409 (20,000-35,000)

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2068
Revised: 3/13/2012

Additional Information: Tang does not fit properly.

FINE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 89431. Cal. 40-65. Beautiful deluxe ’86 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight & semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very beautiful, highly figured, center crotch American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm & serpentine grip buttstock with black triangle inlay and crescent steel buttplate. Receiver has sgl set trigger. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “407” and “XXX”. Top tang channel of buttstock has the assembly number “472” with matching number “472” inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 40-65 with oct bbl, set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock & Lyman rear & combination front sights. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig factory blue with only a few scattered spots of light surface discoloration; receiver retains about all of its orig case colors, strong & bright on sides, receiver ring & top tang; belly of receiver is moderately faded; hammer retains virtually all of its orig case colors, brilliant on rear edge, lightly faded on sides & top edge; sides of lever retain strong case colors, lightly to moderately faded on the outer faces; forend cap retains strong bright case colors and buttplate bright case colors on tang, lightly to moderately faded on outer face; wood is sound with a few scattered, light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44473 JR412 (20,000-30,000)

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2069

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 “BIG 50” LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 84830. Cal. 50 Ex. (50-110). Beautiful deluxe rifle with 32″ matted oct bbl, full magazine, two magazine bands, Lyman windgage front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Top flat of bbl is beautifully matted and it has sgl set trigger. Mounted with highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with black triangle inlay, deep cheek piece and crescent buttplate. Stock & forend cap are mounted with sling loops. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “248” and “XX”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. This rifle was sold through the James D. Julia Firearms Auction of March 2010 at which time it was mounted with a 36″ bbl in caliber 38-56 with a nickeled Swiss buttplate. The purchaser, in checking the records at the Cody Firearms Museum, discovered that the rifle had originally left the factory as a “Big 50″ with 32” matted bbl and special sights with no mention of the Swiss buttplate. He contracted the Doug Turnbull restoration service who fabricated the new bbl, magazine tube & forearm for this rifle which are virtually indistinguishable from orig equipment. The Turnbull Company also apparently supplied the standard crescent buttplate. Somehow the purchaser of this rifle learned the identity of the consignor to the James Julia Auction and contacted him and who turned out to be a gentleman by the name of Tim Johnson who was the grandson of Don “Buck” Johnson who had obtained this rifle in 1944 from a Dr. Oliver who had it on display in a Wild West Museum in Graceville, MN. When Dr. Oliver closed the museum he gave Mr. Johnson his choice of any item on display. Mr. Johnson chose this Model 1886. He kept the rifle above his fireplace in Rainy Lake, MN until 1952 when he became fearful over its value and removed it to storage. He passed the rifle to his son, also called Buck Johnson, who in turn gave it to his son Tim Johnson. The Johnson Family history of this rifle also relates that the rifle was made for an English nobleman to hunt big game in America. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters and one Winchester Museum letter which identify this rifle in caliber 50-110 with 32″ oct bbl, matted, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, cheek piece, Lyman rear and windgage sights and sling & swivels. Received in warehouse Dec. 23, 1893 and shipped Dec. 26, 1893 to Order #5744. In addition there are two copies of pages from the Cody Firearms Records for this rifle. Additionally accompanied by copies of two color photographs of this rifle as it appeared when it was sold at Julia’s. Although this rifle has a restored front end, it has only been returned to its orig configuration and is a spectacular and rare ’86. PROVENANCE: Don “Buck” Johnson; buck Johnson; Tim Johnson; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% Winchester type custom blue finish with light sharp edge wear; receiver retains 60-70% moderately faded case colors, mostly on the sides, turned silver on belly; lever & hammer retain moderately faded case colors, stronger in sheltered areas, turned silver on outer face of lever; wood is sound with the stock having a few light nicks, dings & scratches and a couple of small gouges and retains about 95% orig piano finish varnish; forearm has a couple of minor nicks & scratches, one small wear spot and retains most of its fine custom finish; buttplate retains smoky case colors. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44525 JR330 (30,000-50,000)

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2070

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE FROM THE WINCHESTER REFERENCE COLLECTION. SN 84415. Cal. 40-70 WCF. Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine with half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very nicely figured straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent steel buttplate. Accompanied by an unusual Cody Firearms Museum letter which states only that this rifle was returned & repaired Dec. 19, 1906, Order #10651. Letter also states that “Page 466 of Inventory Of The Winchester Repeating Arms Company Firearms Reference Collection contains the following information: 3150 Winchester Model 1886 Rifle. Cal. 40-70 WCF. Serial #84415”. Also accompanied by copies of the shipping record and a copy of page 466 of the Winchester Reference Collection which lists this rifle as noted above. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with a spot of discoloration on the top flat about 3″ from the muzzle with very minor light muzzle & sharp edge wear and a couple of small nicks on the sharp edges; magazine tube retains about 99% strong orig blue; receiver retains 95-97% orig case colors, strong & bright on the sides, faded and thin over the top & bottom edges and tangs; lever & hammer retain strong, moderately faded case colors with the outer faces of the lever a smooth brown patina; buttplate retains brilliant case colors on the tang and about half of the face with the balance of the face moderately to heavily faded. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44500 JR463 (17,500-27,500)

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2071
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: This firearm is antique.

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 “BIG 50” SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 118494. Cal. 50 Ex. (50-110). Rare ’86 carbine with 22″ bbl, full magazine, two bands with square base front sight and 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Left side of receiver has a stud & ring. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with straight stock and smooth steel carbine buttplate. Bottom of stock has a factory musket style sling loop with matching sling loop integral with forend cap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which describes this firearm as a carbine in 50 Express caliber with Winchester Express rear sight and old style sling & swivel, received in warehouse Feb. 22, 1899 and shipped same day to Order #1228. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about all of an outstanding Turnbull quality restoration; bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong blue with a small nick on top of bbl and faint muzzle edge wear; receiver, lever, hammer & buttplate retain about all of their beautiful bone meal color case hardening with light sharp edge wear and some fading on outer faces of lever; wood is sound with a few minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of a fine restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with one spot & a few freckles about mid-point, appears to have been polished. 4-44521 JR436 (20,000-35,000)

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2072

OUTSTANDING ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH PLATINUM BANDS. SN 78315. Cal. 45-70. Wonderful deluxe rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and “1886” marked ladder rear sight. Mounted with fabulous 4X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with serpentine grip that has a triangular ebony inlay and Winchester hard rubber buttplate with teat. Bottom of stock has a factory sling loop with corresponding sling swivel in forend cap. Receiver is engraved by John Ulrich in a modified style-6 pattern consisting of the large vignette of a bugling bull elk in a mountain scene on left side and the small vignette of a buck deer rubbing his antlers on a tree on right side. Both sides have light foliate arabesque patterns with snake & dot borders. Bottom of receiver, top tang behind hammer slot and top of receiver ring are engraved to match with a line ribbon around SN. Bbl is engraved like a 1 of 1,000 with foliate arabesque patterns over the chamber area and a chip & dot border panel around caliber marking. Matching patterns are engraved around the muzzle. Most rare however are the wide platinum bands on the bbl, at receiver and around the muzzle. Forend cap is engraved to match. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with the assembly number “793”, “XXXX” and “RB” which designates rubber buttplate. The matching assembly number is in the top tang channel of the buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 45-70 with oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, engraved “$5.00 Barrel inlaid & etc. $2.00 Blued”, received in warehouse April 8, 1893 and shipped Dec. 7, 1893 to Order #5833. Also accompanied by a color photograph of this rifle. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and a couple of small scratches; magazine tube retains 98-99% strong orig blue with bright blue magazine band; forend cap retains 96-97% bright orig blue with some light freckling; receiver retains about 95% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and some light freckling on left side & belly; lever & hammer retain about all of their brilliant orig case colors, faded on top edge of hammer; wood is sound with a few minor chips in finish and overall retains about all of its brilliant orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-44446 JR301 (40,000-70,000)

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2073

*RARE SPECIAL ENGRAVED DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 145592. Cal. 33 WCF. Extremely rare rifle with 24″ tapered rnd bbl, takedown, half magazine with full matted top, pedestal mounted ivory bead hunting front sight and flat-top semi-buckhorn rear sight. Left side of bbl, takedown ring & receiver are stamped with British proofs. Mounted with very highly figured center crotch 3X American walnut with style-D carved forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester solid red recoil pad. Carved & checkered wood consists of large checkered panels with carved oak leaves & acorns. Receiver is engraved by Angelo Stokes with the large vignette of a cougar standing on a precipice on the left side with the small vignette of a grizzly bear on loading gate base and a larger vignette of a grizzly bear on the right forward flat. These vignettes are all surrounded by extremely well-executed foliate & floral arabesque patterns with beautiful heart motif borders. Top of receiver is engraved to match with a large leaf pattern over the receiver ring. The takedown ring is engraved to match with the heart shaped border on the bbl at the takedown ring. Sides of lever & hammer are also engraved with matching shell patterns and foliate arabesque patterns. Top tang is also engraved. Bottom of receiver is engraved with the large oval vignette of a standing, face-on bull elk surrounded by foliate & floral arabesque patterns. There are additional foliate patterns around the lever opening with decorative borders. Outer face of lever is also engraved as is the top of the hammer nose and there is a band of engraving around the muzzle. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “851” and “406” which has been obliterated and “XXX”. Top tang of buttstock has the X’d out “406” number and the replacement “851” assembly number. Bottom of stock and forend cap have sling eyes. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 33 with matted takedown rnd bbl, plain trigger, fancy pistol grip stock, half magazine, shotgun butt with Silvers recoil pad, special engraving and lists “80 hours Stokes (name of person who worked on gun), carved style D $10.00” and screw eyes, received in warehouse Nov. 10, 1909, shipped Apr. 29, 1910 to Order #256114. Received back at factory May 28, 1910, Work Order #29957 and re-shipped with the same description to Order #191784. Given the elaborate special engraving & carved wood along with the British proofs, it seems likely that this rifle was originally prepared for an exhibit and subsequently sold to a customer. PROVENANCE: Dr. James M. Goforth Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching, probably unfired. Overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish to both metal & wood with bright orig blue and crisp varnish; wood is sound with a minor nick or two in the finish and some hand grease in the checkering; lever & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, brilliant on sides, faded on top edge of hammer and outer face of lever. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Bolt face retains about all of its orig factory blue as does the loading gate. 4-44458 JR303 (28,000-60,000)

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2074

RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 114816. Cal. 38-70. Very rare caliber in this rifle. Rifle has 26″ tapered rnd bbl, full magazine, takedown, with half nickel front sight with set screw and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured, flame grain, American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “456” and “XX”. Top tang channel of buttstock is stamped with assembly number “805” which number is also found inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 40-82 as a takedown with oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, half magazine, “smokeless” and oil finish. The record states that “On April 18, 1899 changed to 38-70, round barrel, checkered stock with pistol grip, takedown.” It was returned (date not indicated), received in warehouse Jan. 6, 1898 and shipped April 8, 1899 to Order #25153. This caliber was developed by Winchester in 1894 for the Model 1886 but never became popular as it offered little improvement over the caliber 38-55 cartridge as chambered in the lighter Model 1894 rifles. It was discontinued after a short period of time with very few 1886 rifles ever chambered for it. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98-99% crisp orig factory blue with only faint muzzle edge wear and a couple of tiny spots of surface rust; receiver retains 95-96% orig blue with a few very light scratches on left side of receiver and some minor candy striping on both sides, slightly thinned on belly; takedown ring has flaked mostly to a medium patina; top & bottom tangs retain strong orig blue, slightly dulled on top tang; hammer retains most of its bright orig case colors, turned dark on top edge; lever retains about 75-80% bright orig case colors, faded to silver on about half of outer face; buttplate retains smoky case colors; wood is sound with a few very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches with a small dark oil stain on rear end of forearm and overall retains about all of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44445 JR406 (20,000-30,000)

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2075

*VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE 2-BARREL SET. SN 137717. Cal. 50 Ex. (50-110) & 45-70. Extremely rare factory lettered 2-barrel set with 26″ rnd 50-110 bbl and 22″ tapered lightweight rnd 45-70 bbl. Both bbls have full magazines with Lyman ivory bead hunting front sights and Lyman 6A, 2-leaf folding rear sights. The front sight on the 45-70 bbl is pedestal mounted. Receiver has a Lyman Model 21 side sight. It is mounted with very nicely figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearms and straight stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Bottom of stock has a sling eye with corresponding sling eyes in each of the forend caps. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number “8” and “XX”. Matching assembly number is also found in the top tang channel of the buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle as a takedown, cal. 45-70, with 22″ rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered oil finish stock with leaf & receiver sights, full magazine, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, extra-light, sling & swivels, with “26 inch interchangeable round nickel steel barrel, 50 Express, Lyman hunting front and Lyman leaf rear sights, Winchester high velocity target, oiled forearm, screw eyes”, received in warehouse March 20, 1906 and shipped same day to Order #43612. Also accompanied by a letter on “FIREARMS RESEARCH” letterhead over the signature of Waddy Colvert, wherein he states that this rifle with 45-70, 26″ bbl extra-lightweight with a 50 Express caliber interchangeable bbl is the “only” firearm made by Winchester in that configuration. Mr. Colvert was the former head of the Cody Firearms Museum Records Office who later founded his own research service with access to the complete Winchester shipping records. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. The 50 cal bbl & magazine tube retain about 98-99% strong orig factory blue with only a couple of tiny scratches on bbl & a couple of others on the magazine tube; brilliant shiny bore; 45-70 bbl & magazine tube also retain about 98-99% strong orig blue with a couple of small scratches on bbl & a small ding on magazine tube with some minor flaking on the magazine cap; bright shiny bore; 50 cal takedown ring retains 97-98% glossy orig blue; the 45-70 takedown ring retains about 95% thin orig blue; receiver retains 90-93% orig blue, strong on sides & top with sharp edge wear and a blue/gray belly; hammer retains brilliant case colors as does the lever with light fading on inside upper face of the loop; wood is sound with very minor nicks & scratches and overall retains virtually all of its fine, orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. 4-44489 JR415 (20,000-35,000)

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2076

*SCARCE DELUXE EXTRA LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 138203. Cal. 45-70. Fine extra light rifle with 22″ tapered lightweight rnd bbl with pedestal mounted Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight and a replacement semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with highly figured, 2X, American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip buttstock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number “75” and “XX”. Top tang channel of buttstock has the matching assembly number. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 45-70 as a takedown with 22″ rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Winchester high velocity sights, full magazine, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, oil finish and extra light, received in warehouse Oct. 23, 1906 and shipped next day to Order #75262. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with only faint muzzle edge wear; forend cap retains about 98% strong orig blue and the takedown ring 96-97% orig blue; receiver has a few very fine, light scratches with one small ding and overall retains about 96-97% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and some minor thinning on carry point; lever & hammer retain about all of their very bright orig case colors with top edge of hammer turned dark; wood is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of a fine professionally restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows little evidence of having been fired with most of the orig blue still on bolt face. 4-44451 JR407 (15,000-25,000)

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2077

*VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE. SN 130841. Cal. 45-90. Fine short rifle with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight (bead broken), broken sight base in rear seat and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with nickeled brass Swiss buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly #323 and “XXX”. Top tang channel of buttstock has the matching assembly number which is also found inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 45-90 with 20″ rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Lyman front & rear sights and Swiss buttplate, received in warehouse Jan. 5, 1909 and shipped same day to Order #186314. There is an additional listing that states that it was shipped Aug. 2, 1904 to Order #234065. Deluxe ’86 short rifles are rather rare and are seldom found with high orig finish. They were mostly ordered by trappers and persons who used them on horseback. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl, magazine tube & forend cap retain 96-98% strong orig blue with a couple of small scratches on the bbl; receiver retains 96-97% orig blue, strong on sides & top with a few light nicks & scratches, mostly on left side with sharp edge wear and some minor thinning on the belly; hammer retains strong case colors, faded on top edge; lever retains case colors in sheltered areas, mostly turned silver; buttplate retains 93-95% strong orig nickel; wood is sound with a few minor storage & handling marks and retains about all of a glossy restored finish; checkering on buttstock shows moderate to heavy wear while the checkering on the forearm is crisp & freshened. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44510 JR418 (17,500-27,500)

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2078

*SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 151935. Cal. 33 WCF. Scarce lightweight ’86 with 24″ tapered extra light rnd bbl with full magazine, ramp mounted Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight and a flat top rear sight. Mounted with about 3X center crotch, flame grain, American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly #100. Top tang channel of buttstock is marked with assembly number “506”, however the matching assembly number “100” is stamped on rear face of buttstock, under the buttplate and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 33 with rnd bbl, fancy checkered stock, full magazine and rifle butt, received in warehouse Feb. 24, 1917 and shipped Feb. 23, 1918 to Order #853666. The letter further states shipped to “R.L. Treat, Government Office” and charged to “K-2-5”. It is unusual for a Winchester letter to show the destination or person of the shipment and the notation “K-2-5” is unknown to this cataloger and a brief internet search disclosed no information on R.L. Treat pertinent to the dates of this rifle. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching and probably unfired. Overall retains virtually all of its strong orig factory finish with only the hint of muzzle end wear on bbl & magazine tube; forend cap has a few minor freckles of rust; receiver shows some light scratches, probably zipper burn on right side with extremely light sharp edge wear and a few scattered pinprick spots of light rust; hammer retains virtually all of its orig factory blue and the lever strong bright case colors on sides, turned dark on upper half of outer face, faded on the loop; buttplate retains 97-98% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear on heel & toe; wood is sound with a few scattered light nicks & storage marks and retains virtually all of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44468 JR411 (12,000-18,000)

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2079

*FINE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 134697. Cal. 40-82. Standard grade rifle with scarce 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with set screw and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 40-82 with 28″ oct bbl and plain trigger, received in warehouse July 8, 1905 and shipped Aug. 31, 1905 to Order #5411. It is unusual to find standard grade rifles with high orig finish. They usually were “working” guns which saw hard service generally under harsh conditions with limited maintenance. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains 98-99% strong orig factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear in a few spots, slight thinning on forend cap and slight dulling on belly; lever & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant case colors, turned dark on top edge of hammer and lightly faded on the lever loop; wood is sound with a series of small nicks & dings, probably from an old gun rack, and overall retains about all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Appears to be new & unfired, retaining all of its orig factory blue on bolt face & loading gate. 4-44504 JR431 (10,000-15,000)

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2080

*SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 145587. Cal. 33 WCF. Fine special order rifle with 24″ tapered lightweight rnd bbl, half magazine takedown with pedestal mounted Lyman ivory bead front sight and flat top semi-buckhorn rear sight. Full length of top of bbl is matted and the roll markings are off to the left side to accommodate the matting. Mounted with beautiful, highly figured English walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate. Bottom of stock has a factory sling eye with a corresponding sling eye in forend cap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number “781” and “XX”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Right side of bbl, takedown ring & receiver are stamped with British proofs. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1992 and the other 1997. Both letters identify this rifle in caliber 33 with a matted rnd bbl, plain trigger, English walnut fancy checkered stock, rifle butt with screw eyes, takedown, half magazine, received in warehouse March 24, 1909 and shipped same day to Order #197470. The 1992 letter states that it was shipped with three other arms while the 1997 letter states that it was shipped with fourteen other Model 1886s. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig factory blue with light muzzle end wear, flaking on the magazine cap and takedown lever and slightly thinned over the center of the matted area; takedown ring retains 60-70% thin orig blue; receiver retains 88-90% orig blue, strong on sides, thin over top & bottom; hammer retains strong case colors, turned dark on top edge; lever retains case colors in sheltered areas being mostly a silver/brown patina; top & bottom tangs are a blue/brown patina; wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old refinish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-44466 JR410 (6,000-10,000)

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2081

*EXTRAORDINARILY RARE ORIGINAL CRATE OF TEN UNISSUED WINCHESTER MODEL 94 SADDLE RING CARBINES. SN 924224, 924599, 924761, 924762, 924783, 924829, 925026, 925502, 930960, 930961.. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Standard carbines with 20″ bbls, full magazines, square base front sights, carbine ladder rear sights with a stud & ring in each receiver. They are mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stocks and carbine buttplates. Eight of the ten carbines have an orig 50th Anniversary gray paper stock band with green edges & red & white “WINCHESTER” logo. All ten carbines have their orig hang tags. This fantastic set of carbines is housed in its orig dovetailed pine wood crate with orig felt-lined dividers and its orig lid. The ends have orig stenciling with a large red “W” trademark. Top edge of one end of the crate, under the lid, has a small paper tag listing the SNs of all ten carbines. The history of this crate of carbines is detailed on pp. 120-121 of the book Winchester Model 94 A Century of Craftsmanship, Renneberg, and in a 4-page article published in an unknown magazine on pp. 26-29, also by Mr. Renneberg. It seems that in 2001 Mr. Renneberg was invited to fly to Oregon to examine this case of carbines, which he did, and discovered them as we find them today. His subsequent research into the history of this rare find led him to discover one other complete case of Model 94 carbines and a complete case of Model 95 carbines. All trails then led to Herb Glass, Sr. who offered that in about 1950 or 1951 he had been contacted by an individual in New York City who had contracted to clean out a warehouse prior to its being demolished. During the cleaning process this fellow discovered 13 crates of Winchesters about equally divided between Models 94 in cal. 30 WCF and Models 1895 in cal. 30-06. Realizing that he had a significant discovery he called Mr. Glass with the idea of selling them. Mr. Glass immediately traveled to New York and purchased the entire find. He related to Mr. Renneberg that he began selling individual carbines for about $150 each and in fact sold them all except two cases of 94s which he retained intact and later sold, one to a collector in New Jersey and the other to a cattleman in Texas. The Texas collector kept his crate of carbines for about 15 years and then sold it,intact, to a lumber man in southern Oregon who also retained it for about 15 years and sold it to another private collector in Oregon. This collector, after about 25 years, in September 2001, took his crate of Winchesters to a gun show in Washington state and then to the Las Vegas Gun Show where he sold it to Wes Adams. Mr. Renneberg, in his articles, states that he is now aware of two crates 94 carbines and one crate of 95 carbines and that he has personally examined all three. He also offers a speculation as to how they came to be in New York City. He relates that after WWI the U.S. Government not only re-stocked their military arsenals but also stockpiled civilian firearms and that this crate, along with those others sold by Mr. Glass were part of that government stockpile. Mr. Renneberg speculates that the government stockpiled civilian arms remained in storage until the outbreak of WWII when the United States shipped tens of thousands of government owned and donated civilian arms to England for the British Home Guard. The invasion of England never came to pass and when the war was over a large portion of the donated civilian arms were simply destroyed but those still in crates were shipped back to the U.S. and sold on the American market. This story is certainly plausible and makes sense when one considers that these carbines were produced in the very early 1920s and have the 1923 Anniversary stock bands which lends credence to the thought that Winchester simply crated up inventory that they had on hand at the time which would have included arms from different years of manufacture. A cursory examination of the top five carbines disclosed that they are all pristine new with no discernible flaws and no flaking with orig factory grease still on the metal. They, all ten, have their orig short pieces of hemp string tied through the saddle rings to prevent saddle ring wear and eight of the ten have orig stock bands as noted above. It is also possible to see that all ten carbines have their hang tags and the accompanying ten hand made wooden cleaning rods in the bottom of the crate. There are two sets of two consecutively numbered carbines out of the ten. Accompanied by a custom built Plexiglas cover for the crate to be displayed with the lid off to expose the interior. This is truly an exceptional and once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase one of the few remaining orig crates of Winchester carbines. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Carbines are all pristine new and unused, appearing to never have been cycled. Crate shows handling & storage nicks & dings with some wear on the bottom ends & edges and light to moderate soil. Stenciling on the ends of the crate is all clear and legible. Plexiglas cover is a little nicked & dinged but intact. 4-44430 (50,000-100,000)

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2082
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: As stated the wood and metal has been refinished, but not at factory.

*EXTRAORDINARILY RARE SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVED DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 308993. Cal. 32 WS. Very rare special order ’94 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman locking combination tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut, probably about 3X, with style “A” carved forearm & capped pistol grip stock with smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with the assembly number “1178”, “X” and “SC”. There is also a tiny “61”. The matching assembly number is on the rear face of buttstock, under the buttplate, along with “94” and an obliterated assembly number. Matching assembly number is also found inside toe of buttplate. A reasonable assumption would be that the rifle was initially designated with a pistol grip stock and lightly figured wood, however when the order was placed for the highly decorated & plated rifle we see today, the wood would have been exchanged for much fancier type for the much higher decoration. Receiver is beautifully engraved in style “4” by John Ulrich and is signed on the lower tang behind the trigger. Lower tang is also engraved in period script “Millard P. Duell”. Engraving consists of a very large panel of a hunter shooting from behind a tree with two wounded bull elk in the foreground, all in a forest scene on the left side and a grizzly bear in a mountain scene on a promontory on the right side surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns and wavelet borders. Top & bottom of receiver, top & bottom tangs, hammer, lever, takedown ring, forend cap, buttplate tang and exposed flats of bbl over chamber area are engraved to match. Base of bbl, at the receiver and around the muzzle are inlaid with a gold band. Receiver, takedown ring, forend cap & buttplate are all gold plated. Accompanied by several Winchester Museum, Buffalo Bill Historical Center & Cody Firearms Museum letters dating 1971, 1982 & 2008 which all provide the identical information which identifies this rifle in 32 WS caliber with half oct bbl, half magazine, plain trigger, “clover leaf rear, Lyman front, Lyman rear” sights, takedown, engraved $24.00, #4 and gold trim, received in warehouse March 27, 1907 and shipped same day to Order #93543, repair & return on June 29, 1917. This is likely when the complete restoration was accomplished. Note: A cloverleaf sight is described in The Winchester Book, Madis, as a style “28” which is a semi-buckhorn style as found on this rifle. This sight is of a later vintage with smooth edges rather than the serrated edges of the 1917 era when the rifle was probably restored. This rifle is pictured with three photographs on p. 172 of the book Winchester Engraving, Wilson. The caption details mostly only the information found in the letter and states that when the rifle was returned & repaired in 1917 “at which time the inscription on lower tang was engraved”. PROVENANCE: Glenn Hockett Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about all of a factory style restored finish to both metal & wood; bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong, factory-style blue with only light muzzle & sharp edge wear; receiver, takedown ring, forend cap & buttplate retain most of their strong gold plating with some light flaking on top right edge of the receiver; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors; wood is sound with a few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its fine restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44372 JR447 (45,000-75,000)

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2083

RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 67843. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Standard grade rifle with 26″ rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with screw, 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight and a Marbles locking tang sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. This rifle has the rare & unusual feature of gold plated receiver, buttplate & forend cap. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 2004 and the other 2009 which are identical and identify this rifle in 30 caliber with rnd bbl, plain trigger, “Gold plated trims”, received in warehouse Sept. 18, 1899 and shipped Sept. 19, 1899 to Order #37422, returned & repaired Oct. 19, 1903 to Order #207623. Very few standard grade rifles are known with gold trim. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig blue with some light surface freckling over forearm area and a couple of other spots of light surface rust; receiver retains 92-93% orig gold plating with edge wear and light thinning on bottom with a few fine freckles; buttplate & forend cap retain most of their orig gold plating; lever & hammer retain strong case colors on sides, faded on outer edges; wood is sound showing wear on forearm at the carry point with light handling & use nicks & scratches and retains about 60-70% orig varnish; stock retains about 98% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44336 JR308 (12,000-16,000)

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2084

RARE FIRST YEAR DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 1ST TYPE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 5860. Cal. 38-55. Wonderful early ’94 with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine with combination front sight, flattop rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very beautiful 3X, center crotch, flame grain, American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “2145” and “XXX”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is 1st type with external cartridge guide screws. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 38-55 with 24″ oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock “1/2 inch short”, received in warehouse Aug. 29, 1895 and shipped next day. Current length of pull on this stock is 12-1/2″ vs. the standard 13″. This cataloger recently read the old draft of an article written by Tommy Rholes and Jeb Klitzke regarding the external guide screw ’94s which included an inventory of surveyed rifles which included this rifle as identified by SN. This article was to have been published in the Winchester Arms Collector’s Association magazine The Winchester Collector. It is unknown whether it was ever published. An assumption gleaned from the article is that the external screw ’94s were only manufactured in 1894 and 1895 from the orig Browning design. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear; receiver retains 95-96% glossy orig blue with sharp edge wear and some spots of light pitting on left side; hammer retains about all of its orig case colors, faded on top edge; lever retains 75-80% orig case colors, strong & bright on sides and in sheltered areas, faded to silver on outer faces; buttplate retains smoky case colors; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and overall retains 96-98% orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore; shows very little use. 4-44403 JR441 (25,000-40,000)

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2085

VERY RARE, SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE EARLY WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH COLOR CASE HARDENED FRAME. SN 16058. Cal. 38-55. Fine, early deluxe ’94 with 26″ rnd bbl, full magazine, takedown with half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight with Lyman combination tang sight. Receiver, lever, hammer & forend cap are color case hardened. Mounted with highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number “2574”, “XXX”, “S” and “RB”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by a Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Winchester Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 38-55 with rnd bbl, plain trigger, takedown, case hardened, checkered pistol grip stock with shotgun butt & rubber buttplate, received in warehouse Sept. 17, 1896 and shipped the next day, repaired & returned Sept. 20, 1898. Also accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter dated 2002 which provides the identical information and accompanied by a copy of the shipping record. Although the shipping records indicate that it was not shipped until 1896, the serial number actually dates to 1895. It is well-known that Winchester numbered their receivers in batches and shipped them as they were completed, sometimes several years later. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig factory blue with a couple of very minor scratches on each; takedown ring retains about all of its orig factory blue; receiver retains smoky case colors on sides & top, a little stronger in sheltered areas, turned silver on bottom edge; hammer retains bright case colors; lever retains strong case colors on sides, faded to silver on outer faces; wood is sound with a few minor, very light nicks & scratches in finish and overall retains about all of its strong, orig, piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; shows very little actual use. 4-44384 JR442 (20,000-30,000)

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2086

RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 27275. Cal. 38-55. Beautiful deluxe ’94 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, takedown, with Lyman ivory bead front sight (broken bead), semi-buckhorn rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight with large disc. Left top flat of bbl, below rear sight is engraved in period script “J.L. Greatsinger”. The frame & bbl are both stamped with the “WP” proof indicating returned to the factory after about 1905. Mounted with very highly figured, 3X, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock and crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “4599” and “XXX”. Left side of top tang is stamped “55” and “J.P.P”. It is unknown the meaning or association of the top tang stamping. Assembly number “10680” is on rear face of buttstock, under the buttplate, which number is also inside toe of buttplate. Rear face of buttstock also has the notation in pencil “repair gun”. Given that this rifle was returned for repair in 1913, that is likely when the replacement stock was installed. Rifle is engraved by John Ulrich in No. 6 style with the large vignette of a standing Big Horn ram in a mountain scene on left side and a standing whitetail buck in a field scene on right side surrounded by ribbon and foliate arabesque patterns and wavelet borders. Top & bottom of receiver, top tang & forend cap are engraved to match with matching engraving patterns on takedown ring and exposed flats of bbl over chamber area. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in cal. 38-55, takedown, with oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Lyman rear with cup disc & Lyman front sight, engraved $10.00 and also with the notation “J.B. Greatsinger” engraved in script, received in the warehouse Oct. 21, 1897 and shipped next day to Order #17477. Return & repair May 27, 1913. The fact that the buttplate tang is not engraved is a further indication that the buttstock & buttplate are replacements. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear; takedown ring retains about all of its orig blue, slightly dulled with thinning on bottom; forend cap retains about 75% orig blue; receiver retains about 95% strong orig blue with thinning over top edges and sharp edge wear; hammer retains strong, bright case colors, turned dark on top edge; lever retains bright case colors, brilliant on right side, faded on outer faces; buttplate retains smoky case colors; wood is sound with a few minor scratches and retains about all of its fine piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; shows very little, if any, use. 4-44367 JR444 (20,000-35,000)

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2087

*RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 348629. Cal. 32 Spcl. Fine special order Model ’94 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, globe front sight, no provision for a rear seat with a Lyman 21 rear sight on left side of receiver. Mounted with very highly figured, flame grain, marbled American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip with deep fluted sweeping cheekpiece and crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with the assembly number “3159”, “X” and “CP” (presumably this stands for cheek piece). The matching assembly number is also found on buttstock, under buttplate & inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1986 and the other 2002, along with a museum yellow sheet. The letters are identical and identify this rifle in 32-40 caliber with oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Lyman 17 front sight and combination rear sight with no rear seat, half magazine and cheek piece, received in warehouse April 13, 1907 and shipped April 15, 1907 to Order #95992, returned & repaired on Dec. 13, 1910, Order #33324. This is apparently when the bbl was changed to 32 Spcl. Also accompanied by a copy of the Winchester shipping record with the identical information. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains about 98-99% strong, orig factory blue; receiver also retains about 98% strong orig factory blue with light sharp edge wear, some slight thinning on bottom front, flaking on floorplate & top tang with another spot of flaking on top right rear corner of receiver; hammer retains bright case colors on sides and rear edge, faded to silver on top edge; lever retains strong case colors on sides, bright in sheltered areas, nearly faded to silver on outer face; wood is sound with a very few, very minor handling & storage nicks in the finish and some wear on bottom rear edge of forearm at the carry point and overall retains most of its brilliant piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44325 JR306 (20,000-28,000)

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2088

FINE DELUXE ANTIQUE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 9405. Cal. 38-55. Beautiful deluxe ’94 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a Lyman loop tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured center crotch flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number “2358” and “XXX”. The matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Early ’94s being the first smokeless powder Winchester rifle were very popular and are difficult to find with high orig finish. Most of them were used on the American frontier and in the North woods of America as well as Canada and the Northwest Territories, usually under extreme, harsh conditions with limited maintenance. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain just about all of their strong orig factory finish with only faint sharp edge wear; receiver retains about 92-93% strong orig blue with some fine flaking & candy striping on sides, slightly thinned and dull on belly; hammer retains strong bright case colors, a little dark on top edge; lever retains bright case colors in sheltered areas on the sides, fading to silver elsewhere; wood is sound with some dulling at the carry point on forearm and has a few scattered handling & use nicks & scratches and six small bruises on bottom of stock and overall retains nearly all of its strong, orig piano varnish finish; checkering shows light to moderate diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some minor roughness in the grooves near the muzzle. 4-44378 JR305 (13,000-22,000)

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2089

RARE FIRST YEAR, 1ST TYPE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 3079. Cal. 38-55. Standard grade rifle with 1st type receiver that has external cartridge guide screws. It has 26″ oct bbl with full magazine, ivory bead combination front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a locking Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 38-55 with oct bbl and plain trigger, received in warehouse March 18, 1895 and shipped June 18, 1895 to Order #13927. This cataloger recently read the old draft of an article written by Tommy Rholes and Jeb Klitzke regarding the external guide screw ’94s which included an inventory of surveyed rifles which included this rifle as identified by SN. This article was to have been published in the Winchester Arms Collector’s Association magazine The Winchester Collector. It is unknown whether it was ever published. An assumption gleaned from the article is that the external screw ’94s were only manufactured in 1894 and 1895 from the orig Browning design. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, probably unfired, appears to be pristine new; overall retains about 99%, or more, strong orig factory finish to metal & wood; the bbl, magazine tube, receiver & forend cap have only faint sharp edge wear with one small spot of thinning on forend cap and a couple of candy stripes on the receiver; loading gate retains virtually all of its brilliant fire blue; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors, a little thin on top edge of hammer and loop of lever; buttplate retains about all of its brilliant case colors; wood is sound with a very few, very small nicks & scratches and retains about all of its crisp, orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; bolt face retains virtually all of its orig factory blue. 4-44396 JR445 (12,500-17,500)

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2090

*SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE LIGHTWEIGHT WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 215804. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Beautiful lightweight ’94 with 26″ rapid taper oct bbl, full magazine, tall dovetailed ivory bead front sight which is rare in an extra light bbl, 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight and a Lyman tang sight with large cup disc. Receiver has close coupled dbl set triggers. Mounted with very highly figured, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is unmarked. Buttstock has the assembly or SN “18738” and “92” on rear face under the buttplate. Toe of buttplate has a defaced indecipherable number. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 30 with extra light oct bbl, set trigger, fancy checkered stock and Lyman front & “rear cup disc”, received in warehouse June 23, 1904 and shipped next day to Order #231741. Also accompanying is a copy of the shipping record. Dbl set triggers are not mentioned in the letter. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear on the bbl; receiver retains about 96% strong orig blue with very light sharp edge wear and thinning around carry point; hammer retains virtually all of its orig case colors; lever retains most of its brilliant orig case colors, faded on outer face of the loop; wood is sound with a few very light handling & storage nicks & overall retains about all of its bright factory varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44321 (15,000-25,000)

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2091

RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 98384. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Beautiful special order ’94 with 26″ rapid taper, extra light rnd bbl with full matted top, half magazine, takedown with pedestal mounted Lyman ivory bead front sight, 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight and a locking Lyman tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “11026”, “XXX” and “R”. Matching assembly number and “94” are also found in the top tang channel of the buttstock. Bbl markings & caliber marking are rolled on the left side to accommodate the matted top. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp orig factory finish with the only losses some minor flaking on takedown ring and top right edge of receiver with another small spot on bottom right front of receive; loss areas are a medium patina; loading gate retains virtually all of its orig fire blue; lever & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, a little dark on hammer, brilliant on lever; wood is sound with a few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, possibly unfired; Carrier & bolt face also retain about all of their orig factory finish. A fine, exceptional ’94. 4-44358 JR401 (12,000-18,000)

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2092

RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 32122. Cal. 38-55. Fine ’94 lightweight rifle with 24-1/4″ oct to rnd extra light tapered bbl, button magazine with scarce dovetailed Lyman ivory bead front sight that is scarce on an extra lightweight rifle, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured flame & shell grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “4648” and “OH”. Matching assembly number and “94” are stamped on rear face of buttstock, under buttplate with matching assembly number inside toe of buttplate. Stock has a hairline around the comb and down both sides. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 38-55 with 24″ half oct, matted, extra light bbl, plain trigger, oil finish checkered stock with pistol grip, Lyman front & rear sights and half magazine, received in warehouse Jan. 6, 1898 and shipped “NY Ex. 98”. It was returned March 5, 1898 and re-shipped March 8, 1898, returned May 9, 1898 and re-shipped May 26, 1898 and returned Dec. 28, 1898, re-shipped Dec. 30, 1898. Also accompanied by copies of the shipping record book. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching. Bbl retains about 98% strong orig blue with faint muzzle & sharp edge wear; forend cap retains 95-96% strong orig blue; receiver retains about 93-95% orig blue, thin on carry point on bottom, turning plum over receiver ring and fading on sides; hammer retains strong case colors showing wear on left side; sides of lever retain bright case colors, fading to silver on outer faces; buttplate retains most of its orig case colors, very bright on tang & toe; stock, with the aforementioned hairline, is otherwise sound and overall retains most of a fine professionally restored finish on both stock & forearm. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44355 JR400 (7,500-12,500)

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2093

*RARE LONG BARREL WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 RIFLE. SN 182124. (1899) Cal. 38-55. 32″ Oct bbl with full length magazine, is fitted with standard rear sight with 1901 patent elevator, and Rocky Mountain German silver blade front. Rifle features Lyman pivoting aperture sight on top tang, and crescent buttplate. These features are substantiated by factory letter, that also indicates that rifle was shipped June 17, 1903. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. Factory letter. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 70 – 80% orig blue, turning brown with overall freckling. Tube retaining bands are mostly brown, as is forend cap. Action retains 50 – 60% orig blue, balance flaking and turning brown. Lever, hammer and buttplate retain most of their orig case hardening color, with scattered browning and freckling. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with numerous minor light marks, rubbed through considerably on forend, from normal carrying and use. Bore is good, slightly pitted throughout. 4-44331 MGM358 (7,500-12,000)

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2094

*RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SEMI-DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE 2-BARREL SET. SN 321975. Cal. 32 Spcl. and 38-55. Extremely rare orig 2-bbl set that letters. This is a semi-deluxe rifle with 24-1/4″ oct to rnd bbls, takedown, half magazine with Sheard gold bead Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight on both bbls. Rifle is mounted with straight grain American walnut with “I” style checkered forearms and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number “1979” and “R” which stands for rubber buttplate. Top tang channel of buttstock bears the assembly number “8762”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter that identifies this rifle in caliber 32 Winchester Spcl. with 24″ half oct bbl, plain trigger, takedown, half magazine, plain pistol grip, “.50 checkered”, shotgun butt, rubber buttplate and interchangeable bbl-38/55, 24″ half oct, half magazine, nickel steel, “.50 checkering”. Received in warehouse Nov. 22, 1906 and shipped Nov. 30, 1906. 2-bbl sets are very uncommon but do exist, however a lettered set is exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. The 38-55 bbl, magazine tube & forend cap retain about all of their strong orig factory blue with very slight muzzle sharp edge wear; takedown ring also retains about all of its bright factory blue, microscopically flaked on left side; 32 Spcl. bbl, magazine tube, forend cap & takedown ring also retain about all of their strong, orig factory blue; receiver retains 95-96% orig blue, slightly thinned on bottom front at the carry point with a couple of small nicks and sharp edge wear with some light thinning over top rear edges; hammer retains strong, slightly darkened case colors; lever retains brilliant case colors on sides, faded on outer face; buttstock is near new, retaining virtually all of its bright factory varnish with only one or two tiny surface blemishes; forearm on the 38-55 bbl has a small wear spot on both rear sides, both forearms have a professionally restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bores. 4-44333 (10,000-15,000)

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2095

ANTIQUE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 RIFLE. SN 66747. (1896) Cal. 38-55. 26″ Rnd bbl with Lyman ivory bead front sight. Rifle features half magazine, and shotgun butt, with Winchester logo checkered hard rubber plate. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. Factory letter confirming all characteristics, except sights, a Lyman “jack” front and Lyman rear are specified. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 85 – 90% orig blue, turning brown, with some cleaned light pinprick pitting. Action retains 80% orig blue, silvered from normal carrying and wear, somewhat flaked. Lever and hammer retain most of their orig case hardening color, lever fairly dark, silvered on outer margin. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with minor marks, grain raised. Buttplate is excellent. Rear bbl sight is a re-blued replacement. Bore is excellent. 4-44393 MGM349 (1,300-1,800)

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2096

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 167051. (1899) Cal. 30 WCF. Standard carbine with 20″ nickel-steel bbl is fitted with three-leaf platinum lined express rear sight, and tall Lyman ivory bead front. Tang has Lyman dual aperture sight installed. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 85 – 90% orig blue. Bbl bands are silvered considerably. Action retains 80% orig blue, with light flaking, most loss due to normal carrying wear. Hammer and lever retain 90% orig case hardening color, lever mostly silvered on outer perimeter of loop. Buttplate retains most of its blue, silvered at heel and toe. Orig saddle ring and stud are present.Stocks retain nearly all of their orig finish with numerous light dents and minor marks. Bore is very good, with strong rifling, lightly pitted throughout. 4-44413 MGM352 (2,500-4,500)

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2097

RARE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 74916. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Beautiful little rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead combination front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Top flat of bbl is full matted. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate. Receiver is beautifully engraved, probably by Conrad Ulrich with a large No. 6 elliptical vignette on left side of a Whitetail buck & doe in a mountain scene, surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with wavelet borders. Left front of receiver is engraved in a ribbon in period script “C.F. Boetticher”. Right side is engraved with the vignette of a No. 9 bull moose in a forest scene surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns and matching wavelet borders. Both sides of receiver are completely surrounded by wavy line borders with snake & dot borders on top edges. Top & bottom of receiver are engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with fine line borders at front & rear edges and around top tang. The lever & locking bolt opening on bottom of receiver is surrounded by an engraved rosette. Sides of the forend cap & buttplate tang are lightly engraved also. Left side of lower tang is unmarked and the top tang channel of buttstock appears to have had an assembly number removed. Toe of buttplate is also unmarked. When buttplate was removed a small receipt was found rolled up in the hole in the buttstock. It is an old receipt, probably for this rifle, dated “South Eastern Mass Sept 6 1930”, “Received from E.F. Belcher”. The amount was $15.00. On another line it has the information “Paid by Joseph H. Rogers for rifle” and is signed “James H. Rankin”. Back of receipt is a pencil notation “This rifle belongs to J.H. Rogers Brook– / So Paris Maine” and signed “Joseph Rogers 1-16-73”. Also accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in 32 caliber with oct, matted bbl, plain trigger, fancy checkered stock, engraved $10.00 and also engraved “C.F. Boetticher”, received in warehouse Jan. 4, 1898 and shipped the next day to Order #119. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains 95-97% strong orig blue; receiver retains 85-90% thinning orig blue; lever & hammer retain strong case colors on sides, faded on outer faces and top edge; buttplate retains smoky case colors, mostly turned silver; wood is sound with light nicks & scratches with the forearm retaining most of an old refinish and the buttstock most of its orig piano varnish finish; checkering shows moderate diamond point wear; buttstock may be an old replacement. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-44597 JR343 (25,000-40,000)

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2098

SCARCE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 58470. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Usual configuration with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with set screw, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. It has standard bbl markings with caliber marking over chamber area. Mounted with very highly figured burl & shell grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number “2966” and “XXX”. Inside top tang channel of buttstock is marked with assembly number “2505”, which number is also found on buttstock under buttplate and inside toe of buttplate. Buttstock is also marked, under buttplate, “92” and another assembly number “2784”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 44 with oct bbl, plain trigger & checkered stock with pistol grip, received in warehouse April 5, 1898 and shipped next day to Order #6679. Regardless of the changed stock this is still an outstanding Deluxe ’92. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about all of their strong orig factory blue with a couple of small spots of surface rust and light sharp edge wear; receiver retains virtually all of its glossy orig factory blue with about all of its bright fire blue on loading gate; receiver has faint sharp edge wear and a couple of small spots of surface etching; hammer retains strong case colors, bright on rear edge, faded on top edge; lever retains brilliant case colors on sides, faded on outer face; buttplate retains about all of its moderately faded case colors; wood is sound and retains about all of a very fine professionally restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-44600 JR349 (15,000-25,000)

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2099

EXCEPTIONAL WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 RIFLE, FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION. SN 11866. (1892) Cal. 38-40. 24″ Full oct bbl, full magazine, fitted with standard semi buckhorn rear and German silver blade front, sights, blued action, case hardened lever and hammer, varnished stocks, case hardened crescent buttplate. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent, near new. with only a hint of edge wear on bbl, magazine tube slightly browning in front of forend tip, which retains essentially all of its blue. Blue of action has some very slight flaking on receiver ring, sharp edges slightly silvered. Case hardening of lever and hammer are strong, thinning on bottom of lever. Lock retains a considerable amount of orig varnish. Buttplate retains nearly all of its case color, silvered slightly at heel and toe. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig finish, grain slightly raised with a few very minor marks and compressions. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny. As fine an example as one could ever hope to find. Plainly finished guns, such as this, usually show lots of use. 4-44609 MGM337 (7,500-15,000)

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2100
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: This firearm is antique.

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 144908. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Usual configuration with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, two bands with German silver square base front sight and 900 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Bbl has usual markings with caliber over chamber area. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & steel carbine buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this firearm as a carbine, caliber 44, received in warehouse Aug. 17, 1900 and shipped Aug. 22, 1900 to Order #68479. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain virtually all of their crisp orig factory finish as do both bbl bands; receiver has a couple of small scratches on left side and a small spot of flaking on bottom, otherwise retains virtually all of its crisp, bright, orig factory blue; lever & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant case colors; wood is sound with a few small bruises on the toe and a few small scratches on the comb and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired; bolt face retains about all of its orig factory finish. 4-44666 JR337 (12,500-17,500)

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2101

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 DELUXE WITH SWISS BUTT. SN 381500. (1907) Cal. 32-20. 24″ Rnd bbl. Rifle features half magazine, close set dbl set triggers, Lyman tang sight, X figured American walnut capped pistol grip Type H checkered buttstock, is fitted with “special order” silver-plated Swiss buttplate. Assembly number “3249” and “X” are stamped on left side of bottom tang, on butt under plate (under “94”), and on toe of buttplate. Top tang is fitted with Lyman adjustable sight. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl is silvered around muzzle with a few minor spots and marks overall. Action has flaking on receiver ring, and on bottom and sides there is evidence of some cleaning. Lever and hammer retain most of their orig case hardening color. Buttplate retains most of its orig silver, thinning. Stocks retain most of their orig varnish finish with a few minor marks and chips, slightly crazed, and discolored where worn through. Checkering is slightly worn and darkened, especially on forend from carrying and use. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny. Set triggers work. A lovely little special order rifle. 4-44622 MGM338 (8,500-16,000)

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2102

RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 WITH COLOR CASE HARDENED RECEIVER. SN 69679. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Rare ’92 rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver, lever, hammer, forend cap & buttplate are color case hardened. Mounted with modern replacement, very nicely figured, uncheckered English walnut with straight stock & crescent steel buttplate. Bottom of stock has a factory sling wire with sling swivel in forend cap. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “3700”, “XX” and “C”. Top tang channel of buttstock is stamped with a matching assembly number, recently applied. Buttplate is a modern replacement and it is not numbered. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 44 with 26″ oct bbl, plain trigger, case hardened, sling & swivel, received in warehouse April 2, 1897 and shipped same day to Order #6038. This rifle is a complete Doug Turnbull restoration including new wood. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Overall retains virtually all of its fine Winchester style restored finish with strong blue and brilliant case colors; wood is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks and retains about all of its Winchester style varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-44603 JR423 (12,500-17,500)

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2103

VERY FINE, FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION, WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 RIFLE. SN 15350. (1892) Cal. 44-40. Standard rifle, with round barrel, full magazine, and crescent butt, has nicely figured American walnut buttstock and matching forearm. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl and magazine tube retain nearly all of their blued finish, browned somewhat, mostly toward muzzle. Action shows some slight flaking and edge wear. Top of breechblock shows some light freckling, with a little more on extractor. Lever and hammer retain 60 – 70% orig case hardening color. Unnumbered buttplate color is very strong, wood a bit proud. Tang screw shows use. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny throughout. 4-44612 MGM340 (5,000-9,000)

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2104

BEAUTIFUL SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE HEAVYWEIGHT WINCHESTER MODEL 1885 HIGH WALL SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN 74381. Cal. 38-55. Wonderful high wall with 30″ No. 5 weight oct bbl with windage adjustable globe front sight, no provision for a rear seat and a vernier tang sight with 3″ staff. It is fitted with sgl set trigger and standard lever. Mounted with extremely beautiful, highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style, black insert, schnable tip forearm and capped pistol grip stock with nickeled brass Swiss buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with the assembly number “3450”, “XXX” and “SBC”. There is also an old assembly number that was X’d out. Bottom of bbl has the matching assembly number with the caliber “38-55” which has been stamped over “32-40”. Rear face of forearm has the matching assembly number in pencil and the buttstock is stamped with the matching assembly number on the rear face, under the buttplate and inside the toe of the buttplate. A Cody Firearms Museum letter on this rifle would likely clear up the marked over assembly number. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 98-99% strong orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and some fine surface etching on top three flats over the forearm area; receiver retains virtually all of its brilliant, orig factory case colors with only faint sharp edge wear and some minor fading over the top & bottom edges; wood is sound with a few minor mars on the surface and overall retains about all of its crisp piano varnish finish; buttplate retains traces of nickel in sheltered areas, being a medium to dark mustard patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44538 JR461 (15,000-25,000)

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2105

WINCHESTER MODEL 85 HIGH WALL OFF HAND TARGET RIFLE. SN 79561. Cal. 32-40. 30″ no. 4 half oct bbl fitted with Lyman windage adjustable front sight, has slot blank at rear. Blued action fitted with dbl set triggers and long finger lever, has vernier sight on top tang. Plain American walnut buttstock is fitted with nickel-plated Swiss butt, with 1793 stamped inside on toe. There are no numbers on wood or bottom tang. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl retains nearly all its orig blue. Action retains nearly all of its blue, with slight edge wear. Lever, hammer, and breechblock retain nearly all of their color hardening. Stocks retain most of what appears to be their orig finish, with some oil rubbed in. A palm rest has been removed from forend. Swiss butt retains 6- – 70% nickel. Vernier sight is excellent. Bore is excellent. 4-44532 MGM350 (2,500-4,000)

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2106

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1885 LOW WALL RIFLE WITH SCOPE. SN 109385. Cal. 25-20 Single Shot. 28″ Number 2 oct bbl is fitted with Lyman target front sight no. 17, and scope mounting blocks. Winchester nomenclature and cal are stamped on upper left flat. Blued low wall action, fitted with single set trigger, has lightweight hammer, and Lyman tang sight with large aperture. Rifle also features crescent butt and Winchester A5 scope in micrometer rings. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. Factory letter confirms all specs of this rifle, except no mention made of scope blocks. It was shipped from warehouse March 19, 1910. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl and action retain nearly all of their orig blue, with some slight edge wear, a few marks, and some chemical discoloration of right receiver ring. Breechblock and operating lever retain most of their dark case hardening color, as does buttplate, which is silvered and freckled at heel. Stocks retain nearly all their orig finish, with some light marks. Bore is good, dark in grooves. Scope tube is browning, optics a bit clouded. 4-44526 MGM348 (1,500-2,000)

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2107

WINCHESTER LOW WALL MODEL 1885. SN 4379. Cal. 22. 28″ Number 1, tapered octa bbl with early style case hardened action with high breechblock, plain trigger, and crescent butt. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. Copy of factory letter confirming specs for this rifle, which was shipped Sept 15, 1886. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains most of its orig blue, silvering and browning overall. Action retains a considerable amount of its orig case hardening color, turning freckled brown. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with numerous light marks, and a few heavy. Bore is good, but frosted throughout. Rear sight is missing. XL is stamped at rear of bbl behind caliber, and on bottom. 4-44676 MGM346 (500-700)

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2108

CASE HARDENED ANTIQUE WINCHESTER MODEL 90. SN 19671. Cal. 22 WRF. Standard configuration with 24 3/8″ oct bbl marked with Winchester info and cal on top flat, has standard dovetailed rear and ivory bead Lyman front, sights. Case hardened takedown action is fitted with Lyman tang sight. SN is on bottom tang. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl retains 90% orig blue, browning a bit, with slight edge silvering. Action retains 90% orig vivid case hardening color, silvered on bottom of action, trigger guard, and bottom tang, thinning a bit on right side, with some slight spotting. Buttplate retains a considerable amount of its orig case hardening color, mostly silver to gray with some spotting. Stocks have a few minor marks. Tang sight retains nearly all of its blue, slightly flaked at rear. Bore is very fine, shiny, with some minor pits. 4-44756 MGM326 (3,000-4,000)

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2109

*WINCHESTER MODEL 90 CASE HARDENED ACTION. SN 71715. (1899) Cal. 22 WRF. Standard configuration. 24″ bbl is fitted with screwed-on screw elevation adjustable. Case hardened takedown action is marked “WINCHESTER Model 1890” with patent information on top tang. Bottom tang has SN. PROVENANCE: Cody Firearms Museum research letter, stating that this rifle was received in the warehouse on Sept 5 1899, shipped on Sept 9. Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Blued parts retain nearly all of their blue, with a few areas of cleaning of bbl toward muzzle, some slight edge wear, some flaking of magazine tube holders and breech block. Action retains 85 – 90% orig case hardening color, browned on tangs, thinned and freckled on bottom and trigger guard, a few bright marks on right side. Buttplate retains a considerable amount of its darkened case hardening color, browned considerably at heel. Stocks retain most of their orig finish, thinning at grip and on comb, with some minor dents, mostly on right side of buttstock. Bore is strong, bright and shiny, with a few minor pits. 4-44754 MGM327 (2,500-3,500)

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2110

*WINCHESTER MODEL 90 CASE HARDENED ACTION. SN 72632. Cal. 22 Short. Standard configuration takedown with 24 3/8″ oct bbl, with screwed-on sheet metal sight with elevation screw. Standard markings on bbl and action tang. SN on bottom tang. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl and breechblock retain 90 – 95% orig blue, slightly silvered on high edges, with a few minor marks. Magazine retaining bands are slightly flaked and browned. Action retains 90% + orig case hardening color, thinned a bit on right side, silvered slightly on bottom. Rear of top tang is browned. Bottom tang and trigger guard are freckled. Buttplate retains 80% of its color, with some freckling. Stocks retain 95% orig varnish, with numerous minor marks, and three or 4 small deeper dents. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny. 4-44752 MGM329 (1,500-2,000)

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2111

*WINCHESTER MODEL 90 CASE HARDENED ACTION. SN 68346. Cal. 22 Short. Standard configuration with 24″ oct bbl marked with cal at breech, fitted with screwed-on sight. Case hardened takedown action has Lyman sight fitted on tang, and SN on grip. Buttstock is nicely fiddle figured. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Blued parts retain 80% orig finish, somewhat browned and with considerable edge wear. Magazine retaining bands are mostly brown. Action retains most of its case hardening color, considerably frosted on sides, brown on receiver ring, tangs, and front of action. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with a considerable amount of marks. dings, and scratches. Forend is quite dark and oil soaked. Bore is dark. 4-44755 MGM328 (700-800)

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2112

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1890. SN 781725. Cal. 22 LR. Standard late production takedown, blued finish. 24″ Oct bbl marked with Winchester information on upper left flat of bbl and “- MODEL 90. – .22 LONG RIFLE”. “WINCHESTER TRADEMARK MADE IN USA” is on top tang. SN is on bottom tang and front of action. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent, near new. Metal parts with only a few very minor marks through blue. Stocks are pristine. Crescent buttplate is silvered, and slightly flaked at toe and heel. Bore is excellent. 4-44748 MGM325 (2,500-3,500)

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2113

WINCHESTER MODEL 90 TAKEDOWN CASE HARDENED ACTION. SN 25898. Cal. 22 Long. Standard configuration with 24 3/8″ oct bbl fitted with buckhorn rear sight dovetailed through, marked with Winchester nomenclature and “MOD. 1890 -” on top left flat, “22 LONG” on top left flat at breech, with Winchester proof on top flat. Top tang is marked with Model 90 info. SN is on bottom tang. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good. Newer bbl retains 85% blue, magazine tube is considerably browned. Action retains most of its orig case hardening color. Buttstock retains most of its orig finish with numerous marks and minor dents, forend considerably worn and darkened. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny. A great shooter. 4-44753 MGM330 (400-600)

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2114

*EXCEPTIONALLY FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 61 WITH OCTAGON BARREL, IN ORIGINAL PICTURE BOX. SN 7143. (1935) Cal. 22 Long Rifle. This high condition pre WWII rifle with unusual 24″ oct bbl, is marked with Winchester information on top left flat, and single cal “-22 LONG R. -“. Rifle comes with its orig “Picture” box, numbered to this gun, with all orig packing materials. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Near new, showing only a few minor marks to rust blued finish, mostly on top of receiver. Magazine tube and sides of bbl show some scuffs from working forearm. Buttstock has a few minor marks in its orig finish. Small pre-war forend is unblemished. Bore is mint. 4-44758 MGM333 (4,500-6,000)

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2115

*RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 61 SMOOTH BORE. SN 161944. Cal. 22LR Shot. Standard configuration and all orig with Winchester counter bore (W stamped on muzzle). Bbl is marked “Model 61 – 22 L. Rifle -” “- For Shot Only -“. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining 90% + orig blue, silvered on high edges, with a few marks and scrapes on action. There is some freckling on left side of receiver. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with numerous minor marks, some a bit deep. Finish is beginning to wear through on pistol grip. Bore is excellent. Action is crisp. 4-44750 MGM323 (800-1,500)

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2116

*MODEL 61 WINCHESTER 22 LONG RIFLE ONLY. SN 131563. Cal. 22LR. Standard postwar configuration with rnd bbl, and plain receiver, long forearm. Rear of bbl markings read “MODEL 61 – 22 L. RIFLE -“. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent, near new. Metal finish has only a few very minor marks. Buttplate is silvering on edges. There are a few minor marks in stock. Bore is excellent. 4-44751 MGM324 (1,000-1,500)

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2117

*BRAND SPANKING NEW WINCHESTER MODEL 62 A GALLERY RIFLE IN ORIGINAL BOX. SN 388268. Cal. 22 Short. 23″ Rnd bbl marked “22 SHORT”. Magazine tube has angled feed slot. Blued action has red painted Winchester roll die marking on right side. In its orig SNed box, with packing materials, hang tags, and instruction booklet. Yellow label on outside of box is marked with SN and “SPECIAL”. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: As new, does not appear to have ever been put together, let alone used. Box is excellent, as is exterior label. 4-44757 MGM331 (2,000-2,500)

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2118

*WINCHESTER MODEL 42 SKEET GUN WITH GRADE 5 ENGRAVING. SN 109665. Cal. .410. 3″ Chamber. 26″ Bbl with matted rib has Winchester information on left side of bbl, and is stamped “Skeet”. Rear portion has 1-1/2″ triangle of scroll engraving on each side. Typical blued action is nicely engraved in grade 5 style with large stipple shaded scroll framing vignettes of dogs and game, with a pair of pointers flushing grouse on left side, and setter pointing pair of grouse on right. Initials “EC” (?) (engraver ?) are on trigger guard in front of release button. Unusual marbled American walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14″ over Winchester logo checkered hard rubber buttplate, and features standard point pattern checkering. Matching long forend is of post war style. Wall thickness: .063. Drop at heel: 2-3/8″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. LOP: 14″. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, as complete redone. Metal parts retain essentially all of their custom finish, with only a few light marks on magazine tube from working action. Stocks also appear near new with only one or 2 minor marks. 4-44872 MGM223 (3,000-5,000)

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2119

*WINCHESTER MODEL 63. SN 80883A. Cal. 22 LR. Standard configuration. 23″ Rnd bbl. Styled similarly to the Model 1903 takedown, 10-shot magazine loads through right side of stock. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Essentially as new. Shows little evidence of ever having been fired, with only one or 2 minor marks on buttstock. 4-44859 MGM332 (800-1,200)

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2119A
Revised: 3/11/2012

Additional Information: One of the latches on the box is broken.

WINCHESTER WOODEN CASE FOR MODEL 63. SN NSN. Dovetailed quartered oak trunk case with brass spring latches and nickel-plated brass corners with leather carrying handle, has oval brass plaque on front of lid, stamped “WINCHESTER” “TRADEMARK”. Interior is lined in green felted cloth with partitions. Case contains Winchester instruction booklet for Model 63, and pamphlet of “Ten Commandments of Safety.” PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Wood retains nearly all of what appears to be its orig finish. Brass is toned and freckled. Interior cloth is very fine, as are paper goods. 4-44860 MGM335 (300-500)

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2120

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1894. SN 4400531. (1974) Cal. 30-30 Winchester. Typical late production, with cast internal parts. Nice wood figure on right side of butt. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Retaining 85 – 90% metal and wood finish. Bore is excellent. 4-44422 MGM341 (300-450)

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2121

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 CARBINE. SN 5020925. Cal. 30-30. Standard late production with investment cast parts. Walnut stocks. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Retaining nearly all its orig finish. Action is freckled. Bore is excellent. 4-44424 MGM342 (400-600)

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2121A

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1897 DOUBLE-W CARTRIDGE BOARD. SN 1163. Beautiful cartridge board that measures 49-1/4″ x 31-7/8″ exposed image with a gold jesso inner frame and plain oak outer frame whose overall dimensions are 57-1/2″ wide x 39-1/4″ high. There are 182 cartridges, bullets, shot shells, cap tins, etc. mounted in a very stylized Double-W pattern. Top center of the board has the trademark “WINCHESTER / REPEATING ARMS” in red bordered with gold, below which is the A.B. Frost oval vignette of two hunters and a dead bear with one hunter standing and the other sitting on a log smoking his pipe with their rifles leaning on the log. The board has other advertisings along with the vignettes of a flying mallard drake and a bull moose head. Bottom of the board has the company name & address along with their offices in New York & San Francisco. Back of the board has its orig heavy brown paper covering with orig Winchester label imploring the recipient to “PLEASE HANG IN A PROMINENT PLACE”. It also has the stenciled SN “1163”. There are a few re-wired cartridges with some minor backing paper loss, otherwise the board is absolutely complete & original. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. The board has light finish losses on left end, not affecting cartridges or images; the red printing is moderately faded but still fairly crisp; there are a few freckles of white paint splatters on the board; the vignettes are lightly to moderately faded but still retain strong orig colors; cartridges are all fairly bright with some minor oxidation; paper patches are dark & yellowed. Altogether a fine board. 4-44886 JR507 (14,000-18,000)

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2122

SPECIAL ORDER MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 25783. Cal. 40. Standard grade rifle with rare 28″ heavy oct bbl that measures 15/16″ across the flats, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a Lyman #15 windage adjustable rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered European walnut with straight stock and smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. Left sides of upper & lower tangs are stamped with the matching SN which number is also found inside the buttplate. Although the buttstock is unnumbered there is little doubt that it is orig to this rifle as the type of wood and quality of the buttstock matches the forearm. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 20,000 of these scarce rifles were produced in the period 1881-1892. The Model 1881 was the first repeating rifle to use the longer, much more powerful cartridges such as the 45-70 and preceded the Winchester Model 1886 by five years. As such they were immediately adopted by the pioneers in the Great Westward Expansion and usually saw extensive service on the frontier under harsh & difficult circumstances most often with little or no maintenance and today are seldom found with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig blue with very light sharp edge wear and some scattered spots of pitting; magazine tube retains bright blue in sheltered areas, turned plum on outer radius; receiver retains 75-80% orig blue mixed with fine flaking on sides & top, turned to blue/brown patina on raised front edge, rear edge & top tang; lever & hammer are mostly a dark patina; wood is sound with expected nicks & scratches and overall retains most of its strong orig varnish on buttstock & forearm, showing wear & oil stain on bottom rear of forearm at the carry point. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44869 JR469 (6,000-10,000)

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EXTRAORDINARILY FINE MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 9520. Cal. 45 Gov’t (45-70). Usual configuration with scarce 24″ oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead hunting front sight, 1,000 yard ladder rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with beautiful slab sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. It has standard heavy receiver. Left side of top & bottom tangs are stamped with the matching SN, which number is also found on left front face of the buttstock and inside buttplate. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were approx. 20,000 Model 1881 Marlins produced in the period 1881-1892, of which 2,788 were in 24″ bbl length and only 4,769 were in 45 caliber. Extrapolating the figures based on Flayderman’s numbers above results in a figure of 668 rifles in this caliber and exact configuration making this an extremely rare Marlin. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Overall retains about 99% crisp orig finish with bright blue & brilliant case colors, including those on the forend cap & buttplate; bbl has faint sharp edge wear with a few very light scratches on receiver; outer face of lever is lightly faded; wood is sound with a few light handling & storage, very minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its crisp orig factory finish; the tang stock screw is slightly battered. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired, bolt face retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. 4-44627 JR314 (18,000-27,000)

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 22820. Cal. 40-65. Beautiful deluxe engraved rifle with 30″ heavy oct to rnd bbl, full magazine, ivory bead front sight with broken bead, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman #15 windgage tang sight. Mounted with “B” style checkered English or Italian walnut with serpentine grip cap & smooth shotgun steel buttplate. Left side of top & bottom tangs are marked with the SN as is the buttplate. Buttstock is unmarked but there is no doubt that this is the orig buttstock. Receiver is engraved in modified #2-style with the rnd vignette of a bull moose head on left side and a walking bull moose in a forest scene on right side, surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns. Top & bottom of receiver are engraved to match. Engraving is probably by John Ulrich. According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, in a chart on p. 159, there were only 780 Model 1881 rifles with 30″ bbls and only 1,303 with pistol grip. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig blue with only sharp edge wear; receiver retains strong case colors on sides, moderately faded over the top and turned silver on bottom; hammer also retains strong case colors and the lever moderately to heavily faded case colors; buttplate retains about 50% silvered case colors; stock has a hairline in the wrist on right side at receiver, otherwise wood is sound with usual scattered, light nicks, scratches & dings and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Tang screw & one buttplate screw are battered. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44647 JR428 (20,000-35,000)

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VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1889 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 114243. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Wonderful deluxe ’89 with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine with German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and long, semi-buckhorn rear sight. Top of receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”. Left side of upper tang has matching SN which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside buttplate. Receiver is engraved in style-1 with the rnd vignette of a standing white tail buck in a forest scene on left side with light foliate arabesque patterns fore & aft and stamped circles in the border around the vignette. Right side of frame is engraved in light foliate arabesque patterns with a shell pattern back of the loading gate opening. Side of bolt, top & bottom of frame and top tang are engraved to match with a rosette around the tang screw. Mounted with very nicely figured burl & shell grain American walnut with Grade B checkering, a serpentine grip cap and crescent buttplate. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were a total of 55,072 Model 1889 rifles produced in the period 1889-1899. Of that total there were 18,635 produced in 38-40 caliber and only 2,268 with 28″ bbls. Extrapolating the numbers shows that about 767 rifles in caliber 38-40 had 28″ bbls. Very few of those had deluxe wood and extremely few were engraved, making this an extremely rare rifle. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl, magazine tube & forend cap retain about 99% crisp, orig factory blue; receiver, lever & hammer retain virtually all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant on sides and top of receiver, slightly faded on bottom at carry point and outer face of lever; buttplate retains most of its orig case colors turned silvery; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its brilliant factory varnish finish; checkering shows very light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-44640 JR316 (18,000-30,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE MARLIN MODEL 1889 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 48560. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Wonderful deluxe special order rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, 2/3 magazine, ivory bead front sight with unusual folding rear sight that has an ivory horizontal bead the full width of the folding leaf and a flat top without sighting notch. Caliber marking is over the chamber area and top of receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”. Mounted with very nicely figured, center crotch American walnut with “B” style checkering and straight stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of upper tang, under the wood bears the matching SN. Buttstock has some fill material in top tang channel which has obliterated any number that might have been there. Inside buttplate is numbered “43643”. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching SNs. Bottom of stock has a factory sling swivel with corresponding swivel in forend cap. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were 46,285 Model 1889 rifles manufactured in the period 1889-1899, of which only 3,729 had 26″ bbls which were offered in full oct, rnd and oct to rnd which certainly makes this an extremely rare rifle. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum records request sheet which identifies this rifle as a Model 1889 in 38 caliber with 26″ half oct bbl, shipped 4-15-1891. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, numbers are mismatched on stock as noted above. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% strong, orig factory blue; receiver, lever & hammer retain virtually all of their orig bright factory case colors, slightly faded with the lever fading to silver on outer faces; buttplate retains most of its factory case colors, bright on the toe, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere; stock has a short hairline back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with a very few, very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of its brilliant factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-44634 JR311 (15,000-25,000)

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED & INSCRIBED MARLIN MODEL 1889 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 88987. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Rare ’89 Marlin with very rare 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, combination front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight & Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured, burl & flame grain American walnut with “B” style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of upper tang is stamped with matching SN, which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside buttplate. Receiver is beautifully engraved, probably by John Ulrich, with large oval vignette on the left side, engraved in period script “W.W. Taylor / Sheriff / of La Salle County / Illinois / May 24th 1894”. This panel is surrounded by beautiful foliate arabesque patterns with very fine punch dot background and wavelet borders. Right side is engraved to match with the tiny vignette of a whitetail buck’s head on side of bolt. Lever boss, top & bottom of receiver & top tang are engraved to match. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only 3,729 of the 55,072 Models ’89 produced during the period 1889-99 were made with 26″ bbls. Very few of these were deluxe and extremely few were engraved. This rifle was the property of William W. Taylor (1853-1911)of La Salle, Illinois. Mr. Taylor was born in Chicago on Michigan Ave., the son of descendants of the American Revolution. His father, Edmund Dick Taylor, was a pioneer in the Illinois coal industry and in 1856 came to La Salle County and sank a coal shaft which became the La Salle County Carbon Coal Company, at the time the largest in the U.S. He was also involved in lead mining in Galena, IL. His son William, the owner of this rifle, grew up in the coal industry, was educated in and around Chicago and attended Notre Dame University. In the 1870s he was active in La Salle County politics serving as City Clerk, Alderman, Circuit Clerk and Supervisor of Ottawa, IL. In 1890 he was elected Sheriff of La Salle County, which position he retained until 1894, indicating that this rifle was probably a retirement gift from the Sheriff’s Dept. It was in that year that coal miners in La Salle staged a very violent strike in which Sheriff Taylor was severely beaten and shot four times. In 1883 Mr. Taylor purchased the Clifton Hotel in Ottawa, IL, and owned it until 1905, personally running it until 1901. In 1903 he became the General Superintendent of The Spring Valley Coal Company after which he became the General Manager & Superintendent of Mines for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Company. In Dec. 1911 Mr. Taylor & his wife had traveled to Roundup, Montana, to check on railroad company mining property in that area where he died on Dec. 29, 1911 from blood poisoning. A copy of Mr. Taylor’s obituary and his will, executed in Montana, along with a large volume of other court records, accompanies this rifle. Given the information, as noted above, that Sheriff Taylor was involved in, and was severely injured during the miners’ strike & riot in 1894, and either resigned from or was out of office shortly thereafter, it seems likely that this rifle was either a retirement present or a present of gratitude from the citizens or management of the coal company. PROVENANCE: Ray Saign; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig blue with light muzzle & sharp edge wear with a couple of minor dings on the sharp edges; receiver retains about all of its orig case colors, bright in sheltered areas, stronger on left side; bottom of receiver has smoky case colors; hammer retains strong case colors, faded on left side & top edge; lever retains faded case colors on the sides, turned silver on outer faces; buttplate is a silver/gray patina; wood is sound with a few minor nicks & dings and overall retains about all of its bright, orig, factory piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; may be unfired. 4-44656 JR456 (15,000-25,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1893 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH PLATINUM & GOLD. SN 125369. Cal. 25-36. Fantastic special order deluxe engraved takedown ’93 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, ivory bead front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with highly figured burl American walnut that has C-carved checkering with serpentine grip cap and Marlin hard rubber buttplate. Receiver is engraved by Conrad Ulrich in a custom #10 style with the extra large oval vignette of three dogs attacking a grizzly in a forested mountain scene. Vignette is surrounded by inlaid platinum wire with elaborate, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background and wavelet border. Right side of receiver, bolt, lever boss and top edges of receiver are engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns with wavelet borders. Top flat of receiver is engraved in feather patterns around hand engraved “MARLIN SAFETY”. Bottom of receiver & top tang are engraved to match. Take down ring, forend cap and about 3″ of the exposed bbl flats over chamber area are engraved in light foliate arabesque patterns. Rear & top front edges of receiver are inlaid with platinum wire. Take down ring has a dbl platinum wire inlay. Sides of lever are inlaid with a combination gold & platinum wire inlay also with arrowhead & wavelet borders. Sides of hammer are inlaid with platinum wire and gold flower blossoms with a chip & dot border. Bbl is inlaid with two platinum bands and one gold band over chamber area and again with matching platinum & gold bands at the oct to rnd transition. Left side of top tang under the wood is marked with matching SN which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. This is undoubtedly one of the more elaborate engraved & precious metal inlaid Marlins to ever come to market. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including buttstock. Bbl retains 98-99% strong orig blue finish with only faint sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains about all of its orig blue with a fingerprint size spot of cleaned pitting; receiver retains most of its strong orig case colors, faded on bottom; lever & hammer retain dark case colors; takedown ring & forend cap also retain dark case colors, brighter on takedown ring; wood is sound with a few minor nicks & dings and retains most of its orig factory varnish with a spot of touch-up on left side of buttstock at the buttplate; toe of buttplate has a repaired break through the bottom screw hole and is missing a tiny chip; toe of stock has a repaired chip. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44650 JR318 (20,000-60,000)

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*EXTREMELY RARE INSCRIBED SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED HALF GOLD PLATED MARLIN MODEL 1893 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 288311. Cal. 32-40. Fabulous Model ’93 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine, takedown with Lyman ivory bead front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with beautiful burl & shell grain American walnut with Grade B checkering and pistol grip stock with serpentine grip cap & crescent buttplate. Receiver, lever, buttplate, forend cap and knurled end of the inside magazine tube, along with the magazine bracket are gold plated. Receiver is engraved Grade 2 with the large oval vignette of a running white tail buck on left side and a standing white tail buck vignette on right side. Both sides have light foliate arabesque patterns fore & aft with light border patterns. Sides of lever boss are engraved to match. Side of bolt, sides of takedown ring & forend cap, top & bottom of receiver and top tang also have light foliate arabesque engraving. Exposed five flats of bbl over chamber area also have light foliate arabesque patterns. Bottom of receiver is, most unusually, engraved “Thos. S. Jones”. Left side of top tang, under the wood, has the matching SN which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside buttplate. Screws are also gold plated. Accompanied by a copy of a Marlin Firearms Co. factory letter over the signature of Bill Brophy which identifies this rifle in caliber 32-40 with 26″ half oct bbl, takedown with pistol grip stock and the very rare notation “Engraving #2”, shipped Dec. 4, 1903. This extraordinary rifle is certainly one of only a very few with gold plating. PROVENANCE: Jim OPP Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue with some light surface discoloration; receiver & lever and other gold plated parts retain about 94-95% strong orig gold; hammer retains most of its strong orig case colors and the trigger most of its orig blue; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its strong orig factory varnish; checkering shows light diamond point wear with a couple of spots of mashed diamonds on forearm. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, has been fired but very little. 4-44657 JR317 (15,000-35,000)

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*RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1893 LEVER ACTION TAKEDOWN RIFLE 2-BBL SET. SN 388907. Cal. 32-40 & 25-36. Spectacular & rare Model 1893 with 26″ oct bbls, full magazines with ivory bead front sight on 32-40 bbl & a Beech’s ivory bead combination front sight on 25-36 bbl. Both bbls have semi-buckhorn rear sights & it has a Lyman combination tang sight with large disk. Receiver is wonderfully engraved, by Conrad Ulrich, in #3 pattern which consists of the large vignette of a bull & cow elk in a very detailed woodland scene on left side surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with multiple borders. Right side is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with matching borders. Top side flats & front of receiver have identical borders. Other small parts, including forend caps are engraved to match, and, unusually, a small engraved pattern in center of buttplate. Bottom of receiver, lever boss, forend cap and top tang are engraved to match. Top three flats of bbls over chamber areas have Ulrich’s typical curlicue patterns. Mounted with spectacular marbled & burled American walnut with “F” checkered & carved forearms & pistol grip stock with serpentine grip cap & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. While Model 1893 Marlin takedown rifles are not uncommon, very few were produced as 2-bbl sets, even fewer were made deluxe and extremely few of those were engraved, making this an extremely rare Marlin rifle. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbls & magazine tubes retain 99%+ strong, bright, orig blue with only some minor discoloration on 25-36 bbl. Receiver retains virtually all of its strong, bright, orig case colors with some slight fading overall. Takedown tennons & forend caps retain most of their orig case colors, moderately fading. Lever & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas turning gray on outer edges. Buttplate retains 85-90% strong bright orig blue with wear at heel & toe. Wood is sound on all three pieces with minor handling & use marks with only a tiny nick or two on the 25-36 forearm. Overall, wood retains virtually all of its brilliant orig piano varnish finish. Crisp mechanics, brilliant shiny bores. 4-44655 JR472 (13,000-25,000)

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*EXTREMELY RARE MARLIN MODEL 1893 DELUXE ENGRAVED TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE. SN 288317. Cal. 38-55. Beautiful lightweight little rifle with rare 20″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with Lyman ivory bead front sight and flat top rear sight. Forearm is 6-7/8″ long. Mounted with highly figured, very beautiful, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “F” style checkering on the forearm and serpentine grip stock that has an “M.F.A. Co.” embossed hard rubber buttplate. Bottom of stock & forend cap have factory sling eyes and the toe of the buttstock has a small repair, not affecting the buttplate. Receiver is engraved in style “3” by Conrad Ulrich with the beautiful oval vignette on the left side of a standing bull & cow elk in a forested mountain scene surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with very fine stippled background and multiple borders. Right side of receiver, lever boss, forend cap, takedown ring, top & bottom of receiver and exposed flats over chamber area of bbl are also beautifully engraved in foliate arabesque patterns. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter that identifies this rifle as a takedown in cal. 38-55 with 20″ half oct bbl, short magazine & pistol grip engraved #3, shipped Jan. 18, 1904. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% strong orig factory finish with only faint muzzle edge wear; receiver retains brilliant case colors on left side & top, strong & bright on right side and heavily faded on bottom; top tang retains bright case colors; hammer retains strong bright case colors; lever retains bright case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, fading on outer faces; wood, with the repair on stock toe, is otherwise sound and retains about all of a fine professionally restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44629 JR468 (20,000-30,000)

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*RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1893 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 294769. Cal. 32-40. Beautiful deluxe Marlin with rare 30″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with “A” style checkered straight grain American walnut with serpentine pistol grip stock and “M.F.A. Co.” embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left top flat of bbl is marked “SPECIAL SMOKELESS STEEL” with caliber marking over chamber area and “MARLIN SAFETY” on top of receiver. Receiver is nicely engraved in style “1” by Conrad Ulrich with the small vignette of a standing whitetail buck in a forest scene surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns on the left side. Right side of receiver, lever boss, top & bottom of receiver and top tang are all lightly engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns. Left side of the upper tang, under the wood, is stamped with the matching SN which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Top tang screw is somewhat battered. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig factory blue with only faint muzzle & sharp edge wear; rear sight is a replacement; receiver retains strong, bright case colors on sides, fading toward the front; top of receiver also retains bright case colors fading toward the front and the bottom retains case colors in sheltered areas, turned silver over carry point; top & bottom tangs retain strong case colors; lever retains bright case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, faded to silver on outer faces; hammer retains faded case colors on sides, strong & bright on rear edge, turned silver over the top; wood is sound showing light diamond point wear with a few minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44638 JR451 (15,000-20,000)

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*MARLIN MODEL 1893 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 264538. Cal. 30-30. Standard grade takedown rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent steel buttplate. Stock has a repaired crack in the toe. Most of the standard grade rifles of this era were simply tools and usually saw hard service, frequently with little or no maintenance and are seldom found today with high orig finish which this one does have. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% crisp orig finish with faint sharp edge wear at the muzzle; receiver & takedown ring retain just about all of their brilliant orig case colors, lightly faded at the carry point on the bottom; hammer retains about all of its brilliant case colors; lever retains brilliant case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, turned silver on the loop; buttplate retains about all of its moderately faded case colors; buttstock, with its repaired crack, retains about all of a fine professionally restored finish with a few minor nicks; forearm has a small bruise with some nicks & dings at the bottom rear edge from a careless person trying to hammer open the takedown lever and otherwise retains about all of its strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44635 (5,000-9,000)

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RARE MARLIN MODEL 1894 SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVED TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 135301. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Fine Model 94 with 28″ oct bbl, takedown, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and long, semi-buckhorn rear sight. Top of receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY” and the top tang “MODEL 1894”. Mounted with very nicely figured straight grain American walnut with “A” style checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with serpentine grip cap and crescent buttplate. Left side of the upper tang, under the wood, is stamped with matching SN. Buttstock has the number “139523” in the top tang channel which number is also inside the buttplate. Receiver is very nicely engraved in Grade 2 patterns consisting of the oval vignette of a running white tail buck on left side and a standing doe on right side with light foliate arabesque patterns fore & aft with a variety of border patterns. Side of bolt, top & bottom of receiver, top tang, sides of the takedown ring and forend cap are engraved to match. Exposed five flats of bbl over chamber area are also lightly engraved. Although this rifle was made in large quantities they are seldom encountered engraved or with extra length bbls and generally do not retain high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, numbered parts as reported above. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig factory blue with faint muzzle edge wear and some extremely light sharp edge wear; receiver, takedown ring and lever & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas on the receiver, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere; outer face of lever and top edge of hammer are mostly faded; wood is sound with a few very minor, very light, scattered nicks & scratches and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44637 JR315 (15,000-25,000)

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*SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER MARLIN MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 219309. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with rare 30″ oct bbl, full magazine with German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent steel buttplate. Left side of the upper tang is stamped with the matching SN which number is also found inside the buttplate. According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, there were only 35,948 Model 1894 rifles produced in the period 1894-1906 which encompasses the production period of this rifle. Standard Grade Model 1894s, like most other standard grade rifles of that period, were simple working tools and generally were hard used under adverse conditions usually with limited or no maintenance. To find one of that era with high orig finish is a rarity, especially one with special features shown here. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear and a couple of fine, light scratches; receiver retains about all of its brilliant factory case colors, lightly to moderately faded on bottom at the carry point and on the raised edge of the right & left sides; Hammer retains strong case colors, as does the lever in sheltered areas, lever is mostly faded to silver; buttplate retains strong case colors on tang, moderately faded on the face; wood is sound with a gouge on forearm and a few scattered very light nicks & scratches; buttstock retains about 98% strong orig varnish while the forearm retains most of a restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44631 JR467 (7,500-12,500)

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*MARLIN MODEL ’94 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 433608. Cal. 25-20. Standard grade rifle with 24″ tapered rnd bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. These small bore rifles were generally considered to be less than adequate big game rifles, therefore they were usually relegated to varmint & garden pest guns or small game rifles for ladies & young boys. As such they were simple working tools and most often were inadequately cared for and usually are found showing hard use and little orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, possibly unfired, retaining virtually all of its orig factory finish on the bolt face & loading gate; bbl, magazine tube & forend cap retain virtually all of their brilliant orig factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear on forend cap; receiver retains about 98% brilliant case colors; hammer retains about all of its orig blue and the lever virtually all of its orig dark case colors; buttplate retains 88-90% strong orig blue with wear at the heel & toe; wood is sound with only a very few, scattered light nicks & dings and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44630 JR470 (5,000-8,000)

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*RARE ENGRAVED SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN MARLIN MODEL 1895 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 338228. Cal. 45-90. Wonderful Marlin Model ’95 rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, takedown, with German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with custom checkering which consists of 3/4 coverage 24-line checkering on forearm with a carved fleur-de-lis at bottom front and carved shield shaped panels on each side at the receiver that have 32-line checkering in their centers. Bottom center of forearm checkering has a 3/4″ x 1/2″ uncheckered oval. Buttstock has a 24-line checkered grip area with scalloped bottom edges and a matching uncheckered panel in center on each side with carved shield shaped panels at the receiver that have 32-line checkering in the centers. Above the grip is a sweeping arabesque panel with 32-line checkering. Grip cap is serpentine shaped and it has a smooth semi-crescent steel buttplate. Left side of top tang has the matching SN which number is also in top tang channel of buttstock and inside buttplate. Receiver is engraved in #10 pattern with the custom large oval vignette on left side of a standing bull moose feeding from a downed sapling and a cow moose laying behind him, all in a very detailed forest scene. Right side of receiver has the small vignette of a very detailed running white tail buck in a forest scene, also surrounded by oak leaves & acorns with matching engraving on side of the bolt. Each side of lever boss also has oak leaf engraving. Top edges of receiver are engraved with J-shaped patterns and chip & dot borders on the inside. Top front and bottom front of receiver are engraved in shell patterns with light engraving over the exposed bbl flats. The takedown ring, forend cap and sides of lever & hammer are also lightly engraved. Center face of buttplate has a lightly engraved foliate arabesque panel with a diamond checkered center. This is an exceptional custom ordered rifle. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue with a couple of very minor sharp edge nicks on bbl and slight dulling of the magazine tube blue with three tiny rub spots on left side; receiver, takedown ring, lever & hammer retain virtually all of their orig factory case colors, near brilliant on receiver with crisp bright colors including blues, reds & greens on the top. Sides of lever also have crisp, bright colors; bottom of receiver & takedown ring, at the carry point, are lightly faded as is the top tang and outer face of lever; there are a couple of small chips back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with a few, very light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its crisp orig factory varnish; the 32-line checkering on buttstock shows moderate wear; buttplate retains 85-90% orig blue. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. 4-44649 JR313 (16,000-28,000)

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*RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1895 LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 288167. Cal. 33 WCF. Blue & color case hardened with 22″ tapered rnd bbl, gold bead pedestal mounted front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight with a Marbles close eye relief tang sight. Mounted with nicely figured American walnut with “G” style carved & checkered forearm and pistol grip stock that has serpentine grip cap and Marlin embossed hard rubber buttplate. Takedown locking cam is short type with flush fitting bottom. Left side of top tang, under the wood has the number “288169”. Buttstock has the matching SN “288167” in top tang channel. The tang marking is probably an assembler’s mistake since it is only two numbers off. Receiver is engraved, probably by Conrad Ulrich in style-2 with a running white tail buck being chased by a wolf in a forest scene on left side and a standing bull elk in a mountain scene on right side. Both vignettes have light foliate arabesque patterns front & rear with snake & dot and scalloped borders. Sides of takedown ring and each side of bbl over chamber area, along with other areas of the receiver, are lightly engraved to match. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only about 18,000 Model 1895 rifles produced in the period 1895-1917 in seven different calibers. These rifles were very popular especially in the north woods for big game hunting. They are rarely found with high orig finish. Another deluxe Model 1895 Marlin rifle, not engraved, consecutively serial numbered to this rifle is being sold as the next lot in this auction. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except top tang as noted above. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% crisp, orig factory blue with only faint muzzle edge wear; receiver, lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors on sides and top of receiver with fading at the carry point and on takedown ring; top edge of hammer & outer face of lever are also faded; wood is sound with a few nicks and a couple of large scratches in the varnish and overall retains most of its orig factory varnish; checkering shows light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44626 JR312 (20,000-35,000)

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*SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN LIGHTWEIGHT MARLIN MODEL 1895 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 288168. Cal. 33 WCF. Beautiful special order rifle with 22″ tapered rnd lightweight bbl, 2/3 magazine, takedown, with gold bead pedestal mounted front sight, slot blank in rear seat (never had a rear sight mounted) and Hepburn receiver sight with folding peep. Mounted with very nicely figured flame grain American walnut with “D” style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip buttstock that has a “MFA CO” hard rubber buttplate. Left side of upper tang, under the wood, is stamped with matching SN which is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Bottom of buttstock & forend cap have after-market, Griffin & Howe style sling swivel studs. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only about 18,000 of these big frame Marlins produced in the period 1895-1917 in seven different calibers and a variety of configurations. The lightweight rifle was not introduced until about 1912 and then manufactured only until the end of production in 1917. By the time this rifle was produced most Marlin rifles were manufactured with blued receivers and color case hardening was special order. Another Marlin Model 1895 (factory engraved) consecutively serial numbered to this rifle is being sold elsewhere in this auction. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% strong orig factory blue with one small spot of pinprick rust on magazine tube; forend cap retains most of its orig blue with some freckles of light rust; receiver retains most of its brilliant orig factory case colors with some light fading on left side and bottom areas; hammer retains strong case colors as does the lever on sides, lightly to moderately faded, turned silver on the loop; takedown ring retains about all of its orig case colors, moderately faded; wood is sound with nicks & scratches on buttstock and heat crazing on buttstock finish, otherwise wood is sound showing light diamond point wear on checkering and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44625 JR424 (9,000-18,000)

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*VERY RARE DELUXE FACTORY ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 97 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 427225. Cal. 22. Extraordinarily rare little Marlin with 24″ tapered oct bbl, full magazine, Marbles #2 ivory bead front sight, a replacement folding rear sight and Hepburn combination receiver sight. Top tang is mounted with a Lyman combination sight with large disc. Wood is very highly figured, shell & flame grain American walnut with elaborately checkered & carved forearm & serpentine grip buttstock with “M.F.A. Co.” hard rubber buttplate. Checkering on the stock & forearm is 32 lines per inch with carved fleur-de-lis on the sides with a circle in the center. Grip area has a carved ribbon along with extended checkering toward the comb. Receiver is wonderfully engraved by Conrad Ulrich with large semi-relief vignettes of the “Monarch of the Dell”, a standing bull elk in a mountain scene on left side and a grizzly bear with freshly killed calf on right side, all surrounded by wonderful foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Side of bolt, top & bottom of receiver, sides of lever & hammer are engraved to match. Bottom of the serpentine grip is stamped “PERET”. This rifle probably belonged to noted trick shooter & big game hunter, Gus Peret, who shot professionally for the Remington & Peters Cartridge Companies. Left side of upper tang, under the wood, is stamped with the last three digits of SN “225” and the top tang channel of buttstock is stamped with entire matching SN & “JJ”. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig factory blue; receiver retains most of its orig case hardening with strong, bright colors in sheltered areas, primarily on left side with silvered case hardening on top & bottom; hammer & lever retain smoky case colors turned silver on the outer faces of the lever; wood is sound with a very few, very light nicks & scratches and overall retains about all of its crisp, orig varnish finish; checkering shows light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44646 JR452 (17,500-27,500)

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*RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1897 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 208100. Cal. 22. Beautiful deluxe 1897 with 24″ tapered oct to rnd bbl with 2/3 magazine, Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight with large disc. Mounted with beautiful flame & shell grain American walnut with “B” style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock that has “M.F.A. Co.” embossed hard rubber buttplate. Round top receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”. Receiver is engraved by Conrad Ulrich in style “1”, which consists of the round vignette of a whitetail buck in a forest scene surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns and wavelet borders. Right side is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with identical borders and top & bottom of receiver are engraved to match. Buttstock has a repair on the toe which did not affect the buttplate. Left side of top tang, under the wood is stamped with the last three digits of the matching SN and the top tang channel of buttstock has the assembly/serial number “0212007”, apparently a factory replacement buttstock. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. All the metal retains a factory quality restored finish, probably by Doug Turnbull; wood is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44645 JR453 (6,000-10,000)

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*FINE MARLIN MODEL 1897 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 239720. Cal. 22. Standard grade 1897 with 24″ tapered oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Round top receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, “B” style checkered American walnut with straight stock and “Marlin” hard rubber buttplate that is probably an old replacement. Left side of upper tang, under the wood, is stamped with last three digits of SN. Top tang channel of buttstock is stamped with assembly number “0239”. Standard grade Model 1897s are rarely found with high orig finish as they were generally considered to be simply working tools and were subjected to hard service with limited maintenance and are almost never found with bright bores. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear; receiver retains about all of its orig case colors, lightly faded on sides & top, moderately to heavily faded on bottom & on lever; hammer retains faded case colors; wood is sound with a very few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44628 JR454 (1,500-2,500)

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*HIGH CONDITION MARLIN MODEL 93 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 2268. (ca 1907) Cal. 30-30. Exceptionally clean standard carbine retains all orig factory features, the only exception being that it bears London proofs on bbl and left side of action; stock has “bull’s eye” on toe line. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent, with only a very few minor marks on bbl and magazine tube. Bbl bands are slightly silvered. Action retains 90% + orig case hardening color, and considerable amount of orig varnish. There are some marks on blue of loading gate, and wipe marks in blue on right side of hammer. Buttplate retains perhaps 90% of its blue, with some silvering and freckling on heel. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig varnish, slightly alligatored and with a few minor marks. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny throughout. 4-44661 MGM354 (3,000-5,000)

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2144
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*MARLIN MODEL 93 TRAPPERS CARBINE. SN 570. (ca 1906) Cal. 30-30. 16″ Rnd bbl with carbine sights. Case hardened action. SN on bottom tang. Top tang fitted with Marbles sight with large aperture. American walnut buttstock with S-shaped steel plate has “bull’s eye” in stock. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains over 90% blue, thinning in front of rear sight from hand wear. Action retains most of its case hardening color, with considerable freckling and silvering. Stocks retain most of what appear to be their orig finish, grain raised, with a number of minor marks. Excellent, bright bore. 4-44659 MGM357 (2,000-3,000)

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*MARLIN MODEL 93 SHORT RIFLE. SN A2440. (ca 1940 ?) Cal. 30-30. 20″ Tapered oct bbl with standard rear side with wide V-notch, and long German silver blade front. Case hardened action. Curved steel buttplate. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl retains 90% + orig blue, silvered on high edges. Action retains nearly all of its dark case color, with considerable amount of orig varnish. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig finish. Bore is excellent. 4-44662 MGM355 (1,000-1,500)

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2146
Revised: 3/1/2012

Additional Information: Serial # is 4622 marked inside tang with matching numbered stock and buttplate.

*RARE SPECIAL ORDER FACTORY ENGRAVED DELUXE MARLIN MODEL 20A PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN NONE. Cal. 22. Fine little rifle with special order 24″ oct bbl (standard was 22-1/2″), full magazine, ivory bead front sight and small, screw-adjustable open rear sight. Right top flat of bbl and the receiver are marked with British proofs. Mounted with very nicely figured American walnut with rnd checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate. Receiver is engraved in No. 1 pattern with the vignette of a standing bull elk on left side and foliate arabesque patterns on right side. The Model 20 Marlin was introduced in 1906 and apparently produced into 1922. Few were made as deluxe rifles and very few of those were factory engraved. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 96-97% strong orig blue with light muzzle & sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains about 98% orig blue; receiver has sharp edge wear and some light thinning on bolt & bottom of receiver with dull tangs and overall retains most of its bright factory blue; wood is sound with nicks, dings & scratches in the finish showing moderate to heavy wear on the checkering with stock retaining about 90% orig varnish and forearm about 30%. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-44527 JR427 (2,500-4,000)

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2147
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VERY RARE BULLARD MODEL 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 2681. Cal. 45-85. Large frame deluxe Bullard with 30″ tapered oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead front sight, slot blank in rear seat & Lyman No. 15 windgage tang sight. It is mounted with nicely figured, straight grain, checkered American walnut with serpentine pistol grip stock and crescent steel buttplate. Top left side of receiver is marked with the company name, address & patent number. Receiver ring is marked with caliber number and the SN is on the top tang, back of hammer slot. Bullard rifles are considered today as the smoothest operating and finest lever action rifles ever produced. They utilized a rack & pinion system to operate the bolt which was extremely smooth and strong. A patent was granted to James Bullard in 1881 with production not beginning until about 1883. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 10,000-12,000 of these fine rifles produced by the time they ceased production in 1890. Mr. Bullard, a consummate inventor, was known to have a short attention to business attitude once a product was perfected, then on to something more interesting. He had numerous patents in all sorts of machinery, steam production, steam engines, oil burners and firearms. The Bullard rifle was produced in both large frame & small frame versions along with a musket model and a carbine. Although the design of these rifles was far superior to either the Winchester or Marlin or any other lever action available at that time or since, the stiff competition from Winchester & Marlin, with their advanced manufacturing & distribution systems, ultimately forced the demise of the Bullard rifle with only these few, noted above, ever having been manufactured. Few are found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong, orig factory blue with only light muzzle end & sharp edge wear; receiver, lever, hammer, breech block & buttplate retain virtually all of their brilliant factory case colors with evidence of orig shellac still on the receiver; right side of receiver is lightly faded and bottom edge of receiver is moderately faded; forend cap retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere; stock has a gouge on the comb with a few light nicks & scratches and retains nearly all of its orig bright factory varnish showing moderate wear on the very bottom of the forearm which is the carry point. Mechanics are crisp & smooth, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44537 JR464 (4,000-7,000)

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2148
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RARE DELUXE BULLARD MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 977. Cal. 45 (will accept 45-70). Beautiful deluxe Bullard with 28″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, Sheard-style, heavy, ivory bead front sight, missing the bead, no provision for a rear seat and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured European walnut with 3-panel checkered forearm and hard rubber capped pistol grip buttstock with cheekpiece and an unusual, European-style smooth steel shotgun buttplate with widow-peak tang and a large oval trap. Buttstock, under the trap, is not relieved with a recess. Top left side of receiver has the company name, address & patent number with the caliber marking over the receiver ring and the SN on the top tang back of hammer slot. Top right side of receiver is marked “MODEL 1886”. Although the confirmation of the buttstock is not standard for a Bullard, comparison of the checkering patterns is consistent with that found on other deluxe Bullards. Bullard rifles are considered today as the smoothest operating and finest lever action rifles ever produced. They utilized a rack & pinion system to operate the bolt which was extremely smooth and strong. A patent was granted to James Bullard in 1881 with production not beginning until about 1883. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 10,000-12,000 of these fine rifles produced by the time they ceased production in 1890. Mr. Bullard, a consummate inventor, was known to have a short attention to business attitude once a product was perfected, then on to something more interesting. He had numerous patents in all sorts of machinery, steam production, steam engines, oil burners and firearms. The Bullard rifle was produced in both large frame & small frame versions along with a musket model and a carbine. Although the design of these rifles was far superior to either the Winchester or Marlin or any other lever action available at that time or since, the stiff competition from Winchester & Marlin with their advanced manufacturing & distribution systems ultimately forced the demise of the Bullard rifle with only these few, noted above, ever having been manufactured. Few are found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig finish with a dressed ding on the muzzle, fine sharp edge wear and a few small nicks on the bbl; magazine tube has some light, fine pinprick rust; receiver retains 88-90% glossy orig blue with a few spots of pitting on the top left side and some fine flaking on both sides; lever, hammer & breech block retain bright case colors on sides, turned dark on the outer edges; top tang is also moderately flaked; wood is sound with light nicks, dings & scratches showing light diamond point wear and retains most of its fine orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-44536 JR465 (4,000-7,000)

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2149
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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE BULLARD MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 1823. Cal. 38-45 Bullard. Beautiful deluxe rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, with standard dovetail front sight and a Bullard flat top rear sight with Lyman combination tang sight. Top left side of receiver is marked with the company name, address & patent number with “MODEL 1886” on top right side. Receiver, lever, hammer & forend cap are color case hardened. Mounted with very highly figured, shell grain American walnut with 3-panel checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with hard rubber buttplate that is embossed “BULLARD / REPT’G. ARMS CO” and has a raised embossed turkey gobbler inside a frame of branches. Top tang channel of buttstock is stamped with matching SN. The 38-45 Bullard cartridge was proprietary and also invented by the inventor of the rifle. It was very similar to the 38-55 Winchester cartridge and offered little advantage over its contemporaries. According to the book Bullard Arms, Jamieson, few rifles were chambered in this caliber. Bullard rifles are considered today as the smoothest operating and finest lever action rifles ever produced. They utilized a rack & pinion system to operate the bolt which was extremely smooth and strong. A patent was granted to James Bullard in 1881 with production not beginning until about 1883. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 10,000-12,000 of these fine rifles produced by the time they ceased production in 1890. Mr. Bullard, a consummate inventor, was known to have a short attention to business attitude once a product was perfected, then on to something more interesting. He had numerous patents in all sorts of machinery, steam production, steam engines, oil burners and firearms. The Bullard rifle was produced in both large frame & small frame versions along with a musket model and a carbine. Although the design of these rifles was far superior to either the Winchester or Marlin or any other lever action available at that time or since, the stiff competition from Winchester & Marlin with their advanced manufacturing & distribution systems ultimately forced the demise of the Bullard rifle with only these few, noted above, ever having been manufactured. Few are found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear, a couple of small nicks & a couple of small chemical spots on the bbl; receiver, breech block & forend cap retain virtually all of their brilliant orig case colors, lightly faded on the belly at the carry point; hammer retains lightly faded case colors; lever retains bright case colors on sides and sheltered areas with outer faces fading to silver; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches, some minor crazing and very light diamond point wear on checkering and overall retains about all of its fine orig varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44533 JR466 (4,000-7,000)

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FINE EARLY MODEL 1881 LARGE FRAME BULLARD LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 563. Cal. 45 (will accept a 45-70). Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine with half nickel front sight and Winchester Model 1886, 1,200 yard ladder rear sight. Receiver ring is marked “CAL 45” and the SN is stamped behind the hammer slot on the top tang. Left side of rcvr is marked “BULLARD REPEATING ARMS COMPANY / SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A.” and patent date. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight grip & crescent steel buttplate. Bullard rifles are considered to be the smoothest operating and finest lever action rifles ever produced. They utilized a rack & pinion system to operate the bolt which was extremely smooth and strong. A patent was granted to James Bullard in 1881 with production not beginning until about 1883. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 10,000-12,000 of these fine rifles produced by the time they ceased production in 1890. Mr. Bullard, a consummate inventor, was known to have a short attention to business attitude once a product was perfected, then on to something more interesting. He had numerous patents in all sorts of machinery, steam production, steam engines, oil burners and firearms. The Bullard rifle was produced in both large frame & small frame versions along with a musket model and a carbine. Although the design of these rifles was far superior to either the Winchester or Marlin or any other lever action available at that time or since, the stiff competition from Winchester & Marlin with their advanced manufacturing & distribution systems ultimately forced the demise of the Bullard rifle with only these few, noted above, ever having been manufactured. Few are found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain virtually all of their strong orig factory finish with only the hint of sharp edge wear; forend cap retains about 99% glossy orig blue; receiver & dust cover retain about 98% glossy orig blue with a few tiny nicks and a scratch on the right side; hammer retains strong case colors with the lever showing bright case colors on the sides, moderately faded on outer faces; buttplate shows wear only on heel & toe, retaining about 95% glossy orig blue; wood is sound with a series of small scratches on left side of buttstock and light nicks & scratches elsewhere with some slight dulling on the forearm and overall retains most of its strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44534 JR455 (3,000-5,000)

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2151
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BULLARD LEVER ACTION LARGE FRAME REPEATER. SN 153. Cal. 40 Bullard (Probably 40-90). 26″ One third oct bbl with two-leaf express rear sight, and German silver blade Rock Mountain sight, has full length magazine. Rifle features blued action, case hardened lever and hammer, and crescent butt. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain most of their orig blue, turning brown, with some light flecking. Action retains approx 80% of its orig blue, most loss due to flaking on left side. Magazine lifter is considerably browned from carrying. Lever and hammer retain most of their orig case hardening color. Buttplate retains most of its orig blue, silvered and browned at toe and heel. Stocks retain most of their orig varnish finish, worn through at grip and forend, and darkening, with a considerable number of minor marks and scratches. Left side of action shows some minor dents and some large scratches. Screws show considerable use. Bore is excellent, bright, sharp, and shiny throughout. 4-44535 MGM359 (1,800-3,500)

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STEVENS MODEL 44 IDEAL SINGLE SHOT. SN 8285. Cal. 25-25. 26″ Half round half oct bbl fitted with standard spring buckhorn rear sight, and folding beech front, is stamped with Stevens name and address along with cal at breech end. Case hardened 44 action has Lyman sight mounted on top tang, and SN on bottom. Plain American walnut buttstock has steel crescent buttplate. Correct orig forend has slight Schnabel. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 85% + orig blue, silvered at muzzle and high edges, browning slightly overall. Action retains most of its case hardening color, silvered and freckled toward front. Colors at rear are quite vivid. Operating lever is mostly brown, as is tang sight. Stocks retain most of their orig varnish with numerous minor marks and darkening where finish has rubbed through. Bore has strong rifling, somewhat darkened throughout. 4-44675 MGM334 (400-600)

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*KRIEGHOFF MODEL 32 CROWN GRADE FOUR BARREL SKEET SET WITH CASE. SN 6214. Cal. 12, 20, 28, and .410. 28″ Mono-bloc barrels with raised, ventilated ribs, ivory front and silver mid beads, have gauge inlaid in gold on breech end. Blls are stamped with “H KRIEGHOFF OHG. ULM GERMANY” “MODEL 32”, gauge, and “BOHLER – LAUFSTAHL” on left. Right sides of top bbls are stamped “MADE FOR EUROPA CORPORATION, MIAMI FLORIDA”. Bottoms of mono-blocs are stamped with SN, with “1” “2” and “3” denoting each smaller gauge bbls, and German nitro proofs, along with “KRIEGHOFF ULM” and “VI” (grade). Typical blued Model 32 action is engraved with nearly full coverage medium shaded open scroll framing vignettes of game and canines in woodland settings; relief inlaid setter points a trio of gold inlaid quail on left side; silver inlaid fox is bounding after a gold inlaid pair of flushing ducks on right. Bottom of action with inlaid gold sovereigns’ crown has “Krieghoff Model 32″ inlaid in gold on central device. There is gold wire inlay around perimeter of action. Action features non-automatic safety and gold-plated selective single trigger. Flesh-toned, marbled, and stump figured European walnut full pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/8” over black KICKEEZ pad, and features checkered side panels with matching scallop bordered checkering at grip, and rosewood grip cap with inlaid gold lozenge stamped “J. L. Dockwiller” “Gunsmiths”. Matching full beavertail forend has Krieghoff’s version of a Deeley release. 12 Ga.: Bore diameter: top -.734, bottom -.734. Bore restrictions: Screw chokes. Wall thickness: top-.043, bottom -.043. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 8 lbs. 5 oz. LOP:14-1/8″. 20 Ga: Bore diameter: top -.627, bottom -.623. Bore restrictions: top -.004, bottom -.003. Wall thickness: top-.041, bottom-.046. Weight: 8 lbs. 6 oz. 28 Ga: Bore diameter: top -.550, bottom -.556. Bore restrictions: top -.006, bottom -.006. Wall thickness:top- .054, bottom -,046. Weight: 8 lbs. 6 oz. .410 Ga.: Bore diameter at muzzles: top -.400, bottom-.400. Wall thickness: top-.060, bottom -.058. Weight: 8 lbs. 6 oz. Gun is housed in aluminum Americase, lined in gray cloth with space for receiver and all bbls, and contains black plastic container with two choke tubes marked “cylinder”. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain essentially all of their orig blue, action its blue, with top lever and trigger guard bow slightly silvered. Stocks retain nearly all their orig varnish finish with a few minor marks, and a minor stress crack in buttstock from rear of bottom tang into checkering. Checkering is slightly darkened. Bbl latch shows evidence of repair, and is in need of further repair, as forend will not latch to bbls. Bores are excellent. Ejectors are in time. Triggers work. Case is fine with a few minor marks and scuffs. Interior cloth is fine, some partitions need to be re-glued. Choke tubes are excellent. Only 400 of these high quality sets were produced. 4-44875 MGM254 (12,000-16,000)

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*BROWNING MIDAS GRADE FOUR BARREL SKEET SET WITH CASE. SN 5226S72. (1972) Cal. 12, 20, 28, .410. 26-3/8″ Barrels, all are identical except for caliber, with matted, ventilated ribs, dual ivory beads, and stamped with Browning Utah and Montreal addresses, along with “Made in Belgium”. Typical long tang, flat knob action is engraved with Vrancken inspired large open shaded scroll with gold inlaid vignettes of game; trio of flushing pheasants on left, with trio of mallards erupting from marsh on right. Quail is on bottom. Left side scene is signed “R. Kowalski”, and scroll is signed “J. M. Deprez”. Action features typical Browning gold-plated single trigger. XXX flame figured American walnut pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/4″ over brown Browning open-sided white line skeet pad. Checkering is in typical Midas grade wrap-around style, with extension into buttstock and double line border. Matching one piece beavertail forend has Browning’s typical latch and slide release. Cal. 12 ga: Bore diameter: top .729, bottom -.727. Bore restrictions: top -.008, bottom -.005. Wall thickness: top-.032, bottom -.035. Drop at heel: 2-3/16″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz. LOP:14-1/4″. Cal. 20 ga: Bore diameter: top -.625, bottom -.622. Bore restrictions: top -.007, bottom -.005. Wall thickness: top-.037., bottom -.038. Weight: 7 lbs. 7.7 oz. Cal. 28 ga: Bore diameter: top -.553, bottom -.553. Bore restrictions: top -.011, bottom -.010. Wall thickness: top-.038, bottom -.035. Weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz. Cal..410: Bore diameter at muzzles: top -.402, bottom -.400. Wall thickness: top-.047, bottom -.046. Weight: 7 lbs. 9.6 oz. Browning tan leatherite case is lined with beige fuzzy faux fur, with space for gun and all bbls, and contains a RIG RAG. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain nearly all their orig blue. Action retains nearly all of its blue, silvered on sharp edges. Stocks retain nearly all their orig finish with a few marks. A 1″ x 5/16″ chip is missing from upper left rear portion of forend. Bores are excellent. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. Case is excellent, with a few marks and scuffs. Interior cloth shows compressions and marks from contact with gun and bbls, and is slightly soiled. 4-44873 MGM253 (8,000-13,000)

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*B RIZZINI UPLAND EL2 CASED THREE BARREL SET. SN 31056. Cal. 20 ga with 30″ Bbls/ 20 ga with 28″ Bbls/ .410 with 28″ Bbls. All barrels have matted, ventilated ribs, and are stamped “Rizzini Maicheno BS Made in Italy” and “William Larkin Moore & Co” on either side of mono-bloc. Bottoms of mono-blocs are stamped with proofs, BR logo, and identifying numbers; SN on 30″ bbls, 1095 on 28″ 20 ga bbls, and 1096 on .410 bbls. Each has its own forend, which differ slightly in size and style. Other differences are: 30″ bbls have wide flat trap rib, where the other two have narrow game ribs. 30″ bbls have semi-beavertail type forend, the other two have a field forend. 30″ bbls have 2-3/4″ chambers, the other two have 3″ chambers. Relatively plain case hardened O/U action is fitted with selective single trigger with selector in non-automatic safety slide. Action fence has well done semi-relief stylized oak leaves carving. (Engravers initials “CC” are in front of trigger guard.) Blued top lever is pierced and marked “BR”. “Rizzini” is engraved on each side of action, and bottom of action is inlaid with gold “UPLAND EL2″. Beautifully marbled European walnut semi-pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over checkered wood butt, and features 24 LPI point pattern checkering. Field forends are intricately marbled whereas 30″ bbls forend is somewhat marbled, and fairly light in color with fiddle figure. All are nicely checkered, and have Anson type releases. 30″ Bbls: Bore diameter: top -.621, bottom -.621. Bore restrictions: Screwed chokes. Wall thickness: top-.024, bottom -.035. Drop at heel: 2.0″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 11 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. 20 ga. 28″ Bbls: Bore diameter: top -.625, bottom -.625. Bore restrictions: top -.018, bottom .008. Wall thickness: top-.026, bottom -.028. Drop at heel: 2-3/16″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14-1/2″. 410 Bbls: Bore diameter at muzzles: top -.396, bottom -.404. Wall thickness: top-.046, bottom -.044. Drop at heel: 2-3/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 5 oz. LOP: 14-1/2”. Set comes in maroon Rizzini ABS case with three combination locks. Interior is lined in black and white fine checked cloth, and contains sleeves for each set of bbls, container with extra choke tube and wrench, can of Rizzini spray oil, and stock dismounting tool. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent, showing only limited use. Bbls retain essentially all of their orig black. Ventilated ribs on Field bbls have some small waves. Action retains nearly all of its orig case hardening color with only the smallest bit of thinning on top tang from contact with top lever. Blued trigger guard and top lever show only the slightest of silvering on sharp edges. Stock retains nearly all its orig varnish finish, with a number of minor marks, a zipper scuff, and one or 2 minor chips in finish. Checkering is clean and sharp. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Ejectors are slightly out of time on both 20 ga bbls. Ejectors are in time on .410 bbls. Trigger works. Case is excellent, as are interior cloth and storage bags, along with choke tube. 4-44874 MGM229 (5,000-7,000)

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RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED DELUXE MAPLE STOCKED COLT MEDIUM FRAME LIGHTNING RIFLE. SN 81109. Cal. 38 CLMR (38-40). Blue finish with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver blade Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Top flat of bbl has 2-line Colt address & patent markings and caliber marking over chamber area. Rifle is mounted with beautiful maple wood with checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with checkered cap and crescent steel buttplate. Receiver, dust cover, trigger guard & trigger plate are beautifully engraved with grape vines, leaves & clusters of grapes and has the rampant Colt on left side. Top tang and buttplate tang are engraved to match. Rear of frame opening for the bolt is engraved with a rosette. SN was observed on bottom tang, left side of top tang under the wood, front face of buttstock under the metal and inside the buttplate. Buttplate also has an additional obliterated number. Rifle is made without a safety except the half cock notch in the hammer. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this rifle in 38 caliber, oct bbl, length not listed, blue finish, maple, fancy pistol grip stock and factory engraved, shipped to A.G. Spalding & Bros., Chicago, IL on April 30, 1897 in a 1-gun shipment. The medium frame Lightning was the first pump action rifle produced by Colt and was manufactured in fairly substantial numbers although not nearly so much as the Winchesters of the same era. Lightning rifles are rarely found with deluxe features with engraved examples very rare and maple stocked pieces are exceptionally rare. This rifle is mentioned by SN on p. 351 of Colt Engraving, Wilson, as being one of a group of known rifles engraved by Cuno Helfricht. This exact rifle, identified by SN, is pictured in color on p. 494 of The Colt Engraving Book Volume I, Wilson, with credit to the George S. Lewis, Jr. Collection. PROVENANCE: George S. Lewis, Jr. Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with two or three small spots of cleaned surface rust with the blue commensurately thinned in those areas; magazine tube retains 95-96% strong orig blue with a thinned area on bottom center; receiver retains 95-97% glossy orig blue showing light sharp edge wear; top & bottom tangs are lightly thinned with the bottom tang turning a little plum; hammer retains about all of its strong orig case colors; buttplate is cleaned bare metal; wood is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches with the buttstock having been lightly cleaned; forearm retains most of its orig varnish with the checkering showing light to moderate diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44528 JR332 (25,000-40,000)

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*EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CUNO HELFRICHT ENGRAVED COLT SMALL FRAME LIGHTNING MAGAZINE RIFLE. SN 36389. Cal. 22. Very well known and extremely rare Lightning rifle with 24″ tapered oct bbl, ivory bead hunting front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Top flat of bbl has the 2-line Colt company name & address with patent markings. Top left flat of bbl, over chamber area, has the hand engraved caliber marking. Rifle is mounted with beautiful, deluxe maple stock & forearm with checkered sgl schnable forearm and pistol grip stock with checkered grip cap and rampant Colt hard rubber buttplate. Receiver is, most unusually, engraved with stick, grape vine, leaf & clusters of grape motif with grape vines & leaves over the top & bottom of receiver, trigger bow and both tangs. Rear face of receiver is engraved in a rosette around the bolt opening. SN was observed on bottom tang, left side of top tang under the wood and on front face of the buttstock under the metal. This exact rifle, identified by SN, is pictured in color on p. 495 of The Colt Engraving Book, Wilson, with credit to the George S. Lewis, Jr. Collection. It is also pictured on p. 502 of The Book of Colt Firearms, Wilson, with credit to the Robert Q. Sutherland Collection, at which time it was accompanied by a deerskin carrying case. A similarly engraved rifle with a small bear on right side is pictured on p. 356 of the book Colt Engraving, Wilson. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this rifle with oct bbl, blue finish, fancy pistol grip maple stock, factory engraved, charged to “Account of Lewis C. Grover, President of Colt Company”, delivered to Mr. Cyrus D. Skinner on Dec. 21, 1904 in a 1-gun shipment. PROVENANCE: Cyrus D. Skinner; Robert Q. Sutherland Collection; George S. Lewis, Jr. Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Overall retains 97-98% glossy orig factory blue with only light sharp edge wear; forearm has a hairline from the front tip to the screw hole, otherwise wood is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44530 JR333 (25,000-40,000)

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RARE COLOR CASE HARDENED COLT MEDIUM FRAME LIGHTING PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN 41940. Cal. 38 CLMR (38-40). Beautiful deluxe rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Top of bbl has the 2-line Colt name & address with patent numbers and has the caliber marking on the top left flat over the chamber area, made without safety except the half cock notch & the hammer. Mounted with extremely beautiful, streaky, honey & chocolate French walnut with checkered dbl schnable 2-pc forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate. Bottom of stock has a small rnd German silver plate engraved in period script “S.P. GUION”. SN was observed on bottom tang and inside top tang under the wood, in pencil inside top tang channel of the buttstock and inside buttplate. Receiver, trigger plate & bottom tang are beautifully color case hardened. The medium frame Colt Lightning rifle was produced in fairly large numbers although not so much so in comparison to comparable Winchesters of the same era. Extremely few are known with color case hardened receivers and of those very few have deluxe checkered wood. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain virtually all of their strong, orig, factory blue with one small area of scattered rust on left side of bbl about 4″ from the muzzle, otherwise it shows only faint sharp edge wear; receiver, hammer, trigger plate & trigger guard retain just about all of their strong orig case colors, very bright in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere; top tang is fading with some light surface rust; bottom tang is lightly to moderately faded; wood is sound with a few, very light handling & storage nicks & scratches and a couple of small bruises on each side of buttstock and overall retains about all of its brilliant factory finish; buttplate retains about 50% orig blue with the balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. 4-44531 JR334 (15,000-25,000)

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*SCARCE DELUXE COLT SMALL FRAME LIGHTNING PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN 89084. Cal. 22. Late production rifle with 24″ tapered oct bbl, Lyman ivory bead front sight, lead blank in rear seat and a locking Lyman tang sight. Left side of receiver has the rampant Colt roll marking. Mounted with very nicely figured streaky claro walnut with single fluted, 1-pc checkered forearm and checkered serpentine grip buttstock with checkered grip cap and rampant Colt hard rubber buttplate. This rifle was made near the end of production, within the last 1,000 small frame rifles made. They were in production until about 1904. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 98-99% glossy orig factory blue with faint muzzle edge wear, some minor candy striping on frame with very light sharp edge wear and a small area of flaking on right side; wood is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches and overall retains most of its orig factory varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Deluxe small bore Lightning rifles in high orig finish are a great rarity. 4-44529 JR426 (7,500-12,500)

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FINE AINSWORTH INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, POSSIBLY THE FINEST EXTANT. SN 12473. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script address with serifs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Left side of grip has a crisp “OWA” (Orville W. Ainsworth) cartouche. Bottom of bbl, cyl, trigger guard, top of backstrap and bottom left edge of grip have tiny “A” inspector initials. Ejector rod housing is 1st type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Base pin is orig type with dimpled front end; rear end is slightly flattened. This revolver was produced probably in mid to late 1874 during the height of the Indian wars where the majority of martially marked single actions were shipped to various cavalry units serving from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and all the way to Montana. Revolvers from this series of single actions are seldom found with any orig finish, let alone high orig finish such as we have in this revolver. Accompanied by a letter from renowned Colt historian, author & collector, John Kopec, wherein he verifies the absolute & complete originality of this revolver stating that the markings & finish are “found to be totally correct for these early Ainsworth revolvers” and it is “in its factory original condition”. He notes in his letter that a large number of the revolvers from this serial range were issued to the Virginia State Militia who in turn immediately sold them to a dealer in New York named Herman Boker who had the majority of them nickel plated and resold on the civilian market with a few being sold unaltered. Regardless, this is one of the finest Ainsworth inspected Colt Cavalry revolvers extant. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip, probably unfired; bbl retains about 98% strong orig blue with only faint muzzle edge wear and a couple of other minor nicks and retains about all of its orig “feathers” on each side of front sight; ejector housing retains 96-97% strong orig blue with light front edge wear; frame & hammer retain virtually all of their strong orig case colors, brighter in sheltered areas and on the right side; top edge of hammer has turned dark; trigger guard & front strap retain most of the orig factory blue with slight thinning near the toe; backstrap retains most of its strong orig blue with some light candy striping and minor thinning; cyl retains 96-97% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and some thinning on outer diameter; grip is crisp with sharp edges and only a couple of very minor surface nicks and retains about all of its orig oil finish; chambers of cyl & bore retain virtually all of their orig factory blue. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with no evidence of every having been fired. 4-44677 JR201 (125,000-175,000)

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RARE CASEY & JOHNSON DUAL INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 17521. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script address with the correct broken letters in the “t” of “Pt”, in the “O” of “Co” and in the “A” of “HARTFORD”. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and “U.S”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with matching last four digits of SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is numbers “7297”. Left side of grip has a completely legible “APC” (A.P. Casey) inspector initial. Bottom of bbl & trigger guard have tiny “C” (A.P. Casey) inspector initials. The cyl, ejector housing, top of backstrap and right bottom edge of grip have “J” (W.W. Johnson) sub-inspector initials. Ejector housing is 1st type with bull’s eye ejector rod head and base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Many of the cavalry Colts produced in this serial range in Dec. 1874 through March 1875 were issued to the reorganized 7th Cavalry in October 1876, only a few months after the Custer massacre at the Little Big Horn. Given the outstanding condition of this revolver it is likely that it was not one of the 7th Cavalry reissue pieces but probably was issued to a high ranking officer or someone of importance or possibly issued to a state militia. Regardless, it was apparently not subjected to the rigors of Indian War service on the frontier. Accompanied by a 2-page letter from renowned Colt historian, author & collector, John Kopec, who certifies to the authenticity & originality of this revolver with the exception of the replaced cylinder. He notes that the cyl in this revolver bears the number “7297” which he states belonged to cavalry revolver “17297” and it is his opinion that the cylinders were switched during a cleaning exercise. He continues that revolver #17297 was, on Dec. 3, 1900, reconfigured into an artillery revolver and refurbished at that time. He states that this cyl was not submitted for refurbishing because it was installed in this revolver. He further states that this cyl is from the same lot of 1875 revolvers which would preclude the possibility of it having been refitted at a later date. Regardless of the mismatched cyl this is an extraordinarily fine example of an Indian Wars Cavalry Colt and based on overall condition, it may be the best known example. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except cyl as noted. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with strong “feathers” each side of front sight; frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant orig case colors with a tiny wear spot on left recoil shield and case colors turned slightly dark on the hammer; trigger guard retains most of its orig blue with some candy striping on trigger bow & frontstrap and a light scratch on front flat of trigger guard; backstrap retains virtually all of its strong orig blue with some minor candy striping and light wear on heel; ejector housing retains 96-97% strong orig blue; cyl retains 96-97% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and a light cyl line; grip is sound with a few nicks & scratches showing light to moderate edge wear and retains most of its orig finish with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired; bore & chambers of cyl retain virtually all of their orig factory blue. 4-44678 JR346 (50,000-100,000)

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SCARCE INDIAN WARS COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 31793. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and scarce 1-line address without dashes (hyphens) at each end and with a period behind the “O” in “Co”. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Left side of grip has a crisp “DAL” (Lt. David A. Lyle) inspector cartouche below the date “1876”. Right side has a legible “JTC” (John T. Cleveland) sub-inspector cartouche. Bottom right edge of grip has the “JTC” initials which are also found on bottom of bbl and on cylinder. Bottom of frame has “L.D” (Lewis Draper) sub-inspector initials. Ejector housing is 2nd type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Last four digits of matching SN are found on bottom of bbl under ejector housing and on cylinder. This revolver was manufactured in Dec. 1876 during the height of the Indian Wars. Cavalry revolvers manufactured & issued during this period are rarely found with high orig finish and orig configuration as most of them saw hard frontier service under harsh conditions. Also, most of them were recalled in the 1890s and early 20th century and converted to artillery configuration with 5-1/2″ bbls. That this revolver remains in orig configuration with high orig finish attests to the fact that it was either issued to a high ranking officer or other official and saw little use or remained in a state militia armory until sold as surplus. Accompanied by a 2-page letter from renowned Colt historian, author & collector, John Kopec, attesting to the authenticity & originality of this revolver and verifying most of the above information. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with muzzle edge wear and holster thinning on left side; bbl retains strong “feathers” on each side of front sight and ejector housing stud; right side of bbl, just forward of ejector housing has about a 1″ long scratch; ejector housing retains about 90% orig blue, strong & bright in gullets, thinned on outer radius; frame retains most of its orig brilliant case colors, thinning to gray on loading gate and very slightly thinned on left recoil shield; hammer retains brilliant case colors on sides & rear edge, moderately faded on top edge; trigger guard retains about all of its strong orig blue including front strap. Backstrap & buttstrap retain bright blue in sheltered areas with body of backstrap & buttstrap candy striped with rust on the heel; cyl retains 75-80% orig blue, strong & bright in flutes, thin on outer diameter with some light spots of surface rust; grip has a chipped right toe with a scrape on right rear side showing light to moderate wear and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44679 JR344 (50,000-80,000)

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EXTRAORDINARY HENRY NETTLETON INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 48867. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and “US”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with matching last four digits of SN in backstrap channel. Left side of grip is stamped with the “JEG” (Capt. John E. Greer) cartouche under the date “1878”. Right grip has the “HN” (Henry Nettleton) sub-inspector cartouche and bottom right edge of grip has the “HN” initials which are also found on bottom of bbl, bottom of frame, trigger guard, top of backstrap, cyl and left side of hammer. Ejector housing is 2nd type with bull’s eye ejector rod head and it has an orig base pin with dimpled ends. This revolver was manufactured in 1878 during the height of the Indian Wars and revolvers of this period are rarely found in orig configuration with high orig finish. They were usually issued to front line cavalry units where they saw hard frontier service under harsh conditions with limited maintenance. Obviously this revolver was not so used and was either issued to a high ranking officer who never carried it or an official who never carried it, or it remained in a state militia armory until sold as surplus. Regardless it escaped the recalls of the 1890s and early 20th century where a large number of cavalry revolvers were converted to artillery configuration with 5-1/2″ bbls. Accompanied by a 2-page letter from renowned Colt historian, author & collector, John Kopec, wherein he certifies the authenticity and originality of this revolver to be “totally correct in all respects” and corroborates most of the above information. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including cyl & grip; bbl retains 96-97% strong, bright, orig, factory blue with only light muzzle edge wear and a small thin spot on left side; it retains strong “feathers” on both sides of front sight and ejector housing stud; frame & hammer retain about all of their exceptionally bright case colors, slightly faded on recoil shield & loading gate and top edge of hammer; trigger guard retains about all of its orig factory blue with a scratch & a couple of candy stripes on frontstrap; backstrap retains about all of its strong orig blue with slight wear on heel; cyl retains about 90-92% strong orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina, with slight sharp edge wear and a light cyl line; ejector housing retains 97-98% strong orig blue; grip is sound with a couple of minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; may have been fired but if so, very little; bore retains most of its orig blue as does the chambers in the cylinder. 4-44680 JR345 (50,000-80,000)

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FINE 1880 COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 55365. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. It has second type ejector housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with crisp “DAL” (Lt. David A. Lyle) cartouche on left side below the date “1880”. Right side has a crisp “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector cartouche. Bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing has last four digits of SN which also appear on the cyl and are found in backstrap channel of grip. Bottom of bbl, bottom of frame, cyl & bottom right edge of grip also have the “DFC” initials. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, with delivery to the U.S. Government Inspector at the Colt plant on April 21, 1880 in a shipment of 150 same type revolvers. Single actions in this serial range are rarely found with high orig finish as in orig configuration. They were produced during the height of the Indian Wars and were generally issued to front line cavalry units where they saw hard & continuous service under adverse conditions. Then in the 1890s and early 20th century a majority of the cavalry revolvers were recalled and altered to artillery length. The fact that this revolver survived the recall with such high orig finish attests to the fact that it was either issued to and remained in a militia unit or belonged to a high ranking officer who rarely carried it. Regardless it is an exceptional example of an Indian Wars Colt Single Action. Accompanied by a 2-page letter from renowned Colt historian, author & collector, John Kopec, wherein he certifies the complete originality of this revolver with the exception of the trigger which he states is a replacement and the ejector spring which is also a replacement. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Overall retains about 98% crisp orig factory finish with strong bright blue on the bbl, ejector housing, cyl & grip frame and brilliant case colors on the frame & hammer; there are some minor pin pricks of rust on left side of bbl near muzzle and some very minor pin prick pitting on very edge of muzzle and on trigger bow; left edge of top strap has some very minor flaking of the case colors; bbl retains strong feathers on each side of the front sight and ejector housing lug with some minor flaking and light wear at the muzzle; ejector housing is lightly thinned on front end, otherwise retains about all of its orig blue; frame & hammer show faint sharp edge wear, otherwise colors are brilliant; grip frame also shows faint sharp edge wear with the beginning of a candy stripe on backstrap; cyl also has light sharp edge wear and a light cyl line and retains virtually all of its orig factory blue on front face and in the chambers; grip is sound with one small nick and two or three tiny bruises on left side, otherwise is near perfect. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore retaining virtually all of its orig factory blue, probably unfired; trigger has light edge wear and retains about all of its orig fire blue. This is one of the finest Lyle inspected cavalry Colts extant. 4-44681 JR204 (60,000-100,000)

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EXCEPTIONAL 1885 COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 114973. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and block letter address. Frame has 3-line patent dates with large “U.S”. There are small initials “EJB” scratched in the finish just above the “U.S”. Mounted with nicely figured oil, finish, 1-pc walnut grip with a crisp “FH” (Capt. Frank Heath) inspector cartouche on left side below the date “1885” and a “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector cartouche on right side. Last four digits of matching SN are in backstrap channel. The “DFC” initials were observed on bottom of bbl, bottom of frame, cyl and bottom left side of grip. Last four digits of SN were also observed on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing and on cyl. Base pin is correct with dimpled ends and the hammer is orig. This revolver was produced under the 9th contract in late 1885. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, delivered to the U.S. Government Inspector at the Colt plant on Sept. 23, 1885 in a shipment of 150 revolvers. While high condition cavalry single actions of this era are not uncommon, it is rare to find one so near pristine that is probably unfired. The fact that this revolver escaped the recalls of the 1890s and early 20th century when so many cavalry Colts were converted to artillery configuration speaks to the probability that it was either issued to a militia unit or belonged to a high ranking officer who never carried it. Also accompanied by a 2-page letter from renowned Colt historian, author & collector, John Kopec certifying the originality of this revolver and confirming most of the above information. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, probably unfired, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 98% glossy orig factory blue with strong feathers on each side of front sight and ejector housing stud; ejector housing retains 97-98% glossy orig blue with light front edge wear; frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant case colors; trigger guard & back strap retain crisp orig blue with some minor candy striping on back strap and slight wear on heel; cyl retains 95-96% orig blue, slightly thinned on outer diameter, strong & bright in flutes with a light cyl line; chambers & face of cyl retain virtually all of the strong, orig factory blue; grip is sound with a few scattered, very minor surface blemishes and retains about all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with virtually all of its orig factory blue. This is an exceptional cavalry single action worthy of the most discerning collector or museum. 4-44685 JR207 (50,000-80,000)

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RARE JOHNSON INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 17579. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-3/8″ bbl, having been slightly amputated with full front sight and 1-line script address with serifs at each end. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip whose backstrap channel is dark stained, obliterating any numbers. However, it appears to be an orig early grip that fits extremely well and is probably orig to this revolver. Bottom of bbl & cyl have last four digits of matching SN. Bottom of bbl, trigger guard, cyl and top of backstrap are all stamped with tiny “J” (W.W. Johnson) sub-inspector initials. Most rare of all is a tiny “J” sub-inspector initial in the left gullet at the tip of the ejector housing which is most unusual to find. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. This revolver was produced in 1875 and falls within a series from which there are known several 7th Cavalry re-issue revolvers, post Little Big Horn issue. Accompanied by a 2-page letter from noted historian & author John Kopec wherein he authenticates this revolver as being all original. At the time of the writing he was unable to examine the grip backstrap channel and made no mention of the short bbl. He did note that it still retains its orig hammer spring without roller groove. Page 43 of Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, lists this revolver by SN as one of the extant “J” inspected pieces. PROVENANCE: West Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Traces of orig finish remain in the very most sheltered areas being mostly a smooth blue/gray patina with scattered spots of fine pitting; frame retains traces of case colors in the front gullets and the hammer retains smoky case colors on the sides; grip is sound with a few nicks & dings showing heavy wear with a hand worn patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-44709 JR218 (6,000-10,000)

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2167

COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 115545. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script letter address with serifs. Left side of frame has 3-line patent date and “U.S.” Bottom of bbl has last 4 digits of SN 9742 under ejector rod housing. Trigger guard SN is 119290 and buttstrap number is 5540 with a small “A” (Orville W. Ainsworth) inspector initial. Bottom of bbl also has a faint “A” inspector initial with 2 different sized “P” proofs. Cyl has the faint number “120908” with a “C” (A.P. Casey) sub-inspector initial. Ejector housing is 1st type but has a machined slot at the rear end as in the 3rd type, however the locator stud is still present which corresponds to this 1st type bbl. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip without backstrap channel number. Grip has a crisp “OCH” (Lt. Odus C. Horney) inspector cartouche under date 1901. Right side has the “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector cartouche. The “RAC” initials also are stamped on bottom left edge of grip. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and a few scattered nicks and scratches. Frame and hammer retain virtually all restored case colors, strong and bright in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere. Trigger guard and backstrap retain strong blue, thin on backstrap with light surface rust. Cyl retains 92-94% glossy blue with a few light surface scratches and cyl line and retains most of its strong blue in the chambers and bore. Ejector housing retains about 95% glossy blue. Grip has tiny chipped toes, showing little to no wear and retains about all of its orig oil finish. Hammer is not solid in half cock, otherwise mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. This is a fine artillery revolver suitable for an advanced collector. 4-44713 JR254 (7,000-12,000)

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2168

COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 4391. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly thinned front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and “U.S.” Bottom of bbl under ejector housing has the last 4 digits of a SN “3202”. Trigger guard has the SN “119873” and the buttstrap numbered “119875”. Ejector housing is 3rd type with bullseye ejector rod head. Mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip that has 4 digits of a SN “1873” in the backstrap channel. Left side of grip has the “OCH” (Lt. Odus C. Horney) inspector cartouche below date 1901. Right side has the “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector cartouche. Bottom left of grip also has the “RAC” initials. Cyl has the 4 digits of SN “3456” and faint “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector initials. According to Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers..A Continuing Study, Copec and Fenn on page 238 shows that this revolver was in the serial range of Colts shipped to Rock Island Arsenal on January 31, 1874 and was probably issued to the 2nd U.S. Cavalry Reg’t. The 2nd Cavalry was a storied and historic unit which was originally stationed in Texas and throughout the Southwest fighting the Southern Indian tribes. They were later transferred into the Rocky Mountain region, Wyoming and Montana, and were with Gen. Crook in the Rosebud fight just before the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The 2nd continued with Gen. Crook to the Little Big Horn Battle Field after the fight where they helped bury the dead and dispose of damaged and discarded arms. It is certainly a possibility, if not a probability, that this revolver frame was with the 2nd Cavalry during this operation. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 96-98% glossy blue with some light flaking; frame retains strong case colors in the front flutes with the balance faded to a medium patina; hammer retains strong colors on sides and rear edge; trigger guard and backstrap retain strong arsenal blue flaking on backstrap and wear at the heel; ejector housing retains about 80% strong blue mixed with flaking; cyl retains 92-93% strong blue mixed with flaking on outer diameter, strong and bright in flutes; chambers of cyl and bore retain most of their strong blue; grip has a chip in the bottom left edge and shows light to moderate wear with light nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig finish; mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore, may be unfired since rebuild. 4-44712 JR255 (8,000-12,000)

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2169

RARE COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 70992. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent date and “U.S.”. It is mounted with 1-pc walnut grip without number in backstrap channel or inspector cartouches but has the “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector initials on bottom left edge. Bbl is equally unusual being a civilian style with cal marking on left side but also has the “RAC” inspector initials on bottom underneath base pin and is without a matching number. Frame has “DFC” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector initials and the cyl has “RAC” initials on rear face. Trigger guard bears the number “133343” and a “K” inspector initial. Backstrap is unmarked and without SN. Additionally it has a welded repair in the heel and has the large Model 1860 size screw in the toe. Ejector housing is 3rd type with half-moon ejector rod head. Base pin is an old replacement without dimpled ends. There is no doubt that this revolver is an authentic rebuild with some rather unusual features. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains 75-80% strong blue with the left side and part of the top a blue brown patina; frame retains strong case colors in sheltered areas, faded elsewhere, altogether with about 60% colors; hammer retains dark case colors, possibly a more modern replacement; trigger guard and backstrap retain blue in sheltered areas with the balance a blue gray patina; grip shows moderate edge wear and retains 75-80% restored varnish; cyl retains about 85% blue, thin on outer diameter, strong in the flutes; hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with a couple spots of light pitting; some of the screws are battered. 4-44716 JR257 (5,000-8,000)

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2170

MARTIALLY MARKED ALTERED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 8462. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with bbl reduced to 5″ with thick replacement front sight and 1-line script letter address with serifs at each end. Top strap has had the sight channel widened, apparently to accommodate this thicker sight. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the 4 digit SN “8842” in the backstrap channel. SN was observed on the side of bbl, partially covered by ejector rod housing, on the frame, trigger guard, buttstrap and cyl. Bbl, trigger guard, top of backstrap and cyl have small “A” (Orville W. Ainsworth) inspector initials. Grip appears to have had the Ainsworth cartouche either worn away or removed. It has 1st type ejector rod housing that has been altered by having the the tip slotted like the later 3rd type. According to Colt Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers..A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, this revolver originated in lot 8 and was shipped on March 14, 1874 in a shipment of 1,000 same type revolvers which were later issued to the 5th, 8th and 9th U.S. Calvary Regiments. The 5th and 9th Cavalry Regiments were primarily in west Texas with the 8th Cavalry at Ft. Union New Mexico. All were involved in fighting the hostile Indians and bandits throughout the Southwest. Accompanied by a Springfield Research Service letter which states that revolver SN 8842, which grip is found on this revolver, was reported as being issued to Company C 8th Cavalry and was reported stolen June 17, 1876, only 8 days prior to the Custer fight at the Little Big Horn. Also accompanied by an unsigned 2-page letter from John Kopec verifying most of the above information. Mr. Kopec notes that at that time the firing pin had been either modified or replaced. It currently has a correct conical shaped firing pin with evidence of the firing pin retainer having been removed and replaced. He also notes that the firing pin hole in the back of the hammer spur had been plugged, which is now open. Also accompanying are 7 pages, copies of a military board of inquiry convened at Ft. Brown Texas on July 31, 1876 to determine responsibility for the loss of the aforementioned 20 revolvers stolen from Company C 8th Cavalry in June 1876. Additionally accompanying is a biography of George W. Chilson, a Civil War veteran who rose through the ranks during the Civil War, re-enlisted after the War and eventually was promoted to Captain and stationed at Ft. Brown Texas. He was apparently responsible for the accountability of the 20 revolvers. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: About good, all matching except grip, as noted. No orig finish remains, being mostly a cleaned gray metal patina with fine surface etching and the remnants of an old re-blue on the bbl and cyl; cyl has scattered fine pitting; grip has a repaired right toe, otherwise it is sound, showing heavy wear and a hand worn patina; hammer is not solid in safety or half-cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong bore with fine pitting. 4-44715 JR264 (4,000-7,000)

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2171

RARE & EXTRAORDINARILY HIGH CONDITION COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER BELIEVED TO BE THE FINEST EXAMPLE EXTANT. SN 145300. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 3″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Bottom of bbl, under base pin, is marked with a tiny “45M”. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 45 with 3″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to D.W. Thrall, address not available on Jan. 12, 1893 in a single gun shipment. Also accompanied by a bill of sale on “Estate of Wm. M. Locke” letterhead dated May 4, 1973 selling this revolver, identified by SN, to famous dealer/collector Knox Baldwin of Nashville, TN. It is listed as Inventory #439. This is a well-known, authenticated Sheriff’s Model that has resided in a number of fine collections before being purchased by Mr. Adams. PROVENANCE: William M. Locke Collection; Knox Baldwin; George L. Lewis Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, all matching except cyl & grips which are unnumbered. Bbl, cyl & grip frame retain about 98-99% glossy orig Colt blue with faint muzzle sharp edge wear and some minor flaking on buttstrap and heel of backstrap; frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig factory case colors, generally brilliant with some fading on top strap, left recoil shield & top edge of hammer; cyl also retains brilliant blue with some minor, light scratches and sharp edge wear with a light cyl line and three spots of wear which appears that it may have slid around in a box or drawer; grips are sound with crisp diamond points, turning chocolate. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; probably unfired. Front face & chambers of cyl and the bore retain about all of their orig factory blue. 4-44687 JR209 (125,000-175,000)

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2172
Revised: 2/28/2012

Additional Information: This beautiful Colt Single Action Revolver is accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identified this revolver in caliber 45 with 4-3/4″ barrel, nickel finish, wood grips, factory engraved, shipped to Hartley and Graham, New York, NY, on 21 August 1886 in a shipment of 12 same type arms.

FINE CUNO HELFRICHT ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 117617. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent date and cal marking on left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with smooth 2-pc pearl grips that are probably factory. Revolver is engraved by master engraver Cuno Helfricht and is about B coverage foliate arabesque patterns on side of frame and sides of bbl with his typical sunburst patterns on the recoil shield and loading gate. Top strap is engraved in snake and dot patterns with starburst on each side of the bbl boss. Ejector boss and base pin boss are engraved in snake and dot patterns. Top of backstrap has a sparse starburst pattern with geometric patterns on the back strap, butt strap and trigger guard. Cyl is engraved with sunburst patterns on lands between flutes and a snake and dot pattern around rear edge. Ejector housing is engraved with snake and dot patterns in the top gullet and outer radius. Base pin and screws are fire blued. Engraved early black powder frame single actions are quite scarce, especially in high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 96-98% strong orig factory nickel with some minor losses around the muzzle and face of cyl and some fine pimpling on the front sides of the frame, otherwise nickel is strong and bright; grips are sound with great fire and color; mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. 4-44696 JR265 (20,000-45,000)

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2173

RARE PINCH FRAME COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 48. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered German silver front sight and 1-line script letter address with serifs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. Mounted with orig 1-pc walnut grip with SN in backstrap channel. Ejector housing is 1st type with bullseye ejector rod head. SN was observed on the bottom of frame, trigger guard, backstrap, rear face of cyl and bottom of bbl. Base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. These early Colt revolvers are somewhat an enigma as there are no Colt records available for authentication. The first few, up to possibly Serial Number 200, were manufactured in cal 44 Russian or 44 American with the majority subsequently converted to the “new” cal 45. The early bbls had 7-groove rifling but Army officials requested and Colt complied by changing the rifling to a more rapid twist and 6-grooves with narrow lands and wide grooves which remained the standard mostly throughout production. The bore in this revolver is the standard 6-grooves. The bbl address has no broken letters, signifying that it was rolled very early in the production before the die failed. Cyl has wide stop notches with tiny approaches, also an extremely early feature. The nickel finish is early style without the modern brighteners that were employed beginning in the late 19th century, indicating that this revolver was nickel plated by either the factory or one of Colt’s jobbers after it was converted from 44 cal. Several of these early Single Actions were sold on the Mexican market through Wexel & DeGress in Mexico City where nickel finish was preferred. Many early Single Actions recovered from Mexico are nickel finished. PROVENANCE: Jonathan Peck Collection; Eric Vaule/John Gangle; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including bbl, cyl and grip; overall retains virtually all of its fine early nickel finish with only some light surface dulling from handling; grip shows heavy edge wear with a few light nicks and scratches and retains about 75% orig varnish; hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; very bright shiny bore. 4-44699 JR274 (20,000-40,000)

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2174

FINE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 112915. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter Hartford address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. Bottom of bbl & cyl have tiny British proofs and it is mounted with rampant Colt/Eagle hard rubber grips. SN was observed in the usual three places, on frame, trigger guard & buttstrap. Trigger guard & buttstrap are also marked with the “mystery” “G” inspector initial. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, shipped to Colt’s London Agency on March 19, 1885 in a shipment of 20 same type firearms. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except cyl & grips which are unnumbered. Bbl & ejector housing retain about 96-98% dark, glossy orig blue with faint muzzle edge wear and some light flaking on bbl; frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, lightly faded; trigger guard & back strap retain dark glossy blue in sheltered areas with the frontstrap a blue/gray patina and the backstrap flaking to a a light patina; cyl retains about 90% orig blue, thinning on outer diameter, bright & strong in the flutes; chambers of cyl retain virtually all of their orig factory blue, as does the bore. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44689 JR195 (30,000-40,000)

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2175
Revised: 3/11/2012

Additional Information: The cylinder may be an old factory refinish.

VERY RARE “CONDEMNED” COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 113835. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. This revolver was produced under the 7th or 8th contracts in the early 1880s and fell within the series inspected by Capt. John E. Greer and sub-inspected by David F. Clark. This revolver has Mr. Clark’s “DFC” initials on bottom of bbl, bottom front of frame & cyl. It also has Capt. Greer’s “G” initial on the trigger guard & buttstrap. In addition there is a “C” stamped just above the “DFC” initials on bottom front of frame. This mark is commensurate with known condemned single actions. Given that this revolver was manufactured in the early 1880s and not shipped until late 1888 indicates that the condemned parts were stored until the completion of the contract when they were removed and assembled into revolvers and sold on the civilian market. This revolver is mounted with a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel and is without inspector cartouches or initials. SN was observed in usual places on frame, trigger guard & buttstrap with last four digits of SN on bottom of bbl under ejector housing and on cylinder. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 45 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish and type of stocks not listed, shipped to Kennedy & Curtis, Philadelphia, PA on Oct. 6, 1888 in a 10-gun shipment. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig factory blue with light muzzle edge wear and a few light nicks & scratches with some very minor flaking; ejector housing retains about 90% glossy orig blue with light front end wear and some light flaking; frame & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere; trigger guard retains strong blue in sheltered areas with a blue/gray frontstrap; backstrap is mostly a blue/gray patina with blue near the top; cyl retains about 95% military blue with some flaking in the flutes; chambers of cyl & bore retain some orig blue; grip is sound with light nicks, dings & scratches, showing moderate edge wear and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44682 JR199 (20,000-35,000)

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2176
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: The last sentence in the description, just before Provenance, states “This revolver is consecutively numbered to another Buntline special being sold in this auction.” This is not true. The consecutively numbered Buntline special is being sold in our next auction.

RARE COLT BUNTLINE SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH SHOULDER STOCK. SN 28807. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 16″ bbl, dovetailed German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and 1-line block letter address. Top strap has a milled recess which contains a Buntline leaf-style sight with sliding aperture. Front of top strap also has a gas relief hole. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. Mounted with a nicely figured, varnished, 1-pc, replacement walnut grip. Frame is 3-screw type with extended hammer screw for the shoulder stock. Accompanied by an orig nickel finish brass skeleton shoulder stock of the correct style for this revolver. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in 45 caliber with 16″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to B. Kittredge Co., Cincinnati, OH on Dec. 1, 1877 in a shipment of four same type guns. According to A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, Graham, Kopec & Moore, this revolver was in one of the two largest shipments of Buntlines with the other shipment of five in March 1880. There are eighteen Buntlines recorded in Colt’s shipping ledgers, ten of which had 16″ bbls and four others whose bbl lengths are not listed. This revolver is identified by SN in the referenced publication as well as in the Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia Volume 2, Cochran, as being orig Buntline revolvers. This revolver was sold through another auction house several years ago and is listed as having come from the Hunter Von Leer Collection. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 99%+ strong custom restored finish, probably by Tom Haas, Sr. with glossy bright blue & brilliant case colors; grip is sound with sharp edges and retains about all of its fine varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Stock is equally fine. 4-44691 JR200 (20,000-35,000)

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2177

BLACK POWDER FRAME COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 135754. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, very slightly altered front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “32” underneath the base pin. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt/Eagle hard rubber grips. SN was observed in the usual three places, on the frame, trigger guard & buttstrap with last two digits of SN on rear face of cylinder. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in 32 caliber with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish and type of grips not listed, shipped to Powell & Clement, Cincinnati, OH on Oct 29, 1890 in a 1-gun shipment. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were 29,812 single actions produced in caliber 32-20 of the approx. 357,800 produced from 1873 to 1940. Only a few of those were produced in 4-3/4″ bbl. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except bbl & grips which are unnumbered. Bbl retains about 70% strong orig blue with holster wear on left side and top near the frame; ejector housing retains 65-70% orig blue, strong in gullets, thin on outer radius; frame & hammer retain strong case colors in sheltered areas with balance faded to silver; trigger guard retains about 50% orig blue with front strap a blue/gray patina; backstrap has blue at the top and on the buttstrap with body of backstrap a blue/gray patina; cyl is an overall blue/gray patina; grips are sound showing light diamond point wear and probably are not orig to this revolver. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-44705 JR215 (4,000-6,000)

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2178

SCARCE EARLY ETCHED COLT PANEL FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 72428. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” on left side. Bottom of bbl has last four digits of SN under ejector rod housing and a tiny “44” just forward of base pin. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and left front web of trigger bow is marked “44 CF”. Mounted with varnished 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Ejector housing is third type with half moon ejector head and base pin is orig type with dimpled ends. Hammer has short knurled panel with single line. SN was observed in usual places on bottom of frame, trigger guard & buttstrap with last four digits of matching number on bbl, cyl & grip. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 44-40 with bbl length & type stocks not listed and blue finish, shipped to J.P. Lower, Denver, CO on Oct. 12, 1881 in a 6-gun shipment. During the time frame that this SAA was shipped, the J.P. Lower Company was the premier firearms dealer & outfitter for the Rocky Mountain region, supplying customers from all walks of life. It is almost beyond doubt that this single action would have been carried on the American frontier during the Indian Wars and outlaw confrontations and it is near miraculous that it has survived with its current orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Bbl retains 85-90% orig blue, lightly thinned with muzzle wear and light but completely legible etched panel; frame retains about all of its orig factory case colors, only slightly thinned on recoil shield, loading gate & top strap, brilliant on sides; hammer also retains brilliant case colors, faded on top edge; trigger guard retains strong orig blue, moderately thinned on front strap; backstrap retains bright blue at the top & on buttstrap with the backstrap being mostly a blue/gray patina; cyl retains 80-85% thinning orig blue, strong & bright in flutes; chambers & face of cyl retain generous amounts of orig blue, having been fired but very little; grip is sound with a chip out of the right edge, showing moderate edge wear and overall retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a couple of spots of pitting and traces of orig blue near muzzle. Altogether an early and hard to find, orig frontier six shooter. 4-44692 JR206 (10,000-20,000)

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RARE VON OPPEN COLT HARTFORD/LONDON SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 15221. Cal. 450 Boxer. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line script letter address with serifs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent date with “45 CAL / B” on left shoulder of trigger guard. Mounted with 1-pc varnished walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Left shoulder of backstrap is stamped with the Von Oppen “C” and tiny Rampant Colt. Bottom of bbl and cyl have tiny British proofs. Bottom of bbl also is marked with last 4 digits of matching SN under ejector housing. Ejector housing is 1st type with bullseye ejector rod head. Last 4 digits of SN are also on cyl. SN was observed on the frame, trigger guard and backstrap. Nickel finish on this revolver has all the attributes of a factory finish and the frame & bbl gauge full dimension, however the bbl address, top line of patent dates on frame and cal marking on trigger guard are slightly thinned with some minor dishing around the screw holes. However the British proofs have raised metal. So if this was renickeled it was during its early period of use. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching including bbl, cyl and grip. Overall retains about all of its fine nickel finish with a couple of spots of pitting under the nickel on the cyl; appears to remain unfired after nickel finish and overall appears to be unfired leading one to speculate that the finish was applied after receipt in England; grip is crisp with sharp edges and one or two, very minor, nicks and retains virtually all of its bright orig varnish; hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. Screws and base pin retain most of their orig fire blue. 4-44700 JR270 (10,000-20,000)

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2180
Revised: 3/9/2012

CORRECTION: Our catalogue states 1150 were produced in caliber 455 Eley. That is incorrect – only 729 were produced.

RARE EARLY COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 9256. Cal. 450 Boxer. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full orig front sight and 1-line script Hartford address with serifs at each end. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL”. Caliber marking would indicate that it is chambered for 45 Colt, however examination of the chambers discloses that it is in fact a short chamber, probably for the 450 Boxer. Mounted with varnished 1-pc walnut grip. Left side of bbl and rear edge of cylinder have tiny British proofs. Serial number was observed in the usual three places, on the frame, trigger guard & butt strap and was additionally observed on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing, on cylinder and in back strap channel of grip. Ejector rod housing is orig first type with a bull’s eye ejector rod head. Hammer spring is the orig item without roller groove. According to the book Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only a very few of these revolvers were produced in the short chambered calibers. There were 1,150 produced in caliber 455 Eley. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip. Overall retains virtually all of its factory orig glossy blue and brilliant case colors with only faint muzzle edge wear and slight thinning of the blue on end of ejector rod housing. There is a small nick on front strap and evidence that the trigger and lock bolt screws have been removed; cylinder has two small flaked spots and a small scrape with a light cylinder line and shows light sharp edge wear, but appears to be unfired, retaining virtually of orig factory blue on cyl face & in chambers; grip has a tiny chip in right lower edge and a couple of small creases in varnish and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Bore retains about all of its orig blue. Revolvers in this condition are very rare and seldom encountered for sale. 4-44695 JR194 (15,000-25,000)

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2181

*COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 231829. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue and color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 2-line address with left side roll-marked “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and Rampant Colt in circle. Mounted with Rampant Colt hard rubber grips, matching numbered inside right grip. Left grip is unnumbered. Cyl and ejector housing are modern replacements. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains most of a fine restored finish with all legends legible; frame retains traces of case colors, being mostly a silver gray patina; hammer retains light case colors on sides and rear edge; trigger guard and backstrap retain blue in sheltered areas, being mostly a blue brown patina; cyl and ejector housing retain about all of their bright, orig factory blue; grips show heavy wear with a crack in right toe and a small compression fraction around the escutcheon inside on the right grip; hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong bore with fine pitting. 4-44726 JR258 (2,500-4,000)

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2182

*SCARCE DUAL CALIBER COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 352376. Cal. 44 Russian and Special. Blue and color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and 1-line block letter address with cal marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt. Mounted with Rampant Colt hard rubber grips, matching numbered inside each grip. SN was observed on bottom of frame and right sides of the front and back straps under the grips. Last 2 digits of matching SN are on rear face of cyl. Only a few Single Actions were produced with the dual caliber marking and are frequently found with long flute cylinder. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including cyl and grips. Bbl and ejector housing retain 97-98% strong, orig factory blue with only very light muzzle edge wear and slight wear on the tip of ejector housing; frame and hammer retain about all of their orig factory case colors, strong and bright in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere, turned silver on top edge of hammer; trigger guard retains about all of its strong, orig factory blue and backstrap about all of its factory blue, lightly to moderately thinned; cyl retains 96-97% strong factory blue with a few light scratches, sharp edge wear and a light cyl line; grips are sound, showing very light diamond point wear, mostly on right side; hammer is not solid in safety or half-cocked notches, otherwise mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore. 4-44723 JR260 (4,000-7,000)

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2183

*RARE COLT LONG FLUTE DUAL CALIBER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 336462. Cal. 44 Russian & Spcl. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips with last four digits of matching SN scratched inside each grip. SN was observed in the usual places, on the frame, trigger guard & buttstrap with last three digits of SN on rear face of cylinder. Cyl is long flute type of which there were only 1,379 such revolvers produced in the period beginning in 1913 between serial ranges 330001 and 331480. The Colt Company being the frugal entity that they were rarely, if ever, threw any surplus or excess part away. In this instance these long flute cylinders are left over from the Model 1878 production which Colt simply cut outside stop notches and approaches and installed them in single actions until they were all used up. The entire lot of these long flute revolvers was spread over six different calibers with the dual caliber marking quite rare. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 44 Russian with 5-1/2″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to William H. Carvor, address unavailable, on July 19, 1917 in a 1-gun shipment. Also accompanied by a 2-page letter from firearms researcher and appraiser W.R. Powell of Roanoke, Texas. Mr. Powell verifies the pertinent information and further states that this revolver is probably a special order item as it falls outside of the normal range of long flute revolvers. In another paragraph he speculates that the person to whom this revolver was shipped as spelled in the Colt record “Carvor” is actually the world famous trick & exhibition shooter “Will Carver”. He states that the 44 Russian caliber was a favored cartridge for accuracy shooters and in fact another almost identical Colt was shipped to world famous fast draw artist & trick shooter, Ed McGivern. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including cyl & grip, probably unfired. Bbl & ejector housing retain virtually all of their strong orig Colt blue with only a faint halo of wear on left side of muzzle and light wear on tip of ejector rod housing; frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere; grip frame retains virtually all of its orig blue with some light thinning at heel and dulling on frontstrap; cyl retains about 90% orig blue with numerous light scratches on outer diameter with brilliant blue in the flutes; grips are crisp with faint diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; chambers of cyl & bore retain about all of their orig factory blue. This revolver has seen substantially more handling than use. 4-44721 JR221 (2,000-7,000)

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2184

*FINE FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 351799. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, altered front sight with 1-line block letter address and cal marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt. SN was observed on the bottom of frame and right side of the front and back straps under the grip. Last 2 digits of matching number is on the rear face of cyl. Mounted with 2-pc fleur de lis carved and checkered silver medallion walnut grips that are original to this revolver. Right rear web of trigger guard appears to have had a small “&” peened over. The small “&” indicates a factory restoration. Accompanied by a Colt Factory Letter identifying this revolver in cal 45 with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish with checkered wood stocks, shipped to John Jovino, New York, New York, on April 18, 1928 in a 1-gun shipment. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered; bbl and ejector housing retain about all of their fine factory blue with only slight muzzle edge wear and slight wear at tip of ejector housing; frame and hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, bright in sheltered areas on frame and sides & rear edge of hammer; trigger guard and backstrap retain about all of their bright factory blue; cyl retains about 94-95% factory blue, slightly thinned on outer diameter, strong and bright in flutes; grips are sound, showing light to moderate wear and retain most of their factory finish; mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore, has been fired but very little. 4-44727 JR279 (4,000-6,000)

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2185

*FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 223119. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue and color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 2-line address with cal marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in circle. Mounted with deluxe silver medallion carved and checkered walnut grips. Single Actions in cal 32-20 with 4-3/4″ bbls are somewhat a rarity. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine; bbl retains about 90-92% glossy orig blue with holster wear around muzzle and a few small spots of discoloration and one small spot of pitting; ejector housing retains about 80% strong orig blue; frame retains strong case colors in sheltered areas, mostly turned silver gray; hammer retains strong case colors on sides and rear edge; trigger guard and backstrap retain blue in sheltered areas with front and back straps a blue gray patina; cyl retains 85-90% orig blue, thinning on outer diameter, strong and bright in flutes; bore retains generous amounts of orig blue; grips have chipped left heel and reduced rear edges, otherwise are sound, showing moderate wear and some oil staining; mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore; has been fired but very little, just handled and carried. 4-44728 JR278 (3,000-5,000)

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2186

COLT BLACK POWDER FRAME SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 156779. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. There is a tiny “41” on bottom of bbl, under base pin. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips with last four digits of matching SN scratched inside each grip. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver, as found, in caliber 38-40 with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed and shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, Missouri, on June 2, 1894 in a 30-gun shipment. Simmons Hardware was a major supplier to the western trade and provided merchandise to dealers and merchants throughout the Rocky Mountain West as well as to individuals heading west. PROVENANCE: West Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except cyl which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains 88-90% strong orig blue with holster wear around muzzle and some light thinning elsewhere; ejector rod housing retains about 65% strong orig blue, mostly in gullets with the outer radius a thin silver blue patina; frame retains about 70% orig case colors somewhat stronger in sheltered areas, turned silver elsewhere; hammer retains bright case colors on sides and rear edge with top edge turned silver; trigger guard & back strap retain dark blue in sheltered areas with the front & backstraps a gray patina; cyl retains 50-60% orig blue, thin on outer diameter, strong in the flutes; grips are sound with light diamond point wear and a couple of mashed diamonds. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-44703 JR219 (3,000-5,000)

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2187

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 294936. Cal. 38 Spcl. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, thick front sight with company name and address on right side and model & cal marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and Rampant Colt in circle. Mounted with modern replacement 2-pc stag grips. Left side of front and back straps, under grip, are marked with the assembly number “149”, which number is also found on the inside of the ejector housing. This indicates that this revolver was factory restored. Cyl and hammer do not have the assembly numbers, which indicates they were replacements at the time of restoration. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine; overall retains about all of its fine factory nickel finish with a couple of small scratches on left side of frame; revolver appears to have been fired, perhaps 1 cyl full; grips are fine; hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore. 4-44729 JR277 (1,500-2,500)

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2188

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 124273. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue and color case hardened with 4-5/8″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 2-line address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent date and left front web of trigger guard has the caliber marking. Mounted with Rampant Colt/Eagle hard rubber grips that are matching numbered to this revolver. Inside the right grip has the hand scratched name “Donald K. Wildasinn” and the date “1947”. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” underneath the base pin. Base pin is without dimpled ends. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. All matching except cyl which is unnumbered; overall retains an old refinish with heavy polishing which has nearly obliterated the patent dates on frame and completely obliterated the left side bbl marking; hammer is polished bright on sides with light pitting; trigger guard and frontstrap retain bright blue with the backstrap and buttstrap a gray patina; cyl is blue gray on the outer diameter with strong blue in flutes; grips are sound and show heavy wear; hammer is not solid in half-cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong bore with fine pitting. 4-44725 JR261 (1,000-2,000)

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2189

RARE 3-PANEL LIGHTED DISPLAY OF THE EVOLUTION & CHANGES IN COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS. Display is built of cherry wood with burlap-type cloth backing. It consists of three panels, two of which are 20″ wide with the center panel 24″ wide and all are about 36″ tall. The board displays all facets of production of all the major pieces & parts and their various changes over the years used in the production of Colt Single Action Army Revolvers from 1873-1940. Each item on the display is numbered with a corresponding numbered caption card which explains what the part is and its sequence in production. The display has a separate detachable 2-pc top in blue & white with the “COLT” logo on one end and the rampant Colt on the other end. This top is titled “A CLOSER LOOK AT THE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY”. The top center of the middle panel is sub-titled “SUBTLE CHANGES IN THE COLT SINGLE ACTION 1873-1940”. Below this header are two typewritten sheets explaining the display. Each end is lighted with a small fluorescent tube. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Display retains most of its orig finish with bright clean parts; the walnut 1-pc grip is orig but somewhat battered and the two hard rubber grips are oxidized. 4-45632 JR506 (3,000-5,000)

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2190

*FINE ARNOLD GRIEBEL ENGRAVED COLT BANKERS SPECIAL DA REVOLVER. SN 320264. Cal. 38 Colt. Blue finish with 2″ bbl, integral half moon front sight with 2-line address on right side and caliber & model on left side. Revolver has beautifully executed full coverage flowing foliate pattern engraving with fine stippled background which extends down backstrap, on frontstrap, trigger bow and front of frame. Cyl is engraved to match on the lands between the flutes with a fine, wide feather pattern around rear edge. Left sideplate is inlaid with gold initials “HMG” and the right rear side of frame is inlaid with a wonderfully detailed raised gold boar’s head. Buttstrap is inscribed “ENGR. BY A. GRIEBEL”. Mounted with smooth 2-pc, after-market ivory grips. Given the deluxe treatment, even to engraved screw heads, and the inlaid initials, it seems likely that this revolver was engraved for one of Mr. Griebel’s family members. Accompanied by a Safariland brown leather holster. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its fine custom blue finish; grips are sound with a light ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44866 JR292 (3,000-5,000)

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2191

*FINE COLT NEW SERVICE DA REVOLVER. SN 314800. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full orig front sight with 2-line address with caliber marking & model on left side. Sideplate is marked with the rampant Colt and has the early style hook cyl release. It is mounted with 2-pc “COLT” embossed, checkered hard rubber grips matching numbered inside both grips. Buttstrap has a factory lanyard loop. Accompanied by an orig, unnumbered & unlabeled hinged lid dark maroon box with usual information panels on inside. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp orig factory finish with a couple of minor, very light scratches on the frame and a series of very fine scratches on the bbl; frame has faint sharp edge wear; grips are crisp with no discernible wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. Box a couple of minor repairs with minor edge losses. 4-46142 JR392 (2,500-4,000)

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2192

SCARCE MARTIALLY MARKED SMITH & WESSON 1ST MODEL SCHOFIELD REVOLVER. SN 2368. Cal. 45 Schofield. Blue finish with 7″ keyhole shaped bbl, pinned, blued front sight with rear sight in bbl latch. Each side of ejector housing has standard markings. Mounted with 2-pc walnut grips that are matching numbered to this revolver. Left grip has a legible inspector’s cartouche over the date “1876”. Front edge of left grip is hand cut with five deep notches that show substantial wear. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 3,000 of these revolvers manufactured in 1875 plus 35 were produced for the civilian market. These revolvers were popular with both the military and civilians for their simple operation and ease of loading & unloading. However, these revolvers remained in service for only a short period of time and were sold as surplus to distributors such as Hartley & Graham and the majority of them had their bbls reduced to 5″ and resold to the Wells Fargo Company. These revolvers were issued to the 4th, 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments and saw service throughout the southwest. The 9th & 10th Cavalry Regiments were the intrepid “Buffalo Soldiers”, black cavalry units. There are numerous instances of these big Smiths being used on both sides of the law including the James & Younger gangs, Marshall Bill Tilghman and numerous others. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including cyl & grips, no further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers; bbl retains 25-30% blue in sheltered areas being mostly a smooth dark brown patina; frame retains 60-70% thin blue with plum brown backstrap & buttstrap and a blue/gray front strap & trigger bow; trigger guard retains case colors on each side of front & back webs; cyl retains 80-85% thin orig blue with one area of pitting; grips are sound showing moderate to heavy wear and retain a handworn patina with moderate battering on the bottom edges. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. 4-44741 JR290 (4,000-6,000)

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2193

RARE CIVILIAN SMITH & WESSON 2ND MODEL SCHOFIELD SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 6637. Cal. 45 Schofield. Blue finish with 7″ bbl, homemade front sight that appears to have been created from a silver coin, with rear sight in the bbl latch. Mounted with smooth 2-pc walnut grips matching numbered to this revolver. SN was observed on buttstrap, rear face of cyl and inside right grip. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only 650 of these revolvers were produced for the civilian market in 1875. They usually saw hard frontier service and are rarely found today with any orig finish and in orig configuration. Accompanied by a Smith & Wesson factory letter which identifies this revolver as found, shipped Oct. 3, 1876 to M.W. Robinson, New York City, Smith & Wesson’s largest distributor. The letter also states that this was one of the first Model 3 Schofield 2nd Models to be shipped to the commercial market. These revolvers were popular with both the military and civilians for their simple operation and ease of loading & unloading. However, these revolvers remained in service for only a short period of time and were sold as surplus to distributors such as Hartley & Graham and the majority of them had their bbls reduced to 5″ and resold to the Wells Fargo Company. There are numerous instances of these big Smiths being used on both sides of the law including the James & Younger gangs, Marshall Bill Tilghman and numerous others. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Overall retains blue in sheltered areas and on sideplate being mostly a blue/gray patina; trigger guard retains dark case colors on each side of the front & back webs; screws are slightly battered; grips are sound showing moderate to heavy wear with a compression fracture inside right grip and overall retain most of an old refinish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-44742 JR289 (3,500-15,000)

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2194

*SCARCE KORNBRATH ENGRAVED REMINGTON ROLLING BLOCK MODEL 1901 TARGET PISTOL. SN 4259. Cal. 22 LR. Spectacular Rudolph Kornbrath engraved target pistol with 10″ oct to rnd bbl, globe front sight and tiny adjustable rear sight in top of frame. Top of bbl near the front sight has the Remington company name & address. Mounted with outstanding 32-line checkered, highly figured American walnut with tiny schnable tip forearm and 1-pc grip that has a large oval pearl buttcap with relief carved bull moose head. Frame has full coverage, extremely fine foliate arabesque patterns with very fine stippled counterpoint areas and a pattern of oak leaves behind the hammer slot. Hammer & breech block pins are engraved with flower blossoms and the screw heads are engraved in foliate patterns. Top three flats of bbl and both side flats are engraved in very fine detailed geometric patterns. Hammer, trigger & breech block have blued edges with jeweled sides. Trigger is also hand checkered. SN is on the left side of the front & back straps under the grip, along with assembly number “4257”. Bottom flat of bbl, under forearm, has the SN “1733” along with the caliber marking. Caliber marking is also on bottom of rnd section just above forearm. While Mr. Kornbrath was fairly prolific with his engraving this is the first Remington handgun engraved by him ever encountered by this cataloger. It is also likely that Mr. Kornbrath carved the grip cap. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains 96-97% strong custom blue with curious wear spots around the muzzle that appear to have been caused by the use of an attachment. Frame & grip frame retain virtually all of their beautiful custom finish with only faint thinning on very sharp edges; grip has a ding in bottom rear edge, otherwise wood is sound with a couple of minor nicks & scratches and retains most all of its fine custom finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44843 JR291 (3,000-5,000)

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2195

EXTREMELY RARE REMINGTON MODEL 1888 NEW MODEL POCKET ARMY SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 460. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 5-3/4″ bbl, re-attached or replaced German silver front sight and 1-line right hand “E. REMINGTON & SONS, ILION. N.Y. U.S.A.” address. It has the usual 6-shot fluted cyl with loading gate in right recoil shield. The ejector housing is scalloped like the successor Model 1890. For many years this model remained unidentified until an obscure 1889 Hartley & Graham catalog was discovered which advertised these revolvers. It is speculated that fewer than 1,000 of these revolvers were produced in the period 1888-1889 as a transition between the Model 1875 and the Model 1890. They apparently were manufactured using modified left over Model 1875 parts when Hartley & Graham purchased Remington and were marketed, according to the referenced catalog, as the “New Model Pocket Army”. The catalog advertises a 5-1/2″ bbl, but according to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms many are found with a 5-3/4″ bbl as found here. Referenced publication also states that most are found with a lanyard loop in the buttstrap and marked with the caliber, neither of which are present on this revolver. Mounted with 2-pc smooth walnut grips that, although no numbers are visible, appear to fit very well and are probably orig to this revolver. An assembly number “37” is found on front of frame, bottom of bbl and top of ejector housing. Accompanied by a fine, red velvet, lined custom oak casing recessed in the bottom for the revolver with a diagonal divider and a cartridge block with holes for 16 cartridges and which contains 9-rds. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Overall retains most of an old re-nickeled finish showing heavy muzzle edge wear with some fine pitting on the frame; hammer spring is a modern replacement; grips have chipped toes and show very heavy wear and retain an old refinish. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with scattered fine pitting. Case is extremely fine. 4-44868 JR394 (3,500-6,500)

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2196

LOT OF TWO MODERN WINCHESTER BULLET BOARDS. 1) Painted tin sign with 18″ x 11-1/4″ exposed surface with vertical image, in a 20″ x 13-1/4″ frame. Top of sign has the Winchester-Western bullets advertisement with the colorful Winchester rider with 61 rifle & handgun bullets, in its orig packing. 2) Rifle bullet board limited edition series #1 on pine board with brass plaque at the bottom. Main board is a reprint from an early Winchester calendar with the center having 60 rifle & pistol bullets with some of the rifle bullets Teflon coated. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: 1) New & unused. 2) Paper backing is moderately faded; board is fine, bullets are fine. 4-44891 JR510 (50-150)

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CAST SILVER OVAL INDIAN PEACE MEDAL. SN NSN. 3-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ cast silver medal has scene depicting transfer of wampum peace belt between American native and colonial gentleman, marked “W. H. Harrison” “Eel Rivey Nation” “Aug 8, 1803” “Vincennes”. Reverse: depicts heraldic American eagle with initials “WK” stamped at top. Medal is suspended by plated steel link chain sewn to old red velvet collar, with gilt tracings on edges. Typewritten old notation at top of collar displayed in oak hinged case with glass front on green felt backing. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Medal has slight tarnish. Old collar with cloth rubbed through. Gilt tracings are parting, with bits missing. Case is fine. 4-44888 MGM361 (250-450)

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2198

RARE BEADED SIOUX INDIAN DEERSKIN HOLSTER. Beautiful holster about 11-1/2″ long x 5″ wide at the top, made from brain tanned deerskin. Body of the holster is of two pieces stitched together on the front & rear edges with the rear edge & toe having long buckskin fringe. Top rear of holster has two long leather thongs with tin cones and dyed red horsehair tassels. Body of holster & flap are very nicely beaded utilizing lazy stitch on thread. The beading consists of primarily white beads with green, yellow, pink, dark blue & red bow tie patterns down the front and on the flap. Edge of flap has widely spaced red beads. Accompanied by a note from consignor who states that this made was by a Yankton Sioux of South Dakota and had been donated in 1951 to a Montana Museum. Also accompanied by a glass topped wooden display case. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Beading appears to be completely intact with no noticeable losses; leather is sound showing moderate wear on the leather on the backside with some soil around the rear edge and beading of the front edge; altogether a fine Sioux ceremonial holster. 4-44887 JR511 (800-1,200)

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2199

LOT OF 3 BROWN MCCLELLAN SADDLES & ONE SET OF EARLY MILITARY BROWN LEATHER SADDLE BAGS. 1) 12″ seat saddle with iron stirrups and leather fenders with ring girth. 2) 12″ seat saddle with iron stirrups, no fenders, complete with girth and saddle straps. 3) 11″ seat saddle with wool girth, bent wood stirrups and tapaderos. Complete with girth straps. 4) Pair of brown leather saddle bags for the McClellan saddle with three straps and brass buckles on each bag; not “US” marked or cartouched, missing its cloth liners. Please note: wooden saddle trees not included. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: 1) A little dry with an open seam on left side of the cantle. 2) Dry & crackled with moderate to heavy soil. 3) Dry with some crackling but fine & serviceable. 4) A little dry but serviceable with fading on one flap & bag, light to moderate soil with some dryness. 4-44878 JR514 (1,000-2,000)

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MARTIALLY MARKED EMERSON & SILVER CAVALRY SABER. Civil War saber with 34″ curved blade with dbl fullers and 3-branch brass handguard. Handle is leather wrapped with twisted brass wire. It has domed oval pommel cap. Left ricasso has the maker’s name & “TRENTON NJ” and the right ricasso is marked “US / C.E.W. / 1865”. Accompanied by an orig iron scabbard with two hanger rings. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good. Blade is complete with several nicks in the edge and light to moderate discoloration; brass handguard & pommel also show nicks & scratches and retains a medium mustard patina; handle shows moderate to heavy wear and retains about half of its orig finish; wire wrap is intact; leather washer is missing; scabbard has a couple of dents on right side toward the tip and retains a dark brown attic patina. 4-44890 JR509 (200-400)

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2200A

RARE ORIGINAL CALIFORNIA HOTEL REGISTER FROM THE 1880S. Large old register of the Trans-Continental Hotel, Colton, California. The book is 16-1/4″ high x about 12-1/2″ wide and 2″ thick with cloth covered front & back and leather covered spine. The hand-written registrations of the names & cities span from Nov. 1st 1882 through Dec. 16, 1884. A quick scan of the registrants disclosed listed cities & states from Maine to California and Montana to Texas and most states in between. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fair. Covers show heavy wear, soil & stains, however spine is intact; pages are yellowed with worn corners and an occasional small tear but no major destruction; undoubtedly a close examination of all the entries would disclose one or more famous people. 4-44889 JR512 (150-250)

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2201

LARGE LOT OF LONG GUN SLEEVES AND CASES. Approximately 100 soft rifle/shotgun sleeves. Lot consists of about 77 soft sleeves and 23 vinyl and cloth zipper cases. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection CONDITION: Generally fine condition. 45633 JR515 (200-300)

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2202

SPECIAL ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOT. This lot consists of twelve past Julia auction firearm catalogs, together with their prices realized list. These catalogs serve as a valuable reference source. We regularly sell our past auction catalogs to collectors and dealers alike for that purpose. Please also note: The entire proceeds of this lot (to include the 15% buyer’s premium), shall be donated to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. St. Jude’s is one of the finest hospitals in North America today for the research and care of children afflicted with cancer. We hope that you will consider competing on this lot, we consider it to be an extremely worthwhile cause and we have dedicated ourselves to include similar lots in every single one of our auctions, the proceeds of which will be donated to St. Jude’s. Thank you for your participation. CONDITION: Very good. 4-87112-1 JDJ2 (300-400)

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2203

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE EARLY HALF-NICKEL MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 641. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Wonderful family documented early Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, rnd top German silver front sight and orig 1st type 1,000 yard Henry ladder rear sight, missing its slide. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut stock that has a perch belly with orig, matching numbered 1st type buttplate with rnd heel & trap. Stock has large compartment for the accompanying orig 4-pc hickory & steel cleaning rod. Receiver, lever, hammer, buttplate & magazine follower have orig nickel finish and receiver has the 2nd sight dovetail in top flat. SN was observed on top flat of bbl between receiver & rear sight, left side of lower tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside top tang of buttplate. All stock & buttplate screws are also matching numbered. Assembly number “62” is found on top of the rnd section of the bbl under the rotating loading sleeve and on the rear face of loading sleeve. This rifle has all the attributes & features of the earliest models plus the lever lock which was standard equipment by the time this rifle was manufactured. Accompanied by a sworn, notarized affidavit from consignor stating that this rifle has been her family since the late 1880s. She states that her great-grandfather, Robert Davidson Smith (1864-1932) left London, Ohio in the mid-1880s and settled on a farm near Dodge City/Ashland, Kansas, where he was shortly joined by his younger brother, James (Jim) and sister, Hattie. Consignor states that she has many letters from her great-grandfather dating to this period postmarked either Dodge City or Ashland. She states that Jim was an accomplished violinist and had a job playing the fiddle in a local saloon that was, reportedly, owned by the sheriff. She continues that after a few years Uncle Jim and her great-grandfather returned to Ohio but before they left, according to family history, the sheriff/saloon owner told Uncle Jim “Come upstairs because I want to give you something.”This Henry rifle was given to Uncle Jim in part payment for his services as a musician and because the sheriff just liked him. Consignor states that she can recall her mother reading her a letter from the 1880s in which her great-grandfather, Robert Davidson Smith, makes specific reference to the Henry rifle acquired by Uncle Jim and that she also has an audio tape from the 1970s wherein her grandfather, Robert V. Smith, discusses the Henry rifle and the circumstances by which his Uncle Jim acquired it. Consignor’s Uncle Jim had no sons, but daughters, and gave this Henry rifle to her grandfather, Robert V. Smith (1894-1978), where it remained until he died in 1978 and possession passed to consignor’s mother, Roberta Ann Smith O’Neill (1922-2008), when the grandparents’ property was divided. When consignor’s mother died in 2008 consignor gained ownership of the rifle. She states that the accompanying canvas case with the hand-written initials “RVS” was from her grandfather when he was a young man. Also accompanying is a copy of a 3-page hand written letter on The Ashland House stationery, Ashland, Kansas, dated April 11, 1887. Also accompanying is a copy of a photograph of a 6-pc band with the seated man in the center holding a fiddle, Uncle Jim. There is another photograph accompanying which features a very rugged landscape with three men in 1880s costume on horseback with two ladies and a child in a buggy, three ladies and another child in the foreground and a large dog. None of the individuals are identified. This extremely rare rifle is made even more rare with the addition of the family history dating to Dodge City, Kansas in the mid-1880s during which time it was still the “wild west”. It is likely that research in the Dodge City/Ashland, Kansas area would disclose additional information regarding the Smith brothers and probably the name of the sheriff who owned the saloon where Uncle Jim was employed. Since the Smith brothers homesteaded near Ashland it is also probable that the homestead records are still available which would further certify the provenance of this rifle. Regardless this is an extremely rare and unusual Henry rifle. PROVENANCE: James Smith & descendents. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain most of their orig factory blue turned slightly dull and plum colored; the rotating loading sleeve has matching finish; receiver, lever, hammer, buttplate & magazine follower retain virtually all of their strong orig nickel finish turned slightly milky; heel & toe of buttplate show light brass color with some minor sharp edge wear on receiver; receiver has crisp sharp edges with a minor ding or two and a couple of light scratches; stock is sound with a few handling & use marks with a small bruise on left side, a few small nicks on right side of wrist and a light gouge on right side at buttplate. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Hickory cleaning rod is orig and has a sliver missing from one section, otherwise appears new. 4-44211 JR321 (75,000-125,000)

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2204

FINE SAMUEL HOGGSON ENGRAVED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 4672. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 24-1/4″ bbl that has integral magazine tube, German silver front sight and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight. Top of bbl has the Henry Patent date and New Haven Arms address. Mounted with very highly figured, uncheckered, straight buttstock with first style silver plated brass buttplate with rnd heel and trap. Buttstock has the large hole to accommodate a hickory cleaning rod. Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel with corresponding sling eye on left side of bbl. SN was observed on the top bbl flat between receiver & rear sight, left side of lower tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Assembly number “520” was observed on top of the rnd portion of the bbl, under the rotating loading sleeve and on rear face of sleeve. Magazine spring appears to be orig with a large tab magazine follower. Receiver is engraved by Samuel Hoggson with the vignette of a buck deer leaping a rail fence on left sideplate surrounded by deep foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background and a heavy zig zag border. Right side of receiver is engraved in matching foliate arabesque patterns. Both front side panels are engraved in Mr. Hoggson’s distinctive flower blossoms, also with heavy zig zag borders. Top flats of receiver, top tang and rear edges of receiver, along with buttplate tang are engraved to match. Left bottom edge of the finger loop on the lever is filed with a series of about ten small notches. While authentic engraved Henry rifles are occasionally encountered, those with highly figured deluxe wood are extremely rare. CONDITION: About fine. Bbl & integral magazine tube retain a dark plum/brown patina with fine pinprick surface pitting; rotating loading sleeve & front sight band retain the same patina as does the rear sight, hammer & lever; receiver retains traces of orig silver plating, mostly on the bottom around the lever & trigger and lower tang; buttplate also retains about 20-25% thin silver plating; buttstock has a long grain check on left side and retains a dark hand worn, oil stained finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-46153 JR499 (30,000-50,000)

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2205

SCARCE MARTIALLY MARKED ENGRAVED MODEL 1860 HENRY RIFLE. SN 3223. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine and German silver front sight with 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight, missing its slide. Receiver & early style buttplate with round heel are gun metal brass. Rifle is mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut buttstock that has a factory swivel in the left side with corresponding sling loop on left side of the bbl. Right side of buttstock has a visible “CGC” (Charles G. Chapman) cartouche and the buttplate has a small “C” on right heel. Right side of the frame is stamped with a small “HC” inspector initial and right bbl flat at the receiver is marked with the “C.G.C / C” inspector initials. SN was observed on top flat of bbl, back of rear sight, on left side of lower tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. The font of the numbers struck in the top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate are substantially different and larger than the SNs on the rifle. It appears that this is an orig Henry stock and buttplate that was renumbered to match this rifle but was done during the period of use before it was engraved. Receiver is very nicely engraved by Lockwood Sanford with distinctive twin heart patterns overlaid with an empty presentation ribbon typical of Mr. Sanford’s work. Left front flat is engraved with a branch with five oak leaves and the right side identically engraved. Right sideplate is engraved with one large oval and two smaller ones also overlaid with a presentation ribbon that has a band in the middle. Engraving is surrounded by light foliate arabesque patterns which extend over the top of receiver & receiver ring, top tang and buttplate tang. Top of bbl under rotating loading sleeve is marked with the assembly number “682”. Rear face of loading sleeve has only a “6” visible with the other two numbers having been obliterated. The two buttplate screws are matching numbered to the rifle while the three tang screws are unnumbered but are orig Henry screws. Magazine spring has a small broken section and has been kinked in a couple of different places and is very difficult to function in the tube. Accompanied by an orig 4-pc hickory & steel cleaning rod. Also accompanied by a 3-page article by Dr. William B. Shugars, III, which appeared in the April 2000 Gun Report. This article deals with the markings of martially marked Henrys and lists this rifle by SN in an updated list. CONDITION: Very Good. Bbl & magazine tube retain most of a cleaned and aged patina with the aforementioned damaged spring. Receiver & buttplate show moderate to heavy edge wear and retain a medium mustard patina. Lever is a smooth even gray aged patina and the hammer retains faded case colors. Buttstock has a couple of stripped holes with a hairline below the bottom tang and usual nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of an old refinish. Mechanics are a little balky, probably just in need of a cleaning, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. Cleaning rod shows pitting on the iron parts with a chip on the jag end and retains a fine old patina. 4-42258 (22,500-32,500)

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MARTIALLY MARKED MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 3041. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral magazine, German silver front sight and fixed rear sight. Receiver has a small screw in the top flat just behind the ejection port which probably serves to keep the extractor in contact with the cartridge rim on extraction. Serial number was observed in the usual place, on top flat of the bbl just forward of the receiver and on the left side of lower tang under the wood. Butt stock and butt plate are fine replacements. Right forward side of the receiver and the adjacent of bbl flat are stamped with military inspector initials, “HH” on the receiver and “C.G.C./H” on the bbl flat. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were 1,731 of these rare rifles purchased by the Union Army. Most were issued to the 3rd Veteran Volunteer Regimen which was assigned picket duty around the capital, seeing very little action. Those veteran volunteers, upon their expiration of term or service were allowed to purchase their rifles and side arms. CONDITION: Good, no original finish remains with the iron being a dark brown patina; sharp edges of the bbl show considerable wear but the bbl address is still distinct and legible. The magazine follower and spring are replacements. The hammer has a large gouge on the left side and retains most of an old refinish. The receiver has been polished with rounded edges and some hammer marks on the carrier and around the carrier opening. It has light scratches and a couple of small dings. The wood is fine and retains most of its custom finish. The lever is a little long and sticks against the lever latch and the lever screw is a replacement. The bore is strong and dark with moderate pitting. The hammer will not hold in the safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. 4-45621 (15,000-25,000)

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE, VERY WELL KNOWN NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 66601. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 20″ bbl, full magazine with integral front band/front sight and early forearm band. Rear sight is 2-leaf, 2-positions graduated 100-300-500 yards. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered, slab-sawed American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap. SN is on outside of bottom tang with last four digits of matching number in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is spectacularly engraved by L.D. Nimschke and, most unusually, signed with his full name in two places, vertically on left side of the receiver just forward of the sideplate and on bottom of receiver in between timing screws. Both signatures have the “N” in Nimschke reversed. Left sideplate is engraved with the famous portrait of a beautiful Spanish lady in great detail with fine shaded background. Right sideplate is engraved with a large oval inscribed “S. COVAS.” The front side flats both have counterpoint empty panels and the entirety of both sides is covered with deep, intertwined, foliate arabesque scrolls that have an unusual diamond shape stamped background instead of the usual round punch dot background. Left forward part of the sideplate has one scroll that terminates in a flower blossom and the right side at the rear has a tiny oval panel and a flower blossom at the terminus of a scroll. Top of receiver is beautifully engraved in foliate & floral patterns with unusual border patterns around top edge. Ejection port is bordered with chip & dot patterns on the sides and feather patterns around rear edge with foliate arabesque patterns around front edge that have a diamond & dot pattern at the top. Hammer slot is bordered by zig zag & dot patterns with a very unusual lion’s or demon’s mask behind the hammer slot. Top tang is engraved with zig zag border and foliate patterns at the tip with a small hunter’s star in the center. Bottom of receiver is engraved with foliate patterns around the timing screws with a very unusual geometric pattern on the carrier. The area behind the trigger is also engraved with a foliate arabesque pattern that has a hunter’s star in the center with chip & dash borders at the tip with foliate arabesque patterns. The front & rear edges of receiver have reeded edges. This rifle also has some unusual markings consisting of a “D / A” on bottom front edge of the receiver, a large capital “D” on the bottom tang forward of SN, a small “FT” back of SN with a tiny “&” (ampersand) by the tiny screw hole. Top of bbl, at the receiver, is stamped with a small “C”. The buttplate tang is engraved with foliate arabesque patterns with chip & dash pattern around entire perimeter. Left side of the top & bottom tangs, under the wood, is stamped with several “practice” patterns of the unusual diamond background as found in the engraving on this rifle. Accompanied by a packet of information including a signed note and receipt over the signature of Charles Bradford to Harold Ball. The note states that Mr. Bradford bought this rifle from Dr. Graves of Canon City, Colorado in about 1937. The receipt is dated June 5, 1962 selling this rifle to Mr. Ball for $700.00. Also accompanying is a letter from Winchester Repeating Arms Co. dated Oct. 11, 1950 to Mr. Bradford giving a brief history of Winchester and stating that no records were available for this SN but asked if their Los Angeles representative could contact him. Additionally accompanying is a Winchester Gun Museum letter to Mrs. Harold Ball advising her that no records are available for this SN. Also accompanying is a copy of p. 24A of the Canon City Daily Record of Feb. 28, 1986 which gives the history of a local hospital which was purchased by Dr. C.H. Graves in 1903 who operated it until the 1930s. Additionally there is a picture of Dr. Herman Graves, presumably Dr. C. Herman Graves who operated the Canon City Hospital until 1936 when he and his wife moved to Denver. He died in California in 1950. Also accompanying is an advertising label that appears to have come from a cigar box with a portrait of a lady that is undoubtedly the source of the image on the left sideplate. This carbine is pictured, both sides on p. 49 of The Book of Winchester Engraving, Wilson, and is identified by SN and states that the Nimschke engraving is circa 1871, with credit to the Gwen & Elmer Taylor Collection. The image of the lady engraved on the carbine is on p. 60 of L.D. Nimschke Firearms Engraver, Wilson, as a smoke pull. This exact carbine is also pictured on p. XXXI of this publication in three views, both sides and the top with credit to Mr. Harold Ball and the notation “Photographs courtesy of Guns & Ammo Magazine“. The lion’s or demon face smoke pull is on p. 16 of the referenced publication with another similar demon face on p. 38 and the left front panel of the receiver is pictured on p. 51. This carbine is also pictured, both sides, on p. 58, in Winchester Engraving, Wilson. The caption states that it is “one of the few pieces known bearing his full signature twice”. Mr. Nimschke’s signature on left side of receiver is completely legible in the bottom photograph and has the reversed “N” as previously mentioned. This carbine has appeared in several other national and international publications. PROVENANCE: Dr. C. Herman Graves Collection; Charles H. Bradford Collection; Harold Ball Collection; Gwen & Elmer Taylor Collection; Doug Beneck Collection; Clarence Parks Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl, magazine tube, bbl bands, lever & hammer retain a smooth even blue/gray patina with strong blue in the sheltered areas; receiver & buttplate, which were never plated retain a dark mustard patina with moderately worn edges and sharp clean engraving; wood is sound with light handling & use nicks, dings & scratches and a minor halo from the saddle ring and retains a wonderful hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with sharp rifling and scattered light to moderate pitting. 4-45033 JR323 (85,000-145,000)

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2208

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 FLATSIDE SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 14412. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard saddle ring with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, with integral front band & front sight. Rear sight is a 2-position flip sight marked 100, 300 & 500 yards. Top of bbl is lightly marked with Henry’s & King’s Patent 2-line address. Receiver and rifle buttplate with trap are gun metal brass with the side front of receiver flat and flush with forearm without the later front scallops. Loading gate is also blued flat steel. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured straight grain American walnut with carbine forearm and a single thick early bbl band and straight stock with crescent rifle buttplate with trap containing an orig 3-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. SN is found on left side of lower tang under the wood, inside the top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Left side of lower tang also has the tiny assembly number “987”. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching parts. Front wood screw hole in the buttstock has been plugged and there is an internal pressure crack around the buttplate toe screw hole. Frame has the distinctive Henry hump profile at the top rear and the top tang has two screws. There were fewer than 3,000 of these flatside rifles & carbines produced when at about SN 15500 the design was changed to the flared front edge which permitted a thicker forearm which was substantially more durable. Early ’66 SNs, beginning in about the 12400 range, were intermixed with the late Henry rifles. Flatside ’66s are rarely encountered in any condition and when they are found they are usually used hard with little or no orig finish remaining. Carbines, especially, saw extremely hard service on the American frontier in usually extreme adverse climatic conditions with little or no maintenance. CONDITION: Very Good. Traces of orig finish remain in the most sheltered areas with the bbl & magazine tube being a smooth silver/brown patina with a couple of spots of rust pitting. Receiver has sharp edges and retains a medium mustard patina. Top edges of sideplates show no damage at all. Lever is a mottled silver/brown patina and the hammer a dark patina showing wear on the sides. Stock has a crack back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with light handling & use marks and retains most of a very old finish. Mechanics are a little stiff, in need of a little cleaning, but completely functional. Strong sharp bore with moderate pitting. 4-42259 (17,500-27,500)

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2209

EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE “ENGRAVED LIKE 1 OF 1000” LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 73522. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Fine 2nd Model ’73 with rare 30″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight, orig, short, semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges and a thick base tang sight with 4″ staff. Mounted with beautiful flame grain American walnut with early style checkered forearm and pistol grip buttstock with fleur-de-lis inlay and crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver is 2nd type with screwed-on dust cover rail and smooth dust cover without thumbprint. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “1655” and “XXX”. Top tang channel of buttstock has the assembly number “780” which number is also found inside toe of buttplate. The bbl, over the chamber area, is engraved like a 1 of 1000 with engraving extending about 2-5/8″ over the top three flats with lesser patterns on the side flats. Top flat of the bbl is engraved to match around front sight which extends about 2-3/8″ from the muzzle. The top flat has a blank panel that would have contained “1 of 1000” or the engraved caliber on other “Engraved Like” rifles.The observed panel measures precisely the same as if it had a 1 of 1000 inscription. The three side flats are also engraved to match. The muzzle & chamber ends of the bbl are inlaid with wide silver bands. This rifle is pictured on p. 124 of WINCHESTER The Golden Age of American Gun Making and the Winchester 1 of 1000, Wilson, with credit to the Donald M. Yena Collection. It is further identified, by SN, in a chart on p. 126 of the book The Story of the WINCHESTER 1 of 1000 and 1 of 100 Rifles, by Edmund Lewis, and where the barrel engraving is shown on p. 125. Dr. Lewis states in the book that there were 23 Model 1873 “engraved like” rifles listed in the warehouse ledgers. This chart shows that 10 of these Model 1873 “engraved like” rifles, including this one, were shipped on the same day to the same order. The chart also shows three others that were delivered to another order and five more that were delivered to a third order. This chart also discloses that there were only 2 of these 23 rifles fitted with 30″ bbls. According to Dr. Lewis’ book there is very little known of the “engraved like” rifles such as whether there was even an extra charge for them, as apparently no records exist beyond the shipping records. It seems likely that Winchester had a supply of bbls on hand when the 1 of 1000 and 1 of 100 line was no longer offered and being the frugal company they were known to be, never threw anything away and apparently made them available as late as 1886. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle as case hardened with 30″ oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, “engrave barrel like 1 of 1000”, shipped with nine other Model 1873s on Work Order #26575. The letter also lists the 10 SNs in this shipment. It was received in the warehouse Sept. 12, 1881 and shipped next day. PROVENANCE: Joe Bates; Donald M. Yena; Paul Sorrell; Ray House; Walt Halstein and Dr. Edmund E. Lewis Collections. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl & magazine tube retain a thin plummy/brown patina with a few minor, very light nicks; receiver retains traces of silvered case colors in sheltered areas being mostly a smooth light plummy brown patina; lever & hammer are a matching patina; wood is sound with a few light nicks & dings and retains about half of an old restored finish on the buttstock with the forearm being a hand worn patina; checkering shows heavy wear. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with sharp rifling and fine pitting, may clean better. 4-44929 JR491 (60,000-75,000)

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2210

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 “1 OF 100” LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 18443. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). The first documented “1 of 100” rifle of only eight ever produced, of which, allegedly, there are only six known. This extremely famous and well known rifle is one of only two “1 of 100″ rifles produced with rnd bbl and the only one known with rnd bbl. Bbl is 24 1/4” with full magazine, half nickel front sight and orig style, short, semi-buckhorn rear sight with edges that have been hand-serrated over the orig checkering. Receiver is 1st Model, 2nd Type with mortised, impressed thumbprint dust cover and sgl set trigger. Mounted with about 2X American walnut with early style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate that has a sliding trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “21”. The matching assembly number is also found in the top tang channel of the buttstock and inside the toe of the buttplate. The lever latch in the lower tang is the correct early threaded 1866-style. The bbl is very nicely engraved with foliate arabesque patterns which extend about 3-1/4″ over each side from the receiver. Top of the bbl over the chamber area is beautifully engraved in fine period script “One of One Hundred”. The muzzle end of the bbl is engraved to match on each side and fore & aft of the front sight and also has a fine chip & dot border which matches the chip & dot border at the receiver. The engraving over the chamber area, in addition to the foliate arabesque patterns, incorporates a deep relief flower blossom on each side. The bbl is without platinum or silver bands as is normally found on the 1 of 1000 rifles and some 1 of 100 rifles. This rifle is pictured in color and black & white on p. 53 of the book WINCHESTER The Golden Age of American Gun Making and the Winchester 1 of 1000, Wilson. The caption states that this rifle’s SN is “recorded in the factory ledgers as a rifle, round barrel, case hardened, XX checkered stock, set trigger, 1 of 100, received in the warehouse April 24th and shipped from the warehouse April 25th 1876” with credit to the William E. Safar Collection. This rifle is also pictured in color on pp. 113 & 114 and in further detail on pp. 168 & 169 of the book The Story of the WINCHESTER 1 of 1000 and 1 of 100 Rifles, Lewis. The caption for the pictures states that this rifle is also featured in the book Steel Canvas, Wilson and Winchester’s New Model of 1873, a Tribute, Gordon. This rifle was sold by another auction house in 1998 and the catalog description at that time partially states “a better specimen of the 1 of 100 is not known”. Accompanied by a deluxe leather-bound slip cover edition of Dr. Lewis’ book. The first known Winchester offering of the 1 of 100 appeared in an 1875 company flyer for an extra $20 over a standard rifle. The first Model 1873 1 of 100, this rifle, was shipped from the factory on March 2, 1876. After the catalogs of 1875 the Models 1 of 100 and 1 of 1000 were dropped from the line but were still available with the last Model 1873 of these types, leaving the factory on April 6, 1878. Given the extremely limited production of the Model 1 of 100 (8) as compared to the number of 1 of 1000 rifles produced (132), makes this an extraordinarily rare rifle. PROVENANCE: William E. Safar Collection; David Stauble Collection; Warren Anderson Collection; Gary Robertston Collection; Paul Sorrell Collection; Dr. Edmund E. Lewis Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. This is alleged to be the finest of the Model 1873 1 of 100 rifles. Bbl retains about 90% orig blue, slightly dulled, showing wear on each side at the muzzle and thinning over the chamber area carry point; magazine tube is a blue/brown patina with some thinning on each side; receiver retains traces of faded case colors in the most sheltered areas, having mostly turned silver to brown patina; lever & hammer also retain smoky case colors faded to silver to brown on outer faces; buttplate retains a brown patina with spots of rust on the tang; stock has a hairline back of the top tang and another back of bottom tang and the forend is missing a sliver by the right front edge of bbl channel, otherwise wood is sound showing light to moderate diamond point wear on the checkering with light nicks & scratches and retains a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-44928 JR490 (150,000-200,000)

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2211

FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 245241. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, replacement semi-buckhorn rear sight and thick base vernier tang sight with 3″ staff. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap containing a 4-pc orig brass & steel cleaning rod. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig blue with a couple of dings on the bbl and scattered small spots of pinprick pitting on the magazine tube; receiver retains 94-96% glossy orig blue with sharp edge wear, thinning over the top front and top rear edges; front side flats show light scratches from cleaning; hammer retains strong case colors, turned dark on top edge; lever retains strong case colors on sides, fading to silver on outer faces; buttplate retains silvery, smoky case colors; buttstock has a grain check by the right heel and a few light nicks & scratches and overall retains most of a professionally restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Cleaning rod is fine with light pitting. 4-44215 (6,000-7,500)

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2212

WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 224152. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4” oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. The bbl is of a later vintage with the caliber marking on the left top flat, apparently to accommodate the proof mark, which is now present, indicating that it was returned to the factory and the bbl probably replaced at that time. It has straight grain walnut wood with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 95% strong bright factory blue with a spot of touch up on the bbl where some nicks were dressed out. Receiver retains 88-90% strong original blue with the balance a dark patina and light to moderate surface spotting. It is possible the entire rifle was refinished when it was returned as the tang markings are thin. Wood is sound with light handling and use marks and retains most of its fine factory finish. Good mechanics, bright shiny bore. 4-45617 (4,000-7,000)

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WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 2ND MODEL LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 80515. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and orig, short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges and an unusual vernier tang sight with 2″ staff. Receiver is 2nd type with screwed-on dust cover rail and smooth dust cover without thumbprint. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap containing a 4-pc brass & steel cleaning rod. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 80-85% strong orig blue with some cleaned areas on the upper 1/3; magazine tube retains about 75% orig blue with a cleaned area just above forend cap; receiver retains about 60% orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas, having been cleaned on the front side flats and side plates; tang sight is a plum color; wood is sound with numerous small nicks & scratches on the buttstock, an area of nicks & scratches on bottom front of forearm and overall retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. Cleaning rod is fine. 4-44186 (5,500-8,500)

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UNUSUAL BRITISH PROOFED WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 42179. Cal. 40-82 WCF. 26” rnd bbl, button magazine, fine bead front sight & 3-leaf Express with platinum center line. Left side bbl at chamber area has series of 4 British proof marks & adjacent receiver with Crown V. Crown V mark also found on rear portion of bolt. Mounted with very fine piece of fiddleback walnut, deluxe checkered pistol grip with ebony insert & smooth steel shotgun butt. Right side center of stock stamped in oval “LONDON ARMOURY CO / 114 QUEEN VICTORIA ST LONDON JAMES, KERR & CO”. Deluxe H-style checkered forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “364 X S”. Matching “364” can be found top tang channel of stock & inside toe of butt plate. Accompanying by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying gun as rifle 50-110, rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip, half-magazine with shotgun butt; received in warehouse April 29, 1890, shipped same day on order no. 11509. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue finish with minor muzzle wear & a few minor nicks & dings. Receiver has 75-80% orig case colors, thinned across bottom & mixed with silver & spotty brown patina. Hammer retains 95% orig case colors mixed with small amount silver patina. Lever has strong vivid case colors on sides & thinning with mix of silver patina on bottom. Stock is sound with a few minor nicks & dings & scratch across left side, retaining most of its orig finish. Butt plate has 70% orig blue, worn to silver at heel & toe, & some minor spots of oxidation. Forend has shrunk about 1/16″ but is solid with numerous light nicks & dings & retains about 60% orig finish with hand-worn patina across belly. Mechanics are crisp with nice bright shiny bore. 8-76329 BDT84 (18,500-24,500)

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RARE DELUXE LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN “BIG 50” WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 91539. Cal. 50 Ex. (50-110). Very rare ’86 with rare 26″ rapid taper rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with Lyman ivory bead, pedestal mounted front sight and 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Mounted with highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock that has black triangle inlay and smooth steel buttplate. Bottom of stock has a factory sling eye with corresponding sling eye in forend cap. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “804” and “XXX”. Top tang channel of buttstock is stamped “44”, with that same number inside buttplate. Bbl has usual 2-line marking forward of rear sight with caliber marking over chamber area and “nickel steel” on left side. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum research request yellow sheet that identifies this rifle in caliber 40-82 with oct bbl, plain trigger, pistol grip stock, takedown with sling & swivel, received in warehouse Sept. 12, 1894 and shipped Sept. 17, 1894 to work Order #20322. There is an additional note that shows a second work order #804 with the notation “caliber/re-barreled?”. Also accompanied by a 3-page letter from renowned Winchester author & authority George Madis, wherein he states that it is his opinion that this rifle was re-barreled at the factory before it was ever shipped the first time and that it is completely orig as found today. He also states that the markings on the bottom of the bbl are consistent with an orig bbl and there are no other markings to indicate a later re-work. It is also this cataloger’s contention that this rifle is correct in all respects. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-96% strong orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and the tip of the magazine tube a blue/gray patina; takedown ring retains about 90% thinned orig blue; receiver retains about 75% orig blue, strong on sides, thin over the top and worn to bare metal on the belly at the carry point; lever & hammer retain faded case colors, mostly faded to silver/gray on lever; top tang is mostly a blue/gray patina; wood is sound with light nicks & scratches showing wear on forearm and grip area of the stock with stock retaining about 90% of an old restored finish; forearm retains about 60% orig finish with hand worn patina; checkering shows moderate diamond point wear. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-45171 JR361 (12,500-17,500)

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*FINE DELXUE SPECIAL ORDER TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 129157. Cal. 45-70. Fine deluxe takedown ’86 with 26″ oct bbl, half magazine, takedown, half nickel front sight with set screw, 1,000 yard ladder rear sight and a Lyman 21 side mount receiver sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and straight stock with Winchester checkered steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number “6” and “XX”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 45-70 with oct bbl, plain trigger, takedown, nickel steel, Winchester high velocity and half magazine, received in warehouse Dec. 1, 1903 and shipped same day, no order #. It was returned & repaired on Sept. 28, 1907, again no order #. “Winchester High Velocity” relates to the rate of twist of the bore. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-96% strong orig blue with light muzzle & sharp edge wear with a couple of small nicks and one small spot of blood pitting; forend cap retains most of its orig blue; receiver retains 88-90% strong orig blue, a little thin at carry point on belly with some small nicks & scratches on top right edge apparently from being dropped on a rock or something similar with two of the nicks slightly dressed out; top & bottom tangs retain most of their orig blue; hammer retains bright case colors on sides and rear edge with dark colors on top edge; lever retains case colors in sheltered areas, faded to silver elsewhere; stock has a hairline back of bottom tang, a small filled hole on bottom of stock, a couple of gouges on comb and another on left side with other light nicks & scratches and overall retains strong orig finish with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-45172 JR367 (8,000-12,000)

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 61240. Cal. 45-90. Fine deluxe ’86 with 30″ oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, flat top sporting rear sight and mid-range vernier tang sight. It has sgl set trigger. Mounted with extremely beautiful, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with black triangle insert and nickeled brass Swiss buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “211” and “XXX”. Matching assembly number is found inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum research request yellow sheet which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-90 with 30″ oct bbl, set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, Swiss buttplate and mid-range vernier sight, received in warehouse Sept. 2, 1891 and shipped same day to order #9907. This fine rifle has been completely restored. CONDITION: Very fine, completely restored, as noted, with the bbl & magazine tube retaining about all of this restored finish; receiver & lever retain all of their restored case colors; buttplate retains about 97-98% strong orig nickel; wood has a repaired chip back of top tang, another repaired chip atleft side of top tang at the receiver, otherwise is sound and retains about all of its fine restored finish. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. 4-45170 (8,000-12,000)

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RARE EARLY WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SPECIAL ORDER SEMI-DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 4278. Cal. 45-70. Fine early rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, Winchester combination front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, straight grain uncheckered American walnut with pistol grip stock that has black ebony inlay in the serpentine grip and crescent buttplate. Buttstock, under the buttplate is drilled & milled for a buttplate with a trap. Left side of lower tang has the assembly number “1310” which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. This rifle has the early feature of the tension spring screw in the top tang which is visible from the outside as well as the turned-down toe on buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 45-70 with oct bbl, plain trigger, plain pistol grip stock, received in warehouse May 3, 1887 and shipped May 13, 1887 to Order #17539. Early special order ’86s are very rare. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain most of a Turnbull restoration with strong factory style blue; receiver, lever & hammer retain about full coverage restored case colors, moderately faded; buttplate retains traces of case colors with balance turned silver; wood is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of a Turnbull restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44217 JR322 (5,000-10,000)

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DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 17018. Cal. 40-65. Fine deluxe rifle with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead hunting front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Receiver has sgl set trigger. Mounted with very nicely figured 1-X wood with flame grain on left side and nicely figured straight grain on right side, with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with black triangle inlay and crescent buttplate with turned-down toe. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is stamped with assembly number “1722” and “X”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Buttplate is not numbered. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 40-65 with oct bbl, set trigger and checkered pistol grip stock, received in warehouse June 16, 1888 and shipped June 18, 1888 with nine other Model 1886s, work order #8395. In its day this was a popular hunting caliber in a very popular rifle and they are rarely found with high orig finish. Today, with its fine bore, it would make a wonderful cowboy action shooter. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with only light muzzle & sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains 96-98% strong orig blue; receiver retains 70-75% case colors, mostly fading to silver with bottom & top edges turned silver; hammer retains strong case colors on sides & rear edge, turned silver on top edge; hammer retains faded case colors on sides, turned silver on outer faces; stock is sound with scattered handling & use nicks & scratches showing wear around the wrist and back half of forearm; buttstock retains 75-80% bright orig varnish and forearm 40-50% orig varnish; checkering shows moderate diamond point wear with heavy hand grease in the checkering, in need of a good cleaning. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-45173 (10,000-15,000)

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER “BIG 50” WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 68716. Cal. 50 Ex (50-110). Rare 50 caliber ’86 with 26″ rnd bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight, slot blank in rear seat and a Lyman 21 receiver side sight. It has sgl set trigger. Rifle is mounted with slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with serpentine grip buttstock that has black triangle inlay and crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “4” which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Inside toe of buttplate is stamped with assembly number “6”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum research request yellow sheet identifying this rifle as caliber 50-110 with rnd bbl, set trigger, plain pistol grip stock, Lyman front & rear sights and “rod in butt”, received in warehouse Aug. 25, 1892 and shipped next day to order #4191. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain most of a very old professionally restored finish, a little thin over chamber area; receiver retains strong case colors around the sight with faded case colors on right side turned silver over top & bottom and on the tangs; hammer retains strong case colors on sides & rear edge; lever retains colors in sheltered areas, mostly turned silver; buttplate is a gray metal patina; wood is sound with light nicks & one long scratch on buttstock and overall retains about all of an old refinish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-45163 (7,000-10,000)

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SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 83420. Cal. 45-70. Fine deluxe ’86 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, 2/3 magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight and “1886” marked ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl has usual 2-line address and caliber marking over chamber area. Receiver & bbl have the Winchester “WP” proof. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm & capped pistol grip stock with Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number “892”, “XX” and “RB”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock. The orig Winchester grip cap has been replaced with a smooth hard rubber grip cap and the checkering lightly re-cut on very bottom edge. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum research request yellow sheet which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-70 with half oct bbl, plain trigger, 2/3 magazine, checkered pistol grip stock & hard rubber buttplate, received in warehouse Dec. 19, 1893 and shipped same day to order #6407. There is no mention of a return to the factory, although it certainly must have been returned after 1905 to have been stamped with the “WP” proof. The likelihood is something was done to the rifle at that time (perhaps internal). Whatever may have been done, you buy it with this knowledge and caveat. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 93-95% plum/blue with light muzzle edge wear and a few minor nicks; magazine tube retains 96-97% strong orig blue; receiver retains about 75-80% faded case colors, bright in very sheltered areas, stronger on left side, turned silver on belly; hammer retains faded case colors on sides and rear edge, turned silver on top edge; lever retains strong case colors on sides and smoky case colors on front face; top tang retains traces of case colors; stock has a hairline & a small chip back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with the aforementioned changed grip cap, with light nicks & scratches and retains most of a cleaned hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore. 4-45168 (7,500-12,500)

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SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TURNBULL RESTORED WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 110499. Cal. 45-70. Beautiful restored rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, standard front sight missing its bead & semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm & pistol grip stock with smooth steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number “98”, “XX” and “S”. The “8” in the assembly number is stamped over a “7”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock with a different assembly number inside buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-70 with half oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, shotgun butt, Lyman front & sporting rear sights, received in warehouse Sept. 23, 1896 and shipped same day to order #18876. Also accompanied by an information sheet apparently from a previous owner delineating the chain of ownership. He shows the first owner to have been “Grandfather Foster”, originally from Maine, 1897-1940s. The second owner is listed as John Foster, a grandson, of Providence, RI, 1940s-1963. The third owner is Earnie Andrews of Seekonk, Mass., 1963-1996, who acquired the rifle at the Foster Estate sale. The fourth owner is shown as Ronald Brossi, 1996-1997, who purchased it from Mr. Andrews. Additionally accompanying is a hand-written letter on Wayne Brossi’s Gun Repair, Medway, Mass. letterhead dated 5-25-97, apparently transferring ownership to the current owner & consignor. He also states that he had the rifle restored by Doug Turnbull. Additionally there is also accompanying a Doug Turnbull restoration work order dated Nov. 4, 1996 for restoration of the metal of this rifle. A notation at the top of this receipt states “No wood work”. On the left side flat of the bbl at the receiver is a small “D” with a tiny “T” inside, apparently the restoration mark of Turnbull Restorations. CONDITION: Very fine. Metal retains virtually all of its fine Turnbull restoration with strong rust blue and bright Winchester style case colors on receiver, lever, hammer & forend cap; buttplate retains all of its restored blue; wood is sound with a few nicks & scratches showing very little wear and retains virtually all of its crisp, orig, factory, piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-45169 JR363 (4,000-6,000)

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*SEMI-DELUXE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 135769. Cal. 45-90. Fine special order rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, half mag, low pedestal mounted Lyman ivory bead front hunting sight and altered semi-buck horn rear sight. It is mounted with very nicely figured, slab sawed American walnut with I-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with hard rubber buttplate. Bottom of stock has a sling eye with corresponding sling eye in the forend cap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is stamped with the assembly number “787”. Matching assembly number is found in the top tang channel of the buttstock. Accompanied by a Buffalo Bill Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-90 with 26″ one half oct bbl, nickel steel, plain trigger, half mag, extra light, plain pistol grip, checkered stock, rubber shotgun butt and Lyman front sight, received in the warehouse June 18, 1906 and shipped the same day. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95-97% strong original factory blue with only light sharp edge wear and some thinning over the chamber area carry point. Receiver retains 75-80% original blue, lightly thinned on the sides with a scratch on the left side, gray patina on about half of the belly at the carry point. Hammer retains strong case colors on the sides and rear edge with the top edge turned gray. Lever has faded case colors in sheltered areas with the balance turned silver. Stock has some light chips around the top tang and a chipped toe on the buttplate (not affecting the wood). Otherwise, wood is sound with the buttstock retaining about 90% strong, original varnish and the forearm about 70%. Checkering shows moderate wear. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 4-45174 JR368 (6,000-10,000)

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WINCHESTER 1886 RIFLE WITH SPECIAL FEATURES. SN 6627. Cal. 40-82 WCF. 24″ 1/2 oct bbl, with full mag, sporting front sight with platina rear sight, checkered shotgun butt, “X” grade walnut stock with oil finish, and swivels. Gun accompanied with Winchester Museum Repeating Firearms Co. letter stating: rifle, 40-82 cal., 24″ 1/2 oct bbl, plain trigger, “X” stock, oil finish, sling & swivel, shotgun butt, checkered buttplate, platina lined rear sight, received in warehouse July 16, 1887, shipped from warehouse July 18, 1887, no other information is available for this serial number. CONDITION: Good. 50-60% fading blue mixing with patina and having spots of light pitting. Receiver has a silvery patina with light pitting. Hammer and lever have small amount of remaining case color. Sound stock and forearm with striking fiddle pattern figure showing through darkened finish, having light scratches & handling marks. Sound mechanics. Bore with strong rifling and spots of shallow pitting. 4-42224 DS11 (5,500-7,500)

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*DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 EXTRA LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 138307. Cal. 45-70. Fine lightweight deluxe rifle with 22″ tapered rnd bbl, pedestal mounted Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, slot blank in rear seat & a Lyman 21 side mounted receiver sight. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number “142” and “XX”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock. Buttstock has a large cavity under buttplate to reduce weight. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 45-70 with 22″ rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, extra light, Lyman rear sight, half magazine, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, takedown, oil finish and blank in rear seat, received in warehouse Sept. 13, 1906 and shipped next day to order #69379. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 95% thin blue with some light surface spotting and takedown marks on bottom of bbl; receiver retains 88-90% orig blue, strong on sides, thin on bottom and bottom of takedown ring at carry point; hammer retains strong case colors turned silver on top edge; lever has turned silver; stock is sound with light nicks & scratches showing moderate wear and retains most of a restored oil finish; buttplate has a slightly chipped toe (no damage to wood) and a crack in the buttplate at the heel screw; grip cap & buttplate have faded to a light brown color. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with a partial ring about 3″ from muzzle. 4-45167 JR366 (4,000-7,000)

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*ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 55 TAKEDOWN RIFLE. SN 1023789. Cal. 30 WCF. 24″ rnd tapered takedown bbl with open rear sight and short ramp sporting front sight, 1/2 mag, with serrated steel buttplate, straight grip stock, standard weight forend. Receiver is nicely executed in No. 10 pattern w/left side engraved with a whitetail buck in a circular vignette surrounded by foliate scrollwork and punch dot background. Right side has flowing foliate scrollwork and punch dot background.Both sides have embossed border work. CONDITION: Very Good. Bbl is 50-60% thinning bbl blue blending with patina. Action has traces of blue in protected areas, blending with a pleasant gray patina and a few small spots of very light pitting. Stock and forearm have handworn older finish with numerous nicks, scratches & handling marks. Mechanics are sound with a bright bore. 4-42198 DS5 (4,000-6,000)

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION CARBINE. SN 86171. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Rare Special Order carbine with 20″ bbl, full magazine, square base front sight, Lyman 6A, 2-leaf folding rear sight and a Lyman 21 side mount receiver sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with capped pistol grip stock & smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number “9551” and “CFS”. Matching assembly number is also found on rear face of buttstock, under the buttplate, along with “94”. Matching number is also inside toe of the buttplate. Left side of receiver originally had a saddle ring stud which was apparently removed and the hole plugged at the factory when the “Climin’ Lyman” sight was installed. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig blue with a few scattered spots of light rust on magazine tube; bbl bands are slightly thinned on the raised surfaces; receiver retains about 65-70% orig blue, strong on the sides, thin over the top and a blue/gray patina on the bottom; top & bottom tangs retain strong bright blue; hammer retains very strong bright case colors; lever retains brilliant case colors on sides, faded to silver on outer faces; buttplate retains about 80% thin orig blue with edgewear and wear at the heel and toe; stock has a repaired chip by the top tang, otherwise the wood is sound with light, scattered nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory finish on buttstock and about 65% orig finish on forearm, showing wear on bottom at the carry point. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44927 JR492 (5,500-7,500)

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*SCARCE EXTRA LIGHT WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 267152. Cal. 38-55. Wonderful lightweight rifle with 26″ rapid taper rnd bbl, takedown, half magazine with pedestal mounted half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Routinely these lightweight hunting rifles saw hard service, especially in the northeast woods and are rarely found with high orig finish. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum research request sheet (yellow sheet) which identifies this rifle in caliber 38-55 with rnd bbl, plain trigger, half magazine, takedown, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate and extra light, received in warehouse Aug. 22, 1905 and shipped same day to Order #2720. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with a few scattered freckles of light surface rust, a couple of scratches, some minor wear around muzzle and slight thinning on each side of muzzle; takedown ring retains about 75% orig blue; receiver retains 85-90% strong orig blue with balance thin on bottom and with sharp edge wear; hammer retains most of its orig case colors, turned dark on top edge; lever retains strong case colors on sides, fading to silver on outer faces; stock has a little gouge on right side, shows a little wear around the wrist and at rear edge of forearm and overall retains about 95% orig varnish on buttstock and about 70% on forearm. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-45176 JR359 (4,000-7,000)

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*RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE HALF GOLD & NICKEL WINCHESTER MODEL 90 PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN 703362. Cal. 22 WRF. Fine Deluxe ’90 with 24″ oct bbl, 3/4 magazine, silver bead front sight with Model 90 sheet metal rear sight and a locking Lyman large disc combination tang sight. Top flat of bbl is mounted with target scope blocks for a Winchester A5 scope. Mounted with very nicely figured American walnut with small rnd ribbed forearm and checkered capped pistol grip stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “2” and two dots. Matching assembly number is in pencil on rear face of buttstock, under the buttplate, and stamped inside toe of buttplate along with two dots. Rifle is most unusual with half nickel trim and gold highlights. It has blued bbl & rcvr with nickeled lower receiver, top & bottom tangs, magazine tube, slide bar, bolt & buttplate. The hammer, trigger, slide cap, knurled inside magazine tube cap, tang sight and all screws are gold plated. The Cody Firearms Museum was unable to provide order and shipping record information but stated that the SN was applied Feb. 19, 1925. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 92-94% strong but slightly dulled orig blue; receiver retains 88-90% dulled orig blue, turned plum on the bottom & receiver ring; the nickeled parts retain virtually all of their orig nickel with some fine spotting on top of bolt and top tang around the hammer slot; trigger guard has some minor losses on the edges, also with some light spotting; hammer retains about 80% gold plating; slide cap & trigger retain about 90% gold and the tang sight about 95% gold plating; receiver screw heads are a brown patina with gold in sheltered areas; tang screw retains about all of its orig gold as does the front tang sight screw; buttplate tang screw retains about 40% gold on the head with the toe screw a brown patina; wood is sound with a few nicks, scratches & light dings with heat crazed finish on buttstock and overall retains about 95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Deluxe Model 90s are rare, with plated examples very rare and multi-metal plated examples practically unknown. 4-45038 JR497 (4,000-6,000)

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1895 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 140983. Cal. 38-56. Beautiful ’95 Marlin with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured flame grain American walnut, “F” style checkered with serpentine pistol grip and crescent steel buttplate. Receiver is engraved by Conrad Ulrich in Style 3 with the oval vignette of a standing bull moose in a forest scene on left side and a standing whitetail buck oval vignette on right side. Surrounding both vignettes, top & bottom of receiver, top tang, takedown ring, buttplate tang and exposed flats of bbl over chamber area are all engraved in wonderful foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Sides of receiver have various border patterns. Left side of the upper tang, under the wood, is stamped with matching SN which number is also inside toe of buttplate. Buttstock has a repaired crack in the wrist and it appears that the stock number was obliterated during the repair. Accompanied by a copy of a Cody Firearms Museum letter on Marlin letterhead which identifies this rifle in cal. 38-56 with 26″ half oct bbl, half magazine, pistol grip & takedown, shipped Sept. 14, 1896. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 18,000 of these scarce rifles were produced in the period 1895-1917 in seven different calibers, both standard & deluxe, with various configurations and checkering patterns. Only a few had special order features as found here and very few of those were engraved. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 95-96% orig blue with muzzle end & sharp edge wear and some light thinning on magazine tube; receiver retains faded case colors in sheltered areas having mostly faded to silver over most of the surfaces; lever & hammer also retain faded case colors on sides, turned silver on outer faces; buttplate appears to be nickel finish but may be simply very bright silvered case colors; stock, with its repaired wrist, which is difficult to detect, is otherwise sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its strong, orig, piano varnish finish with touch-up finish in the checkering on right side of wrist over the repaired area; forearm retains about 80% strong orig piano varnish finish showing wear on bottom rear at carry point and with heavy wear on checkering in same area. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore. Altogether a very beautiful big frame Marlin rifle. 4-45042 JR500 (12,500-17,500)

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE MARLIN MODEL 1895 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 140952. Cal. 40-65. Beautiful deluxe Marlin with 28″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown, with Lyman ivory bead front sight and Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame & shell grain American walnut with “B” style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with “M.F.A.Co” embossed Marlin hard rubber buttplate. Receiver is engraved by Conrad Ulrich in style 2 which consists of the large oval vignette of a running bull elk & hound in a very detailed forest scene on left side and the small vignette of a standing cow elk on right side. Both vignettes have light foliate arabesque patterns fore & aft with multiple border patterns. Top & bottom of receiver, top tang, lever boss, takedown ring, forend cap & exposed flats of bbl over chamber area are engraved to match. Left side of upper tang, under the wood, is stamped with the matching SN which number is also found in top tang channel of the buttstock. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 40-65 with 26″ oct bbl, pistol grip stock, takedown, shipped June 10, 1897, returned for repairs April 30, 1900 and altered to a 28″ half oct bbl in cal. 40-65, takedown, half magazine & pistol grip stock, as found today. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 18,000 of these scarce rifles were produced in the period 1895 to 1917 in seven different calibers, both standard & deluxe in a variety of configurations. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with only the hint of sharp edge wear; receiver retains 60-70% orig case colors, strong in sheltered areas, faded on right side, stronger on left side; top & bottom of receiver and top tang retain faded case colors; bottom tang retains bright case colors; hammer retains bright case colors, turned silver on top edge; lever retains most of its orig case colors, bright to very bright on sides and in sheltered areas, fading on outer faces & loop; wood is sound with a very few, very light nicks & scratches, a small bruise on forearm and overall retains about all of its very bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-45040 JR502 (18,000-22,000)

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1895 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 140959. Cal. 45-70. Beautiful deluxe rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown, with ivory bead combination front sight and Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, straight grain American walnut, “G” style checkered with 28-lines per inch and a carved ribbon through the center of the forearm & grip. Buttstock has a serpentine grip cap and a Marlin hard rubber buttplate with intertwined company initials. Receiver is engraved by Conrad Ulrich in Style 2 with the large vignette of a running bull elk & hound on left side and a standing doe on right side with light foliate arabesque patterns fore & aft with various border patterns. Top & bottom of receiver, top tang, takedown ring, forend cap and exposed flats of bbl over chamber area are engraved to match. Left side of upper tang, under the wood, is stamped with matching SN which is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. Records letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 45-70 with 26″ half oct bbl, half magazine, takedown with pistol grip shipped May 20, 1897. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 18,000 of these scarce rifles were produced in the period 1895-1917 in seven different calibers, both standard & deluxe with various configurations. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue, thin on each side of muzzle, with only sharp edge wear and a couple of nicks elsewhere with some thinning also over the chamber area at the carry point; receiver retains faded case colors in sheltered areas, mostly having faded to silver; hammer retains moderately faded case colors, dark on top edge; lever retains faded case colors on sides, turned silver on outer faces; wood is sound with a few, very minor nicks & scratches with one small bruise on forearm; buttstock retains about 60-70% orig oil finish, showing wear around the wrist; forearm retains about 40% orig oil finish with balance a hand worn patina showing heavy wear on bottom rear; checkering overall on stock & forearm shows moderate to heavy wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some light orange peel effect. 4-45041 JR (18,000-22,000)

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FINE DELUXE ENGRAVED TAKEDOWN MARLIN MODEL 1893 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 115303. Cal. 38-55. Beautiful deluxe takedown ’93 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, takedown, with German silver Rocky Mountain front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Left top bbl flat & receiver have British proofs. Mounted with very nicely figured American walnut with B-style checkered forearm and straight stock with Marlin hard rubber buttplate. Locking cam is long style. Left side of upper tang is stamped with matching SN which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Receiver is engraved in No. 2 style with the vignette of a feeding bull elk with birds & trees in background. It has an oval counterpoint blank border with foliate arabesque patterns fore & aft with arrowhead & wavelet borders. Right side is engraved with foliate arabesque patterns and a shell pattern back of loading gate port. Sides of lever boss, bolt, top & bottom of receiver, top tang, forend cap and exposed flats of bbl over chamber area are engraved to match. Top of receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter that identifies this rifle as a Model 1893 in caliber 38-55 with 26″ oct bbl, takedown and shipped Jan. 11, 1895. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 94-95% strong orig blue with light muzzle edge & sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains 90-92% orig blue turning plum; receiver, lever & hammer retain most of their orig factory case colors, moderately thinned, turned silver on bottom of takedown ring with a few scattered small spots of pitting; outer face of lever has turned silver; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches, showing wear on carry point of forearm & another spot of wear on comb of stock, otherwise retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some minor roughness toward the muzzle. 4-45034 JR319 (17,500-27,500)

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*RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1893 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 198053. Cal. 38-55. Fine deluxe 1893 with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured, flame & shell grain American walnut with C-style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of upper tang is stamped with matching SN which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Rifle is engraved Grade 1 which consists of the large vignette of a standing whitetail buck in a forest scene on left side with light foliate arabesque patterns and multiple borders. Right side of receiver, top & bottom of receiver & lever boss are engraved in light foliate arabesque patterns. All screws are gold plated. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 38-55 with 26″ half oct bbl, half magazine, takedown, #1 engraved, “extra special”, “C” checkered stock & pistol grip, shipped Oct. 12, 1903. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig blue with light thinning on each side of muzzle, light sharp edge wear on octagonal section with some scattered, very light surface discoloration; magazine tube retains dark blue in sheltered areas, turning plum on outer radius; receiver retains about 80% thinning orig blue, turned silver on bottom at carry point; hammer retains strong case colors and the lever strong case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, turned silver on outer faces; buttplate is a mottled silver/gray patina; hammer & tang screws retain strong gold wash on the heads, other screws retain traces of gold being mostly worn to nickel under-finish; wood is sound with normal nicks, dings & scratches with one deep scratch by the right toe and a small bruise on the forearm, otherwise is sound & retains most of its orig piano varnish finish; forearm retains about 80% strong orig piano varnish finish showing wear on bottom rear and moderate wear on checkering. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-45035 JR504 (12,000-17,000)

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED LIGHT RECEIVER MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 19090. Cal. 40-60. Beautiful deluxe ’81 with 24″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight, Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured, streaky French walnut with “B” style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip buttstock with Marlin hard rubber buttplate embossed with intertwined initials. Receiver is very nicely engraved with the small vignette of a running whitetail buck on left side and a running bull buffalo on right side surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns. Top of bolt dust cover is engraved with tiny vignette of a buck deer head. Top & bottom of receiver & front side edges are engraved to match. Receiver measures approx. 1.020″ thick which indicates that this is a “light” receiver as shown on the chart on p. 149 of the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy. Page 157 of the referenced publication pictures Marlin Model 1881 SN 10350 which is engraved nearly identically to this one. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were about 20,000 Model 1881 Marlins produced in the period 1881-1892 in both heavy & light receivers plus “small” receivers, in four different calibers, both standard & deluxe in a variety of configurations. This rifle was completely & professionally restored by renowned restoration artist Doug Turnbull in 1996. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp Turnbull restoration with strong blue & bright case colors, slightly faded on the bottom of receiver; forearm has a repaired crack over the loading gate spring area and the buttplate has a repaired sliver on right side, otherwise wood is sound and retains about all of its bright restored oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-45036 JR503 (7,000-12,000)

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER SEMI-DELUXE MARLIN MODEL 1895 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 141052. Cal. 40-65. Beautiful semi-deluxe rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, streaky, straight grain American walnut with “A” style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of upper tang, under the wood is stamped with the matching SN which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of the buttplate. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter which identifies this rifle in Cal. 40-65 with 28″ oct bbl & pistol grip stock shipped Jan. 20, 1897. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 18,000 of these scarce rifles were produced in the period 1897-1917 in seven different calibers, both standard & deluxe in a great variety of configurations. Standard grade & semi-deluxe rifles were generally considered working tools and were usually subjected to continuous, more rigorous service, often under harsh climatic conditions with limited maintenance and are rarely found with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig factory finish with very light muzzle & sharp edge wear with a small cleaned spot of rust on magazine tube; receiver retains very bright case colors, primarily on left side, somewhat faded on right side, brilliant on the bolt; top of receiver retains strong case colors, lightly faded; bottom of receiver retains strong, bright case colors in sheltered areas moderately to heavily faded on carry point; hammer retains bright case colors, turned silver on top edge; lever retains faded case colors on sides, turned dark on outer faces; buttplate retains most of its orig case colors, moderately faded; stock has a small repair in the toe, not affecting the buttplate, otherwise wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and a few small bruises, mostly on bottom of the stock and retains about 98-99% bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-45043 JR320 (8,000-12,000)

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*RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED SAVAGE MODEL 1899 TAKEDOWN CARBINE. SN 129602. (1911) Cal. 22HP. 20″ Tapered round barrel marked on top with Savage name and address, and patent dates up until June 1909. Left side is stamped “SAVAGE HIGH PRESSURE STEEL” “MODEL 1899”. Left rear of bbl is stamped with caliber. Rear sight is Lyman two leaf folding express. Gold bead blade front is fitted in integral base. Blued action is factory engraved with large shaded scroll on both sides, and with “Robert Ransford 1017 N. 64th St PHILADELPHIA PA” on bottom. Breech block is engine turned. Action is fitted with special Lyman tang sight, made for Savage 1899 with windage adjustment. Operating lever is blued. Nicely crotch figured American walnut pistol grip perch belly buttstock measures 13-1/4″ over hard rubber checkered buttplate with Savage logo. Stock features vacant gold oval on toe line, and ogee shaped pistol grip, with checkered side panels and point pattern checkering at grip with beaded borders. Matching Schnabel forend has latch lever for removal and subsequent bbl takedown. Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Metal parts retain nearly all of a high quality re-blue, over very fine frosting, and was possibly done by factory, as polishing and color is very fine. Wood is excellent, retaining most of what appears to be orig finish. Bore is very good, mostly shiny, with strong rifling, frosted toward muzzle. Action is crisp. Lyman tang sight is excellent, with some minor frosting. It is estimated that fewer than 1000 engraved Model ’99’s were produced and only 100 take-down carbines, making this a very rare specimen. A factory letter may confirm the actual production figures. 4-44906 MGM181 (6,000-10,000)

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RARE MODEL 1890 GATLING GUN. SN 497. Cal. 45-70. Fine 10-bbl Gatling with 32″ rnd bbls of which the last 5″ are hexagonal-shaped. Bbls are numbered 1 through 10 with “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector initials and the “V”, “P” and eagle Springfield inspection marks. Bbls are mounted in a 1″ thick x about 6″ diameter brass carrier numbered to match the bbls, also with “RAC” initials. The fluted feed wheel has a gun metal with socket for a Bruce feed and is marked on rear face “PATENTED FEB. 11. 1890”, also with “RAC” initials. The gun metal mechanism housing cover is engraved “Gatling Gun / Patented / Manfd. at / COLT’S ARMORY / Hartford Conn. U.S.A. / MODEL 1890 / No 497 CAL. .45 / S.E.B.”, the initials of the government inspector, Capt. Stanhope E. Blunt. The rest of the housing is also of gun metal with knurled cascable and disconnector knob. The bolts are all matching numbered to the bbls. Bbls & mechanism are mounted on an orig iron frame with an orig front sight and a replacement rear sight. Handle lock is also a modern replacement. Yoke, mount & tripod, along with the tiller are also modern replacements. Magazine is a stick type for an earlier model and is a modern reproduction. Page 119 of the book The Gatling Gun, Wahl & Toppel, states that the Army purchased 18 Model 1889 Gatling Guns in the serial range 492 to 509 which includes this gun. Obviously this gun was produced in 1890 and marked. As per the consignor, this gun was originally purchased from Bannermans in 1914 and had remained under the same ownership until purchased by the consignor. CONDITION: Fine. No orig finish remains with the bbls & frame being a cleaned gray metal patina; housing is partially cleaned and retains a medium to dark mustard patina and all of the engraving on the housing is recently re-cut; yoke, housing, tiller & tripod are extremely fine retaining about all of their custom finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bores with fine pitting. 4-45027 JR513 (85,000-120,000)

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RARE COLT MEDIUM FRAME LIGHTNING SLIDE ACTION BABY CARBINE. SN 17248. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue finish with 20-1/4″ tapered round bbl, full magazine with single band, barleycorn front sight and reverse mounted carbine ladder rear sight graduated to 900 yards. Left side of frame has the rampant Colt roll marking and there is a staple & ring also on left side of frame. Left side of bbl & frame have small British proofs. Mounted with very nicely figured American walnut with checkered 2-pc dbl schnable forearm and uncheckered straight stock with smooth steel carbine buttplate. This little carbine weighs 5 lbs. 14.08 oz. rather than 5 lbs. 4 oz. of the normal baby carbine. The difference in weight is explainable by the fact that the exterior diameter of the bbl of this carbine is the same as a standard baby carbine with 38 or 44 caliber bores. The smaller diameter of this bore therefore leaves additional steel which accounts for the additional weight. The standard medium frame Lightning carbine weights about 6 lbs. 4 oz. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 95% strong orig factory blue with light muzzle end wear and a few minor nicks; receiver retains about 85% orig blue with sharp edge wear and flaking and a cleaned area on the left side; trigger plate and bottom of slide arm along with lower tang are a blue/gray patina; trigger guard is a plum patina; hammer retains faded case colors; buttplate retains 65-75% orig blue; wood is sound with a few nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-45843 JR247 (6,000-10,000)

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RARE SAN FRANCISCO POLICE DEPARTMENT COLT MEDIUM FRAME LIGHTNING PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN SFP9 & 82974. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Rare early San Francisco P.D. Lightning, one of 401 made especially for the San Francisco P.D. and so marked on the lower tang “S.F.P.9”. It has 26″ rnd bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and Colt semi-buckhorn rear sight. Bbl has usual 2-line markings above the rear sight and caliber marking over chamber area. Left side of receiver has the rampant Colt marking. Rifle is made without manual safety having only the safety notch in the hammer. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with 2-pc sgl fluted forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of the upper & lower tangs, under the wood are marked with the rifle SN “82974”. Last four digits of matching SN are stamped on front face of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. The San Francisco Police Order was completed in June 1898. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong, orig factory blue with light muzzle edge wear and a couple of small nicks on magazine tube; receiver retains about 96% glossy orig blue with several small scratches on left side of receiver and a couple on right side with some fine surface etching over receiver ring; top & bottom tangs retain glossy bright blue with a small scratch on each and a spot of light surface rust on bottom tang; buttplate retains about 60% strong orig blue with balance flaked, not worn, to a dark patina; wood is sound with a few light nicks, scratches & bruises, especially on forearm and overall retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-46141 JR496 (5,000-8,000)

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RARE COLT MODEL 1855 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 1052. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 18″ oct to rnd bbl, missing front sight with 3-leaf rear sight, two standing one folding. Top strap has the usual Col. Colt/Hartford address and has a stud and ring in the left side of the receiver. Is mounted with uncheckered straight stock with carbine/musket butt plate. Bottom of frame and bottom tang are fitted with sling swivels. Cylinder is full fluted, six shots. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 4,435 of these rare carbines produced in the period 1856-1864 in three different calibers and three different bbl lengths. Most of them saw service throughout the Civil War and later on the American Frontier, well into the 1870s. Today, they are extremely rare and almost never found in completely original configuration. PROVENANCE: Ex-Troy Collection. CONDITION: Very good. No original finish remains with the metal being a cleaned light gray patina. Stock, probably an old replacement is sound and retains most of a dark maroon painted finish. Mechanics are fine. Strong, sharp bore with good shine and scattered light pitting. 4-45620 JR522 (6,000-8,000)

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CIVIL WAR COLT REVOLVING MILITARY RIFLE. SN 301. Cal .44, 31-3/16″ bbl. This popular Civil War rifle is not easy to find in as fine untouched and uncleaned condition as this one. Gun has strong traces of finish, is mechanically sound & exhibits good inspector’s cartouches on either of stock. The serial number “301” occurs externally on trigger guard and frame. Gun was not disassembled to check for other numbers but gun appears unaltered and orig with matching color throughout. CONDITION: Metal overall is dark brown with traces of finish found in protected areas of bbl and strong traces of bright blue finish on frame. Forestock is sound though having a long 10″ sliver of wood missing along ramrod channel between bands. There is also a crack in forestock opposite this missing sliver, about 5″ long. The buttstock is sound & solid with small dents, dings & bruises. Buttstock retains well-defined inspector’s cartouches on either side. 4-45704 JS48 (7,000-9,000)

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COLT NO. 3 BELT MODEL PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 552. Cal. 34. Usual configuration with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and usual Patent Arms marking. It has 5-shot cylinder with rounded shoulder that is rolled with the Centaur scene. Grip has flared butt with a 1-pc bird’s eye maple grip. Serial number was noted on the rear face of bbl lug, on the wedge, rear face of cylinder, cylinder rotating ring, right side of front strap under the grip, inside back strap and in the butt strap channel of the grip. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there was a combined total production of about 850 of the No. 2 & No. 3 Belt Model Patersons produced in the period 1837-1840. CONDITION: About good. No orig finish remains being mostly a cleaned & artificially aged patina with scattered fine pitting on the bbl, bbl lug, cylinder & sides of recoil shields. Frame & grip frame are a smooth artificially aged patina. Cylinder retains about 50% Centaur scene. Grip has a repaired chip on left side at the frame, otherwise is sound and retains about all of a fine restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-45113 (40,000-60,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE COLT WALKER PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH EXTENSIVE DOCUMENTATION. SN C COMPANY NO 204. Cal. 44. Fine Colt Walker with 9″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line left hand address. Right side of bbl lug, above wedge screw, is marked “U.S. / 1847” and the left side has the SN. The complete SN was observed on the left side of the frame, left side of bbl lug and buttstrap. Trigger guard is marked in tiny letters “COM.Y NO 204” and the cyl is marked “C COM.Y NO 204”. The cyl spindle, left side of front strap under the grip and inside toe of grip are marked “204”. Wedge is unmarked. Cyl is 2-9/16″ long with usual six chambers and a single, crisp, serviceable safety pin. Cyl has a distinctive pressure ridge with the Dragoon/Ranger/Indian fight scene. The legends “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLT’S PATENT” are completely legible. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with the “WAT” (Capt. William A. Thornton) cartouche legible on the right side and the outline of the “NWP” (Nahum W. Patch) inspector initial on the left side. The history of the Walker revolver is somewhat convoluted and confusing. During the Mexican War Capt. Samuel Hamilton Walker was the Commander of a regiment of mounted rifleman (Dragoons) who was dissatisfied with the arms issued to his troops, namely an 1841 percussion rifle/musket and a brace of single shot flintlock or percussion pistols. In July 1846 the 2nd Regiment of Mounted Riflemen was mustered into Federal service with Capt. Walker appointed second in command with the brevet rank of Lt. Colonel. From July until October 1846 Capt. Walker participated in a number of battles in Mexico and in October 1846 departed for Fort McHenry, Maryland. Having encountered Colt Paterson repeating rifles during the Seminole Wars he was anxious to re-arm his troops with Colt’s repeaters. He met with Samuel Colt in late November 1846 and together the two men re-designed the No. 5 Paterson revolver into what was to become the Walker revolver, named after Capt. Walker himself. Through a series of decisions, by the Chief of Ordnance the President and other officials(a number of whom were politically “motivated” by Samuel Colt himself), Capt. Walker was able to secured an order for 1,000 of the new revolvers. He is responsible for the numbering system found on Walker Colts today, having to do with the number of troops assigned to each company, believing at the time that company strength would be increased from the then 76 to 110 troops with each trooper being issued a pair of pistols. Since he was the Commander of “C” Company he directed Colt to number the first 220 pistols with the “C” Company designation. The increase in troop strength per company was not approved so the authorized company strength remained at 76. After the contract was secure Walker returned to Fort McHenry and continued recruiting and by Feb. 25, 1847 was in Kentucky on his way to Mexico with his troops. Between February and April 1847 Capt. Walker penned several letters to both Colt and the War Department trying to speed up delivery of the revolvers, but, unbeknownst to him, Col. John Coffee Hays had used his high rank to circumvent the shipment to Capt. Walker and secured delivery of the first Walker Colts to reach the field for his troops. These were, in fact, Walker revolvers marked “C” COMPANY which were intended for Capt. Walker’s command. By that time however Capt. Walker had already been killed in Mexico. Just prior to his being killed in action Capt. Walker received a gift of a pair of Walker pistols from Samuel Colt. By the time of Capt. Walker’s death the Dragoons had still not been issued revolving pistols. In the mean time in Aug. 1847 Col. Hays and his 1st Regiment of Texas Mounted Volunteers were enroute to Mexico arriving at Vera Cruz in Oct. 1847. Capt. Walker’s last letter was dated “5 October 1847” stating that he had received his pair of presentation pistols and that the 220 “C” Company pistols had arrived at Vera Cruz. Capt. Walker was killed on Oct. 9, 1847 along with 18 of his troops at The Battle of Huamantla. Later in October 1847 the “C” Company revolvers were issued to Col. Hays’ regiment of Texas Mounted Volunteers. At the time of the issue there were only 214 Walker pistols signed for as the records indicated six had been stolen. The Walker pistols remained in service in Mexico until the war was over serving with great effect against the Mexicans. Altogether only 500 of the original contract were ever issued in Mexico, the remaining 500 eventually returned to the U.S. By May of 1848 the War with Mexico was over and Col. Hays and his troops, on their way back to Texas, turned in 191 Walker pistols at Vera Cruz Depot, of which only 82 were still serviceable. Since Col. Hays’ troops had been issued a total of 394 Walker pistols and only turned in 191, there remained 203 of the original issue either lost in battle or stolen by the soldiers to whom they were issued. It appears that the majority of those Walker Colts officially returned from Mexico, along with the second 500 of the contract wound up at the San Antonio Arsenal and in all likelihood were eventually issued to military troops and Texas Rangers fighting Indians in West Texas and New Mexico. Very few survive today in any condition and of those extremely few are in original configuration with any cylinder scene remaining or orig finish. C Co. No. 204 retains virtually all of its cylinder scene intact and we consider this one of the finest conditioned examples of a “military” Walker to be offered for sale. This revolver has descended down through the family of Joseph William Burton Edwards who was, in 1849, a Brig. General in the Georgia Militia in LaGrange, Georgia. It appears that there was a company of Georgia mounted volunteers who fought with Col. Hays’ regiment and likely would have been issued Walker pistols. This fact was uncovered through the existence of Ordnance Dept. records in Washington showing attachment of militia unit to U.S. forces participating in the battle as well as documented through contemporary published book and newspaper coverage of the battle of Huamantla. While Gen. Edwards was probably in the militia at the time the Company of Georgia Volunteers left for the war and as a Brig. General would reasonably have been expected to be in command, extensive research has disclosed that it was about this time that Gen. Edwards’ father had passed away and it fell to him to administer the substantial estate of a plantation of 4,000 acres along with other properties, slaves, etc. which probably precluded him leaving. During the Civil War Gen. Edwards was in command of all Confederate troops in Northwest Georgia and participated in the Battle of Griswoldville, GA, facing Sherman’s troops during his march to the sea in 1864. This revolver is accompanied by a tremendous volume of research material compiled by historian Thomas V. LoPiano, Jr. This material includes an original scarce,large ambrotype of Gen. Edwards, in uniform, probably of the 1840’s period. Also included is an orig cabinet photo of Gen. Edwards taken in 1892 when he was 68 years of age. While there is no record of Gen. Edwards serving during the War with Mexico it is reasonable to accept that any one of the returning Georgia Volunteers presented this Walker pistol to Gen. Edwards(most probably at the time he was appointed brigadier gen. of Georgia militia in 1849). Also accompanied by the very rare & important original “death” issue of the Nov. 11, 1847 New York Herald Newspaper which announces the death of Capt. Walker and also specifically mentions the troop of Georgia Volunteers in same charge on Huamantla(the last known copy of this paper sold at auction in 2004 for $3,500). This furthers the probability of a connection between a member of the Georgia Volunteers and Gen. Edwards. Gen. Edwards was born in 1824 in Georgia and died in 1903 in Alabama. His daughter married James D. Carter and their daughter, Margaureta V. Carter, married Odis Clay Poundstone who was the last family member to own this revolver. It appears that Mr. Poundstone, thinking that he was fulfilling his wife’s wishes, attempted to donate the revolver, in about 1967, to the Georgia Historical Commission but they, believing it was of little value, declined the donation. This date is supported by a notarized letter dated Nov. 14, 1967 by Mr. Poundstone that states “To the best of my knowledge Colt Whitneyville ‘Walker’ revolver, serial number ‘C COMPANY 204’ was a family heirloom of my wife, whose maiden name was Margaritia Victoria Carter”. It appears that this fine Walker was then sold to renowned author, historian & collector, Norm Flayderman. It appeared as Item 1051 in his Catalog #79 (date unknown), two copies of which accompany this lot. This revolver was the subject of a 6-page article by historian, author & collector, Tom LoPiano, Jr.entitled “Journey Back to Georgia-a Story of a General and his Walker Colt” which appeared in the March 1983 issue of The Gun Report(copy of article available on request)and also was pictured on the cover of the referenced magazine, two copies of which accompany this lot. It appears that from Mr. Flayderman this revolver was purchased by renowned dealer & collector, Herb Glass, Sr., from whom it was purchased by Mr. LoPiano in about 1980. The research of the family history of Gen. Edwards is very extensive involving two large binders and additional separate packets of papers. This Walker also is pictured on p. 55 of The Colt Whitneyville-Walker Pistol, Whittington(which contains much of Mr. LoPiano’s documented material), whose caption states that it is a 97% probability that this revolver was one of the 214 pistols signed for by Col. John C. Hays on “19 October 1847”. This is a tremendously historic and important Walker Colt in wonderful orig condition with considerable provenance and rare images and newspaper. PROVENANCE: Gen. J.W.B. Edwards Family; Norm Flayderman Collection; Herb Glass, Sr.; Tom LoPiano, Jr. Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Traces of blue finish remain in the most sheltered areas being mostly a mottled silver/brown patina with light surface pitting; brass trigger guard & front strap retain a medium mustard patina; cyl is a matching silver/brown patina with distinct pressure ridge and retains virtually all original orig Dragoon/Indian fight scene with 60-70% being sharp including the “W.L.ORMSBY” signature; the “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLT’S PATENT” legends on the cyl are all visible with its orig safety pin mostly intact; grip is missing a chip at left heel with a few nicks & dings on bottom edges and overall retains a smooth handworn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. Internal loading lever latch spring is a replacement. 4-42402 JR390 (300,000-400,000)

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UNIQUE ONE OF A KIND CASED GOLD DAMASCENE HARTFORD/LONDON COLT. SN 529. Cased with orig case and accoutrements. This exact gun is pictured in many major Colt books back to the ’70s (including R.L. Wilson’s “Colt Engraving Book” pg 220)and the finest one known and the only one known that shows this pattern. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT”. Left side of bbl lug & cyl are stamped with British proofs which were applied prior to the revolver being damascened. The entire revolver including rammer & handle, cyl, frame & hammer have full coverage fine Spanish damascening consisting of flowing foliate patterns except the bbl which is decorated in a spiral pattern of alternating bands with various borders separating the different patterns. Cyl is also decorated in a different pattern which consists of connected circles with foliate arabesque patterns. The trigger guard, frontstrap, backstrap, buttstrap & screws are simply gold plated without decoration. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig English oak casing with swinging latches on each end of the front and a mortised brass lock with empty medallion in the lid. Interior is blue velvet lined and compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a gold plated 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter, a Dixon bag flask, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a lacquered tin for Blanch & Son caps with repoussed brass top label and another small lacquered oval tin filled with caps. Covered right rear compartment is empty and the cleaning rod is missing. It is possible that this may have been the work of Spanish damascene artist, Eusebio Zuloaga, who was one of the finest artists of his day working in this historic art form. Both Zuloaga and Colt participated in the 1851 London World’s Fair where they displayed their work and it is possible Colt may have commissioned him to produce this unique piece. Whether Zuloaga did this or not, the extraordinary workmanship on this unique Colt clearly indicates this was the work of a fine artist and not the ordinary work performed by an Indian artist. It is obvious that Colt was inspired by the European gold decorated firearms as in 1853 the first gold inlaid Sultan of Turkey dragoon was presented. It is apparent, not coincidence, the year of manufacture of the dragoon offered her is 1853. This fabulous Colt is as close to a gold inlaid Dragoon as one will ever have the opportunity to acquire.. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching (grip was not checked). Overall retains virtually all of its orig rich damascening with only some very minor losses, primarily on right side of the frame from where it has resided in the case; grip has numerous nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few very minor spots of pitting; cylinder retains three strong, serviceable safety pins; although the bore has a few small scattered spots of pitting it probably is unfired as the muzzle of the bbl retains about all of its orig gold plating which would have immediately been removed had it been fired; chambers of cyl also appear to be crisp & clean and probably unfired. Case has slightly shrunken lid with a hairline crack, otherwise is sound with usual handling & storage light nicks & scratches; interior is lightly to moderately faded with light soil with damage from front sight & hammer spur; mold retains about all of its orig gold plating; flask, nipple wrench & cap tins are fine. A truly rare opportunity to own one of the finest Colts of its type. 4-45084 JR (65,000-85,000)

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SCARCE COLT FIRST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 3305. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, dovetailed Rocky Mountain front sight and 1-line left hand address on top flat. Left side frame has a small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” Cyl is usual 6 chamber with faint pressure ridge and remnants of the Dragoon Indian Fight scene, with round stop notches. Square-back brass trigger guard and backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were approximately 7,000 of these revolvers produced in the period 1848 to 1850. A large number of this production was for the U.S. government. Regardless of whether military or civilian, these revolvers saw hard frontier service, usually in adverse conditions with limited maintenance and are rarely found today with high orig finish or in orig configuration. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge, cyl and grip; no orig finish remains being an overall dark attic patina with scattered fine pinprick pitting; some screws are battered; cyl is a matching mottled patina with an area of heavy pitting, probably from long term storage in holster in damp or humid conditions, and shows 20-30% Dragoon Indian Fight Scene; grip has chipped toes, showing heavy wear with nicks, scratches and dings and retrains a hand worn patina; mechanics are fine, strong bore with scattered pitting. 4-45822 JR252 (6,000-10,000)

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FINE MODERN ENGRAVED COLT 3RD MODEL HARTFORD/LONDON DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 473. Cal. 44. Wonderful modern engraved 3rd Model Dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, slightly reduced brass front sight and 1-line hand engraved New York City address. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” engraved in an arc. Left side of bbl lug & cyl have British proofs. Mounted with beautiful checkered, 1-pc ivory grip. Revolver is beautifully engraved in English style with nearly full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with fine shaded background on the frame. Bbl lug, rammer pivot, hammer, backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are engraved to match. Cyl is usual 6-shots with re-rolled Dragoon/Indian fight scene and hand-engraved Ormsby name & address. The SN on cyl is re-stamped over the original. The “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” panels are hand-engraved with a hand-matted background. Cyl has all six safety pins. Cyl appears to be new and may be a modern replacement. Regardless, it is a beautiful representative piece. CONDITION: Fine. No orig finish remains being an overall cleaned gray metal patina; engraving is sharp; grip frame retains a medium mustard patina with traces of orig silver in sheltered areas; grips are sound with one age line in bottom, showing light diamond point wear and retain a fine mellow ivory patina; Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with light pitting. 4-45627 JR481 (5,000-8,000)

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FINE ENGRAVED COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 12389. Cal. 44. Beautiful modern engraved Colt Dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New York City address. Left side of frame is engraved in small letters “COLT’S PATENT”. The silver plated trigger guard & backstrap contain a burl walnut 1-pc grip constructed of two slabs of burl walnut glued to a spacer block, making the 1-pc grip. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking and all six safety pins crisp & serviceable. Frame is beautifully engraved in old donut style with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with fine shaded background on the frame and bbl lug with another, unusual, pattern on top center of the bbl. There are fine scalloped borders at the base of the rnd part of the bbl and at the muzzle. Rammer pivot, backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard are engraved to match. This is an exceptional recreation in orig style by a very talented engraver. SN was observed in the usual places, on bottom of bbl lug, frame, trigger guard, buttstrap & cylinder. Last four digits of SN are on the rammer handle, cyl spindle & in backstrap channel of the grip. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about all of its custom finish with bright blue on the bbl & bbl lug with some fine flaking on right side; rammer & rammer handle retain strong case colors; frame & hammer also retain strong, subtle case colors; cyl retains about 95% blue and about 97-98% stagecoach holdup scene; the “MODEL U.S.M.R. / COLT’S PATENT” legends are thin but mostly visible; the Ormsby signature is also visible; trigger guard & backstrap retain most of their strong silver plating, slightly thinned on center of backstrap and at the heel; grip is sound showing light wear with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its strong varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44905 JR483 (5,000-8,000)

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RARE CASED COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 4463. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line address with serifs. Left side of frame has a small “COLTS PATENT”. The silver plated trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip. Cyl is usual 5-shots, unfluted, with the Dragoon/Indian fight scene roll marking. The “COLTS PATENT” & SN on the cyl are rolled left hand. SN was observed on the bbl lug, frame, trigger guard, arbor, buttstrap & cyl. Accompanied by an orig mahogany casing with blue velvet lining, compartmented in bottom for revolver, an early “COLTS PATENT” American eagle dbl sided flask, an orig 2-cavity bullet & ball “COLT’S PATENT” brass mold without sprue cutter and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 15,000 of these rare revolvers were produced in the period 1847-1850 with about 4,000-5,000 of the later productions having the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking, leaving only about 10,000 Baby Dragoons with the Dragoon/Indian fight scene. The Baby Dragoon was Colt’s first attempt at a pocket-sized revolver which was immediately accepted by the public and saw extensive service from its introduction, throughout the Civil War and well into the 1870s when it was supplanted by the advent of self-contained cartridge revolvers. Few are found today in orig configuration with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all external numbers are matching. Bbl retains 75-80% orig blue with sharp edge wear; the loss areas are a medium patina; frame & hammer retain strong case colors, moderately faded with a series of small casting flaws on the lower left rear side of the frame and a few small spots of pinprick pitting on right side; visible part of cyl retains about 90% strong orig blue with wear on front edge & rear shoulder and a light cyl line; trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all of their strong orig silver plating with a few light pimples on backstrap; grip retains most of its strong orig varnish with a few minor, very light handling marks. Case has three cracks in the lid with repaired ends; interior has lightly faded lining in the lid, moderately to heavily faded in bottom with reattached partitions; flask retains about 60% orig finish with a dent in the bottom and an open seam; mold retains a light mustard patina with light hammer marks on both sides; cavities are crisp & clean; cap tin is lightly rusted, missing about 20% of its label. 4-46051 (27,500-37,500)

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED FACTORY PRESENTATION QUALITY CHARTER OAK COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET. SN 312376. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 5″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Frame is without Colt’s Patent marking. The silver plated trigger guard & back strap contain a 1-pc varnished Charter Oak grip with matching last four digits of SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is 6-shots and has the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking. The rammer lever has the last three digits of matching SN and the cyl & cyl spindle have the last four digits of matching SN. Accompanied by an orig, blue velvet lined, mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a sgl sided “COLT’S PATENT” eagle & stars flask, a presentation grade, high polish blue steel 2-cavity bullet mold with “COLT’S PATENT” sprue cutter, marked on right side “31 PKT”, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a functioning key and several lead bullets & balls. This is one of the final production models almost certainly intended for presentation with its extra finish blue on bbl and bullet mold along with the grip from the famed “Charter Oak”. The Charter Oak was a very historic tree that played an instrumental part in the founding of the State of Connecticut. On the night of a State Charter meeting the British sent troops to confiscate the new Connecticut charter. However patriots learned of the forthcoming raid and when the British arrived the lights were mysteriously extinguished and when they were re-lit the charter had disappeared. One of the committee members spirited the constitution out of town and hid it in the hollow of the venerable old oak, saving the charter. Thereafter the tree was referred to as the “Charter Oak”. In 1856 this old tree was destroyed in a wind storm and at the time it was estimated to have been 800-1,000 years old. Local Indians venerated the old tree. Numerous souvenir articles were produced from the wood and Samuel Colt obtained enough of the wood to produce a number of special grips for his presentation firearms, this being one of them. R.L. Wilson, in his “Colt Engraving Book”, pg 100 displays a presentation Colt 1849 Pocket SN 110003, and describes it as being the “only Charter Oak Model 1849 pocket revolver known to the author”. The gun presented here was unknown to the author as it has been in a private collection for the past 30 years. This extremely rare example is therefore one of two known and undoubtedly the last Charter Oak ever made. CONDITION: Very fine plus, all matching including cyl & grip, except wedge which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 95-96% glossy high polish blue with muzzle & sharp edge wear, a couple of small scratches and several nicks & dings around the wedge slot; rammer handle retains brilliant case colors; frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, extremely bright on sides of frame, lightly faded on recoil shields; hammer retains extremely bright case colors on sides & rear edge with top edge faded to silver; trigger guard retains 80-85% strong orig silver and back strap 30-40% silver with the exposed brass a medium mustard patina; cyl retains 30-40% orig blue, showing about 95% stagecoach holdup scene; grip is sound showing wear on left edge and a few minor chips in the finish and overall retains about 90% strong orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong bright bore with moderate pitting. Case has a grain check in bottom with one loose bottom front corner, otherwise is completely sound with light storage & handling marks and retains about all of its bright orig varnish with bright polish on the lock escutcheon; interior is lightly faded & soiled with wear from the front sight & hammer spur and one re-glued partition; flask appears new and retains 96-97% orig finish with minor wear on collar and bright blue on spring with minor dulling on back side; mold retains 70-80% bright high polish blue with numerous nicks, dings & scratches and a bent left arm with crisp clean cavities; nipple wrench is near new. This is a truly rare opportunity to purchase a Charter Oak Colt. 4-45086 (65,000-95,000)

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RARE CASED ENGRAVED COL. COLT PRESENTATION 1855 ROOT SIDEHAMMER MODEL 2 PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 2462. Cal. 28. Blue finish with 3-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line address with pointing hand motif. Cyl is unfluted, 5-shots with cabin/Indian fight scene. Mounted with 1-pc select burl walnut grip, matching numbered to this revolver. Revolver is beautifully engraved by Gustave Young with wonderful, small arabesque patterns with fine punch dot background, having nearly full coverage on the frame. Scrolls on each side of the frame terminate in Mr. Young’s distinctive mythical dog’s heads. Engraving extends onto the bbl lug and two flats on each side of the bbl. Rammer pivot, backstrap, buttstrap, bottom of frame & the entire hammer are all engraved to match. Backstrap is engraved, probably from the hand of Gustave Young, in period script “Willis Thrall Esqre / From Col Colt”. Right rear side of frame, under the hammer, has an extended slot which exposes the hammer pawl (hand) its full length. This slot allows the pawl to extend outside the frame and will bind the hammer when an attempt is made to fire. Accompanied by its orig burgundy velvet lined rosewood casing with an empty rectangular plate in the lid and mortised brass lock in bottom front. Inside bottom of case is compartmented for the revolver, a dbl sided eagle & stars flask, a 2-cavity blued steel bullet & ball mold with “COLT’S PATENT” marked sprue cutter, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps and an L-shaped nipple wrench. Willis Thrall was the Director of the Exchange Bank of Hartford, Conn. where Elisha Colt was the cashier. Mr. Thrall was also a publisher of maps, prints & engravings plus he was a manufacturer & dealer of hardware & folding rules. He was also the President of the Screw Company of Hartford, plus he apparently dealt in land & mortgage transactions. From 1836-1855 he was with Kellogg’s of Hartford, Conn. His hardware & tool manufacturing company was founded in 1833 and was still in business as of 1871. They were manufacturers of 2-fold and 4-fold rules, board measures, bench & shoemaker measures, yardsticks, gauging rods, tri-squares, sliding bevel squares, base knobs, file & chisel handles plus other tools. This revolver is pictured in color on p. 142 in The Colt Engraving Book, Wilson. The caption to the photographs states that Mr. Thrall “was a prominent Hartford businessman and hardware merchant, known to have had business connections with Samuel Colt and the Colt’s Pt. F.A. Mfg. Co.”. The nipple wrench is not included in this photograph. This revolver is also mentioned, and identified by SN, on p. 93 of the book Colt Engraving, Wilson, but not pictured. PROVENANCE: King Hussein of Jordan Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & bbl lug retain about 90% glossy orig blue; frame retains about 85-90% strong orig blue turned plum on backstrap and dark on buttstrap; cyl is a blue/brown patina and retains about 95% cabin/Indian fight scene; inside the frame, around the hammer nose slot, is heavily pitted; grip is sound showing light edge wear, a couple of small scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; Hammer pawl, as noted, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong bore with moderate pitting; Case has a couple of cracks in the lid and another in the bottom with light handling & storage nicks & scratches along with some circular chemical spotting, otherwise retains about all of its orig varnish; interior is moderately faded with moderate to heavy soil in the bottom with damage from the front sight and one reattached partition and one loose partition; flask retains about all of its orig finish, bright & strong on one side, dull on the other; collar, tab & spout retain most of their bright orig gold wash; mold is equally new, retaining most of its orig blue; cap tin & nipple wrench are fine. 4-45191 (55,000-75,000)

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RARE SAMUEL COLT PRESENTATION FACTORY CASED MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER. SN 170095. Cal. 31. 4″ oct bbl. According to information provided by Colt historian, R.L. Wilson, the 1-line inscription in italic rather than script is the scarcest type of inscription by the Colt factory. This gun, SN 170095, was made late in 1860 as hostilities were beginning in the upcoming Civil War. The backstrap of this gun is inscribed “Presented to G.W. Dart by Col. Saml. Colt” The bottom of the case is inked “Wm Sloane 593 Broadway NY”. According to an Arms Gazette article published in Oct. 1979 on this particular gun, along with other accompanying documents, Dart, a CT native, was thought to be an agent selling for Colt in New York City before the Civil War who returned to the state to enlist in 1862 as a member of the 24th Conn. volunteer infantry. He was commissioned Lt. and quartermaster and was “cashiered” out of service Sept. 30, 1863. “It is interesting to see Dart listed as quartermaster in light of his possible business experience should we assume again that he played a part in the Sloane business” (from Arms Gazette article mentioned above). The 24th Conn. left NY and sailed for New Orleans and served in the Louisiana Department of the Gulf from January to September 30, 1863, his muster out date. There is a military document stating that Giles W. Dart “was in arrest awaiting the sentence of a general court martial” in February 9, 1863 in Baton Rouge, LA. His court martial concerned the unauthorized selling of commissary goods. Dart was found guilty and was cashiered from the Army’s service. Cased Col. Colt “personal” presentation pistols are quite rare especially with this early type of inscription and this is a nice example that has seen some use but is still in very presentable fine condition. Arms Gazette article and photographic reproduction of Dart from CT State Library collection included. Copies of article available on request. CONDITION: This gun overall is in very good to fine condition. The bbl retains 20-30% original bright blue finish. The right side of the bbl lug has numerous small dings. The cyl is overall brown retaining all of its original stagecoach hold-up scene. Safety pins are intact. Loading arm retains strong areas of case color though mostly muted. Frame shows areas of old cleaning with light scratching with traces of case color. The Colt’s patent marking on left side of frame is lightly struck with the “CO” in Colt only partially visible. Stocks retain 95% of their original varnish though there are numerous small dents in buttstrap and stocks where gun was used as tack hammer. Original mahogany case is sound and solid with one large crack extending most of surface on top of case with old glue repair. Interior of the case is very good and appears all original with wear as expected to components moving and distressing velvet. The eagle pistol flask has several small dents and old patina retaining traces of its original varnish. The brass mold is stamped “COLTS PATENT” and has numerous small dings and dents to surface. The “japanned” cap tin has a green paper label which is dark, soiled and hard to read but has “COLTS PATENT” and Ely maker’s mark. Several balls and key to case are found in other compartment. Scarce, most difficult to find original early personal Colt presentation 4-42399 (17,500-22,500)

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Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Cylinder numbers may be restruck.

RARE CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION COLT 1860 ARMY REVOLVER, STATE OF VA. SN 224. Cal. 44. This is a very early Colt Model 1860 Army revolver with 7-1/2″ bbl and non-fluted cylinder. According to Colt historian and author R.L. Wilson on this revolver which was included in The Book of Colt Engraving, this is THE ONLY KNOWN STATE OF VA.PRESENTATION DURING THE CIVIL WAR. Backstrap carries an inscription that reads “Presented to D.T. Williams by the State of Virginia, April 22, 1861”. Mr. Wilson, in his original notes, believed D.T. Williams to have been an employee of Peter Williams & Co. of Richmond, Va. In actuality, he was a partner in firm of Williams, Peters & Co. who most likely was an agent contracted to procure a number of Colt revolvers for the “new” Confederacy. This was verified by research in Man at Arms 12/08 article entitled “Traitor or Capitalist?”, which pointed out error in Colt factory records as to company name). The date of presentation of this gun is the day after the confiscation of a shipment of 500 Colt revolvers at the Adam’s Express office in Richmond on April 21st “by the State authorities” (as documented in the Richmond Examiner newspaper). Included with this gun is the same Man at Arms article,which illuminates this particular specimen “ as representing an important group of early 1860 armies shipped to Colt’s southern dealers, many which burst their cylinders and (as Sam Colt documents) “we will repair or replace”… and were replaced at the factory with new, unfluted cylinders with correct serial numbers stamped on replacements.by Colt factory. A large amount of research material including with this lot highlighted by a RARE ORIGINAL letter from General J.R.Anderson, owner of the famed Tredegar Ironworks in Richmond (cannon foundry to the Confederacy) to Samuel Colt requesting confirmation of prices for “500 New Model Army pistols”. This specimen was one of the 500 pistols confiscated by the Confederate authorities then returned to General Anderson by the State of Virginia. Letters from Mr. Wilson, noted historians including John Parsons and several prominent dealers and collectors including Herb Glass, Sr. concerning this gun are included as well as correspondence from family descendent of the recipient of this revolver. Early Colts that saw confederate service generally are well used and very worn. This gun has seen use but was well cared for and is in excellent condition considering its history. The last guns shipped by Colt to the South according to Colt records were 500 guns shipped to Peter Williams & Co., Richmond, VA, April 15, 1861. Due to the firing that day on Fort Sumter all shipments stopped after this date. According to Colt historian and author R.L. Wilson, this is the only known State of Virginia Colt presentation during the Civil War. Mr.Wilson, in his notes, believes D.T. Williams to have been an employee of Peter Williams & Co. David Terry (D.T.) Williams was a prominent commission merchant in the City of Richmond during the Civil War period with offices located at 5 Shockoe Slip. Mr. Williams lived on South Third Street, in an area known as Gamble’s Hill, and his widow continued living there until the turn of the century. The date of presentation of this gun is of interest since April 22nd was the day on which the Legislature of Virginia was considering the appointment of Robert E. Lee as commanding general of military forces in the State of Virginia. A number of matters were recorded on April 23rd including in regard to the confiscation of the 500 Colt revolvers. Mr. Williams was born February 18, 1828, had two brothers, one who was Capt. Samuel Williams, killed in action November 27, 1863. Mr. William’s father, Thomas Terry Williams, was killed by one of his slaves when David was seven years old. David was a member of the banking firm Williams, Peters & Co., Richmond, VA from 1861 to 1863 when he became the sole proprietor and president. During this same period he enlisted July 1, 1863 as a member of the First Virginia State Reserves. He entered as a private and was promoted to Sergeant. This unit saw service guarding prisoners at Belle Isle. Williams and his unit saw action during the siege of Petersburg. He also commanded militia within the City of Richmond during the war. After the war, David had become a member of Williams, Johnson & Co. and established the Manufacturer’s Tobacco Exchange, at which time he was associated at the time of his death, May 21, 1873. David was buried in Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery, which is the resting place of five American presidents, Jefferson Davis, and 10,000 Confederate soldiers. A most historically important and unique Civil War and Confederate presentation revolver with original Tredegar Ironworks letter tied together by research in Man at Arms article to an apparent Confederate agent illuminating a select group of early Colt revolvers shipped to Richmond three days after the war began. Copies of article available upon request. CONDITION: Very good overall. Metal is gray/brown with scattered dings, dents and pitting. There are traces of finish, especially in protected areas at bottom of bbl. Cyl scene is almost complete only being partially obscured by scattered pitting. Markings are fine and well defined though edges of bottom of address are only partially struck. All SN’s match though SN on cyl may be re-struck (in Colt factory as noted in article). Backstrap and trigger guard retain 50-60% of their original silver wash. Stocks retain 70-80% of their original varnish though scuffed and worn in high areas. There are numerous small dents in butt of right stock where gun was apparently used as tack hammer. 4-42400 (25,000-35,000)

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RARE CASED PAIR OF FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS. SN 14538 & 14543. Cal. 36. Silver & gold finish with 7-1/2″ rnd bbls, German silver front sights and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left sides of frames are marked “COLTS PATENT” and the left rear webs of trigger guards are marked “36 CAL”. They have brass trigger guards & back straps that contain spectacular 1-pc ivory grips with raised carved standing Lady Liberty on left sides. Cyls have usual Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. Revolvers are engraved, although not identically, by master engraver Gustave Young in his wonderful deluxe style consisting of full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background on frames with several scrolls that terminate in flower blossoms. Hammers are also full coverage engraved with wolf’s heads on each side of hammer noses. Engraving extends about half way up both sides of bbls with several scrolls that terminate in flower blossoms and one scroll on #14538 that incorporates a fish. Tops of back straps are engraved with Mr. Young’s trademark fan pattern and foliate arabesque patterns on back straps, butt straps & trigger guards. Hammer and cyl notches on #14543 retain traces of orig gold wash. SNs on bbl lugs, frames, trigger guards & back straps are all accompanied by a small “E” signifying that these revolvers were destined to be engraved and were to receive special polishing. Accompanied by an English style dbl oak casing with empty scallop edge plate in lid. Interior is green baize lined and compartmented in bottom for the revolvers, a dbl sided Colt style Navy sized angle spout flask, a 31 caliber “COLTS PATENT” bullet mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, an unmarked pewter oil bottle, a packet of reproduction combustible cartridges, two wonderful tins of Joyce caps, an ebony handled metal wiping rod in its compartment in the back edge. There are two covered corner compartments. Also included is an orig Kriegsmarine brass capping tool marked with a “KM” on the back. Inside lid has an orig directions label. Engraved ’61 Navys are quite rare and to find a cased pair is most rare and an extraordinary find. CONDITION: Both revolvers are all matching. #14538 is fine. Bbl retains 30-35% bright silver with balance gray metal patina. Frame & hammer retain traces of silver in sheltered areas with the balance gray metal patina. Grip frame retains traces of orig silver being mostly a bright yellow mustard patina. Grip has four professionally installed pin repairs and numerous fine age lines, showing heavy wear and retains a fine ivory patina. Cyl is a gray metal patina and retains 35-40% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. #14543 is fine to very fine. Bbl retains 75-80% strong silver with the balance flaked to bare metal. Frame retains 60-65% strong silver with the balance flaked to bare metal. Hammer retains about 50% silver with about 20% gold wash. Cyl retains 10-15% silver with traces of gold wash in stop notches and around rear face and shows 30-40% Ormsby Naval battle scene with four serviceable safety pins. Grip frame retains strong silver around trigger guard with the balance a light mustard patina. Grip has several light age lines, showing heavy wear, with a wonderful light ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with some light, fine scattered pitting. Case has one crack in bottom with slightly shrunken top panel, otherwise is sound with usual handling & storage marks and retains most of a very old added finish. Interior is heavily faded and moderately soiled with two loose partitions and a couple of others that have been repaired, with light damage from front sights & hammer spurs. Flask is fine with a couple of minor dents and retains 30-40% orig finish. Cap tins are crisp & bright. Mold is cleaned to bright metal, other accessories are fine. 4-45211 (30,000-50,000)

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CASED PAIR OF INSCRIBED COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY REVOLVERS. SN 29387 / 29536. Cal .36, 7-1/2″ bbl. This is a nice pair of Colt Cased ’61 Navy Revolvers inscribed “LIEUT W.L. SHERWOOD” of the 95th New York Infantry. William L. Sherwood enlisted in October 1861 as a Corporal and was promoted 3 times; first commission as Lieutenant Dec 26, 1863, he mustered out in July of 1865 as a Captain. The 95th was a hard-fought unit being involved in many major battles fought by the Army of the Potomac including 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Petersburg and other battles around Richmond. This unit missed few of the major battles in the East and was generally at the forefront of the fighting based on casualty reports. Casing is deluxe burl walnut with a presentation plaque that is not inscribed. Interior of box holds a large pistol flask with eagle and trophy of arms decoration, pack of Sage manufactured cartridges, loose balls, oiler, two cap tins, blued steel two-cavity bullet mold and L-shaped gun tool. The correct “Directions for Loading Colt’s Pistols” paper label is pasted in top of box. CONDITION: Both guns are in about identical condition, each being mechanically sound & functional. Each retaining about 40% of their orig bright blue finish to bbl and case colors to 80 – 90% of frame, trigger and loading arm flats. Cylinders have full cyl scenes but only tiny traces of finish, mostly in protected areas. Serial 29536s cyl has numerous small dings & dents over much of its surface though scene, patent markings & serial number are easily discernible. Stocks retain about 50% of their orig varnish, 29387 a bit more. Powder flask retains about 50% of its orig varnish on the obverse and about 30% on back. Bullet mold is marked “COLT’S PATENT” on cutting sprue and “36P” on side and retains about 90% of its orig blue with numerous small scratches & dents where mold apparently was used as a hammer. L-shaped tool has traces of finish with numerous scratches & pits. Casing is sound & solid with chips to edges and missing lock escutcheon & mechanism. 4-45777 JS31 (15,000-30,000)

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2256

COLT ARMY REVOLVER WITH REMOVABLE SHOULDER STOCK. SN 86528. Martial Army appears original and matching including good inspector’s cartouches on stocks. The stock is numbered 151319 and probably made for civilian army. The number on top of buttplate is 188186. Colt Army is in standard configuration with an Ormsby naval battle scene on cylinder which is all discernible. Stock has a beautiful finish with a lanyard stud and ring in bottom tang. CONDITION: Very good overall. Gun is all-matching. Stock numbers as noted above. Bbl and cylinder retain traces of original finish in protected areas with balance being plum. Frame has traces of muted case color. Stocks are sound with line cut into wood from shoulder stock yoke. There are numerous small dings and dents in bottom of butt where pistol was used as hammer. The stock overall is very good with right-hand yoke exhibiting a 1/2″ crack as can be seen in photos. Wood in buttstock is fine overall with several small nicks and scratches. 45792 JS17 (7,000-9,000)

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2257

CIVIL WAR 1860 COLT ARMY REVOLVER IDENTIFIED TO SOLDIER. SN 96551. Cal. .44. This is a fine Colt Army issued i 1863 with all matching numbers. Gun is accompanied by its orig U,S, inspected regulation flap holster which has protected this gun since the war. Paul Jones is carved in the stocks and most likely the Cavalryman who was issued the gun. Gun has orig blue and case colors with complete cylinder scene and crisp bright markings. This is a much better than average found Colt Army. Gun was found on Cape Cod, so maybe a little research will reveal “Paul Jones'” identity. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Bbl retains 20-30% bright blue with balance brown to plum. Fine bore with crisp rifling. Frame and hammer retains 30-40% case colors, backstrap has 20-30% bright blue, cylinder has traces of finish in protected areas and cylinder scene is 95% and discernible. Grips are sound, solid and fit well with small chip at right inside toe. Sub inspector marks including a small letter “d” on butt grip are found in most parts. Inspector cartouche is barely visible where it was removed in its time of use. 4-46152 JS303 (5,000-7,000)

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2258

COLT MODEL 1860 FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 408. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line Hartford address. Left side frame is marked “COLTS PATENT”. Silver plated brass trigger guard and iron backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip whose backstrap channel is dark and oil stained, obscuring any numbers. Cylinder is 6-shots, full fluted with patent date in one flute and SN in another flute. Frame is 4-screw type, cut for shoulder stock with extended stock lug screws and a stock lug dimple in buttstrap. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 4,000 of these fluted cyl revolvers were produced during the early stages of manufacturing. It is well recorded that there were several contracts for these revolvers to Southern dealers which were filled just before the outbreak of the Civil War, therefore early fluted ’60 Armys are considered to be possibly be Confederate used arms. Further, given that these early Armys were produced just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War it can be assumed that regardless of which side used them, they saw hard service throughout the entire war and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including wedge and cyl, grip as noted. No orig finish remains being an overall smooth plum brown patina with some minor pitting on top of muzzle; trigger guard retains about 50% orig silver plating and backstrap about 95% strong orig silver plating with some minor bubbling; cyl is a matching patina; grip is sound showing heavy wear with light nicks and scratches and retains 60-70% orig varnish; mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-45820 JR251 (4,000-6,000)

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2259

PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 103618. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap is mounted with a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is usual 6-shots with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking and all six safety pins serviceable. SN was observed on bottom of bbl lug, frame, trigger guard, buttstrap & cylinder. Last four digits of SN are on the rammer handle & cyl spindle with five digits of SN on wedge. Backstrap is engraved in period script “Melzar Dunbar, Jr. / From his Friends, May 1st 1861”. Mr. Dunbar mustered in as a 1st Lieutenant in Company B, Mass 11th Infantry on June 13, 1861. He resigned his commission and was discharged on Sept. 7, 1861 due to a continuing back injury. He apparently attempted to re-enlist and was commissioned Captain in Company F Mass 47th Infantry on Oct. 9, 1862 but his commission was cancelled and he was discharged on Nov. 24, 1862. While he was in the Army, on his first enlistment his unit fought in the Battle of First Bull Run on July 21, 1861, where the 11th Massachusetts had one officer and seven enlisted men killed, two officers and thirty-eight enlisted men wounded with the same number of officers and enlisted men missing. Following the fight at Bull Run his unit was stationed at Bladensburg, Maryland where it was assigned picket duty on the Potomac. By the time the unit was reassigned on Oct. 1st, Lt. Dunbar had already been discharged. Although Lt. Dunbar did not have an exemplary Civil War record, he was a legitimate Army officer and the presentation is genuine. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip; bbl retains 30-40% flaked orig blue, being mostly a very dark attic patina with one small cleaned spot on left flat at the muzzle; rammer handle retains strong case colors throughout with some light surface spotting; frame retains faded case colors on the sides & recoil shields; cyl retains 20-30% blue having flaked, not worn, to a blue/brown patina with one spot of heavy rust and some scattered pinpricks of rust and overall shows about 80% Ormsby Naval battle scene; trigger guard & backstrap retain virtually all of their orig silver plating, oxidized to black on the trigger guard & trigger plate, at the top of the backstrap and on the buttstrap; grip is sound with some battering on bottom edges and moderate wear on sharp edges with a few nicks & dings and retains most of its orig varnish; wedge screw is missing; mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few spots of pitting. 4-45189 JR484 (5,000-7,000)

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2260

SCARCE CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 289368. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” with caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in the backstrap channel. Cyl is 5-shots with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking and all five safety pins serviceable. Accompanied by an orig purple velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in bottom for revolver, a dbl sided eagle & stars “E PLURIBUS UNUM” flask, a blued steel, 2-cavity, “COLT’S PATENT” bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter, a packet of six combustible cartridges, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a small lacquered tin of Eley’s caps with orange label. Right rear compartment contains a few cast lead balls and a functioning key. The ’49 Pocket was one of Colt’s most successful percussion revolvers, remaining in production for almost 25 years with a total production of about 325,000 revolvers through about 1873 until the advent of self-contained cartridge revolvers. These little pocket pistols were extremely popular right from their introduction and saw continuous service throughout the Civil War. They are seldom found cased and usually show their hard service, retaining very little orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including cyl & grip, wedge is properly unnumbered; bbl retains about 98% glossy orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear; rammer & handle retain all of their brilliant orig case colors; frame & hammer retain brilliant case colors, slightly darkened on recoil shields & hammer; cyl retains 75-80% glossy orig blue with one area of flaking and a few spots of light rust and shows about 95-96% stagecoach holdup scene; trigger guard & front strap retain virtually all of their strong orig silver plating; backstrap retains silver in sheltered areas, thin on buttstrap; grip is sound with a few very minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. Case has a few cracks in bottom, otherwise is sound and retains about all of its orig varnish with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches; lining in lid is lightly faded and very lightly soiled with an impression from the revolver cylinder; bottom is lightly to moderately faded with some staining from oil or cleaning solvent at the muzzle and cyl areas; there is light damage from the front sight; flask has a couple of tiny dents, otherwise retains about 90% strong orig finish with some minor tarnish on collar and wear on tab; mold retains most of its orig blue with some light surface etching and has crisp clean cavities; cartridge packet is sealed in plastic and is crisp; nipple wrench & cap tin are fine. 4-45160 JR486 (9,000-12,500)

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2261

SCARCE CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 107589. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 2-line New York City address. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT”. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching SN in the backstrap channel. Cyl is 5-shots with stagecoach holdup scene roll marking and all five safety pins are serviceable. Accompanied by an orig purple velvet lined mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a dbl sided early American eagle flask, a blued steel 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” bullet & ball mold with sprue cutter, marked on right side “31 PKT”, a packet of six combustible cartridges, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a crisp lacquered tin of Cox’s caps with tan label. Right rear compartment contains a few cast lead balls. The ’49 Pocket was one of Colt’s most successful percussion revolvers, remaining in production for almost 25 years with a total production of about 325,000 revolvers through about 1873 until the advent of self-contained cartridge revolvers. These little pocket pistols were extremely popular right from their introduction and saw continuous service throughout the Civil War. They are seldom found cased and usually show their hard service, retaining very little orig finish. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including wedge, cyl & grip; bbl retains 97-98% glossy orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and one small spot of light flaking on bbl lug; rammer & handle retain brilliant orig case colors; frame & hammer retain virtually all of their very strong orig case colors, turned a little dark, even recoil shields retain strong case colors; cyl retains 65-70% glossy orig blue with the stagecoach holdup scene roll marking area flaked, not worn to a light patina; cyl shows about 98% stagecoach holdup scene roll marking and all five safety pins are crisp; trigger guard & backstrap retain about 99% strong orig silver plating, lightly oxidized and turning black; grip is sound with only a couple of tiny nicks on left side and one spot of wear on right sharp edge from laying in the case, otherwise is nearly flawless, retaining virtually all of its crisp orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Case has a couple of grain checks in the lid, otherwise is completely sound with a few minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig varnish; lining in the lid is lightly faded with a couple of very minor chemical spots; bottom of the case is moderately to heavily faded with damage from the front sight and staining around muzzle & cyl areas showing wear from the flask & mold; partitions are solid; flask is completely orig with solid seam and one tiny dent and overall retains about 80% orig finish on the body, turned dark; collar & spout retain traces of gold wash; mold retains about 85% orig blue with crisp cavities; cartridge packet is crisp and the cap tin is exceptionally fine; nipple wrench is also fine. This is an exceptionally fine, orig cased Pocket Model ’49 revolver. 4-45161 JR487 (9,000-12,500)

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2262

CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 302638. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 5″ oct bbl, replacement partridge type front sight and 1-line address. Left side of bbl lug is stamped “B. KITTREDGE & CO” in an arc over “CIN.O.”. Both side flats of bbl are stamped with small circles. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard has the caliber marking. Cyl is usual 5-shots with stagecoach holdup scene. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with no marking in backstrap channel. Accompanied by a burgundy velvet lined orig Colt casing, compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a dbl sided eagle & stars “E PLURIBUS UNUM” flask and a blued steel 2-cavity bullet & ball mold with “COLT’S PATENT” sprue cutter. B. Kittredge & Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio was a major distributor of firearms & accessories. Being located on the Ohio River with access to the entire South & West, they were able to supply and outfit pioneers moving West. They also supplied dealers throughout the Western lands of the Great American Frontier. The ’49 Pocket was one of Colt’s most successful percussion revolvers, remaining in production for almost 25 years with a total production of about 325,000 revolvers through about 1873 with the advent of self-contained cartridge revolvers. These little pocket pistols were extremely popular right from their introduction and saw continuous service throughout the Civil War. They are seldom found cased and usually show their hard service, retaining very little orig finish. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered and grip as noted; bbl retains about 75% glossy orig blue with chemical etching in the finish; frame retains very bright case colors on sides, lightly faded on recoil shields; hammer retains dark case colors on sides, faded on top edge; trigger guard & backstrap retain traces of orig silver being mostly a medium to dark mustard patina; cyl retains 70-80% glossy orig blue and shows 96-98% stagecoach holdup scene. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. Case is sound with some minor heat crazing of the finish on the lid with normal handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish; interior is moderately to heavily faded with light soil in lid lining, heavier in the bottom with damage from the front sight and hammer spur and showing wear at muzzle, cyl & grip areas; partitions are solid; flask has a couple of small dents with solid seams and retains 25-30% orig finish; mold retains mostly a blue/gray patina with the bullet cavity in left arm slightly dinged, otherwise it is fine with hammer marks on right side. 4-46154 JR488 (6,000-8,000)

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CASED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 255193. Cal. 31. Blue and color case hardened with 4″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Left side of frame has small “COLTS PATENT” with cal marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. Brass large guard trigger guard and backstrap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last 4 digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Cyl is 6-shots with stagecoach hold up scene roll marking and all 6 safety pins serviceable. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined Colt casing that is compartmented in bottom for the revolver, a double sided eagle and stars flask, a 2-cavity steel bullet mold with “COLT’S PATENT” sprue cutter, L-shaped nipple wrench and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. There are also several cast lead bullets. This casing appears to be for a 5″ revolver rather than this 4″ item. CONDITION: Revolver is fine to very fine, all matching including wedge, cyl and grip; Bbl retains an overall thin factory blue with sharp edge wear and some minor surface discoloration; rammer pivot retains bright case colors; frame and hammer retain most of their orig case colors, strong and bright on sides, moderately faded on recoil shields and top edge of hammer; trigger guard and backstrap retain traces of silver in sheltered areas, being a medium mustard patina; cyl is a smooth, light blue brown patina and shows about 80% stagecoach hold up scene with all 6 safety pins serviceable; grip is sound with light edge wear, a few light nicks and a couple light gouges and retains virtually all orig factory varnish; mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore; case has a grain check in lid, otherwise is sound with light handling and storage nicks and scratches and retains most orig varnish; interior is moderately faded with light soil in bottom and light damage from the front sight, indicating that this revolver has been in this case for a number of years; flask has a couple of very minor dents and retains traces of orig finish; mold is cleaned to bright metal; nipple wrench and cap tin are fine. 4-45829 JR253 (4,000-6,000)

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2264

SCARCE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER. SN 52868. Cal. 31. Usual configuration with 5” oct bbl, brass pin front sight and hand engraved “Saml Colt” address. Left side of frame has tiny “Colts Patent” engraved in a ribbon. The silver-plated brass trigger guard and back strap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching serial number in the back strap channel. It has 5-shot cylinder with stagecoach hold-up scene roll marking. Revolver is elaborately engraved in early donut style with full coverage on the frame, bbl lug, rammer pivot, back strap, butt strap and trigger guard. Sides of the hammer are also deluxe engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer nose. Top of the back strap is engraved in a fan pattern typical of the pattern used by famous Colt engraver Gustave Young. The ends of the wedge are also engraved. Serial number was observed in the usual four places; bbl lug, frame, trigger guard and butt strap. Cylinder is numbered “43121”. Wedge, rammer handle and cylinder spindle have the last four digits of the matching serial number. Early ’49 pocket revolvers are seldom found engraved and nearly always show hard service with little original finish. Those early revolvers were in use throughout the Civil War and later on the American frontier, under harsh circumstances with limited maintenance. They continued in service well into the 1870s when they were supplanted by the advent of cartridge arms. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except cylinder which is numbered “43121”. Bbl retains about 75% original blue, thin on the top with light surface rust and fine pitting, strong and bright in the sheltered areas. Frame and hammer retain an even dark patina that may reveal case colors with a good cleaning. Grip frame retains about 90% original silver with some pimpling on the front strap and light edge wear. Grips are fine and retain about 90% original varnish with some crackling. Cylinder is mostly a cleaned gray patina with light to moderate pitting in spots and retains 75-80% stagecoach holdup scene and traces of old nickel plating. Handspring is broken otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with some shine and moderate to heavy pitting. 4-45618 (3,000-5,000)

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RARE CASED PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 41716. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 4-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” and the left shoulder of trigger guard is marked with caliber. Revolver has usual 5-shot rebated and fluted cyl. The silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip that has the last four digits of the matching SN in backstrap channel. Backstrap is inscribed in very fine period script “Presented to Thos H. Messenger / by Lewis Sheldon / Feb. 8th 1869”. Accompanied by its orig dark green or black velvet lined mahogany casing that is compartmented in the bottom for the revolver and a blued steel 2-cavity bullet & ball mold with “COLTS PATENT” marked sprue cutter and “36P” on right side. Also accompanied by an L-shaped nipple wrench and a cardboard container of Goldmarks caps. Additionally accompanied by a letter from renowned collector, author & dealer, Norm Flayderman, on his company letterhead, apparently selling this cased revolver to Mr. Elliott Brodsky of Providence, RI. He states that he had owned this revolver in his own collection for many years, just recently taking it out of storage and having some research done on the inscription. Also accompanying is a small folder of research material on Lewis Sheldon and Thomas H. Messenger, both of New York. According to the various census material available Mr. Sheldon was listed as a stockbroker in the 1870 census and Mr. Messenger was listed as a banker & farmer in the 1860 census and as a tobacco dealer in the 1870 census. The 1900 census lists Mr. Messenger as a merchant. Other than their city residence and somewhat related occupations there is no further indication of a direct connection. Further research of the newspaper morgues of the 1869 era might disclose such a direct connection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge, which is properly unnumbered; bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with a few minor nicks & dings around the wedge slot; rammer handle retains strong case colors, bright on pivot; frame retains strong case colors on sides, mostly faded on recoil shields; hammer retains strong bright case colors; cyl retains about 50% glossy orig blue, strong in the flutes and rebated area, mostly flaked to a dark patina on the major diameter; grip frame retains about 80% orig silver with the exposed areas a light patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. Case has a pressure crack in the lid with one repaired corner; interior is lightly to moderately faded with light to moderate soil and damage from the front sight; lining in the lid shows wear on right end and some minor losses; mold retains most of its orig blue with some light hammer marks on left side and light rust on right handle & sprue cutter, cavities are bright & clean; nipple wrench & cap box are fine. Altogether a fine rare cased Colt. 4-46148 JR485 (9,000-12,000)

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2266

SCARCE IDENTIFIED COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 6127. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 6-1/2″ bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address. Left side of frame has “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard has with caliber . It has usual 5-shot rebated, fluted cyl and the silver plated trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with the matching SN in backstrap channel. Backstrap channel also has the hand written inscription “S L HART” and opposite “10 REGT”. Bottom right edge of grip, beside buttstrap, is hand scratched “HART CO. C 10 REG” and on the opposite grip are some illegible notations. Accompanied by a Civil War period black leather flap holster which is hand lettered on inside of flap “S.L. HART”. Samuel Lombard Hart was born in New York and moved to Menasha, Wisconsin in about 1850 where he worked with his father as a gunsmith. He enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant in Company C Wisconsin 10th Infantry on July 18, 1861 and resigned on Sept. 14, 1862. He re-enlisted as a Captain in Company D Wisconsin 41st Infantry on June 9, 1864 and was mustered out on Sept. 23, 1864 (One of the 100-day troops). According to family history Capt. Hart served as the signals officer for the 4th Division Army of the Tennessee and saw action in the battles at Pittsburgh Landing, The Siege of Corinth and Forrest’s Raid into Memphis. It was during the Memphis raid where, under orders of Gen. Nelson, Capt. Hart crossed the river at Pittsburgh, landing under heavy fire, bearing dispatches to Gen. Buell. Upon being mustered out of the Army Samuel Hart and his brothers settled in Tombstone, AZ where they opened the Hart Gun Shop on Fremont Street. They were present during the fight at the OK Corral although not participants. Very likely they would have supplied arms & ammunition to the participants. This revolver has passed down through the descendants of Capt. Hart to the current family member/consignor. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge, bbl & grip. Bbl retains 25-30% glossy orig blue with balance flaked & worn to gray metal patina; rammer pivot retains moderately faded case colors with the handle gray patina; frame retains strong, bright case colors on sides, fading to silver on recoil shields; hammer retains strong case colors on sides & rear edge, moderately faded on top; trigger guard & backstrap retain about 80% orig silver; cyl retains 70-75% orig blue, strong & bright in the flutes and part of rebated area worn to metal elsewhere; grip is sound showing light to moderate wear on edges and overall retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. Holster has an open seam, otherwise is fine with crackled surface and overall retains most of its orig black finish; belt loop is repaired at top fold. 4-45026 JR374 (4,000-6,000)

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INSCRIBED MODEL 1862 COLT REVOLVER WITH HOLSTER. SN 12013. Cal .36, 6-1/2″ bbl. This is a very nice Model 1862 Colt Police Revolver which appears all orig with matching numbers. This gun follows the normal configuration of other 1862s with bbl address “ADDRESS COL. SAMl COLT NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA”. Frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT” and trigger guard is also marked on right side “CAL 36”. Backstrap is inscribed “Presented to H.F. Felch by his friends / June 10, 1863”. Henry F. Felch from Natick, MA entered service 8/25/62 as a Sgt. in the 39th Massachusetts Infantry. He was later commissioned to Lt. in October 1863, then again in August 1864 and left the service as a Captain. Lt. Felch was wounded 8/19/1864 at Weldon RR south of Richmond. The accompanying holster fits gun very well and is unusual in that it has a strap for closure and a finial for closure. The belt loop on back was orig riveted. When loop broke at top rivet there was a sewn repair such that Lt. Felch could continue carrying his pistol. CONDITION: Gun overall is in very good to fine condition retaining 90%+ of its orig silver plate though plating is chipped & bubbling on much of its surface. Mechanically, gun indexes but will not properly seat cyl in proper position. Grips retain 95% of their orig varnish. 4-45798 JS29 (4,000-6,000)

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2268

FINE COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY RICHARDS CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 5659. Cal. 44 Colt. Nickel finish with 8″ bbl, slightly reduced front sight and 1-line address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. Mounted with beautiful, orig, 1-pc ivory grip made from two slabs of ivory attached to two slabs of wood to make a solid 1-pc. Rebated 6-shot cyl has with Ormsby Naval battle scene roll marking. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 9,000 of these predecessors to the venerable Model 1873 Single Action Army were produced in the period 1873-1878. They became very popular on the American frontier and are rarely found today with high orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge & grip which are unnumbered and cyl spindle which is numbered “1178”; overall retains 96-98% strong nickel finish with muzzle edge wear and some candy striping on the frame; cyl retains about all of its strong orig nickel and shows 97-98% Ormsby Naval battle scene; grip is sound with a few age lines on bottom edges and overall retains a wonderful, mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-46143 JR474 (15,000-20,000)

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2269

RARE COLT RICHARDS/RICHARDS-MASON TRANSITION CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 195722. Cal. 44 CF. Converted from a Model 1860 Army with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates stamped over “COLTS PATENT” and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. Recoil shield has a large loading groove on right side and is mounted with the conversion plate that has a matching numbered loading gate. Ejector housing is Richards type with the ejector rod extending about 3/4″ out of the tube toward the cylinder. Conversion plate is Richards-Mason type with top of frame and top of plate machined away to allow the hammer mounted firing pin to strike the cartridge. Cyl is usual rebated configuration with Ormsby Naval battle scene and the rear of the cyl machined away. Rear face of cyl has small inspector initials. Mounted with varnished 1-pc walnut grip that has the last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Apparently there were very few of these transition revolvers produced and therefore can be assumed to be a substantially rare variation. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including bbl, cyl & grip except wedge which is properly unnumbered; bbl retains 60-70% orig blue, glossy & bright in sheltered areas, holster worn on left side with fine pitting on left side near muzzle; ejector housing is mostly a blue/gray patina; frame retains strong case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas with balance faded to a gray patina; hammer retains strong case colors on sides and rear edge with top faded to silver; trigger guard is a medium mustard patina; backstrap & buttstrap retain blue in sheltered areas with the body of backstrap a gray patina; cyl retains strong blue in rebated area and shows 75-80% Ormsby Naval battle scene; grip is sound showing moderate edge wear and retains 40-50% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. Tip of wedge spring is broken. 4-45827 JR248 (6,000-10,000)

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2270

RARE COLT MODEL 1861 NAVY NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 2160. Cal. 38 CF. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Bottom of bbl is stamped “R.W.M.” and a small anchor. There is also a small “S” inspector initial just forward of bbl lug. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and it has standard 6-shot cyl with orig number “362” and the matching number “2160” stamped below. Conversion is standard Richards-Mason style with matching numbered loading gate in the right recoil shield. Loading gate has internal detent & spring. The brass trigger guard & backstrap contain a 1-pc walnut grip with faint, illegible number in backstrap channel. Left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “36 CAL”. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver in its orig configuration as having been shipped to the Boston Navy Yard on Oct. 4, 1861 in a shipment of 100 same type revolvers. The letter also indicates that it was returned to the factory for conversion on April 29, 1875 from the Mare Island, California Navy Yard in a shipment of 109 Model 1861 Navy revolvers. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only about 2,200 of these conversions produced in the mid-1870s. The revolvers returned for conversion from the Navy had Navy markings with the frame patent dates stamped over “COLTS PATENT” and normally had blued steel trigger guard & backstrap. Close examination of the frame discloses no “COLTS PATENT” markings under the 2-line patent dates and the brass trigger guard & backstrap are orig to this revolver. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered and grip as noted. Overall retains a very dark plummy brown attic patina with an area of pitting on left side of bbl; frame & cyl also have scattered pitting; trigger guard & back strap are a polished light mustard patina; grip has chipped toes and a crack on right side and shows heavy wear with a hand worn patina. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch and timing needs attention, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong shiny bore with fine pitting in the grooves. 4-45819 JR250 (4,000-6,000)

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2271

SCARCE COLT MODEL 61 NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 21834. Cal. 38 CF. Usual configuration with 7-1/2” rnd bbl, German silver front sight with 1-line address and 2-line patent date on receiver. Caliber marking is on the left shoulder of the trigger guard. Brass trigger guard and back strap contain a varnished 1-pc walnut grip with last four digits of matching serial number in the back strap channel. Typical Richards-Mason style conversion with the conversion plate attached to the recoil shield. Conversion plate is stamped “1” with a matching number “1” at the top of the back strap and on top at the chamber end of the bbl. The cylinder has been renumbered to match and bears two numbers, “554” and matching last three digits of the serial number “834”. There is a “00” stamp below the serial number on the back strap. CONDITION: Fine. All matching except the wedge, which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains 20-30% bright blue in sheltered areas with the balance a dark brown patina. Frame is mostly a dark blue-gray patina with traces of case colors on the hammer. Grip frame is a medium mustard patina. Grips are sound with lightly chipped and moderately worn edges and some battering on the bottom edges and butt strap and retain 80-85% strong original varnish. Crisp mechanics with a bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. 4-45619 (2,250-3,500)

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2272

RARE COLT 3″ OCTAGON BARREL MODEL 1862 POCKET NAVY CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 20414. Cal. 38 RF. Blue & color case hardened with brass pin front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and “36 CAL” is on left shoulder of trigger guard. It has 5-shot rebated cyl with thick conversion plate attached to recoil shield and has a deep loading groove cut into right recoil shield. Orig cyl number is “9118” with last four digits of the revolver serial number “0414” stamped below. It has silver plated brass trigger guard & backstrap with 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of matching SN in backstrap channel. Page 340-341 of A Study of Colt Conversions and Other Percussion Revolvers, McDowell, states that “Though extremely rare, a very small quantity of short 3-inch octagonal barrel revolvers are known to exist within the 20400-21100 serial number range of this time of pocket Navy.” The author does not speculate as to how many were actually produced but they are rare and very rarely encountered today. Accompanied by an orig, period, oilcloth inside the belt holster with German silver belt clip on right side. Left side of top band of holster is marked “Le PAGE’S / POCKET PISTOL CASE / PAT. APR 23, 1878”. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “8767”. Bbl retains traces of orig blue in sheltered areas with vice marks on each side of bbl and what appear to be wrench marks around center of octagonal section; frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, lightly faded, bright in sheltered areas; trigger guard & backstrap retain strong orig silver plating, worn on backstrap with exposed brass a medium mustard patina; grip is sound showing light wear and retaining about 95% strong orig varnish; cyl retains bright blue in rebated area with larger diameter a blue/gray patina; cyl also retains about 95% stagecoach holdup scene. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with scattered moderate pitting. Holster shows light wear and moderate soil. 4-45830 JR237 (4,000-6,000)

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2273

RARE EARLY COLT MODEL 1871 OPEN TOP SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 961. Cal. 44 RF. Rare early open top with 7-3/8″ bbl, slightly amputated, with German silver front sight and 1-line New-York U.S. America address and an integral rear sight at the cyl end. Left side of frame is marked “COLTS PATENT”. Hammer has the rimfire nose attached to the left side with two rivets. Cyl is usual 6-shots, unfluted and not rebated. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the number “1336” in backstrap channel. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about the first 1,000 of the production of this revolver had the “COLTS PATENT” frame marking out of the total of 7,000 manufactured in the period 1872-73. These revolvers were Colt’s successor to the Richards and Richards-Mason conversion revolvers and attained great success being chambered for the same cartridge as the Henry and Winchester Model 1866 rifles. They saw hard & continuous service on the American frontier, usually under adverse circumstances with little or no maintenance. With the advent of the Model 1873 Colt and other centerfire revolvers these rimfire revolvers fell into disfavor and were either discarded or, more commonly, sold to the Mexican and South & Central American markets where the rimfire rifles were still popular. Their hard service continued in the harsh jungle environments and are usually found today with altered bbls and little or no orig finish. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching including wedge & cyl, except grip which is numbered as noted above; bbl retains thin blue on bottom in sheltered areas with the balance a blue/gray patina showing heavy wear; frame retains smoky case colors on sides with balance faded to silver; hammer nose has had the firing pin rivets peened on right side; hammer spring is a replacement; cyl is a smooth gray/brown patina with one area of light pitting; trigger guard is a medium mustard patina and the backstrap is a gray/brown patina; grip has chipped toes showing heavy wear and retains about 30% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-45828 JR249 (4,000-6,000)

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2274
Revised: 3/9/2012

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: SN 22249. Cal 45 Colt. This fine Colt is accompanied by a Colt Factory letter which identifies it in caliber 45 with blue finish, barrel length and type of stocks not listed and shipped to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, New York, NY on 31 December 1875 in a shipment of 67 same type arms.

NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 22249. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-15/16″ bbl, 1-line script address with serifs. Bottom of bbl, under ejector housing, has the last four digits of matching SN which are also found on the cylinder. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and it is mounted with an original 1-pc ivory grip with very deep relief carved Mexican eagle on right side. Grip could be orig Colt product with two slabs of ivory affixed to a central wooden spacer block to create the 1-pc grip, or they may have been added by the the Nimschke shop. They are definitely period to the gun. Ejector housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Front strap, under the grip, was drilled for a 2-pc grip locator pin and now has that hole plugged. This revolver was produced in 1876 and the 2-pc hard rubber eagle design grips were not introduced until 1882. Revolver is engraved by L.D. Nimschke with about 80-85% coverage on the frame of foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch dot background. Top strap is engraved in feather patterns with a diamond & dot pattern on each side of bbl boss and a hunter’s star on the sides of the ejector housing boss & base pin boss. Matching foliate arabesque patterns extend 4-1/2″ on each side of bbl and on each side of muzzle with a dash & dot border pattern around the address which terminates in a foliate arabesque pattern. Ejector housing is exceptionally engraved with a large diamond & dot panel on the outer radius with dash & dot borders and a sunburst at each end. Top gullet is engraved in a leaf & vine pattern. Backstrap is engraved with Mr. Nimschke’s distinctive sunburst pattern with diamond center and foliate arabesque patterns elsewhere. Trigger bow & cyl are engraved to match with feather patterns on back edge of cylinder and foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes. Engraved early single actions are quite rare and are seldom encountered especially in an unaltered state. Only a few deluxe engraved revolvers in the Nimschke style are known and all are in the 22,000 serial number range, except the few that are thought to have been on the centennial wheel. Multiple experts think because of the extra-deluxe engraving and the extra deluxe grips this gun may have been on the centennial wheel. A letter from noted Colt authority, Dick Burdick, accompanies the gun. In part it states “This fine revolver remains today very much in the state it was finished in circa 1876. It retains the majority of the original nickel finish, which was applied after the engraving in the L.D. Nimschke shop in New York. The Colt markings are sharp and distinct, and do not show evidence of later polishing or abrasion post finishing circa 1876. There is some finish loss and fine pitting in the engraving cuts which have the hammer and graver progression cuts that demonstrate age and method of engraving. The engraving is classic L D. Nimschke, quite profuse, and orig in all respects. It is noteworthy to observe the broken italic barrel address die. This example is very near the end of the use of this die. The block letter die marked barrel has been observed as early as the 19000 serial number range. Along with this style of die change, an improved method of attaching the ejector tube to barrel was adapted. Our example has the first style ejector tube and barrel address. The hammer is the proper early long knurling with case hardened finish and the trigger is blue, which is proper for the outside factory New York engraved revolvers. The last four digits of the matching serial number are on the barrel underneath the ejector tube and on the periphery of the cylinder. The three full serial numbers match, and are authentic stamping by Colt. The front sight is full and has its original configuration. The grips are of the same age as the revolver and could have been installed by the Nimschke shop at time of engraving. The carving is finely executed and the ivory is in excellent condition for its age, showing little use. At some point in time, a grip pin has been installed on the trigger guard to accommodate 2-piece grips. This hole for the pin is now plugged. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains 80-90% strong bright original nickel with flaking on the cyl and wear & loss of nickel on the top strap, backstrap, right side of frame & loading gate and ejector housing; front strap is dulled and the cyl is moderately to heavily flaked and retains most of its nickel plating on front face; hammer retains faded case colors, mostly on left side and rear edge with balance turned silver; grip is sound with a couple of minor age lines and overall retains a wonderful mellow dark ivory patina; hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting; inside top strap & recoil shield are moderately pitted; firing pin hole in the bushing is enlarged and the firing pin retaining pin has been staked; firing pin appears to be of later vintage. 4-46058 (50,000-90,000)

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2275

*RARE CASED ENGRAVED FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, THE VERY LAST ENGRAVED PRE-WAR COLT SINGLE ACTION. SN 357600. Cal. 357 Mag. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and 1-line block letter address with model & caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Engraved by Wilbur Glahn in his distinctive foliate & floral vine style with fine stippled background. Frame has nearly full coverage with matching patterns extending the full length on each side of bbl, in top gullet and outer radius of ejector housing, on sides of front sight, the entire length of backstrap and buttstrap. Also engraved on front strap with Mr. Glahn’s distinctive V-shaped patterns with additional matching engraving on trigger bow and trigger plate. Fitted with fine 2-pc ivory grips that have silver Colt medallions. The right grip has a nicely detailed, raised carved ox head. SN was observed on bottom of frame and on right side of front & backstraps, under the grip. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver in caliber 357 Magnum with 7-1/2″ bbl, blue finish with ivory stocks, carved steer head motif, Class C engraved, engraver’s name not listed, sold to Eddie Bauer, Seattle, WA; shippe