October 2009 Firearms Auction Extraordinaire
Totals Nearly $11 Million!!!

Auction: October 6 & 7, 2009

Preview: October 2-5, 2009

Please Note: All prices include the hammer price plus the buyer’s premium, which is paid by the buyer as part of the purchase price. The prices noted here after the auction are considered unofficial and do not become official until after the 46th day.

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2000

*SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 55 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 8497. CAL. 25-35. 24″ round bbl, half magazine takedown, pedestal front with gold bead sight, sporting rear sight with set screw. Left side of bbl is marked “MODEL55-WINCHESTER-NICKELSTEEL-25-35W.C.F./TRADEMARK”. Right side “MADE IS U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN CONN.”. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, serrated steel shotgun butt, standard forend with nosecap. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 95-97% orig blue with a few minor nicks and scratches typical rub mark on bottom from takedown. Receiver retains 75-80% orig flaking blue with minor wear at top and bottom blending with silver and brown patina. There are a few normal light nicks and scratches. Stock is sound with typical nicks, dings, and handling marks and retains most of its orig finish. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings and a few tiny scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38365 BDT233 (3,000-4,000)

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2001

*BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 94 DELUXE CARBINE. SN 1285716. Cal. 32 WS. 20″ bbl, full magazine, matted ramp with gold bead Lyman sight, 22 series rear sight. Left side bbl marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA / WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL – WINCHESTER / TRADEMARK – MODEL 94 – 32 W.S.” Muzzle has engraved border with gold band and 1″ wedge of scroll engraving on each side. Bbl bands are relief engraved with foliate scroll and stippled background. Chamber end has border engraving, gold bands and wedge of scroll engraving on each side of sight. Standard receiver is beautifully engraved with relief foliate scroll, shaded background with white-tail buck and doe inlaid in gold, punch dot border and circle with gold wire border on left side and right side has relief foliate scroll with shaded background, a mountain scene with gold bull moose, punch dot border and circle with gold wire. Hammer and lever are engraved with floral scroll and gold wire. Consignor states this fine work was done by Robert Cane. Mounted with highly figured flame grain walnut, checkered straight grip, engraved serrated steel buttplate and H style checkered forend. CONDITION: Extremely fine, gun appears new and unfired since custom engraved and stocked. Metal retains 99% of its fine custom blue finish with only a few minor handling marks. Wood is sound with sharp crisp checkering, a few minor handling marks and retains all of its fine custom hand rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. 4-38808 BDT119 (5,500-7,500)

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2002

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 CARBINE PROPERTY OF VIRGINIA STATE POLICE. SN 1262826. Cal. 30 WCF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, stippled front ramp with fine bead sight, and 22 series rear sight. Left side of bbl is marked “MADE IN NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S. OF AMERICA/WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-WINCHESTER/TRADEMARK-MODEL 94-30W.C.F.” Standard receiver with right side stamped “NO 41”. Mounted with streaky straight grain walnut, straight grip, serrated shotgun buttplate, right side of stock is marked “PROPERTY OF/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE”. Closed loop sling swivel, 9-1/4″ forend, mag tube mounted with closed loop swivel on band. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 97-98% orig blue with typical minor nicks & scratches. Receiver retains 95% orig blue, silvering at sharp edges and usual nicks & scrapes. Stock is sound with minor nicks & scratches, a couple small dents and retains most of its orig finish. Forend is sound with typical nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-36531 BDT (1,500-2,500)

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2003

*WINCHESTER MODEL 94 CARBINE LAPD MARKED. SN 805562. Cal. 30 WCF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base with pin tall blade front sight, standard ladder carbine rear sight. Left side of bbl marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING CO./NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21.1894.” Left side below rear sight “NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER 30W.C.F.” Standard receiver, left side with stud and saddle ring, two extra holes for receiver sight, right side is stamped “LAPD”. Mounted with straight grain gumwood stock, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, left side near buttplate is stamped “125/L.A.P.D.” 9-1/4″ forend with bbl band. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and mag tube retain 90% factory blue, slightly thinning and typical nicks, dings & scratches. Receiver has orig blue with numerous light scratching blending with brown & silver patina. Gumwood stock is sound with numerous nicks & dings and light scratches but carried much of its orig finsih blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with numerous nicks, dings & small gouges and retains some orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with good bore with slightly dark grooves. 4-36530 BDT189 (1,500-2,500)

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2004

*WINCHESTER MODEL 94 CARBINE POLICE MARKED. SN 1100896. Cal 30 WCF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, smooth ramp front with gold bead sight and hood, “22” series rear sight. Left side of bbl at rear sight marked “WINCHESTER/PROOF SEAL-MODEL 94-WINCHESTER/TRADEMARK-30W.C.F.” Right side “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN.CONN.” Standard receiver stamped on lower right side “SJ CO”. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, 9-1/4″ forend with band. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and mag tube retain 85-90% orig blue with some minor scuffing, nicks, dings & scratches. Receiver retains orig blue that is flaking and had some minor surface oxidation across upper right side, blending with brown and silver patina. There are numerous nicks & scratches throughout receiver. Stock is sound with a few nicks & dings and shallow gouges on right side, retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound, with typical nicks & dings and shallow dents and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-36532 BDT190 (1,500-2,500)

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2005

RARE SPECIAL ORDER FIRST MODEL WINCHESTER DELUXE 94 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 4176. Cal. 38-55. 24″ oct bbl, 1/2 mag, dovetail Marble Shread front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.”, and next to receiver “38-55”. First Model receiver with external guide screws, left side engraved with intertwined letters “AJS”. Mounted with fancy “XXX” walnut, with fine checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber gripcap, Winchester hard rubber shotgun buttplate, “H” checkered forend with nosecap. Inspection of lower tang reveals Assembly No. 1820XXXRB. The matching 1820 No. can be found in top tang channel of stock. The back of stock, inside top tang, and lower tang, are all stamped “R.F.ENVOLD”. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Fact Sheet identifying gun as 38-55, 24″ oct bbl rifle, 1/2 mag, checkered pistol grip stock, rubber shotgun buttplate, “AJS” engraved on frame, under remarks: stock 1″ short, sent to warehouse Apirl 8, 1895, shipped from warehouse April 9, 1895 on Order No. 9338. Stock measurement is 12″. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges, minor muzzle wear, normal nicks & scratches and some light very thin surface oxidation. Receiver retains 90% orig blue, thinning and blending with silver/brown patina, showing the early polish marks. Hammer shows good orig case colors, slightly silvering on right edge. Lever shows good orig colors in protected area blending with silver and brown patina. Stock is sound, good checkering with a few minor depressions typical nicks, dings & scratches. A few areas of finish have flaked and had a thin added coat applied. Forend is sound with typical nicks & dings, minor scratches, slightly flat checkering, retaining orig finish, blending with hand worn patina across bottom. 4-37497 BDT193 (20,000-30,000)

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2006

EXTREMELY RARE 1ST MODEL WINCHESTER 94 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 5044. Cal. 38-55. 26″ oct bbl, full mag takedown, half nickel front sight with set screw, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/ WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.”, adjacent receiver ring “38-55”. First model receiver with external guide screws, top tang mounted with peep sight. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 38-55 oct bbl, plain trigger takedown, fancy wood, received in warehouse August 1, 1895, shipped from warehouse August 3, 1895 with one other gun on order no 16293. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 75-80% thinning original blue toning to brown. Wear on sharp edges and typical minor nicks, dings and scratches. Receiver retains 60-70% original blue flaking and blending with brown patina with wear on sharp edges and across top and bottom. Usual nicks, dings and tiny scratches. Hammer shows thinning original case colors. Lever traces of color in protected areas blending with silver and brown patina. Stock is sound with nicks and dings and shallow dents and retains a thick coat of added finish. Forend is sound with nicks and dings and handling marks, dark on front and back edge and has a thick coat of added finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38372 BDT231 (6,000-9,000)

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2007

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 94 FIRST MODEL TAKE DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 4598. Cal. 38-55. 26″ oct bbl, full mag take down, fine ivory bead Lyman front sight, serrated side “V” notch sporting rear with set screw, usual bbl markings, first model receiver with external guide screws. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Fact Sheet identifying this rifle as a 38-55 oct bbl rifle, plain trigger, take down, received in warehouse 6/10/1895 and shipped from warehouse 7/27/1895 on order no. 16431. CONDITION: Very good+. Bbl retains some orig blue blending with brown & silver patina, bright on sharp edges, and some normal minor nicks & dings. Mag tube has thinning orig blue blending with brown patina, bright from take down. The first model receiver has 65-70% thinning orig blue, blending with silver and brown patina and showing prominent orig polish marks. Loading gate shows good orig nitre blue. Hammer retains dark orig case colors, thinning on left side. Lever retains dark orig case colors in protected areas and blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with minor nicks, dings & scratches, shallow dent in comb, and shows orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks, dings & scratches, shows traces of orig finish blending with an open grain hand worn finish. Mechanics are good with a slight sideways wiggle in bbl, good bore, lightly frosted. 4-39017 BDT355 (7,500-10,500)

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2008

RARE 1ST MODEL FIRST YEAR WINCHESTER MODEL 1894. SN 624. Cal. 38-55. 26″ rnd bbl, full mag., half nickel front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.”, top center adjacent receiver “38-55”. First Model receiver with external guide screws mounted with nicely streaked straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with a Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet listing as, rnd bbl rifle 38-55, sent to warehouse 12/10/1894 and shipped from warehouse 12/12/1894 on order #3823. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 90% original blue, minor muzzle wear and lightly thinning. There is some very shallow surface oxidation on center of bbl blending with a brown patina. Magazine tube retains 80-85% original blue with thinning and blending with brown patina. Receiver retains 85-90% original blue with some light scratching on right side, showing silver on sharp edges and a thin coat of spotty surface oxidation. Retaining screw and tension spring for lifter are absent. Hammer and lever show strong original case colors with lever thinning across bottom and blending brown and silver patina. Stock is sound with nicks, dings and handling marks and retains much of its original finish. Buttplate is silvering and blending with brown patina. Forend is sound with shallow depression forward left side, some minor nicks and dings and retains original finish blending with hand worn patina across bottom. Gun functions fine with missing spring and screw. Shiny bore with some fine scattered pitting. 4-38788 BDT156 (10,000-15,000)

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2009

RARE FIRST YEAR WINCHESTER FIRST MODEL 94. SN 170. Cal. 38-55. 26″ octagon bbl, full magazine. Slightly modified half-nickel front sight, modified flat top sporting rear with set screw. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN.CONN. U.S.A.” and “38-55″ stamped adjacent to receiver. Rare first model receiver with external guide screws mounted with streaky straight-grained walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied by Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 38-55, oct bbl rifle, received in warehouse November 2, 1894 and shipped from warehouse November 5, 1894 on order no. 990. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 50-60% original blue that is turning brown patina, wear on sharp edges, some nicks, dings and scratches and worn to silver left side of rear sight. Magazine tube shows original blue in protected areas turning to brown patina but mostly a silver mixed with brown patina, several small scratches and a couple of tiny dents. Receiver has only traces of original blue in protected areas and is mostly a silver mixing with brown patina. Hammer shows visible original colors, silvering on right side and blending with brown patina. Lever shows traces of original color blending with silver and brown patina. Stock is sound with minor nicks and dings, a narrow 1/2” dent on right side and carries a dark open-grain oiled finish. Forend is sound with nicks, dings and handling marks. Retains open-grain oiled finish blending with hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bore is somewhat dark with scattered light pitting. 4-37498 BDT135 (7,000-10,000)

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2010

RARE CASE COLORED AND FACTORY INSCRIBED WINCHESTER MODEL 1894. SN 15488. Cal. 38-55. 30″ oct bbl with 1/2 mag, combination front sight and blank in rear seat. Top flat of bbl marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.”, adjacent to receiver “38-55”. Left side of receiver is engraved “J.E.SIGNOR/SARANAC N.Y.”. Equipped with close coupled dbl set triggers, tang mounted peep sight. Mounted with streaky straight grain walnut, straight grip crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as case hardened, 38-55 rifle, 30″ oct bbl, set trigger, Lyman rear and combo front sights, 1/2 mag, engraved on left side of frame “J.E. SIGNOR/SARANAC N.Y.”. Received in warehouse October 9, 1896, shipped from warehouse on October 10, 1896 on Order No. 28072. The Signor family were well-to-do apple growers in upstate NY and operated a successful cider operation in the region. CONDITION: Extremely fine as professionally restored. Bbl retains 98-99% of a factory quality restored finish with some faint thinning on sharp edges and a few minor nicks & scratches. Receiver retains 99% of a factory quality restored case colored finish. The orig polish lines can still be seen in this restored finish. Stock is sound with nicks, dings & scratches and has orig flaking finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with nicks, dings & scrapes, and has orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a dark bore with scattered pitting. 4-38143 BDT181 (8,000-12,000)

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2011

STUNNING WINCHESTER MODEL 94 DELUXE TAKE DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 19673. Cal. 30 WCF. 26″ rnd bbl, full mag take down, Lyman gold bead front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Top of bbl marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.”,adjacent take down ring “30W.C.F.” Standard receiver with close coupled dbl set triggers, tang mounted lockable peep sight. Mounted with “XXX” quality walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, crescent steel buttplate, sling eye, 3″ from toe with hook swivel, “H” style checkered forend, nosecap with sling eye, hook swivel, and vintage adjustable strap. Inspection of lower tang reveals Assembly No. 3631XXX, this matching No. can be found in back of stock, and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Fact sheet, identifying as 30 cal. rifle, rnd bbl, set triggers, checkered pistol grip stock, Lyman front and blank in rear seat, received in warehouse August 16, 1897, shipped from warehouse August 16, 1897 on Order No. 12545. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95-97% orig blue, with minor muzzle wear, typical minor nicks & dings, faint rub mark on mag tube from take down. Receiver retains 90% orig blue, thinning across bottom and sharp edges, a few minor handling marks, and shows the orig filing marks. Stock is sound with minor nicks & dings, typical handling marks and retains most of its deluxe factory finish. Buttplate shows thinning orig case colors, blending with silver patina. Forend is sound, with good checkering, minor nicks & dings and light scratches, and retains most of it fine deluxe factory finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38389 BDT194 (10,000-15,000)

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2012

*WINCHESTER 1894 DELUXE LEVER ACTION TAKE DOWN RIFLE. . SN 880928. Ca. 30 WCF. 26″ oct bbl, full mag take down, 1/2 nickel front sight with set screw, three leaf express rear sight. Top bbl flat marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Left flat behind rear sight “NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER”. Top flat adjacent to take down ring has Winchester Proof Mark “30 W.C.F.” Standard receiver with Winchester proof mark top center. Mounted with highly figured walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester hard rubber buttplate, “H” style checkered forend with nosecap. Inspection of inside tangs reveals no assembly numbers. Top tang channel of stock is stamped “103757 94”. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90-95% orig blue with faint sharp edgewear, a few areas with tiny surface oxidation. Mag tube has orig blue that has blending with brown patina and shows rub marks from take down. Bbl take down ring has orig blue blending with brown patina. Receiver has 90-95% orig blue with nicks, dings & scratches, sharp edgewear, blending with brown patina at bottom front and some faint pin prick surface oxidation. Hammer retains most of its dark orig case colors. Lever retains strong orig case colors on sides blending with silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with good checkering with a couple flat points, a minor ding at lower tang, typical nicks, dings & tiny scratches, hairline crack off of top tang, and retains much of its hand rubbed finish. Forend is sound with some minor dents, dings & scratches, retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, lightly frosted bore with dark grooves. 4-38787 BDT166 (7,500-10,000)

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2013

FIRST YEAR WINCHESTER 1894 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 2299. Cal. 38-55. 26″ oct bbl, button mag, dovetail 1/2 nickel front sight with set screw, sporting rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.NEW HAVEN CONN.U.S.A.”, adjacent receiver “38-55”. Standard receiver with internal guide screws, top tang peep sight. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, crescent steel buttplate, “H” style checkered forend with nosecap. Inspection inside lower tang reveals Assembly No. 1749CF. Top tang channel of stock is stamped “1798” as well as inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Fact Sheet, identifying as 38-55 oct bbl rifle, 1/2 mag, checkered pistol grip stock, Lyman rear with cup disk, Lyman hunting front, received in warehouse August 9, 1895, shipped from warehouse August 9, 1895 on Order No. 17163. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90-95% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges, usual minor nicks & dings, and a couple small spots of fine surface oxidation. Receiver retains 75-80% orig blue, thinning and silvering on sharp edges across top & bottom with typical fine scratches, nicks & dings. Loading gate retains most of its fine nitre blue. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors, lever shows traces of orig case colors in protected areas, blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with good checkering, usual nicks & dings & small scratches, retaining much of its orig deluxe varnish finish. Forend is sound with slightly worn checkering, nicks, dings & small scratches, and retains orig deluxe varnish finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore. 4-38291 BDT185 (12,500-17,500)

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2014

WINCHESTER MODEL 94 EXTRA LIGHTWEIGHT DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 46882. Cal. 30-WCF. 26″ half-round, half-octagon tapered bbl, half magazine, pedestal front with dovetail half-nickel sight, three leaf Express rear sight. Top flat octagon portion marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.”, left flat behind rear sight “NICKEL STEEL BARREL / ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER” and top flat adjacent receiver “30 W.C.F.”. Standard receiver with tang mounted peep sight. Mounted with flame grain walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester hard rubber buttplate, H-style checkered forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet listing gun without any specifications into warehouse 12/22/1900, shipped from warehouse 12/22/1900 on order #8562. Other remarks return 12/26/1900 in warehouse 1/10/1901, rifle 30 cal., half-octagon, plain trigger. Shipped 1/10/1901 order #86607. At some point half-mag, extra lightweight, fancy checkered stock, pistol grip, shotgun butt, oil finish. Another R&R 1/6/1902 order #128312. Inspection of lower inside tang reveals assembly number “6068RBOF”. The number in top tang channel in stock is difficult to read, but appears to be “10907 94”. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90+% original blue with muzzle wear, some faint thinning behind rear sight, nicks and scratches and a few small areas of surface oxidation. Receiver retains 80-85% original blue blending with silver patina across bottom and mixing with brown patina. There are minor nicks and scratches and small areas of shallow surface oxidation. Loading gate retains most of its nitre blue. Hammer retains dark original case colors as well as sides of lever, thinning and blending with silver patina across the bottom. Stock is sound with good checkering, minor nicks and scratches and retaining its original oil finish. Forend is sound with minor nicks and dings, good checkering, retaining original oil finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a good bore. 4-36551 BDT172 (7,000-10,000)

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2015

*WINCHESTER MODEL 94 DELUXE TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 273336. Cal. 38-55. 26″ round bbl, full mag takedown. Dovetail, slightly modified, half nickel front sight with set screw. Serrated side, sporting rear with set screw. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PAT. AUG. 21. 1894.”. Top center adjacent to takedown ring, “Winchester Proof Mark 38-55”. Standard receiver with Winchester proof mark top center mounted with nicely figured walnut, checkered pistol grip with Winchester hard rubber grip cap, crescent steel buttplate, H-checkered forend with nose cap. Inspection of lower tang finds assembly number “21472XO”. Matching number can be found stamped in rear of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains strong original blue with numerous spots of surface rust that have been cleaned. Magazine tube shows most of its original tube with a 2″ area on the left side showing light surface rusting. Receiver and takedown ring have original blue mixed with multiple areas of shallow surface rust. Hammer shows dark original case colors blending with silver on the left side. Lever shows traces of dark original case colors blending with silver and brown patina. Stock is sound with good checkering, some minor nicks and dings and retains a fine original oil finish. Forend is sound with nicks and dings, good checkering, original oil finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore as gun was probably not shot a lot, but left in a wet gun case. 4-36635 BDT154 (3,000-5,000)

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2016

*FIRST WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 IN 32 SPECIAL (TEST RIFLE). SN 107731. Cal. 32 Win Spec. 26″ oct bbl, full mag, dovetail front sight, sporting rear with set screw. Top flat of bbl marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21, 1894”. Left flat under rear sight marked “NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER”. Top flat adjacent receiver with Winchester proof mark and “32 W.S.” Standard receiver with Winchester proof mark top center. Rear left side drilled and tapped and hammer screw area milled for clearance to attach the mount for endurance testing. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, blue Winchester tag marked “STD.VEL.”, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as 32 WS caliber, oct bbl, plain trigger, “Taken to Mr. Whl. For excessive test”, received in warehouse October 15, 1901, shipped from warehouse October 16, 1901 on Order No. 116485. R&R March 4, 1906, #7457, R&R April 7, 1914 #56582. Its recorded in the Journal of Cody Firearms Museum, No. 5, published in 1995, that by SN this was the first recorded 32 Winchester Special rifle. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 98% factory blue, some fine thinning on sharp edges and a few minor nicks & scratches. Mag tube retains much of its orig blue with small dent and about a 2″ area cleaned blending with silver patina just in front of nosecap. Receiver retains 95% factory blue, with minor nicks & scrapes, some pin prick surface oxidation on right side, slight thinning on sharp edges, its bright and unfinished around the two mounting holes on left side. Hammer shows strong orig dark case colors, lever shows strong dark orig case colors on side, thinning and blending with silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with nicks, dings & scratches & retains most of its factory finish. Buttplate retains thinning factory colors blending with some silver patina. Forend is sound with a few nicks & scrapes, a shallow gouge center of bottom and retains factory finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore. The only evidence of the testing is at muzzle which carries a dark brown patina and is shallow pitted. 4-36517 BDT169 (10,000-15,000)

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2017

*RARE PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH UNCHECKERED DELUXE WOOD. SN 324596. Cal. 32 WS. Standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, half nickel front sight with screw and Winchester smokeless rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured, about 3X, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent steel buttplate. Wood, unusually, has piano varnish finish. Left side of the buttstock is inlaid with a nickel oval plate 2″ long x 1-1/4″ wide inscribed “JOHN S. WOOFTER”. Buttstock, under the buttplate, is stamped “1823”, no indication of the context of this number. Also under the buttplate is a hole like a hole for buttplate with trap. Just above and to the left of this hole is a small recess with a small diameter steel pin with a fingernail notch that appears to be the retainer for the presentation plaque. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle, as found, having been shipped Jan. 8, 1907, returned & repaired Aug. 29, 1911. The letter incorrectly states his middle initial as “F” instead of the “S” that is on the stock on the plate. Left side of upper tang, under the wood, is stamped “JPP”. No other marks were observed. John S. Woofter was the Sheriff of Creek County, Oklahoma Territory, who lived in Sapulpa, a suburb of Tulsa today. Sheriff Woofter is mentioned as a party in a lawsuit involving the enforcement of state tax law that was argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in December 1918 which was decided in March 1919. Sheriff Woofter’s name was also mentioned in a legal brief concerning a prostitution case in which he was also involved in prosecuting. PROVENANCE: Pete Wall Collection; Bill Sisney Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 93-95% strong orig blue with only sharp edge wear and some minor nicks & a few spots of pitting on right side. Forend cap is a cleaned metal patina. Receiver retains about 75% orig blue, strong & bright on sides with edge wear and bottom turning gray. Top tang is a blue/gray patina. Lever retains about 60% faded case colors and the hammer about 90% dark case colors. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches on buttstock and heavier creases on forearm with some dark oil staining at receiver end on the bottom. Buttstock retains about all of its strong orig piano varnish finish and the forearm about 75% of the same finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-37401 (6,500-9,500)

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2018

FIRST YEAR WINCHESTER 1894 TAKE DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 731. Cal. 32-40. 26″ oct bbl, full mag take down, combination front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.” Adjacent take down ring “32-40”. Second type receiver without external guide screws, top tang mounted peep sight. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied by a Winchester Gun Museum letter identifying this rifle as found, shipped Jan. 19, 1895. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95-97% orig blue with minor nicks & dings, and showing bright on sharp edges. Mag tub retains 90% orig blue with rubbing from takedown. Receiver retains 95-97% orig blue with wear on sharp edges and a few minor nicks & scrapes. Hammer retains most of its dark orig case colors, lever shows fading orig colors blending with silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with some minor nicks & dings, feather grained orig finish flaking at comb. Buttplate shows thinning orig case colors blending with silver. Forend is sound with some minor nicks & dings, orig feather grained finish blending with hand worn patina. Nosecap retains 95% orig blue with a couple minor rub marks. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-36550 BDT157 (6,000-10,000)

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2019
Revised: 9/11/2009

Correction to printed catalog: The catalog image of the buttstock is not for this gun (#879464). The image belongs with Lot 2015.

*WINCHESTER MODEL 94 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 879464. Cal. 30 WCF. 24″ half rnd, half oct bbl, full mag takedown, dovetail blade front sight with set screw, flat top sporting rear sight. Top flat of oct portion is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21. 1894.”. Adjacent to takedown ring Winchester proof mark and “30 W.C.F.”. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95-98% factory blue with nicks and scratches, thinning on sharp edges and rub mark on mag tube from takedown. There is a thin coat of dried rust preventative, partially cleaned but can still be found in protected areas. Receiver retains 95% original blue, thinning at sharp edges, minor nicks and scratches and has the dried preservative in protected areas. Stock is sound with nicks, dings and scratches, a couple of shallow dents and retains a thin coat of added finish. Forend is sound with nicks, dings and scratches and retains a thin coat of added finish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-36634 BDT228 (4,000-7,000)

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2020

WINCHESTER 1894 TAKE DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 30505. Cal. 30 WCF. 26″ oct bbl, full mag take down, 1/2 nickel front sight with set screw, serrated side full buckhorn sporting rear, standard receiver with take down ring, and tang mounted Lyman peep sight. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue with typical faint scratching and minor nicks & dings, bright on sharp edges. Magazine tub retains much orig blue, thinning and showing rub marks from take down. Receiver retains 70-80% orig blue, strong on sides, thinning and blending with silver and brown patina on top and bottom of front edge, as well as take down ring of bbl, some minor nicks & scratches and some minor areas of oxidation. Hammer retains most of its dark orig case colors, slightly silvering on right side. Lever retains strong orig case colors in protected areas, blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings & scrapes, orig finish blending with hand worn patina at comb and through wrist area. Forend is sound, with a repaired break on left side along with a small filled spot and retaining a thin coat of added finish. Mechanics are crisp, shiny bore with slightly dark grooves. 4-36558 BDT163 (4,000-6,000)

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2021

WINCHESTER 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 6882. Cal. 38-55. 26″ oct bbl, full mag, 1/2 nickle front sight with set screw, serrated sides sporting rear with set screw. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent to receiver “38-55”. Standard receiver with tang mounted peep sight, mounted with streaky straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttpalte, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as 38-55, oct bbl rifle with plain trigger, received in warehouse September 13, 1895, and shipped from warehouse on September 18, 1895 with seven other arms, with Order No. 20611. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 80-85% thinning orig blue with wear on sharp edges and a couple areas that show light cleaning. Receiver retains 80-85% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges, blending with brown patina at top and bottom front edge, and light scratching from attempted cleaning. Hammer shows most of its dark orig case colors. Lever has strong orig colors on side, thinning and blending with silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with minor handling marks and retains virtually all of a fine factory quality restored finish. Forend is sound with minor handling marks and retains virtually all of a fine factory quality restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, good bore with slightly dark grooves. 4-38378 BDT161 (3,000-4,000)

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2022

*WINCHESTER 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 142290. Cal. 32-40. 26″ oct bbl, full mag, dovetail Lyman fine bead front sight, serrated side flat top sporting rear with set screw, top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. PAT. AUG. 21. 1894”. Top flat adjacent to receiver “32-40”. Standard receiver, mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying gun as 32-40 rifle, oct bbl, plain trigger, received in warehouse Sept. 20, 1902, shipped from warehouse Sept. 23, 1902, with one other arm to Order No. 158397. CONDITION: Fine +. Bbl retains 95% orig blue, with minor muzzle wear, thinning on sharp edges, a few nicks & scratches and a couple spots of fine surface oxidation. Magazine tube retains most of its orig blue. Receiver retains 90%+ orig blue, thinning and blending with brown patina, bright on sharp edges, a small area of surface oxidation on left side and showing the characteristic of early Winchester polish marks blending with brown patina. Hammer shows strong orig case colors, showing silver on edge of left side. Lever retains strong orig case colors on sides blending with silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with typical nicks, dings & scrapes and retains a thin coat of added finish blending with hand worn patina. Buttplate shows traces of thinning case colors blending with silver/brown patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks, dings & scrapes, a shallow 1″ gouge on left side and retains a thin coat of added finish blending with hand worn patina across bottom. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-38381 BDT167 (3,000-4,000)

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2023

*WINCHESTER 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 222252. Cal. 25-35. 26″ oct bbl, full mag, Marble #3 reversible sight, and three leaf express rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST.21.1894.” Left flat behind rear sight marked “NICKEL STEEL BBL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER”. Top flat adjacent receiver “25-35 W.C.F.” Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90% thinning orig blue, minor nicks & dings, wear on sharp edges, and a couple small areas of light surface oxidation. Receiver retains 80-85% orig blue, thinning and blending with brown patina on top and bottom of front edge, thinning on sharp edges and a few small spots of surface oxidation, and typical nicks & dings. Hammer retains dark orig case colors showing faint silver on left side. Lever retains dark orig case colors thinning across bottom and blending with brown patina. Stock is sound with tiny chips on both sides of top tang at receiver, usual nicks & dings and minor scratches, retaining a lightly cleaned finish that is slightly dark at receiver and both tangs. Buttplate has turned a silver patina with small rust areas at heel and toe. Forend is sound with minor nicks & scratches, retaining a lightly cleaned finish and slightly dark at receiver. Mechanics are crisp with good bore with slightly dark grooves. 4-38382 BDT162 (3,000-4,000)

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2024

*WINCHESTER 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 822397. Cal. 30 WCF. 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, dovetail front sight with set screw, flat top sporting rear. Left flat at forend cap is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21. 1894”, at rear sight left flat is marked “NICKEL STEEL BARREL / ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER .30 W.C.F.”. Standard receiver mounted with streaky straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Winchester proof marks can be found on top bbl flat and top of receiver. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 95-97% orig blue, thinning at sharp edges, some minor nicks & scratches and a couple small areas of fine surface oxidation. Receiver has orig blue that has flaked and blending with brown patina worn to silver on sharp edges. Hammer retains factory blue, silvering on right side. Lever retains factory blue flaked and thinning on bottom and blending with silver and brown patina. Stock is sound with minor nicks and dings, slightly dark in top tang area and retains a fine factory quality restored finish. Buttplate retains a fine, even, smooth brown patina finish worn bright on sharp edge of toe. Forend is sound with minor nicks and dings, slightly dark at receiver and retains a factory quality restored finish. Nose cap retains a matching smooth, brown patina finish to buttplate. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38376 BDT176 (2,000-3,000)

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2025

WINCHESTER 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 27529. Cal. 30 WCF. 26″ oct bbl, full mag takedown, dovetail Lyman fine ivory bead front sight, three leaf express rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.”, top flat at receiver ring is marked “30 W.C.F.”. Standard receiver with takedown ring and top tang mounted peep sight. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% orig blue with faint sharp edge wear, minor muzzle wear and usual light nicks and dings. Magazine tube retains orig thinning blue with rub mark from takedown. Receiver retains 90-95% orig blue, thinning at sharp edges and across bottom. A few small areas of flaked finish blending with brown patina and some faint surface oxidation. Loading gate shows good nitre blue, slightly silvering in trough. Hammer shows dark orig case colors. Lever shows dark orig case colors in protected areas, thinning and blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina on comb and grip area. Buttplate shows traces of thin orig color blending with silver patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings with minor dents and shows orig finish blending with hand worn patina through bottom. Nose cap retains most of its orig blue with small specks of flaking finish blending with brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore. 4-38511 BDT177 (3,500-4,000)

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2026

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 94 SHORT RIFLE TAKE DOWN. SN 137231. Cal 32 Win. Spec. 22″ oct bbl, full mag take down, combination front sight, sporting rear with set screw. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.”, left flat below rear sight “NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER”, and top bbl flat “32W.S.” Standard receiver with take down ring, mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains orig blue that is blending with brown patina, bright on sharp edges and a thin coat of surface oxidation. Receiver has traces of orig blue blending with brown/silver patina. The orig polish marks can be seen. Stock is sound with nicks & dings and fine scratches and retains only remnants of orig finish that is flaked to leave an open grain oil finish. Forend is sound with typical nicks & dings and retains the open grain oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, good bore with dark grooves and some fine scattered pitting. 4-36553 BDT187 (2,000-4,000)

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2027

*WINCHESTER MODEL 94 HALF ROUND TAKE DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 302051. Cal. 32 Winchester Special. 26″ 1/2 rnd-1/2 oct bbl, full mag take down, Dockendorff ramp front sight with gold bead, sporting rear sight with circular aperture. Standard receiver with take down ring, Lyman lever sight on left side. Mounted with straight grain walnut, custom checkered straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, custom checkered forend with nosecap. Accompanied by a Winchester Gun Museum letter identifying this rifle as found, shipped Sept. 26, 1906. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90% of its factory blue with scratches, minor nicks & dings, a couple areas of small surface oxidation and thinning on sharp edges. Receiver retains 85-90% orig blue, thinning on top and bottom of front edge, some light scratches on right side and small spotting of surface oxidation on top edges. Stock is sound with typical nicks, dings, and minor scratches retaining a fine restored finish. Buttplate shows thinning case colors, blending with dark patina. Forend is sound with typical nicks & dings and retains a fine restored finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-36552 BDT164 (2,000-4,000)

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2028

*WINCHESTER MODEL 94 TRAPPER LENGTH CARBINE. SN 991021. Cal 32 Special. 16″ rnd bbl with full mag square base with pinned blade front sight, standard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of bbl at rear sight is marked “MODEL 94-WINCHESTER-NICKELSTEEL-32W.S./TRADEMARK”. Standard receiver with stud and saddle ring on left side. Mounted with straight grain walnut, steel carbine buttplate, 9″ forend with band. It appears that bbl and mag tube have been shortened to 16″ and front sight has been relocated. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 40% original thinning blue blending with silver patina. Receiver shows some original blue blending with silver and brown patina. Left side of receiver has three scope-mounting poles that have been filled and blended in. Stock is sound with usual nicks, dings, and scratches showing original finish blending with hand-worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with nicks and small gouges and two chips at receiver and retains a hand-worn patina finish. Mechanics are good with a shiny bore. 4-36555 BDT224 (2,000-4,000)

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2029

*WINCHESTER MODEL 94 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 945855. Cal. 32 Win. Spec. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base front with tall pinned Lyman ivory bead sight, standard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of bbl at bbl band marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN.CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21, 1894.”, under rear sight “NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER-.32W.S.” Standard receiver with left side stud and saddle ring, mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, 9-1/4″ forend with band. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95-97% orig blue, minor muzzle wear and typical nicks & dings. Receiver retains 80-85% orig flaking blue. Receiver is simply spotted with flaked spots blending with brown patina. Stock is sound with a few minor nicks & scrapes and tiny dents but retains most of its orig finish. Buttplate has orig blue, blending with silver and brown patina. Forend is sound with a few minor nicks & scrapes and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore as gun appears to have had very little use. 4-36554 BDT186 (1,500-2,500)

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2030

*WINCHESTER 94 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 417465. Cal. 30 WCF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, front pedestal base with pinned nickel blade, and standard carbine ladder rear sight. Top of bbl in front of rear sight is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. P ATTENDED AUGUST 21, 1894” Left side under rear sight is marked “NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER 30 W.C.F.” Standard 94 receiver with stud and ring on left side. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, uncheckered forend with single band, and uncheckered straight grip stock with steel carbine buttplate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 85-90% orig blue with some minor oxidation at muzzle, typical nicks and scratches and minor thinning in front of rear sight. Both bands have traces of orig blue blending with brown and silver patina. Receiver retains 60-70% orig blue with wear on bottom and front edge, sharp edges that are blending with silver and brown patina and some flaking on sides blending with brown patina, faint characteristic ring mark on left side. Hammer shows very strong orig case colors with lever showing good color in protected area blending with brown patina. Stock is sound with tiny chip on upper left tang, the typical nicks, dings and slight bruising with orig oil finish, blending with hand worn patina through grip area. Forend is sound with typical nicks, dings, and dents, and carries a fine hand worn patina finish. There is a tiny grain crack on right side starting at receiver. Mechanics are crisp with a good bore and some scattered very shallow pitting. 4-37442 (1,250-2,250)

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2031

RARE FIRST MODEL WINCHESTER 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 1296. Cal. 38-55. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag tube, square base front with pin ivory bead sight, standard carbine ladder rear sight. Top of bbl, forward of rear sight marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.NEW HAVEN. CONN.U.S.A.”, adjacent receiver “38-55”. First Model receiver with external guide screws, left side mounted stud and saddle ring, mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, 9-1/4″ forend with bbl band. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 38-55 carbine, received in warehouse December 26, 1894 and shipped from warehouse December 26, 1894 on order no. 4379. Consignor states that it’s his belief that this is one of the very first carbines to be shipped. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains traces or orig blue blended with brown and silver patina, mag has similar finish. Receiver has flaked and worn to a silver patina, mixed with some brown patina around saddle ring stud, some very shallow surface oxidation marks, with orig polish marks still showing. Stock is sound with nicks, dings & small gouges, 4 notches cut at lower tang and retains a dark open grained oil finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with nicks & dings and retains an open grain oil finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore. 4-38292 BDT183 (7,500-10,500)

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2032

*CUSTOM ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 94 CARBINE. SN 878703. Cal. 32 Win. Spec. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base pinned tall blade sight, three leaf express rear sight, top of bbl in front of rear bbl band has geometric design gold wire inlay. Rear bbl band is engraved with foliate scroll and diamond checkered pattern. Left side of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21, 1894.” Below rear sight “NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER .32W.S.” Standard receiver is nicely engraved with foliate scroll and gold wire surrounding a bear fighting with dog on left side, right side with matching foliate scroll and gold wire border with inlay of bust of a bears head. The lever is inlaid with gold wire in a geometric design on both sides. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, straight grip, Winchester hard rubber shotgun butt, 9-1/4″ forend with bbl band. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains nearly all of a restored blue finish that has turned plum color. Mag tube has most of its fine restored blue finish, with some minor nicks & scratches. Receiver retains virtually all of its fine custom blue finish, with a couple small spots of surface oxidation on bottom and a few small handling marks. Stock is solid with small chip at receiver on right side, some minor nicks & dings & retains a fine hand rubbed custom oil finish. Forend is sound with nicks, dings & depressions and retains a fine custom hand rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore. 4-36525 BDT191 (2,000-3,000)

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2033

*WINCHESTER CUSTOM ENGRAVED MODEL 94 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 820449. Cal. 25-35 WCF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base with pinned tall fine bead sight, standard carbine ladder sight rear. Left side of bbl marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 21, 1894.”, below rear sight “NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER 25-35W.C.F.” The receiver is custom engraved with gold fill, flowing foliate arabesque scroll and a scene with grizzly bear perched on ledge on left side and a buck white tailed deer running downhill on right side. The top of bolt and sides of lever are engraved with flowing foliate scroll. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, 9-1/4″ bbl band. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain nearly all of their fine custom blue finish, with just a few minor nicks & dings. Receiver retains virtually all of its fine custom blue and gold filled finish. Stock is sound with a few minor nicks & dings and tiny handling marks, and retains a fine custom oil finish. Forend is sound with minor nicks & dings, and retains a fine custom oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, shiny bore with dark grooves. 4-36526 BDT192 (3,000-5,000)

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2034

*SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 92 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 637355. Cal. 25-20 WCF. 24″ oct bbl, full magazine, fine gold bead front sight, sporting rear sight with set screw. Left flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14. 1884.”, adjacent receiver “25-20 W.C.F.” and Winchester proof mark on top flat and front ring of receiver. Standard receiver mounted with nicely figured “X” walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, crescent steel buttplate, H-checkered forend with nose cap. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals assembly number “800X”, matching “800” can be found on rear of butt stock. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 90-95% original blue thinning on sharp edges, a couple of rub marks, typical scratches. Receiver retains 95% original blue thinning at sharp edges, thinning on bottom and blending with brown patina, normal scratches and a couple of unusual scratches across top. Hammer retains dark original case colors. Lever retains original case colors blending with gray patina. Stock is sound with slightly flat checkering, usual nicks, dings and scratches and retains its original piano varnish finish. There is a hairline crack off rear of top tang. Forend is sound with slightly flat checkering, normal nicks and dings and retains original piano varnish finish blending with hand worn patina across the bottom. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38392 BDT230 (8,000-12,000)

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2035

*RARE WINCHESTER 1892 FULL NICKEL LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 156340. Cal. 25-20. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, half nickel front sight with set screw, serrated side flat top sporting rear with set screw, usual bbl markings. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 25-20 oct bbl rifle, plain trigger, full nickel, received in warehouse 1/18/1906, shipped from warehouse 1/20/1906 on order no. 42045. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 70-75% orig nickel, back portion of bbl; nickel has flaked and worn, blending with gray patina, from forend forward bbl retains most of it’s nickel with some minor flaking and numerous nicks and scratching. Mag tube has orig nickel in protected areas but has mostly flaked and blending with silver-gray patina with a few scratches and shallow dents. Receiver retains 80-85% orig nickel with some small spots of flaking, blending with brown patina, thinning on sharp edges and some usual nicks and scratches. Hammer has orig nickel on back and top of spur, mostly flaked and worn on sides. Lever retains much of its orig nickel with some minor flaking blending with brown patina. Trigger has some orig nickel flaked and worn, blending with brown patina. Stock is sound with a couple tiny chips behind top tang, some minor nicks, dings and tiny scratches and retains a clean hand-rubbed open grain oil finish. Buttplate shows orig nickel, flaking and blending with brown patina. Forend is sound with usual minor bruises and retains a cleaned, hand-rubbed open grain oil finish. Nose cap retains 80-85% orig nickel, with some flaking and blending with brown patina. Mechanics are crisp, dark bore with moderate pitting. 4-38349 BDT323 (6,000-9,000)

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2036

*OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER MODEL 92 16″ TRAPPER. SN 954415. CAL. 44WCF 16″ round bbl full mag square base with pin blade front sight carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of bbl at rear sight is marked “MODEL92-WINCHESTER-44W.C.F./TRADEMARK. Standard receiver with staple and ring on left side mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate 7-7/8” forend with band. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% original blue with a few minor nicks and scratches and lightly thinning behind front sight. Mag tube retains 95% original blue lightly thinning. Receiver retains 95-97% original blue lightly thinning on bottom and sharp edges, a few minor nicks and scratches, and faint ring mark on left side. Hammer and lever retained most of it’s original blue thinning on sharp edges. Stock is sound with minor nicks and dings and fine handling marks and retains most of its original finish. Buttplate retains 80% original blue thinning at heel and toe blending with silver and brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-37495 BDT221 (17,500-25,500)

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2037

*WINCHESTER 1892 16″ TRAPPER. SN 697613. Cal. 44 WCF. 16″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base with pinned blade front sight, standard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of bbl is marked “MODEL 92-WINCHESTER-44W.C.F./TRADEMARK”, with Winchester proof marks top of bbl and adjacent top of receiver. Standard receiver with staple and ring on left side. Mounted with straight grain walnut, steel carbine buttplate, 7-7/8″ forend with band. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 90% orig blue with some minor scratching and normal nicks & dings. Both bbl bands have flaked to a silver patina. Receiver has flaked to a silver patina mixed with some brown spotting, with normal minor nicks & scratches. Hammer and lever retain a gray & silver patina. Stock is sound with some minor nicks & dings and retains a fine open grain oil finish. Forend is sound with some minor nicks, dings & scratches a hairline grain crack forward of band and retains a dark open grain oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-38351 BDT348 (5,000-7,000)

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2038

RARE WINCHESTER 1892 MUSKET. SN 83642. Cal. 44 WCF. 30″ rnd bbl, 9/10″ mag, square base with pinned modified front sight, military flip-up rear sight, usual bbl markings, “44 W.C.F.” behind rear sight. Left side of bbl adjacent receiver has a foreign proof mark with forward flat left side receiver with crown “V” proof as well as rear of bolt, standard receiver. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, inlet base and sling swivel 3-1/2″ from toe, 24-1/2″ forend with three bbl bands, center with sling swivel. Accompanied with Winchester Gun Museum letter identifying this .44 cal. musket, received in warehouse 3/11/1898 and shipped from warehouse 6/2/1898 on order no. 446. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains a silver and brown patina with some areas of fine surface oxidation, normal minor nicks & scratches. Receiver has been cleaned or flaked, showing prominent orig polish marks and retaining a silver and brown patina, some areas of minor shallow surface oxidation. Hammer shows a gray patina, dark on back, and lever shows a dark patina. Stock is solid, some small chips at corner of each tang, a small filled hole behind sling swivel base and retains a smooth open grain oil finish. Forend is sound, with numerous nicks & dings, slightly dark at receiver and bbl bands, and retains an open grain oil finish. Mechanics are a little sticky, good bore, lightly frosted with some shallow scattered pitting. 4-36548 BDT353 (4,000-7,000)

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2039

FIRST YEAR WINCHESTER MODEL 92 FITTED FOR SILENCER. SN 420. CAL. 44WCF 24″ octagon bbl, full mag, half-nickel front sight, serrated side sporting rear. The first 5/8″ of bbl at muzzle has 1/8″ collar and threaded with knurled cap. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14. 1884”. Adjacent receiver 44W.C.F. Standard receiver with tang mounted peep sight. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying as 44 cal., oct bbl rifle, plain trigger, received in warehouse 8/24/1892, shipped from warehouse 8/25/1892, from Order No. 3769, R&R 8/28/1900 Order No. 61550, and R&R 7/9/1904 Order No. 235844. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95-97% original blue with faint thinning on sharp edges and a few minor little nicks and scratches. Receiver retains 75-80% original blue, thinning in front and on sharp edges, some fine surface oxidation marks and usual minor nicks and scratches. Hammer retains most of its dark original case colors. Lever shows dark original colors in protected areas blended with silver gray patina. Stock is sound with some minor nicks and scratches and retains most of its original finish. Forend is sound with usual minor marks and has the initials “TH” on right side. Original finish blending with hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38667 BDT223 (10,000-15,000)

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2040

*SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 TAKEDOWN SHORT RIFLE. . SN 439400. Cal. 25-20. Standard grade rifle with 20″ oct to rnd bbl, half nickel front sight with screw and semi-buckhorn rear sight. It has half magazine with takedown and forearm is standard 9-3/8″. Mounted with nicely figured, straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight grip and Winchester embossed hard rubber shotgun buttplate. Accompanied by an orig & scarce red & black Winchester buffalo check vinyl zippered sleeve from the 1950s-60s period. Curiously one handle on the sleeve has a TWA bag check tag for LaGuardia Field, New York. Imagine trying to fly with a rifle packed only in a sleeve today! PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Rifle is extremely fine plus, may have been fired but if so very little. Overall retains about 98-99% glossy orig factory blue with a series of small spots of pitting on top left edge of receiver. Lever & hammer retain about all of their brilliant orig case colors, faded on outer edge of lever. Wood is sound with one or two minor nicks and retains virtually all of its bright orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Sleeve is sound with bright colors. 4-36603 JR334 (6,000-10,000)

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2041

*WINCHESTER 1892 SHORT RIFLE. SN 452965. Cal. 44 WCF. 20″ oct bbl, full mag, 1/2 nickel front sight with set screw, “V” notch sporting rear with set screw, usual bbl markings with left flat adjacent receiver marked “44 W.C.F.”, proof mark on top flat and adjacent receiver. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, 8-3/8″ forend with nosecap. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 80-85% orig blue, thinning on sharp edges, thinning and blending with brown patina just forward of nosecap, usual minor nicks, dings & scratches and some clean spots around front sight. Mag tube retains most of its orig blue with a few minor scratches. Receiver retains 60% thinning orig blue, worn across bottom and fronts of sides blending with silver patina, some spotting blending of dark patina and normal nicks & scratches. Hammer and lever show a dark patina blending with some orig case colors. Stock is sound with some nicks, and minor dents, retains orig finish, blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Buttplate shows a gray patina of fading orig case colors. Forend is sound with normal nicks & dings, orig finish blending with hand worn patina across bottom. Nosecap has flaked with traces of orig blue blending with brown and silver patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-36549 BDT349 (4,000-7,000)

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2042

*WINCHESTER SPECIAL ORDER 1892 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 834384. Cal. 25-20. 24-1/4″ half rnd, half oct bbl, full mag takedown, silver bead front sight with set screw, flat top V-notch sporting rear, usual bbl markings. Standard receiver mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95-98% orig blue, some minor muzzle wear, a couple of small nicks and dings and tiny scratches. Mag tube has 95% orig blue with some thinning from takedown. Receiver retains 95% orig blue, thinning at sharp edges, some small flaking blending with brown patina and normal nicks and scratches. Hammer retains orig blue that is showing bright on both sides, lever has orig blue with some minor flaking and blending with brown patina. Stock is sound with some minor nicks, dings and scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Buttplate shows flaking orig blue blending with brown patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings and fine scratches and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Nose cap has orig blue with some flaking, blending with brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38789 BDT324 (6,500-9,500)

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2043

*WINCHESTER 1892 TAKE DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 188517. Cal. 32 WCF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag take down, combination front sight, serrated side “V” notch sporting rear with set screw. Center of top flat is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/ WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.NEW HAVEN.CONN.U.S.A.” Caliber marking adjacent to take down ring “32 W.C.F.” Standard 92 receiver with course knurled post tang sight. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, uncheckered forend with nose cap, uncheckered straight grip stock with crescent steel buttplate. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95-97% orig blue with minor muzzle wear, minor sharp edge wear and a couple minor tiny nicks. Mag tube retains 95-97% orig blue with a few minor light handling marks. Receiver retains 90-95% orig blue with some faint sharp edge wear, some minor nicks and scratches, light thinning across bottom with some shallow probable blood pitting in a couple of areas on right side. Loading gate retains strong nitre blue. Hammer retains strong orig case colors. Lever has good orig case colors on side blending with silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with some light scratches and minor handling marks with 85-90% orig finish blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Buttplate shows orig colors fading to a gray patina. Forend is sound with some minor bruising and light scratches with orig finish blending with hand worn patina across bottom. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-37438 (3,000-7,000)

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2044

*OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 832154. Cal. 38 WCF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, fine bead front sight with set screw, flat top “V” notch sporting rear sight, usual bbl markings, standard receiver. Mounted with straight grain walnut, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 97-98% orig blue, slightly thinning on sharp edges, a couple minor areas of surface oxidation and the normal minor nicks & scratches. Receiver retains 97-98% orig blue, starting to thin on sharp edges, a couple spots of minor surface oxidation and normal minor nicks & scratches. Hammer retains orig blue with thinning on both sides. Lever retains orig blue blending with brown patina across bottom. Stock is sound, some minor handling marks, two minor dents in comb, a couple shallow scratches and retains most of its orig finsih. Buttplate retains orig blue, flaking and blending with brown patina. Forend is sound with some minor nicks & dings and retains most of its orig finsih. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-38791 BDT354 (5,000-8,000)

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2045

*WINCHESTER MODEL92 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 588442. CAL. 32WCF 20″ round bbl half mag square base with pinned ivory bead front sight, standard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14. 1884”. Adjacent receiver 32W.C.F. Standard receiver with staple and saddle ring on left side. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, 9-1/8″ forend with band. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90% original blue with minor muzzle wear, a few nicks and scratches, and slightly thinning at chamber area. Receiver has flaked and worn to traces of original blue at saddle ring and blending a smooth silver and brown patina. Prominent ring mark on left side. Stocks are sound with usual nicks, dings, and handling marks and retains original finish blending with hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with usual marks and shows hand-worn patina blending with original finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38665 BDT222 (1,750-2,250)

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2046

*FACTORY RESTORED WINCHESTER 92 SADDLE-RING CARBINE. SN 879481. Cal. 44 WCF. 20″ round bbl, full mag., stippled front ramp, fine bead sight and hood. 22 series rear sight. Left side of bbl below rear sight marked “MODEL 92-WINCHESTER/TRADEMARK-44 W.C.F.”. Right side “MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN.CONN.”. Standard receiver, left side with staple and saddle ring. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate. Standard forend with single band. Inspection of inside tangs reveals right side of lower tang, the no. 481. This no. can also be found written in pencil in top tang channel of stock. CONDITION: Extremely fine, appears new since restoration. Metal surfaces retain 99% of their factory-restored blued finish with a few minor handling marks and faint ring mark on left side of receiver. Stock is sound with a few minor handling marks and retains virtually all of the fine factory-restored finish. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny new bore. 4-36642 BDT204 (3,000-5,000)

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2047

WONDERFUL ENGRAVED BUFFALO BILL PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE TO HIS FRIEND JOHN Y. NELSON. SN 28649. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Early 92 takedown with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. Receiver, takedown ring, bbl & forend cap, along with buttplate tang, are very nicely engraved, probably by one of the Ulrichs, with the vignette of a standing whitetail buck on right side and a large presentation vignette on left side, all surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Bottom & top of receiver, takedown ring, forend cap and about 1-3/4″ over top three flats of bbl are engraved to match. Presentation vignette reads “PRESENTED TO / John Young Nelson / THE BIGGEST AND BEST / LIAR IVE EVER KNOWN / your friend, W.F. Cody”. Left side of buttstock has crudely carved initials “HCN” with the “N” carved backwards. There are two dashes behind the “N” that may or may not have significance. John Young Nelson was born Aug. 25, 1826 in Charleston, in what is now West Virginia. As a youth he ran away from home to New Orleans and worked as a cabin boy before goint to live with relatives in Missouri. Sometime afterward, he joined a freight party headed west over the plains where they encountered a band of Ogalala Sioux Indians. He left the freight party and settled in with the Indians in Spotted Tail’s band of Brule Sioux and married a niece of the chief which was the first of, what is reported to have been nine Indian wives, several of which were at the same time. He became a buffalo hunter and in 1847 guided Brigham Young across the plains to what is now Salt Lake City. He was a mountain man & trapper, fought the Utes, was an interpreter at Fort Kearney, Nebraska and established a saloon in Kearney. He eventually started for California with a herd of 3,000 cattle but had a fight with the owner and returned to Utah where he took up freighting. He worked as a rancher, took part in the building of Fort McPherson and other construction projects in Nebraska and frequently interpreted for the Army. Mr. Nelson claimed to have known Buffalo Bill from 1857 and worked with him in various undertakings. Cody referred to Nelson “as a good fellow though as a liar he has few equals and no superiors”. In 1876 Mr. Nelson went to Deadwood, South Dakota and later helped build Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where he became Chief of Indian Police for a while. He joined the Buffalo Bill Wild West in the early 1880’s and traveled with Buffalo Bill for at least ten years, including the European tour. He traveled throughout the U.S., Great Britain & Europe with Buffalo Bill for about ten years before he returned to the Indians where he died at Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota in January 1903. During his tenure with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West he performed as a stagecoach driver, frequently as a cowboy in some of the stampede scenes etc., was an interpreter for the Indians and occasionally would throw glass balls for Buffalo Bill to shoot. Mr. Nelson was also a friend of world famous shooter Doc Carver. There are several photographs of this irascible frontiersman, one of which is very famous of him sitting on a Concord stage with Buffalo Bill in front and several gentleman inside. Another is a cabinet card of Mr. Nelson in his buckskins wearing his famous pair of Colt revolvers and holding a Winchester 1873 rifle, which was taken in England in 1887. Also accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum yellow sheet identifying this rifle as found without mention of the engraving and shows that it was shipped Oct. 12, 1894 to Order #23910. Given that Mr. Nelson stayed with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West for around ten years, it can be speculated that this rifle, with the ship date of 1894, was a parting gift from Buffalo Bill. That John Young Nelson was a friend of Buffalo Bill there is no doubt. His close association with Buffalo Bill during the years of the company’s tours and the twenty plus years prior acquaintance only gives further credibility to this presentation rifle. It can be speculated that the crudely carved initials “HCN” on the buttstock are from one of Mr. Nelson’s descendants. CONDITION: About good. No orig finish remains with all metal retaining a smooth, dark brown, untouched attic patina with some light pitting on bolt and light hammer marks on top rear shoulder of receiver. Stock does not fit very well and may be an old replacement or one of the tangs could be sprung. Wood is sound with light handling & use marks and a series of small bruises on left side of buttstock, and overall retains a wonderful hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. This rifle has all the appearances of an Indian used firearm. 4-38229 JR335 (22,500-35,000)

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2048

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 110250. Cal. 45-70. 26″ half round, half oct, half mag, Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, three leaf express rear sight. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.”, adjacent to receiver “45-70”. Standard receiver with tang mounted peep sight. Mounted with flame grained “XX” walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard grip cap, smooth steel shotgun buttplate, H-style checkered forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Buffalo Historical Center letter identifying gun as 45-70, half oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock, pistol grip, shotgun butt, half mag (4 cartridges), Winchester express sights, received in warehouse September 2, 1896, shipped from warehouse September 3, 1896, returned and repaired November 7, 1896 and November 8, 1898. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number “36XXS”. Matching 36 number can be found on top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% orig blue, minor faint muzzle wear, faint silvering on sharp edges of octagon and a few tiny nicks and scratches. Receiver shows 95+% strong, bright, origl case colors thinning across bottom blending with silver hardening, a couple of small spots of shallow surface oxidation on left side and a few faint scratches. Hammer shows nearly all of its dark orig case colors. Lever shows nearly all of its dark orig case colors, slightly silvering on sharp edges. Stock is sound with good checkering, a couple of minor handling marks and retains most of its fine, orig finish. Buttplate shows strong, restored factory quality blue with some minor thinning at sharp edges and around screw at heal. Forend is sound with good checkering, a couple of minor nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Nose cap and magazine cap show strong orig case colors. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-39034 BDT242 (40,000-60,000)

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2049

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 62753. Cal. 45-90. 26″ round bbl, full magazine, slightly modified half-nickel front sight, 3-leaf express rear. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver “45-90 W.C.F.” Standard receiver with tang mounted peep sight, mounted with nicely figured feather grain walnut, checkered pistol grip, ebony insert in cap, crescent steel buttplate, H-style checkered forend with nosecap. Accompanied by Buffalo Bill Historic Center fact sheet identifying it as a 45-90 rifle, round bbl, checkered pistol grip stock, received in warehouse October 17, 1891 and shipped from warehouse October 19, 1891. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain 95% orig factory blue with minor muzzle wear and a few usual minor nicks and dings. Receiver retains thinning orig case colors with the dark blue still showing quite well but the silver and yellows have faded and blending with a silver hardening. Some wear across bottom and some tiny surface oxidation that is blending with silver patina. Hammer shows dark orig case colors, lightly silvering on sides. Lever shows strong dark orig case colors on sides blending with silver patina across bottom. Tang screw shows slight battering and is very tight, so no attempt to inspect assembly numbers was taken. Stock is sound and fits perfectly with good checkering, usual nicks and dings and a couple light scratches and retains orig piano varnish finish. Buttplate has silvered and blending with some brown patina spots. Forend is sound with good checkering, normal minor nicks and dings and retains most of orig factory piano varnish finish, blending with some hand worn patina at bottom. Nosecap shows orig case colors, blending with a gray patina. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-38387 BDT248 (10,000-15,000)

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2050

RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 100130. CAL. 38-70. 26″ octagon bbl, full magazine, combination front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. Adjacent takedown ring 38-70W.C.F. Standard receiver with tang-mounted peep sight mounted with “XXX” walnut. Checkered pistol grip with ebony insert in grip. Crescent steel buttplate “H” checkered forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying gun as 38-70 Cal. rifle, octagon bbl, plain trigger, checkered stocks with pistol grip, Lyman rear, Lyman front combined, takedown 14″ stock 3-1/2″ drop. Received in warehouse 5/9/1895 and shipped from warehouse 5/9/1895 on order number 11087. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number 1296XXX with matching number found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95% original blue with thinning on sharp edges with normal minor light scratches. Thinning on mag tube from takedown and blending with silver and brown patina. Receiver retains 90-95% original blue with some minor flaking, wear on sharp edges and some minor nicks and scratches. Hammer retains strong original case colors starting to silver on sharp edge. Lever retains strong original case colors on side blending with a silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with good checkering some normal minor nicks and dings, a shallow gouge between checkering and upper tang on right side and retains most of its original piano varnish finish. Buttplate shows thinning original case colors blending with silver and brown patina. Forend is sound with good checkering, normal minor nicks and dings, a series of faint scratches along left side and retains most of its original piano varnish finish. Nosecap has flaked to a silver and brown patina. 4-38776 (30,000-40,000)

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2051

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 64077. CAL. 45-90. 26″ octagon bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver 45-90W.C.F. Standard receiver mounted with “XX” walnut, pistol grip with ebony insert, crescent steel buttplate, “H” checkered forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying gun as 45-90 octagon bbl rifle, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, received in warehouse 1/12/92 shipped from warehouse 1/12/92 on order number 17464. Returned and repaired 10/6/03 on number 203255. Also accompanying gun is a letter from George Madis expounding on all the great attributes on the fine deluxe rifle. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number “473XX”, matching number can be found in the top tang channel of stock. Number on inside toe of buttplate is “475”. CONDITION: Very fine, as partially factory restored bbl and mag tube retain 95% orig blue with thinning on sharp edges some minor nicks and scratches and a few small areas of very shallow surface oxidation. Receiver retains 97-98% of a fine factory-restored blue finish with all proper factory buffing marks. There is some tiny faint surface oxidation on rear of left side and minor flaking at rear corners of both sides of receiver. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors thinning on sharp edges on right side. Lever retains strong orig case colors on sides and blending with silver and brown patina across bottom. Stock is sound with good checkering, normal nicks and scratches, and retains most of its orig piano varnish finish. Forend is sound with good checkering, minor nicks and scratches, retains most of its orig piano varnish finish blending with hand-worn patina at bottom. Nosecap retains most of its factory restored blue finish. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore. 4-39015 BDT237 (16,000-24,000)

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2052

*BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM ENGRAVED BY JOHN WARREN WINCHESTER MODEL 86 FULL MAGAZINE LIGHT WEIGHT TAKEDOWN. SN 122423. Cal. 45-70. 22″ tapered round bbl will full magazine takedown, pedestal front with fine bead gold sight, sporting V notch rear sight with set screw. Muzzle has border engraving with gold band, scroll engraving surrounding front sight base, scroll engraving on magazine cap, bbl ring is scroll engraved with gold wire border, nosecap is gold engraved with gold wire border, chamber area has 3″ wedge of scroll engraving on each side, 2 gold bands and caliber inlaid in gold with gold wire encircling. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Takedown band has scroll engraving with gold wire border encircling. Receiver is full engraved with bust of eagle with stippled background and gold wire circle on top, left side with beautiful foliate scroll with shaded background, a forest scene with gold bear confronting 3 gold dogs encircled with gold vine and leaf, entire side of receiver has a gold wire border. Bottom is engraved with bust of white tail buck in oval with shaded background, beaded border and encircled with gold wire. Right side has foliate scroll with shaded background, gold vine and leafs, small gold mountain lion, gold bull moose and encircled with gold wire. Hammer and lever are scroll engraved with gold wire borders. Top tang has scroll engraving behind hammer, model designation inlaid in gold and encircled with gold wire. Lower tang has beaded border. All of this fine work is signed on flat in front of lever by John Warren. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel buttplate, engraved around screws with circle with foliate scroll on top portion and remainder a diamond and dot pattern, standard light weight forend. CONDITION: Extremely fine, appears new since custom upgrade. Bbl and magazine tube retain 99% fine custom blue finish with bbl carrying a slight purple tone. Receiver retains 99% of fine custom blue finish. Stock is sound with a couple minor handling marks and retains virtually all it’s fine hand rubbed custom finish. Forend is sound with a few minor handling marks and retains virtually all it’s fine custom hand rubbed finish. Mechanics are crisp, bore is slightly dull with good rifling. 4-38807 BDT122 (10,000-20,000)

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2053

*RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1886 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 131160. Cal. 45-70. 26″ half-round half-oct bbl, half magazine takedown. WF Sheard front sight, serrated side, sporting rear with set screw. Top flat of bbl marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Left flat below rear sight “NICKEL STEEL”. Top flat adjacent takedown ring Winchester proof mark and “45-70”. Standard receiver equipped with Lyman lever side mounted peep sight on left. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester hard rubber buttplate, sling eye 4″ from toe, I-style checkered forend, nosecap with sling eye. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as 45-70, half-oct nickel steel bbl, plain trigger, checkered plain wood stock with pistol grip, flat top sporting rear, King’s patent front, Lyman receiver smokeless sights, takedown, screw eyes, shotgun butt rubber, received warehouse November 12, 1904, shipped from warehouse September 13, 1904 on order number 237427. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue, some minor muzzle wear, normal nicks and scratches, a few spots flaked and blended with patina on round portion, lightly sliver on sharp edges of oct. Receiver and takedown ring retain 85-90% orig blue, thinning across bottom, blending with silver patina, thinning on sharp edges, normal nicks and scrapes and a couple minor spots of surface oxidation. Hammer shows orig case colors, showing bright on right side. Lever shows dark orig case colors on side, blending with silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with nice sharp checkering, minor nicks and dings and retains most of it’s orig finish. Forend is sound with good checkering, minor nicks and dings and retains most of it’s orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38772 BDT253 (12,500-17,500)

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2054

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 126266. Cal. 45-70. 26″ half rnd, half oct five-shot magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight, 1,000 yard ladder rear sight with retaining screw, top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.”, adjacent receiver “45-70”. Standard receiver mounted with “XX” walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber gripcap, Winchester hard rubber buttplate, gold initial oval engraved “W.D. KING”, H-style checkered forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 45-70 rifle, half oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, shotgun butt with hard rubber buttplate, magazine to hold five cartridges, received in warehouse August 28, 1902 and shipped from warehouse August 29, 1902 on order number 150260. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number “25RXX”, matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95-97% orig blue, slight muzzle wear, faint wear on sharp edges of octagon and a few minor small nicks and scratches. Receiver retains 98% of a fine factory quality restored blue finish, lightly thinning on bottom and sharp edges, a few minor light scratches. Hammer shows most of its strong, dark, orig case colors. Lever has strong dark orig case colors on sides, thinning and blending with silver patina across the bottom. Stock is sound with good checkering, minor nicks and dings and retains most of its orig finish. Forend is sound with good checkering, a few minor nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore. 4-38775 BDT239 (17,500-22,500)

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2055

RARE & DESIRABLE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 73246. Cal. 50EX. 26″ rnd bbl, half magazine, fine ivory bead front sight, two leaf express rear sight. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.”, adjacent receiver “50EX”. Left of bbl adjacent receiver has three English proof marks and “500EX”, adjacent receiver also has single Crown “V” proof mark, another can be found on top rear of bolt. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, smooth steel shotgun butt, standard forend and nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying gun as a 50-110 rnd bbl rifle, plain trigger, half magazine, shotgun butt, received in warehouse December 12, 1892 and shipped from warehouse December 14, 1892 on order number 9001. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 90-95% orig blue with areas toning toward brown, minor muzzle wear and some nicks and scratches. Receiver retains 80-85% strong orig case colors, silvering on sharp edges, thinning across top, thinning and blending with silver patina across bottom. Some minor cleaned spots on left side and usual tiny nicks and scratches. Hammer retains strong orig colors, silvering on left side. Lever retains strong dark orig case colors, thinning and blending with gray patina across bottom. Stock is sound with repaired crack along left side of top tang with tiny chip missing. Normal nicks and dings and retains much of its original finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings, shows original finish blending with hand worn patina. Nose cap retains most of its orig case colors, lightly silvering and blending with brown patina. 4-38230 BDT245 (18,000-25,000)

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2056

OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 71935. Cal. 45-70. 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half-nickel front sight, “1886” marked 1,000 yd ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver “45-70”. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum e-mail identifying gun as 45-70, oct bbl rifle, received warehouse November 1, 1892, shipped November 21, 1892 on Order No. 10843. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain 90-97% orig blue with faint thinning on sharp edges and normal minor nicks and scratches. Receiver retains 95% strong dark orig case colors, thinning on bottom, blending with silver patina and shiny on sharp edges, a few minor normal nicks and scratches and some faint surface oxidation with orig polish marks visible under colors. Hammer shows most of it’s orig case colors, thinning on sides. Lever shows strong dark orig case colors, thinning across bottom. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings and small scratches, a shallow dent and scratch on left side near tang of buttplate, and retains most of it’s orig finish. Buttplate shows thinning orig case colors, mixed with brown spots of patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings and retains most of it’s orig finish. Nosecap shows thinning orig case colors, blending with silver and brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny new bore. 4-38293 BDT252 (17,500-22,500)

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2057

VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER EXTRA HEAVY 32″ WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 54275. Cal. 45-90. 32″ extra heavy oct bbl, full magazine with two hangers, W.F. Sheard fine bead front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.”, adjacent receiver “45-90 W.C.F.”. Right behind rear sight is hand stamped “FROM W.F. SHEARD / LIVINGSTON MONT”. Standard receiver, top tang mounted with peep sight and equipped with single set trigger. Mounted with nicely figure semi-fancy walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as 45-90 oct bbl rifle with set trigger, received in warehouse April 15, 1891 and shipped from warehouse October 20, 1892 on order number 8026. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl shows orig blue that is toning to brown patina, silvering at sharp edges and expected minor nicks and scratches. Magazine tube shows good orig blue in protected areas, thinning and blending with silver and brown patina. The area around magazine cap has some gnarling. Receiver shows traces of orig color in protected areas but is mostly a silver hardening finish with wear across bottom blending with silver patina. Hammer shows orig case colors fading and silvering on right side. Lever shows traces of orig colors in protected areas but is blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with minor nicks, dings and shallow impressions and retains a clean, hand rubbed patina finish. Buttplate has silvered and blending with a spiderweb brown patina. Forend is sound with short crack at nose cap on left side. Normal nicks, dings and scratches and retains an oil finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore with some fine scattered pitting. 4-38108 BDT240 (12,500-17,500)

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2058

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 119356. Cal. 45-70. 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base front with slightly modified pinned blade sight, standard carbine ladder rear sight. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” and adjacent to receiver “45-70”. Standard receiver with stud and ring on left side mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, 10″ forend with band. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Fact Sheet identifying as 45-70 cal. carbine, received in warehouse 7/18/1899 and shipped from warehouse 8/2/1899 on order number 33664. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and mag tube retain orig blue with some cleaned areas with added cold blue and blending with brown and silver patina. Receiver has traces of orig case colors in protected areas being mostly a silver hardening blending with silver patina with a few normal nicks and scratches. Stock is sound with hairline crack on right side near upper tang. A sliver missing on left side at upper tang. Numerous nicks, dings and shallow dents and retains an open grain oil finish with hand worn patina darkening near buttplate. Forend is sound with some moderate nicks, dings and shallow depressions and retains an open grain oil finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, decent bore with dark grooves and some scattered shallow pitting. 4-38777 BDT243 (8,000-12,000)

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2059

RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SEMI-DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 83932. CAL. 40-65. 28″ octagon bbl, full magazine, half-nickel front sight with set screw, serrated side sporting rear with set screw, top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO., NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver 40-65 W.C.F. Standard receiver mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, pistol grip, ebony insert in cap, steel crescent buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 40-65 octagon bbl, 28″, plain trigger, plain pistol grip, received in warehouse 11/4/93, shipped from warehouse 11/6/93 on order number 3469. Inspection of lower tang revealed assembly number 131CF. Matching number can be found top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 90-95% original blue with some wear on sharp edges, normal nicks and scratches, and a couple of areas thinning and blending with brown patina. Receiver retains 75-80% original case colors thinning on bottom and top blending with silver patina. Hammer shows strong original colors slightly silvering on both sides. Lever shows good original colors mostly in protected areas blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings small chip on right side of grip and retains original finish blending with hand-worn patina. Buttplate shows thinning original case colors blending with silver patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings, a shell depression on left side, and retains hand-worn patina blending with original finish. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore. 4-38773 BDT235 (15,000-20,000)

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2060

OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER SPECIAL ORDER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 32906. Cal. 45-90. 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, slightly modified half-nickel front sight, serrated side, sporting rear with set screw, top flat of bbl marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver “45-90 W.C.F.” Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nosecap. Accompanied by Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 45-90 oct bbl rifle, 28″, plain trigger, received in warehouse August 13, 1889 and shipped from warehouse November 22, 1889 on order number 5963. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain 95-97% orig blue, slight muzzle wear, thinning on sharp edges, normal nicks and scratches and a couple small areas of faint shallow surface oxidation. Receiver retains 95% strong dark orig case colors, thinning across bottom and blending with gray patina, some minor surface oxidation and showing strong orig polish marks. Hammer retains nearly all of dark orig case colors. Lever retains strong dark orig case colors on side with bottom thinning and blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with some minor nicks, dings and scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Buttplate shows traces of orig color, mostly a silver mixing with brown patina. Forend is sound with normal marks, orig finish blending with hand worn patina across bottom. Forend cap has visible orig case color blending with brown and silver patina. Mechanics are crisp with nice shiny bore. 4-38774 BDT249 (17,500-22,500)

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2061

WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 41913. Cal. 45-70. 26″ oct bbl, full mag, half-nickel front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw, usual bbl markings. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Fact Sheet identifying as 45-70, oct bbl rifle, plain trigger, received in warehouse 4/29/1890 and shipped from warehouse 5/2/1890 on order no. 11371. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90-95% orig blue, minor muzzle wear thinning on sharp edges and some normal nicks and scratches. Small area of surface oxidation on right side forward of nose cap. Left side flat and left side of nose cap have a small area of chemical loss to finish. Receiver retains 50-60% orig case colors, silvering on bottom and sharp edges, normal nicks and scratches and some flaking with surface oxidation on both sides. Hammer shows dark orig case colors, thinning on both sides. Lever shows strong orig case colors on sides blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings and fine scratches retaining orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with normal marks and is a hand worn patina blending with original finish. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore. 4-38771 BDT291 (5,000-8,000)

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2062

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 102349. Cal. 45-70. 26″ oct bbl, full mag takedown, half nickel front sight with set screw, 1,000 yard ladder rear sight with retaining screw. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.”, adjacent takedown ring “45-70”. Standard receiver mounted with nicely figured flame grained walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with two Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letters identifying as 45-70 cal. rifle, oct bbl, plain trigger takedown, received in warehouse July 24, 1895, shipped from warehouse August 8, 1895 on order number 17334. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 85-90% orig blue with normal nicks and scratches, thinning on sharp edges, small cleaned area toning to brown patina. Magazine tube has similar blue with rubbing from takedown and blending with brown and silver patina. Receiver retains 50-60% orig blue with some nicks and scratches and thinning top and bottom and across right side. Hammer retains original case colors silvering on right side. Lever retains original case colors in protected areas and blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with nicks, dings and scratches and retains original finish blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with nicks, dings and scratches and has some orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38779 BDT247 (9,000-13,000)

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2062A

*RARE WINCHESTER 1886 TAKEDOWN THREADED FOR SILENCER. SN 133577. Cal. 45-70. 26″ rnd bbl, full mag takedown, extended height half-nickel front sight, spcl serrated side sporting rear with set screw. The first 5/8″ of muzzle has 1/8″ flared collar and 1/2″ of interrupted threads with knurled thread protector. Mag tube is properly set back to fit this factory installment. Usual bbl markings with no proof marks. Standard receiver mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, Winchester hard rubber shotgun butt, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying as 45-70 rifle, rnd bbl, plain trigger takedown, smokeless sights, shotgun rubber butt, received in warehouse 5/23/05, shipped from warehouse 12/10/05 on order 186897. R&R 2/16/09 number 22340. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90-95% orig blue, some minor scuffs and scratches blending with silver and brown patina. Mag tube has most of its orig blue thinning from takedown and a few normal minor marks. Receiver retains 95% orig blue with some minor nicks and scratches and thinning on sharp edges, lightly thinning and blending with brown patina on bottom. Stock is sound with normal shallow nicks and dings and retains a thin coat of added finish blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with normal minor blemishes, a thin coat of added finish blending with hand worn patina across bottom. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38666 BDT313 (10,000-15,000)

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2063

WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 38098. Cal. 38-56. 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with set screw, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.”, adjacent to receiver “38-56 W.C.F.”. Standard receiver mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 38-56 oct bbl rifle, plain trigger, received in warehouse January 28, 1890, shipped from warehouse on November 15, 1890 on order number 21305. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90% orig blue toning towards brown, brightening on sharp edges, normal minor nicks and scratches, couple of small areas cleaned and blending with brown patina. Receiver retains 60-70% orig case colors thinning and blending with silver patina, areas on both sides with shallow surface oxidation. Hammer retains most of its orig dark case colors showing silver on right side. Lever retains dark orig case colors on side and blending with gray patina across bottom. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings, a series of shallow dents on comb near tang of buttplate and retains a thin coat of added finish blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38375 BDT244 (3,500-5,500)

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2064

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 48272. CAL. 45-70. 21-3/4″ octagon bbl, full mag, marble #2 dovetail front sight, blank in rear seat. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. Left flat adjacent receiver 45-70. Top bbl flat has Winchester proof mark. Standard receiver with Redfield peep sight mounted on left side. Mounted with “XX” walnut. Checkered pistol grip with ebony insert in grip, crescent steel buttplate “H” style checkered forend with nosecap. Inspection of inside tang reveals assembly #110XX. The matching 110 number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Winchester Gun Museum letter identifying this rifle in cal. 40-82, with oct. bbl, plain trigger and checkered stock with pistol grip shipped Sept. 10, 1890. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee collection. CONDITION: Fine as found. Bbl and mag tube retain 97-98% of a restored blue finish. Some minor sharp edgewear, normal small nicks and scratches, and a couple areas of minor surface oxidation. Receiver retains 80% orig fading case colors blending with silver patina on bottom and sharp edges. Stock is sound with nicely re-cut checkering a repaired chip at tang of buttplate, some minor nicks and scratches, and retains a fine factory-quality restored finish. Forend is sound with nicely re-cut checkering, a few minor handling marks, and retains a fine restored finish. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore with shallow ring about half-way. 4-36606 BDT234 (4,000-6,000)

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2065

WINCHESTER 1886 SEIM DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 118374. CAL. 45-90. 26″ octagon bbl, full magazine, modified half-nickel front sight with set screw, flat top sporting rear sight. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE /WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN, U.S.A.” Adjacent receiver 45-90W.C.F. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, crescent steel buttplate, I-checkered forend with nosecap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying gun as 45-90 rifle octagon bbl, plain trigger, plain pistol grip checkered, received in warehouse 8/31/98 and shipped from warehouse 9/5/98 on order number 4582. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 85-90% original blue, wear on sharp edges, normal nicks and dings, and some areas thinning and wearing to brown patina. Receiver retains a silver hardening finish blended with some original colors worn across bottom and blending with silver and brown patina. The sides have a spotty appearance from faint surface oxidation. Stock is sound with slightly flat checkering, normal nicks and dings, and retains a clean open-grain oil finish. Forend is sound with worn and flattened checkering, normal nicks and dings, and retains a clean open-grain oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore. 4-37491 BDT236 (7,000-10,000)

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2066

*WINCHESTER 1886 STANDARD GRADE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 122103. Cal. 38-56 WCF. 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half-nickel front sight with set screw, serrated side V-notch sporting rear with set screw, standard 86 receiver. Mounted with streaky straight grain walnut, uncheckered forend with nosecap, uncheckered straight grip stock with steel crescent buttplate. Accompanying gun is Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying gun as 38-56 oct bbl rifle, plain trigger; received in warehouse June 14, 1900; shipped from warehouse October 11, 1901, with one other firearm on order no. 115760. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue, minor muzzle wear, faint sharp edge wear, a couple of minor rub marks and the usual handling marks. Magazine tube retains 75-80% orig blue, a small cleaned area starting to silver and blending with brown patina. Receiver has 75-80% strong orig case colors, slightly darkening with a gray patina across bottom. Hammer has strong dark orig case colors. Lever has strong dark orig case colors on sides, blending with a dark gray patina across bottom. Stock is sound with some shallow minor nicks and dents, retaining most of its orig varnish blending with hand-worn patina in grip area. Buttplate shows fading case colors blending with a gray patina. Forend is sound with some minor nicks and scrapes and retains orig varnish finish, blending with some hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, good bore with some minor scattered pitting. 4-37436 (8,000-12,000)

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2067

*WINCHESTER 1886 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 150716. Cal. 50EX. 26″ half rnd, half oct bbl, full mag takedown, nickel-silver Rocky Mountain front sight, sporting rear sight with set screw. Top flat of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. PAT. OCT. 14. 1884. JAN. 20. 1885”, adjacent receiver is Winchester proof mark and “50-EX.”, matching proof mark can be found on top of receiver. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain most of a fine factory quality restored blue finish with a cpl of small peen marks at front sight, some faint usual scratching, two small dings that have been touched up at rear sight. Takedown ring retains brown blending with silver patina. Receiver has 40-50% orig blue thinning and blending with silver and brown patina across bottom, top and most of right side. Normal nicks, dings and small marks. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings and scratches, slightly shrunk at toe. Retains a thin coat of added finish blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with nicks, dings and a couple of small dents with hand worn patina blending with thin coat of added finish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-38778 (12,500-17,500)

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2068

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 55407. Cal. 40-82. 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, fine blade front sight with set screw, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Top bbl flat marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.”, adjacent receiver “40-82 W.C.F.”. Standard receiver mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 40-82 rifle, 28″ oct bbl, received in warehouse May 21, 1891, shipped from warehouse August 20, 1981 with three other guns on order number 9489. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 90+% orig blue, silvering at sharp edges, usual nicks and scratches, thinning in areas and blending with silver and brown patina. Receiver retains visible orig case colors, blending with silver hardening, a couple of small areas of surface oxidation and typical minor nicks and scratches. Hammer shows strong orig case colors, silvering at sharp edges. Lever shows good orig case colors in protected areas blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with normal minor nicks and dings and retains orig finish that has flaked and worn blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with usual minor marks and retains flaked and worn orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38359 BDT238 (4,000-6,000)

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2069

WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 90614. Cal. 45-70. 26″ rnd bbl, full magazine, modified half nickel front sight with set screw, V-notch rear sporting sight. Top of bbl is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.” and adjacent receiver “45-70”. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as 45-70 rnd bbl rifle, plain trigger, received in warehouse September 18, 1894 and shipped from warehouse September 28, 1894 on order number 20390. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains orig blue thinning and blending with brown and silver patina. Mag tube has similar finish. Receiver shows thinning, orig case colors blending with silver hardening, wear on bottom showing silver patina. Hammer shows fading orig case colors. Lever shows orig case colors in protected areas and blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings and scratches. Shows orig finish blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with some minor nicks and dings and shows some orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38380 BDT241 (4,000-6,000)

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2070

*WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION TAKEDOWN RIFLE. SN 156985. Cal. 50EX. 26″ half rnd, half oct bbl, full mag takedown, marble reversible ivory and gold bead front sight, slot in rear seat. Oct part of bbl is matted and marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.”, left flat adjacent to takedown ring “50EX”. There are no proof marks to be found on bbl. Standard receiver, proof mark top center, left side with Lyman lever sight, mounted with streaky straight grain walnut, straight grip, Winchester hard rubber shotgun buttplate, sling eye 4-1/4″ from toe, standard forend, nose cap with sling eye. CONDITION: Fine, as found. Bbl retains 98% of a fine restored blue finish, normal nicks and scratches, bright on sharp edges of oct and thinning with silver patina at beginning of rnd portion. Mag tube has restored blue with rub mark from takedown and thinning adjacent to mark on bbl. Takedown ring has flaked and blended with brown patina. Receiver has 80% orig blue thinning and blending with brown and silver patina across bottom, bright on sharp edges, a couple of clean spots on right side blending with brown patina. Hammer shows some orig blue but is mostly silvering. Lever shows orig colors in protected areas blending with gray patina. Stock is sound with some minor nicks and scratches and retains a fine restored finish. Forend is sound with minor nicks and dings and retains a fine restored finish. Mechanics are fine with slightly sticky lever and shiny bore. 4-38790 BDT335 (7,500-12,500)

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2071

*WINCHESTER DELUXE 1886 EXTRA LIGHT WEIGHT TAKE DOWN RIFLE. SN 146959. Cal. 33 WCF. 24″ rnd bbl, pedestal front with dovetail Lyman ivory bead front sight, flat top, sporting rear with set screw, 1/2 mag take down. Standard 86 receiver with Lyman side mounted lever peep sight, mounted with 2X walnut, deluxe checkered forend with nose cap, deluxe checkered pistol grip with Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester hard rubber shotgun butt. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly No. 800XX and matching 800 no. in top tang of stock. Also stamped on lower tang is the word “REFINISHED”. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 85-90% factory blue with some minor nicks and scrapes, some minor muzzle wear and some light thinning in front of nose cap. Receiver retains 70-75% factory blue, silvering on bottom and front portion of left side, thinning at sharp edges and a few minor nicks and scrapes. Stock is sound with good checkering, usual light bumps and bruises, one notch is cut behind grip cap and retains most of a factory oil finish blending with some hand worn patina. Forearm is sound with some minor nicks and dents, good checkering with oil finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore with some fine scattered pitting. 4-37799 (6,500-9,500)

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2072

*VERY LATE WINCHESTER 1886 EXTRA LIGHT WEIGHT TAKE DOWN RIFLE. SN 159367. Cal. 33 WCF. 24″ rnd bbl, 1/2 mag take down, pedestal front with dovetail Lyman ivory bead hunting sight, “V” notch sporting rear with set screw. Bbl is marked on left side “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PAT. OCT.14.1884.JAN.20.1885 MADE IN U.S.A.” and below rear sight “WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL-.33 W.C.F.” On right side below rear sight “MODEL 1886”. Standard 86 receiver, mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, uncheckered forend with nose cap, uncheckered straight grip stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. This is one of the last few hundred 86’s to leave the factory. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% orig blue with just a few minor light nicks and handling marks. Receiver retains 90-95% orig blue with some thinning on bottom and sharp edges and usual light scratches and handling marks. Hammer has orig blue showing bright on sharp edges. Lever has most of its orig blue with some sharp edge wear and flaked spots across bottom. Stock is sound with a few light handling marks and tiny scratches and retains nearly all of a thin coat of restored finish. Forend is sound with some minor scratches and handling marks and retains nearly all of a light coat of restored finish. Mechanics are good with a shiny bore as gun doesn’t appear to have had much use. 4-37800 (3,500-5,500)

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2073

*WINCHESTER 1886 SEMI-DELUXE EXTRA LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 159210. Cal. 33WCF. 24″ rnd bbl, half-mag takedown, pedestal front with Sheard gold bead sight, blank in rear seat. Late ’86 bbl markings; left side of bbl at nose cap “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PAT. OCT. 14. 1884. JAN. 20. 1885. MADE IN U.S.A.”, below rear sight “NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER-.33W.C.F.”, right side of bbl “MODEL 1886”. Standard receiver; left side with Lyman lever sight. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, checkered steel shotgun butt, standard forend with nose cap. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “493”, no number could be found on stock, inside toe of buttplate is stamped “494”. CONDITION: Very good +. Bbl retains 85% thinning blue with normal nicks and scratches; bright over chamber area, rub mark on bottom from takedown. Receiver retains 75-80% orig blue; silvered across bottom, bright on sharp edges and normal nicks and scratches. Stock is sound with normal light nicks and dings and retains an oil finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings and retains a hand worn patina finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38920 BDT292 (2,750-3,750)

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2074

*WINCHESTER 1886 EXTRA LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 147038. Cal. 45-70. 22″ rnd bbl, full mag, pedestal with Lyman ivory bead front sight, flat top sporting rear with set screw. Standard bbl markings, standard receiver, mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, Winchester hard rubber shotgun buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Very good +. Bbl and mag tube retain 90% orig blue, minor muzzle wear, usual minor nicks and scratches, a cpl tiny peen marks on side of bbl at front sight, slightly thinning in chamber area. Receiver retains 60-70% orig blue thinning and blending with silver and brown patina across top and bottom. Usual minor nicks and scratches and some spots of fine surface oxidation. Screws show some light battering. Hammer shows thinning orig case colors. Lever has faded and blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings, retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings, a tiny chip on left side about 1″ from nose cap and shows orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-37588 BDT284 (4,000-6,000)

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2075

*VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1886 EXTRA LIGHT WEIGHT TAKE DOWN. SN 139268. Cal 45-70. 22″ 1/2 oct bbl, 1/2 mag take down, pedestal front base, with dovetail Lyman ivory bead front sight, flat top, “V” notch sporting rear with set screw. Standard 86 receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered forend, uncheckered straight grip stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Accompanying firearm is a Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter, identifying as 45-70 rifle, 22″ 1/2 oct bbl, plain trigger, 1/2 mag, shotgun rubber butt, extra lightweight, received in warehouse December 22, 1906, shipped from warehouse December 22, 1906 on order No. 82407. Inspection of lower tang reveals no assembly numbers. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 93-95% orig blue, some muzzle wear, some rub marks on bottom from take down, some minor sharp edge wear and usual nicks and dings. Receiver retains 60-70% orig blue, silvering on bottom and top and some lightly cleaned areas on both sides remaining silver patina and a few of the usual minor scratches. Stock is sound with typical nicks and dings. Retains 50% flaking varnish mixed with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with a crease on left side about 1″ long, with orig flaking varnish blended with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-37803 (7,500-10,000)

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2076

WINCHESTER MODEL 86 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 38335. Cal. 40-82. 26″ oct bbl, full mag, modified half-nickel front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Usual bbl markings, standard receiver mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good +. Bbl retains orig blue in protected areas blending with brown patina and covered by very fine surface oxidation. Mag tube has mostly turned brown and has the surface oxidation. Receiver retains traces of thinning orig case colors blending with silver and brown patina. Hammer shows dark orig case colors, silvering on edges. Lever shows thinning orig case colors blending with brown patina. Stock is sound with nicks and dings and shallow gouge on left side. Retains weathered orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with numerous nicks and dings. Retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with slightly frosted bore with some fine scattered shallow pitting. 4-36547 BDT290 (4,000-7,000)

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2077

*WINCHESTER 1886 EXTRA LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH 2ND BARREL ASSEMBLY. SN 144087. Cal. 45-70, bbl assembly 45-90. 45-70, 22″ tapered rnd bbl, half-mag takedown, pedestal front with Lyman ivory bead hunting sight, flat top sporting rear with set screw, usual bbl markings. Standard receiver equipped with close coupled dbl set triggers mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, Winchester hard rubber shotgun butt, sling eye 3-1/2″ from toe, standard forend, nose cap with sling eye. 45-90 bbl assembly, 20″ oct bbl, full mag takedown, modified half-nickel front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear, early bbl markings “MANUFACTURED BY THE / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.”, adjacent takedown ring on top flat “45-90 W.C.F.” and left flat with Winchester proof mark. Standard forend with nose cap. The proper fit of this bbl and proof mark would indicate that this bbl assembly was factory fit. CONDITION: 45-70; Fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue with minor muzzle wear, some minor scratches, rub mark on bottom from takedown and a cpl of small areas of fine surface oxidation. Takedown ring has flaked to only traces of orig blue blending with silver and brown patina. Receiver has 75% orig thinning blue, silvering on bottom and top with a few minor light scratches and some tiny spots of surface oxidation. Stock is sound with usual light hunting marks and shows orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with usual hunting marks and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Nose cap has flaked to 60% orig blue blending with silver and brown patina. Bbl assembly is fine and retains a dark gray patina finish. Forend is sound with some normal nicks and dings and grain checking and retains a hand worn patina finish. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore in 45-70, lightly frosted with some scattered shallow pitting in extra bbl assembly. 4-38668 BDT285 (8,000-12,000)

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2078

*WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 135557. Cal. 33WCF. 24″ rnd bbl, full mag, pedestal front with Lyman ivory bead hunting sight, flat top sporting rear with set screw, usual bbl markings, standard receiver. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 90-95% orig blue with normal nicks, dings and scratches, a cpl of small areas thinning and blending with silver patina. Receiver retains 80-85% orig blue, thinning and blending with silver patina on bottom showing bright on sharp edges and usual minor, light scratches. Hammer shows dark orig case colors, silvering on sharp edges. Lever retains orig case colors in protected areas blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with some normal light nicks and dings and a cpl of shallow depressions. Retaining orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with some minor nicks and dents showing hand worn patina blending with traces of orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore and a couple of minor shallow pits. 4-37601 BDT286 (2,500-3,000)

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2079

OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER 1876 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 37897. Cal. 45-60. 28″ oct bbl, full mag, combo front sight, 1876 marked ladder rear sight, usual bbl markings. Standard receiver with thick base, finely knurled post peep sight, sgl set trigger. Mounted with “XX” quality walnut, checkered pistol grip, fleur de lis ebony insert in cap, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, H-style checkered forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 45-60 oct bbl rifle, set trigger, checkered pistol grip, case hardened, received in warehouse 12/7/1883 and shipped from warehouse 12/7/1883 on order no. 9483. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “XX1758R”, matching number can be found on top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 85% thinning orig blue blending with silver and brown patina, numerous minor nicks and dings and a cpl of small cleaned spots. Mag tube has traces of orig blue, mostly turning brown and blending with silver patina. Receiver has 85-90% orig case colors thinning top and bottom and on sharp edges, usual minor nicks and scratches. Loading gate retains most of its fine nitre blue. Hammer shows orig case colors fading on sides, dark on back. Lever shows strong orig case colors on sides blending with silver patina on bottom. Stock is sound with good checkering, normal minor nicks and dings and retains most of its orig piano varnish finish. Buttplate shows fading orig case colors. Forend is sound with good checkering, normal minor nicks and dings and retains its orig piano varnish finish with some hand worn patina on bottom. Mechanics are good, set trigger needs fine tune adjustment with a shiny bore. 4-38510 BDT306 (30,000-40,000)

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2080

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1876 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 53069. Cal. 45-75. 28″ oct bbl, half mag, half-nickel front sight, 1876 marked ladder rear sight, usual bbl markings. Standard receiver with single set trigger mounted with “XXX” walnut 14″ length of pull, checkered pistol grip, fleur de lis ebony insert in cap, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, H-style checkered forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 45-75 oct bbl rifle, set trigger, checkered stock, pistol grip, length of stock 14″, drop 2-7/8″, half mag, case hardened, received in warehouse March 27, 1886, shipped from warehouse March 29, 1886 on order no. 4779. Inspection of lower inside tang reveals assembly no. “2571XXX” and matching 2571 can be found inside top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 90% orig blue, minor muzzle wear, right hand flat cleaned back about 3″ blending with brown patina, bright on sharp edges, normal nicks and dings, a small chemical loss over chamber. Receiver retains 85-90% orig case colors thinning on bottom and sharp edges, normal minor nicks and scratches and some fine faint surface oxidation on right side. Loading gate retains most of its orig nitre blue. Hammer retains dark orig case colors. Lever retains orig case colors on side, blending with gray patina across bottom. Stock is sound with normal light nicks and dings, orig piano varnish finish with a thin coat of added finish. Checkering is good, a few flat points and border slightly filled with added finish. Forend is sound with good checkering, some minor dings, orig piano varnish finish with a thin coat of added finish, slightly filling borders of checkering. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-38390 BDT303 (17,500-27,500)

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2081

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1876 SHORT RIFLE. SN 48672. Cal. 40-60. 24-3/8″ oct bbl, full mag, D.W. King mark gold bead front sight, 1876 marked ladder rear sight, usual bbl markings. Standard receiver with 4″ thick base tang sight; missing disc. Mounted with highly figured flame grain walnut, checkered pistol grip, fleur de lis ebony insert in cap, crescent steel buttplate, trapdoor, 4-pc steel and brass tipped cleaning rod, H-style checkered forend and nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 40-60 rifle, 24″ oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock pistol grip, received in warehouse October 9, 1885, shipped from warehouse October 9, 1885 on order no. 860. No attempt was made to inspect lower tang, its screw would not budge. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains orig thinning blue blending with brown patina; bright on sharp edges with normal nicks, dings and scratches and some tiny peen marks at front sight. Mag tube is a brown and silver patina. Receiver is a silver hardening blending with silver patina and traces of orig case colors in protected areas. Hammer shows dark orig case colors, slightly silvering on both sides. Lever has traces of orig case colors in protected areas and a brown and silver patina blend. Stock is solid, good checkering with a couple of flat points. Normal nicks, dings and scrapes and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with good checkering with a few flat points, normal nicks and dings and retains a hand worn patina blending with traces of orig finish. Mechanics are crisp. Good bore, lightly frosted and some fine scattered pitting. 4-38783 BDT297 (12,500-17,500)

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2082

TURNBULL RESTORED WINCHESTER 1876 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 38637. Cal. 45-60. 28″ oct bbl, full mag, wind gauge front sight with spirit level, marble slot in rear seat, usual bbl markings. Standard receiver with 3″ vernier tang sight. Mounted with “XXX” walnut, checkered pistol grip, fleur de lis ebony insert in cap, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, H-style checkered forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 45-60 rifle, oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock, pistol grip, vernier sights, case hardened, received in warehouse January 12, 1884, shipped from warehouse January 12, 1884. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Gun is virtually new from complete restoration from Doug Turnbull’s. Bbl retains virtually all of its factory quality restored blue as well as the mag. Receiver has all of its factory quality restored cased colors and lacquer as well as hammer and lever. Stocks have sharp restored checkering and retain all of their fine factory quality restored finish. Mechanics are crisp and a bright shiny bore. 4-38415 BDT296 (15,000-25,000)

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2083

RARE WINCHESTER 1876 OPEN-TOP LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 1625. Cal. 45-75. 28″ oct bbl, full mag, nickel Rocky Mountain front sight, ladder rear sight, usual bbl markings, 1st Model open-top receiver equipped with single set trigger. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor and 5-pc steel with brass tip cleaning rod. Standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as oct bbl rifle, set trigger, received in warehouse February 21, 1878, shipped from warehouse July 6, 1878. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “446”. Top tang channel has matching number, inside toe of buttplate is stamped “1625” matching the serial number. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 80-85% orig blue, slight muzzle wear, bright on sharp corners, normal nicks and dings blending with some silver and brown patina. Mag tube has orig blue in protected areas, balance a blend of brown and silver patina. Receiver has 85-90% orig blue, worn on sharp edges, some minor nicks and scratches, some toning with brown patina. Hammer and lever have traces of orig color blending with brown patina. Stock is sound with some normal nicks and dings and minor scratches and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with minor nicks and scratches and has hand worn patina blending with orig finish. Nose cap has traces of orig blue blending with silver patina. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. 4-38393 BDT301 (8,000-12,000)

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2084

SCARCE WINCHESTER 1876 OPEN-TOP LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 4841. Cal. 45-75. 28″ oct bbl, full mag, fine gold bead front sight, checkered side V-notch sporting rear, usual bbl markings. Early open-top receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals assembly no. “2356”. Matching number can be found top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube have orig blue in protected areas but retain an even brown patina, bright on sharp edges with some minor nicks and scratches. Receiver has traces of orig blue in protected areas turning and blending with silver patina, normal light nicks and scratches. Stock is sound with some minor nicks, dings and scratches, retaining thin coat of added oil blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks, dings and scratches and retains a hand worn open grain oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with weak lever retaining spring. Good bore, lightly frosted with some scattered shallow pits. 4-38350 BDT302 (7,000-10,000)

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2085

RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 8347. Cal. 45-75. 28″ half rnd, half oct bbl, full mag, slightly modified Rocky Mountain front sight, 1876 marked ladder rear sight, usual bbl markings. Early receiver with screwed on rail and thumbprint dust cover. Top of rail has small “98” stamp. Top tang has 3″ vernier peep sight. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “4907”, matching numbers can be found on top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 80-85% orig thinning blue with muzzle wear and normal nicks and scratches, bright on sharp edges of oct. Mag tube shows orig blue in protected area with balance blending with brown and silver patina. Receiver retains 80-85% orig blue thinning top, bottom and sharp edges, normal minor nicks and scratches, some minor chemical spotting on right side. Hammer shows fading orig case colors. Lever shows orig case colors blending with silver patina. Stock is sound with some normal nicks and dings, grain crack on sight side near toe and retains a cleaned, open grain, hand worn finish. Forend is sound with some minor nicks and dents and retains an open grain hand worn finish. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore with some scattered shallow pits. 4-37521 BDT298 (7,500-12,500)

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2086

WINCHESTER 1876 EXPRESS LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 20416. Cal. 50-95. 26″ oct bbl, full mag, slightly modified half-nickel front sight, modified checkered side V-notch sporting rear, usual bbl markings with “50-CAL” on top flat adjacent receiver. Late 2nd Model receiver with screwed on rail and dustcover marked “WINCHESTER EXPRESS/.50CAL. 95GRS”. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying as oct bbl Express rifle, plain trigger, received in warehouse 12/6/1881, shipped from warehouse 12/6/1881 on order no. 30123. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals assembly no. “392”, top tang channel of stock is stamped with “392” as well as an x’d out “293”, inside toe of buttplate has matching 392. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 65-75% orig blue blending with brown patina, slight muzzle wear; bright on sharp edges and some minor nicks and scratches. Mag tube has turned a mostly brown patina with some minor nicks and scratches. Receiver retains 65-70% orig blue blending with brown and silver patina, thinning on top, sides and sharp edges, normal minor nicks and scratches. Hammer shows good orig case colors blending with some silver and brown patina. Lever shows orig colors in protected areas blending with silver and brown patina. Stock is sound with numerous nicks, dings and small gouges, retains an old coat of added finish blended with some hand worn patina. Forend is sound with some minor nicks and dings and retains a hand worn open grain oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore with a couple of minor scattered pits. 4-38786 BDT315 (8,500-14,500)

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2087

RARE WINCHESTER 1876 WITH 7 LEAF EXPRESS SIGHT. SN 59681. Cal. 45-75. 28″ oct bbl, full mag, half-nickel front sight, 7-leaf Express rear sight, usual bbl markings with “45-75WCF” on left flat. Standard receiver with sgl set trigger mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum Fact Sheet identifying as 45-60 rifle, rnd bbl, plain trigger, 7 leaf and beach sights, received in warehouse 1/20/1888, other remarks “To Russell, Back in warehouse on 11/2/1893 as rifle in 45-75 with oct bbl and set trigger, date shipped 11/3/1893, order no. 2791.” PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good +. Bbl retains traces of orig blue in protected areas with remainder a blend of brown and silver patina. Mag tube retains similar finish with minor dent 2″ behind retaining ring. Receiver retains traces of orig blue in protected areas with balance a gray and silver patina. Lifter has lightly scratched name that is not legible. Stock is sound with some nicks and shallow gouges and retains a hand worn open grain oil finish. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings; slightly dark at receiver and nose cap and retains an open grain hand worn oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with dark bore and moderate scattered pitting. 4-36545 BDT305 (4,000-7,000)

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2088

EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1876 SHORT RIFLE. SN 23318. Cal. 45-60. Very rare 25″ oct bbl, full mag, slightly modified fine blade front sight, 1876 marked ladder rear sight. Top of bbl marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860.”, adjacent receiver “CAL. 45 60”. Standard receiver with left side plate engraved “C.P. FLEMING/PITTSBURGH, PA.”. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, inlet base with closed loop swivel 4-1/4″ from toe, standard forend, nose cap with sling swivel. Accompanied with two letters; Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 45-60 rifle, 25″ oct bbl, plain trigger, sling and swivels, received in warehouse May 6, 1882, shipped from warehouse May 9, 1882, order no. 32584. Second letter is from David Kennedy; curator of Cody Firearms Museum stating that after researching the Winchester records, we find that only three Winchester Model 1876’s with 25″ bbls. Serial numbers for these rifles are 23317, 23318, 55193. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “199”, matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Very good +. Bbl and mag tube retain a brown blending with silver patina with some dark brown patina spotting. Receiver retains a brown blending with silver patina with some dark brown spotting and some shallow surface oxidation, mostly on right side. Hammer and lever show dark patina color. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings, slight darkening around tangs and receiver and retains a hand worn open grain oil finish. Forend is sound with numerous nicks and dings, some tiny chipping at receiver and retains a hand worn open grain oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with lightly frosted bore with some scattered shallow pits. 4-39048 BDT295 (7,500-12,500)

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2089

WINCHESTER 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 22195. Cal. 45-60. 28″ oct bbl, full mag, half-nickel front sight, 76 marked ladder rear sight, usual bbl markings. Later 2nd Model receiver with screwed on rail, sgl set trigger mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 45-60, 28″ oct bbl rifle with set trigger, received in warehouse 8/25/82, shipped from warehouse 8/25/82 on order no. 34730. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain a smooth gray-brown finish; bright on sharp edges and a few minor normal nicks and scratches. Receiver retains 80-85% orig blue thinning on bottom, top and sharp edges blending with a silver and brown patina. Loading gate shows good orig nitre blue. Hammer shows thinning orig case colors blending with silver hardening. Lever is a gray and silver patina blend. Stock is sound with some normal nicks and dings and retains a lightly cleaned, smooth oil finish. Forend is sound with a few shallow dents on left side, normal minor nicks and dings and retains a lightly cleaned, smooth oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with bright bore having some fine scattered pitting. 4-38379 BDT314 (5,000-8,000)

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2090

WINCHESTER 1876 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 61280. Cal. 45-75. 22″ rnd bbl, barley corn front sight, 1876 marked carbine ladder rear sight, top bbl marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS NEW HAVEN. CT. / KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH-29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860”, adjacent receiver “45-75/W.C.F.”. Standard receiver with stud and ring on left side, mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, 18″ forend with nose cap and bbl band. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 85-90% orig blue, some muzzle wear, normal nicks and scratches and two areas that have been cleaned mixing with brown and silver patina. Receiver retains 80-85% orig blue thinning on sharp edges, wearing on bottom and blending with brown patina, normal nicks and scratches, some spots of faint surface oxidation. Loading gate shows strong orig nitre blue with some silvering. Hammer retains strong orig case colors, slightly silvering on right side. Lever retains strong orig case colors in protected areas, blending with silver and brown patina. Stock is sound with some minor nicks and dings and retains orig open grain oil finish. Forend is sound with some minor nicks and dings, one shallow depression dent and retains orig open grain oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore as gun shows to have very little use. 4-38360 BDT294 (7,000-10,000)

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2091

WINCHESTER 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 21301. Cal. 45-60. 28″ rnd bbl, full mag, slightly modified half-nickel front sight, 1876 marked ladder rear sight, usual bbl markings. Standard receiver with screw-on rail. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Fact Sheet identifying gun as rnd bbl rifle, 45-60, plain trigger, received in warehouse 12/29/1881, shipped from warehouse 2/10/1882 on order no. 31288. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “87”. Matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 80-85% thinning orig blue blending with brown patina, slight muzzle wear, normal nicks and scratches, some minor thinning in chamber area. Mag tube has traces of orig blue in protected areas, remainder turning brown and blending with silver patina. Receiver retains 80-85% orig blue, silvering on sharp edges and front of action, normal nicks and scratches and toning with brown patina. Hammer and lever show traces of orig color blending with silver and gray patina. Stock is sound, some minor chipping behind top tang, normal nicks, dings and scratches. Retains an open grain, hand worn oil finish. Forend is sound with usual nicks and scratches; darkening at receiver and nose cap with a hand worn open grain oil finish. Nose cap retains 70% orig blue blending with silver patina. Mechanics are crisp, good bore lightly frosted. 4-38367 BDT300 (5,000-7,000)

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2092

NICK KUSMIT ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE, THE LIBERTY RIFLE. SN 59934. Cal. 40-60. Fine upgrade deluxe rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and “1876” marked ladder rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured American walnut with custom oversize H-style checkered forearm and straight stock that has crescent buttplate with trap. Carrier is gold-washed. Consignor states that with his long time friendship with Winchester Master Engraver Nick Kusmit, he was able to persuade him to engrave this and a number of other firearms. Receiver & sideplates are beautifully engraved in relief vignettes of Independence Hall, Philadelphia on left sideplate and the Liberty Bell on left front side of receiver. Right sideplate is relief engraved with Paul Revere riding his horse and Old North Church in the background. Right front of receiver is engraved with a rendition of Archibald McNeal Willard’s “Yankee Doodle” (later renamed “The Spirit of ’76”) which features the very famous two drummers and a fifer marching with the flag in the background. Top of front receiver ring is engraved with a spread-winged eagle. Dust cover is engraved with a ribbon inscribed “1776 / 1876 / 1976”. The dust cover rail is hand checkered. All engraving is surrounded by well-executed foliate arabesque patterns with shell patterns in the corners. Vignettes have fine stippled background with the foliate arabesque patterns having a punch dot background. Engraving extends over top two side flats of bbl about 2-1/4″ with matching patterns on top & bottom of receiver, lever, top tang, forend cap and top flat of bbl back of front sight. Heel of buttplate tang is also engraved to match. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall the metal retains about all of its fine custom blue. Wood is sound and retains a restored hand rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. It is unusual to fine a Nick Kusmit engraved rifle as he is much more famously known for his shotgun engraving. 4-36521 JR339 (5,000-8,000)

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2093

WINCHESTER 1876 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 33161. Cal. 45-60. 22″ rnd bbl, modified barley corn front sight, 1876 marked carbine ladder sight in reverse position. Top of bbl is marked “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1866.”, adjacent receiver “CAL./45-60”. Standard receiver with stud and ring on left side. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate with trapdoor, 18″ forend with nose cap and bbl band. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals assembly no. “239”, matching number in top tang channel of stock. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good +. Bbl retains orig blue thinning and blending with brown patina; normal minor nicks and dings. Some fine surface oxidation near muzzle. Receiver retains flaking and thinning blue blending with brown and silver patina. Normal nicks and dings and some spots of fine surface oxidation. Stock is sound with hairline crack behind top tang. Some minor chipping along edges of top tang. Normal nicks and dings, some dried grain cracks and small chips at buttplate and retains an open grain hand worn oil finish. Forend is sound with numerous shallow nicks and dings and retains an open grain hand worn oil finish. Mechanics are good with dark pitted bore with ring about 4″ from muzzle. 4-36546 BDT293 (4,000-7,000)

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2094

WINCHESTER 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 26194. Cal. 45-60. 28″ rnd bbl, full mag, modified half-nickel front sight, ladder rear sight, usual bbl markings. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains thinning orig blue blending with brown and silver patina; some areas lightly cleaned and normal nicks, dings and scratches. Mag tube has been cleaned and retains a gray mixed with brown patina, some fine surface oxidation marks and some light scratches on right side. Receiver retains orig blue on side plates, thinning on edges and blending with silver and brown patina. Body of receiver appears to have been cleaned years ago and has traces of blue blending with gray patina. Hammer shows dark orig case coloring and slightly silvering on sides. Lever is a dark patina. Stock is sound with numerous shallow dents and normal nicks and scratches and retains an open grain hand worn oil finish. Forend is sound with numerous nicks and shallow dents, slightly dark at receiver and nose cap and carries and open grain, hand worn oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with dark bore and scattered pitting. 4-37524 BDT299 (3,000-5,000)

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2095

EXTREMELY RARE & DESIRABLE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 1 OF 1,000 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 31269. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Fine 1 of 1,000 with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, Beach’s front sight, early style, short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges and a thin base vernier tang sight with 3″ staff. It has sgl set trigger and screwed-on dust cover rail with impressed thumbprint dust cover. Chamber area of bbl is engraved in traditional 1 of 1,000 style with foliate arabesque patterns over top three flats in front of a wide silver band. Side flats have small foliate arabesque patterns. Muzzle end of bbl also has a wide silver band with foliate arabesque patterns on seven of the eight flats. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number “784” and “XX”. Last two digits of assembly number were observed in top tang channel of buttstock but could not be found in buttplate. This rifle is pictured on p. 94 of Winchester The Golden Age of American Gunmaking and the Winchester 1 of 1000, Wilson. It is listed as part of a six gun consecutively numbered shipment 1 of 1,000 rifles on Nov. 20, 1878. At the time of this writing, 1983, it was part of the consignor’s collection. Accompanied by a Winchester Gun Museum letter which identifies this rifle as found as a 1 of 1,000 with 28″ oct bbl, case hardened with set trigger shipped Nov. 20, 1878. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain a smooth plum patina with a few scattered spots of light pitting. Receiver & sideplates are a cleaned metal patina with a few small spots of light pitting. Lever & hammer are a dark patina. Wood is sound with usual handling & use marks showing heavy wear and retains most of an old wiped-on finish. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore with good rifling that may clean better. 4-36605 JR337 (80,000-125,000)

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2096

RARE WINCHESTER 1873 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 107987. Cal. 32 WCF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, globe front sight, V-notch sporting rear sight, usual bbl markings. 3rd Model receiver mounted with “X” grade walnut, checkered pistol grip, fleur ebony insert in cap, crescent steel buttplate, inlet base with swivel 4″ from toe, H-style checkered forend, nose piece with sling swivel. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 32 cal. oct bbl rifle, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, case hardened, sling and swivels, received in warehouse 2/21/1883, shipped from warehouse 2/22/1883 on order no. 2645. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “X 4587 32 R”, matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95-97% orig blue thinning on sharp edges, minor muzzle wear, some minor nicks and scratches. Receiver retains 95-97% orig case colors, bright and still covered with lacquer on rear portion and protected areas. Side plates and front of action with loss of lacquer are somewhat duller, but still retain most of the case coloring. Some wear on sharp edges and on bottom front of receiver blending with brown patina. Hammer retains nearly all of its orig case colors, lightly silvering on right side. Lever retains strong dark orig case colors on sides, fading and blending with gray patina on bottom. Stock is sound with minor nicks and handling marks, fine checkering and retains most of its orig finish. Buttplate has faded to a gray patina with traces of color. Forend is sound with some minor nicks and handling marks, fine checkering, orig finish blended with hand worn patina on bottom. Nose cap retains nearly all of its fading orig case colors. Mechanics are crisp, bore is shiny with some faint frosting. 4-38626 BDT329 (32,000-42,000)

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2097

WINCHESTER 1873 2ND MODEL DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 95644. Cal. 44 WCF. 24-1/4″ half rnd, half oct bbl, half mag, combination front sight, checkered side V-notch sporting rear. 2nd Model receiver with screwed on rail and dust cover, thick base 3″ peep sight, mounted with “XX” quality walnut, checkered pistol grip, fleur-de-lis ebony insert in cap, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, 4 pc steel and brass tipped cleaning rod, H-style checkered forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying as half oct bbl rifle, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, half mag, case hardened, received in warehouse 7/24/1882, shipped from warehouse 7/25/1882 on order no. 33066. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number “XX 4372 R”, matching numbers can be found on top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains good orig blue that is toning brown mostly on rnd portion, oct is still mostly blue. Bright on sharp edges, thinning over chamber area, some slight muzzle wear and a few minor nicks and scratches. Receiver retains 75-80% orig case colors, strong on side plates, top and rear portion of action. Front half of action has worn and thinned, blending with some brown patina. Loading gate retains strong orig nitre blue. Hammer retains dark orig case colors slightly silvered on right side. Lever shows some dark orig case colors blending with dark patina. Stock is sound with fine checkering, normal nicks and scratches, a shallow scuff on center right side. Finish has slightly flaked around buttplate but retains much of its orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with minor nicks and dings, sharp checkering and retains a hand worn patina blending with traces of orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38627 BDT330 (18,500-28,500)

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2098

*WINCHESTER 1873 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 557334. Cal. 32 WCF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, nickel Rocky Mountain front sight, V-notch sporting rear with set screw, usual bbl markings. 3rd Model receiver with coarse knurl peep sight and single set trigger. Mounted with “XX” quality walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, smooth steel shotgun butt, H-style checkered forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as 32 cal. oct bbl rifle, set trigger, checkered stock, pistol grip, no sights, shotgun butt, case hardened, blank piece, received in warehouse April 6, 1901, shipped from warehouse April 18, 1901. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95-98% orig blue, faint muzzle wear, thinning on sharp edges and some minor nicks and scratches. Receiver retains most of its orig colors that is fading except in protected areas, worn on bottom, blending with some gray patina. Loading gate shows most of its fine nitre blue. Hammer has silvered blending with brown patina. Lever shows orig case colors on side blending with silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with sharp checkering, normal nicks and scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Buttplate retains orig blue, silvering on sides and heel and toe. Forend is sound with sharp checkering on sides, slightly worn on bottom diamond. Normal nicks and scratches and retains orig finish with hand worn patina across bottom. Nose cap has faded colors leaving a silver hardening color. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-38357 BDT331 (20,000-30,000)

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2099

1ST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 1704. Cal. 44-40. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, half-nickel front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear, usual bbl markings with Winchester proof mark on top flat and adjacent top receiver. Early 1st Model receiver mortise dustcover with raised checkered thumbprint and sgl set trigger. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, 4-pc steel with brass tip cleaning rod, inlet base with sling swivel 7″ from toe, standard forend nose piece with sling swivel. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as oct bbl rifle, 30″ bbl with set trigger, received in warehouse 8/6/1874 and shipped from warehouse 8/6/1874 on order no. 1771. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number “A175”, matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 98% of a presumed factory restored blue finish, some minor nicks and dings and tiny scratches. Mag tube retains orig blue blending with brown patina, a cpl of minor dents and some very fine surface oxidation. Receiver retains 75-80% orig blue showing bright at sharp corners and blending with brown patina. There is some fine surface pitting around edge of mortise dustcover and top of right side plate and right side of hammer. Top tang has some fine surface pitting on right edge. Hammer shows good case colors, slight wear on left side. Lever shows case colors in protected areas with balance a silver and spotty brown patina. Stock is sound with normal minor nicks and dings, hairline crack right side of toe and carries a hand worn oil finish. Forend is sound with some minor nicks and dings and retains a hand worn oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with a slightly sticky lifter. Bright bore with a cpl of scattered shallow pits. It can be assumed that with the presence of the Winchester proof marks, that the shortening of the bbl and the refinishing of the bbl were factory work. 4-36541 BDT318 (7,500-12,500)

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2100

OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 266893. Cal. 44-40. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, half-nickel front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear, usual bbl markings. 3rd Model receiver mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 44 cal. rifle, oct bbl, plain trigger, received in warehouse 5/29/1888, shipped from warehouse 6/12/1888 on order no. 8562. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl and mag tube retains 95-98% orig blue, faint thinning on sharp edges and a few tiny nicks and scratches. Receiver retains 95-98% orig blue, bright on sharp edges, a cpl of small spots of surface oxidation blending to brown patina and a few minor shallow scratches. Hammer retains dark orig case colors, bright on sharp edge. Lever retains fading case colors blending with gray patina across bottom. Stock is sound with some minor nicks and light scratches, a cpl of spots of flaked finish that has darkened but retains most of its orig finish. Forend is sound with a cpl of minor nicks and tiny bruises, retaining orig finish blending with some hand worn patina across bottom. Nose cap retains 85-90% orig blue blending with silver and brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. 4-38628 BDT320 (12,500-17,500)

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2100A

SPECTACULAR ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 CARBINE. SN 12746. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Usual configuration with 20″ bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and 2,000 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Receiver is mounted with sgl set trigger, missing its screw and is without staple & ring. Receiver & sideplates are fabulously engraved with deep relief vignettes consisting of a Mexican wagon train with a horse & rider, a dog and a herdsman with oxen pulling the Conastoga wagon and a rising sun in background, all on the left sideplate. Left front of receiver is engraved with the deep relief scene of seven Indians on horseback carrying lances, galloping down a hill toward the wagon train with saguaro cactus in foreground. Right sideplate depicts a scout on horseback in a desert scene with cactus in foreground and mountains in background, apparently looking toward a deep relief herd of buffalo in right front part of frame. Balance of receiver dust cover, lever & hammer have full coverage deep foliate arabesque patterns. Mounted with spectacularly carved maple stock and forearm. Forearm is carved in deep relief with a large Mexican eagle surrounded by relief foliate arabesque patterns and checkered panels. Butt stock is most unusually carved with a very deep relief standing bull buffalo on the left side and a spectacular deep relief carved big-horned sheep’s head and neck with glass eyes on the bottom of the grip and wrist. Wrist is also checkered and carved. Mounted with a brass butt plate. A similarly carved maple stock and forearm on a Winchester model 1894 that was alleged to have been presented to the President of Peru with Peruvian markings & provenance to the President of Peru, was recently sold at auction. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains virtually all of its fine custom finish to both metal and wood. Set trigger is not functioning, probably just need to have the screw replaced. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-36523 JR396 (5,000-10,000)

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2100B

EXTRAORDINARY NICK KUSMIT ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 24859. Cal. 44 CF. Usual configuration with 20″ bbl, full length magazine, integral front sight/bbl band and early style 2-position flip rear sight. Left side of frame has a staple & ring. Receiver, lever & hammer and about 5-1/2″ up the bbl are beautifully engraved by Winchester master engraver Nick Kusmit who is best known for his Winchester shotgun engraving. Consignor states that through his friendship with Mr. Kusmit he was able to persuade him to engrave this and several other non-traditional firearms. Bottom tang has engraver’s initials “NK”. The engraving consists of vignettes of a wonderful Mexican eagle on left sideplate and a Bighorn sheep head on right sideplate, all surrounded by outstanding intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch dot background. Engraving is over top of receiver with the initials “AQ” in a small oval. Top tang, bbl bands & buttplate tang are engraved to match. Bottom of receiver has Nimschke-style foliate arabesque patterns between timing screws. Lever & hammer are also deep engraved. Most spectacularly however is the wood. Mounted with fine maple stock & forearm that are most unusual & spectacularly carved with a large Mexican eagle on forearm and another on left side of buttstock. Wrist & bottom of stock area are spectacularly engraved with a very deep relief head & neck of a Bighorn sheep with glass eyes. Wrist of stock is checkered & carved. A similarly carved maple stock on a Winchester Model 1894 that was alleged to have been presented to the President of Peru with Peruvian markings & provenance to the President of Peru, was recently sold through auction. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains virtually all of its fine orig custom finish to both metal & wood. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-36524 JR395 (8,000-12,000)

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2101

WINCHESTER 1873 STAMPED “BUREAU COUNTY” LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 460239. Cal. 38WCF. 24-1/4″ bbl, full mag, half nickel front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear with set screw, usual bbl markings with the addition of hand stamp “BUREAU COUNTY” on top flat about 10″ from muzzle. Standard 3rd Model receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue silvering at sharp edges, a few tiny handling marks and a couple of spots of surface oxidation. Mag tube retains 90% orig thinning blue mixing with silver and brown patina. Receiver retains 95% orig blue silvering on sharp edges, thinning and blending with brown patina with some typical shallow nicks and scratches. Hammer shows dark orig case colors, slightly bright at sharp edge. Lever retains strong orig case colors on side, thinning and blending with silver patina on bottom. Stock is sound, some usual minor nicks and dings, small sliver missing on left side of top tang, a small amount of darkening from oil, some grain cracking at buttplate and retains most of its orig finish. Buttplate retains good orig color with some minor surface pitting at heel and blending with gray patina. Forend is sound with a shallow gouge; center right side, a few shallow nicks and dings, retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-36528 BDT319 (5,000-8,000)

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2102

WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 472885. Cal. 44-40. 24-1/4 oct bbl, full mag, half-nickel front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear with set screw. 3rd Model receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 44 cal. rifle, oct bbl, plain trigger, received in warehouse 3/10/1884 and shipped from warehouse 6/7/1884 on order no. 14872. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 90% thinning orig blue, minor muzzle wear, bright on sharp edges, normal minor nicks and dings. Receiver retains 95% orig blue thinning on sharp edges and across top blending with brown patina, normal nicks and scratches. Hammer shows dark orig case colors. Lever shows orig case colors on side blending with gray patina across bottom. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings, minor crack near toe on right side and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with nicks, dings and some shallow bruises, slightly dark at receiver and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-38780 BDT317 (5,500-10,500)

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2103

WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 331834. Cal. 32WCF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, half-nickel front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear with set screw. Standard 3rd Model receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95% orig blue thinning on sharp edges, some minor nicks, dings and scratches. Some very faint fine surface oxidation. Couple of small cleaned spots on mag tube. Receiver retains 90-95% orig blue thinning on sharp edges, minor nicks and scratches, some faint surface oxidation. Stock is sound with normal minor nicks and scratches, slightly dark around buttplate and retains flaking orig finish blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with normal nicks and minor dents and retains flaking orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with good bore, lightly frosted with some scattered shallow pitting. 4-38295 BDT304 (7,000-12,000)

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2104

WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 146218. Cal. 32 WCF. 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full mag, slightly modified half-nickel front sight, serrated side flat top V-notch sporting rear, usual bbl markings. 3rd Model receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 32 cal. rifle, rnd bbl, plain trigger, received in warehouse Jan. 9, 1884, shipped from warehouse April 5, 1884 with eight other guns on order no. 11662. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 95% orig blue with slight muzzle wear, small rub mark behind front sight and usual minor nicks and fine scratches. Receiver retains 95-98% orig blue thinning on sharp edges, bottom blending with brown patina, some faint fine surface oxidation and a few light scratches. Hammer shows strong dark orig case colors. Lever shows strong orig colors on side blending with silver and brown patina across bottom. Stock is sound with just some normal fine nicks and scratches and retains a dark open grain orig oil finish. Buttplate shows fading orig case colors, some very shallow pitting at heel and blending with silver and brown patina. Forend is sound with some minor handling marks and tiny nicks and scratches and retains a dark open grain orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright bore. 4-38355 BDT321 (6,500-12,500)

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2105

WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 270674. Cal. 44-40. 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full mag, half-nickel front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear, usual bbl markings. 3rd Model receiver mounted with nicely figured walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, 4-pc steel with brass tip cleaning rod, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with a Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 44 cal. rnd bbl, plain trigger, received in warehouse June 22, 1888, shipped from warehouse on August 25, 1888 with eighteen other guns on order no. 11496. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 60-70% orig blue blending with gray patina, slight muzzle wear and a few minor nicks and scratches. Receiver retains 95% orig blue thinning at sharp edges, normal nicks and scratches showing prominent orig polish marks. Hammer shows fading orig case colors blending with a straw patina. Hammer shows fading orig colors in protected areas with straw patina on sides and gray mixed with brown patina across the bottom. Stock is sound with some minor nicks and dents, retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Buttplate has faded to a silver-gray patina. Forend is sound with minor nicks and scratches, shows orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Nose cap shows most of its orig blue, slightly thinning. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore with a few scattered shallow pits. 4-38356 BDT322 (6,000-10,000)

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2106

WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 433692. Cal. 38-40. 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full mag, half nickel front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear with set screw. 3rd Model receiver mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, 4 pc steel cleaning rod, standard forend with nose cap. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good +. Bbl and mag tube retains orig blue that is thinning and blending with brown patina, slight muzzle wear and typical nicks and dings. Receiver retains 70-75% orig blue thinning and blending with brown patina, bright on sharp edges and usual nicks and scratches. Hammer retains dark orig case colors. Lever shows traces of orig color in protected areas blending with brown patina. Stock is sound with nicks, dings and scratches, a heavy of coat of added finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with numerous nicks and dings with a heavy coat of added finish. Mechanics are crisp with bright bore with some minor scattered fine pitting. 4-36633 BDT326 (3,000-5,000)

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2107

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 399494. Cal. 38-40. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, half-mag, gold combination front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear with set screw, usual bbl markings. 3rd Model receiver tang mounted with 62B peep sight, mounted with streaky straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 38 cal. rifle oct bbl, plain trigger, half-mag, received in warehouse Nov. 3, 1891, shipped from warehouse Nov. 5, 1891 with nine other guns on order no. 144496. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue, slight muzzle wear, thinning on sharp edges, normal minor nicks and dings and a cpl of minor spots blending with brown patina. Combination sight retains most of its gold wash. Receiver retains 85-90% orig blue thinning on top, bottom and sharp edges, normal minor nicks and scratches blending with some brown patina. Dustcover has flaked to a gray patina. Hammer shows most of its dark orig case colors. Lever shows orig colors on side blending with silver and brown patina. Stock is sound with some minor nicks and dings and retains much of its orig finish with some hand worn patina in grip area. Buttplate has faded to gray patina with dark patina spotting. Forend is sound with usual minor nicks and scratches, a cpl of small dents and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, good bore lightly frosted with a few very shallow scattered pits. 4-38354 BDT308 (3,000-5,000)

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2108

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 322045. Cal. 44-40. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, half mag, half-nickel front sight, serrated side C-notch sporting rear with set screw, usual bbl markings. 3rd Model receiver mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as 44 cal. oct bbl rifle, plain trigger, half-mag, received in warehouse Jan. 10, 1890, shipped from warehouse June 4, 1890 with five other guns on order no. 13166. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90-95% orig blue, slight muzzle wear, thinning on sharp edges, with some typical minor nicks and dings. Receiver retains 75-80% orig blue blending with brown patina, wear on sharp edges and bottom blending with silver patina, normal minor nicks and scratches. Stock is sound with normal handling marks, nicks and dings, slightly shy on right side of upper tang and retains a professional quality restored finish blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with minor nicks and scratches and retains a hand worn oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore having some scattered fine pitting. 4-38353 BDT309 (4,000-6,000)

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2108A

WINCHESTER 1873 1ST MODEL LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 6669. Cal. 44 WCF. 30″ oct bbl, full mag, brass Rocky Mountain front sight, serrated side V-notch sporting rear with set screw, usual bbl markings. 1st Model receiver with mortise dustcover with checkered thumbprint, single set trigger. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel crescent buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as 44 cal. 30″ oct bbl, set trigger, received in warehouse Sept. 1, 1875, shipped from warehouse Sept. 1, 1875 on order no. 3936. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “502”, matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and mag tube retain a dark brown patina finish thinning on sharp edges, normal nicks, dings and scratches. Receiver retains a brown mixed with silver patina showing orig polish marks, normal light scratches, some fine pitting on top of receiver and dustcover. Hammer and lever show dark patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings, slightly shy at toe of buttplate, slightly dark around lower tang and receiver and retains open grain with an added coat of finish. Forend is sound with minor nicks and dings, dark at receiver and nose cap and retains an added coat of finish. Mechanics are good, dark bore with distinct rifling and some scattered pitting. 4-38781 BDT334 (4,000-7,000)

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2109

SCARCE 1ST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 21373. Cal. 44-40. 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full mag, half-nickel front sight, checkered side V-notch sporting rear, usual bbl markings. 1st Model receiver with mortised thumbprint dustcover mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, 4-pc steel with brass tip cleaning rod, standard forend with nose cap. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals assembly no. “307”, matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl, mag tube and receiver have been totally cleaned and retain a silver bare metal finish with spotting of brown patina. Normal nicks and dings present. Mag retaining ring is slightly loose in dovetail. Stock is sound with some normal nicks and dings, some darkening at buttplate and retains a thin coat of added finish blending with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with hairline crack running through bottom, some minor nicks and scratches and retains a thin coat of added finish. Mechanics crisp with a very nice shiny bore. 4-36529 BDT307 (3,000-5,000)

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2110

WINCHESTER 2ND MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 73535. Cal. 44 WCF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, half mag, half nickel front sight, checkered side V-notch sporting rear, usual bbl markings. 2nd Model receiver with screwed on rail and dustcover, single set trigger, lifter is engraved with initials “J.B.G.”. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Winchester letter identifying as oct bbl rifle, set trigger, case hardened, received in warehouse Sept. 3, 1881, shipped from warehouse Sept. 3, 1881 with two other guns on order no. 27419. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. CF1628, matching number can be found at top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains orig blue that is toning and blending with brown patina, bright on sharp edges, minor muzzle wear and usual minor nicks and scratches. Receiver has faded to a silver hardening and worn in front, across bottom and top blending with brown patina. There are visible case colors in protected areas on lower tang and around hammer. Hammer shows fading orig case colors with silvering on both sides. Lever retains a gray and brown patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings and scratches, retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina in grip area. Forend is sound with usual nicks and dings and retains a hand worn patina blending with traces of orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-38352 BDT325 (3,000-5,000)

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2111

SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 103154. Cal. 32WCF. 24-1/4″ half-rnd, half-oct bbl, full mag, Lyman ivory bead hunting sight, checkered side, V-notch sporting rear sight. 3rd Model receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, 8-3/8″ forend with nose cap. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying as 32 cal., half oct bbl rifle, plain trigger, received in warehouse 11/18/1882 with no ship date recorded. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals assembly number “1046 32”, this number can also be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good +. Rnd portion of bbl has blue in protected areas with balance a blend of brown and silver patina. Oct portion of bbl shows good orig blue blending with brown patina. Mag tube has orig blue in protected areas with balance being a brown mixed with silver patina. There are numerous nicks, dings and scratches. Retaining ring slightly loose in dovetail. Receiver retains 40% thinning orig blue blending with brown patina with wear on top, bottom and sharp edges. Front edge of ejection port has a cpl of small pry marks. Loading gate retains good orig nitre blue. Lever and hammer show a splotchy gray and brown patina. Stock is sound with numerous nicks, dings and scratches and retains a hand worn oil finish. Forend is sound with nicks and small dents, slightly dark at receiver and retains a hand worn oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, dark bore with moderate pitting. 4-36543 BDT316 (3,000-5,000)

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2112

*WINCHESTER 1873 MUSKET. SN 571396. Cal. 44WCF. 30″ bbl, 9/10 mag, barley corn front sight, military ladder rear sight, usual bbl markings. 3rd Model receiver mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate with trapdoor, 4-pc steel cleaning rod, inlet base with sling swivel loop 3-1/2″ from toe, 24-1/2″ forend with three bbl bands; center with sling swivel loop. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% orig blue with some rubbing and minor nicks near muzzle. Receiver retains strong dark orig blue that has partially flaked and blending with brown and silver patina and some fine surface oxidation on right side. Hammer retains virtually all of its dark orig case colors. Lever retains dark orig case colors on side blending with brown patina across bottom. Stock is sound with some typical shallow dents and a few handling marks and retains most of its orig finish. Buttplate shows orig case colors, strong and dark on tang, silvered at heel and blending with some dark patina. Forend is sound with some minor nicks and shallow dents. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny new bore. 4-36540 BDT312 (4,000-6,000)

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RARE 1ST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 14656. Cal. 44WCF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, bbl band with front sight, 2-leaf flip up rear sight, usual bbl markings. 1st Model 73 with mortised thumbprint dustcover, staple and ring on left side. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with band. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum Winchester letter identifying as carbine, received in warehouse Jan. 8, 1877, shipped from warehouse Jan. 28, 1887 with 49 other Model 1873s on order no. 9627. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains orig blue thinning and blending with brown patina, stronger blue in protected areas and rear half of bbl, slight muzzle wear, normal nicks and scratches. Mag tube has orig blue in protected areas, balance blending with brown patina. Receiver has 20-25% orig blue, mostly on left side, balance has flaked or worn and is blended with silver-gray patina, prominent ring mark on left side and usual minor nicks and scratches. Stock is sound with numerous small nicks and dents, some minor scratches; slightly dark around tangs and carries a hand worn patina finish. Forend is sound with numerous nicks, shallow dents and minor scratches and carries hand worn patina finish with traces of a thin coat of added finish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-38782 BDT310 (10,000-15,000)

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WINCHESTER 1873 3RD MODEL SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 536036. Cal. 44-40. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, square base with pinned modified nickel blade, 1873 mark carbine ladder rear sight, usual bbl markings. 3rd Model receiver with staple and ring on left side mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate, trapdoor with 3 pc steel and brass tipped cleaning rod. Standard forend with bbl band. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 80-85% thinning orig blue blending with brown patina, minor muzzle wear, normal nicks and dings and slightly silvering over chamber area. Receiver retains 40-45% orig blue mostly on side plates and rear portion of receiver, balance thinning and worn and blending with brown and silver patina, usual saddle ring mark on left side. Hammer shows fading orig case colors, silvering on left side. Lever has faded to a straw patina, blending with silver across bottom. Stock is sound with typical nicks, dings and small gouges, hairline crack behind top tang, remnants of a coat of added finish blended with hand worn patina. Forend is sound, typical numerous nicks and dings and retains a coat of added finish blending with dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with good bore having dark grooves and shallow scattered pitting. 4-38976 BDT327 (4,500-7,500)

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WINCHESTER 1873 3RD MODEL SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 148666. Cal. 44 WCF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, barley corn front sight, 1873 marked carbine ladder rear sight (missing bar and retaining screw). Standard 3rd Model receiver with staple and ring on left side mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with bbl band. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Good +. Bbl retains cold blue blending with silver and brown patina, similar finish on mag tube. Receiver retains cold blue blending with silver and brown patina. Hammer and lever show a dark patina color. Buttstock is sound, fits well, couple of slivers missing around tangs, typical nicks and dings, repaired chip at toe and retains a dark open grain oil finish with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with a weathered look, grain crack forward of band, slightly shrunk and chipped at receiver and has an open grain oil finish with hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, dark bore with moderate pitting. 4-36544 BDT328 (1,500-2,500)

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WINCHESTER 1873 22 CAL. LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 469201. Cal. 22SHORT. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag with removable inner tube, modified half-nickel front sight, serrated side; slightly modified V-notch sporting rear with set screw. 3rd Model rimfire receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel buttplate, standard forend with nose piece. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains an even brown patina finish, bright at sharp corners, numerous nicks and dings. Mag tube is a brown blending with silver patina with shallow surface pitting. Receiver has traces of orig blue in protected areas, balance a blend of brown and silver patina with side plates having a blue-brown patina. Left side of receiver has a group of random horseshoe and circular marks. Stock is sound with normal nicks and dings, slightly shy at tangs, darkening at tangs and buttplate. Some small chips and slivers missing at top and bottom tang and retains an open grain hand worn oil finish. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings and retains an open grain hand worn oil finish. Mechanics are pretty good; a little sticky on closing. Dark bore with moderate pitting. 4-36542 BDT311 (1,500-2,500)

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WINCHESTER 1873 ATLANTA POLICE MARKED W/BADGE. SN 331913. Cal. 44-40. 24-1/4″ octagon bbl, full magazine, 1/2 nickel front sight, serrated side, v-notch sporting rear with set screws. Standard receiver with left side plate engraved “68/Atlanta Police”. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent steel butt plate with trapdoor and inlet base with swing swivel 4″ from toe, standard forend and nose cap with swing swivel. Accompanied with a contemporary gold Atlanta Police captain’s badge. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection CONDITION: Fine to Very Fine. Barrel retains good original blue blending with brown patina. Thinning on sharp edges, some minor muzzle wear, minor nicks, dings and scratches with very light surface oxidation. Magazine tube has good original blue, blending with some brown patina. Receiver has original blue blending with brown patina, some normal nicks and scratches and some areas of fine surface oxidation. Hammer has dark original case colors blending with dark patina. Lever is a blend of dark and silver patina. Stock is sound with some nicks, dings and scratches. There is a grain crack at toe of butt plate. Retains original finish blending with hand-worn patina and slightly dark around tangs. Forend is sound with nicks, dings and shallow scratches and has a hand-worn patina blending with some remaining original finish. Nose cap has some original blue blending with brown patina. Mechanics are crisp, shiny bore with a few shallow scattered pits. 4-36527 BDT366 (5,000-8,000)

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EXTRAORDINARY ROSE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 473016. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). This rifle began life as a standard grade Model 73 with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, altered front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with replacement, nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent butt without trap. Receiver is spectacularly engraved with highly detailed vignettes on each side consisting of the obverse of an 1878 seated Liberty coin on both sides of front part of frame with a very deep relief California grizzly on left sideplate and a very deep relief bust of an Indian wearing a flowing feathered headdress at the rear. Right side, in addition to the coin on front part, has a raised relief oval containing a wonderfully detailed American eagle and the right rear of the frame has the deep relief vignette of another grizzly bear. All engraving is surrounded by nicely executed foliate arabesque patterns with stippled & punch dot background. Front & rear edges of frame have a snake & star border. Dust cover is a gold inlay of a checkered thumbprint and foliate arabesque patterns. Top front edges of receiver have feather patterns by the ejection port. Chamber area of bbl has a wide gold band with thirteen stars & geometric patterns with another gold band & geometric patterns on each side of muzzle. Bottom of receiver & carrier are engraved with foliate arabesque patterns and a border around the carrier with stars and other small patterns. Receiver & sideplates are silver-plated with the vignettes, trigger & lever latch gold-plated. Right rear sideplate is engraved with the name “ROSE” in a small ribbon incorporated within an engraving pattern. It is the recollection of this cataloger that only a few rifles & carbines were engraved by this individual named Rose with most being similarly decorated. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% beautiful custom blue. Receiver & appended metal retain most of their orig silver plating with fire-blued screws. Wood is sound and retains a fine custom finish. Mechanics are a little stiff but otherwise are very fine, probably just needs a good cleaning. Worn dark bore. 4-36522 JR336 (8,000-12,000)

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NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER 2ND MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 17816. Cal. 44 RF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, front band with sight, two leaf flip up rear sight. Bbl is marked “HENRY’S-PATENT-OCT.16.1860/KING’S-PATENT MARCH 29.1866”. Receiver with left side staple and rings are fully engraved with flowing foliate arabesque scroll and punch-dot background, left side with vignette or running stag being chased by a dog with two trees in background and bottom center marked “LDN”. Right side is full flowing foliate arabesque scroll with punch-dot background. Bottom of lifter has diamond and chip pattern, screws on bottom have opposing fans with crossed ribbon bands with three stars. Mounted with highly figured burled walnut, straight grip, crescent brass buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with band. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals a “00” and SN “17816”. Matching serial number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain a smooth blue/brown patina with a few normal minor nicks & scratches. Receiver is a fine yellow patina with sharp crisp engraving, straight lines and sharp corners. Hammer and lever retain a smooth dark brown patina. Stock is sound with some minor nicks & dings and retains a fine professional hand rubbed restored oil finish. Buttplate is a fine patina with sharp engraving. Forend is sound with minor nicks & dings and retains a fine professional hand rubbed restored oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, good bore with distinct rifling with some minor shallow pitting. 4-38625 BDT347 (40,000-60,000)

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ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 121474. Cal. 44 RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, slightly modified 1/2 nickle sight with set screw, musket ladder rear sight, usual bbl markings. Engraved receiver, perhaps Nimschke with flowing foliate arabesque scrolls with punch-dot background. Left side with unique game scene of running stag and a dog swimming in chase of the stag. Right side has flowing foliate arabesque scroll with punch-dot background, blank presentation ribbon. Bottom of lifter, diamond and dot pattern, screws on bottom of receiver with opposing fans and crossed ribbon around the screws. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, engraved crescent brass buttplate with trap door, inlet base with sling swivel, 5-1/4″ from toe, standard forend with engraved brass nosecap with sling swivel. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and mag tube retain a brown shallow surface oxidation blending with traces of orig blue in protected areas. Receiver is a pleasing mustard patina with sharp edges and engraving. Hammer and lever show a mixture of brown and silver patina. Stock is sound with hairline cracks on each side running off of top tang, some nicks & dings and grain cracks around buttplate and retains an open grain hand worn oil finish. Buttplate is a dark patina with sharp engraving. Forend is sound with nicks, dings & scratches and retains a hand worn open grain oil finish. Inspection of buttplate shows matching last four digits of serial number on inside of toe. Mechanics are good, dark bore with scattered moderate pitting. 4-36536 BDT344 (15,000-25,000)

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WINCHESTER 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 38158. Cal. 44 RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full mag, modified Rocky Mountain front sight, flip up ladder rear sight with retaining screw. Usual bbl markings. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent brass butt plate with trap door. Inlet base with sling swivel 5-1/4″ from toe. Standard forend, brass nose piece with sling swivel. Swivels have an old, perhaps orig, single brass buckle adjustable sling. Accompanying gun are three boxes of ammo; two are green label UMC. The third box has a salmon-colored label that is not legible from manufacturer at least some of the shells are stamped with a “U” head stamp. Also accompanying gun is a pocket compass 1-3/4″ in diameter and stamped “U.S.” on the front cover. Face of compass is marked “WITTNAUER” just above the “S”. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 85-90% orig blue blending with silver and brown patina, bright on sharp edges, some minor surface oxidation on mag tube near muzzle. Normal minor nicks and scratches. Receiver retains a butterscotch patina on body of receiver and a darker mustard patina on sideplates. Edges and corners are very sharp with a few minor nicks and scratches. Hammer retains orig fading case colors, stronger on right side. Some minor surface oxidation spots on back and showing silver on left side. Lever is a silver patina mixed with some brown spotting. Stock is sound with some minor nicks and dings and retains traces of orig finish, mixing with hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings and minor scratches and retains a hand-worn patina finish. Mechanics are crisp. Shiny bore with a couple minor scattered shallow pits. Sling is intact with cracking and flaking finish. Boxes of ammo are intact, one with a pretty decent label, the other two have some missing parts of the label; most of the ammo shows oxidation to the lead. Compass appears to be in good condition with tarnish to silver finish and a shallow thumb-sized depression on back side. 4-38995 BDT340 (15,000-20,000)

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Revised: 9/11/2009

Correction to printed catalog: Estimate $12,500 – $17,500

RARE 1ST MODEL WINCHESTER FLATSIDE 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 13492. Cal. 44 RF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, front band with slightly modified sight, two leaf flip up rear sight. “Henry’s Patent” bbl address that is slightly obliterated. First model flatside Henry profile receiver with flat loading gate, staple and ring on left side mounted with nicely figured walnut replacement stock, straight grip, crescent brass buttplate with trap door. Replacement standard forend with band. This early 66 receiver is serial numbered on left side inside lower tang “13492” and matching number can be found on inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains a thinning restored blue finish, blending with silver patina. Bright at muzzle with normal nicks and dings. Mag tube retains a matching finish. The “Henry and King’s Paten”t bbl address is partially missing, hard to read but can be made out. Receiver shows a nice patina with slightly rounded corners and edges. The flat loading gate has a few small surface pits. Lever retaining latch has been slightly modified. Hammer shows a gray patina with some dark staining on left side. Lever is a silver patina mixing with brown. Stock is sound with a grain crack right rear of top tang, some chipping around tang and receiver and retains a custom, hand-rubbed finish. Forend is sound with some normal nicks and dings. A grain crack and two filled holes center bottom behind bbl band and retains a custom, hand-rubbed finish. Mechanics are good, dark bore with distinct rifling and some shallow pitting. 4-38794 BDT343 (7,500-12,500)

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WINCHESTER 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 121809. Cal. 44RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl. Full magazine, half nickel front sight, musket rear sight, missing bar and retaining screw. Usual bbl markings, standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip,crescent brass butt plate with trap door, 4-pc steel and brass tipped cleaning rod. Inlet base with sling swivel, 5-1/4″ from toe, standard forend, brass nose cap with sling swivel. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains traces of orig blue blending with brown patina. bright on sharp edges. Normal nicks, dings and scratches and some dark brown spotting. Magazine tube has turned silver patina blending with some brown spotting. Receiver is a dark mustard patina with sharp edges. Seams of sideplate and around round screws retain a green verdigris. There are some normal minor nicks and scratches and a couple screw heads show minor battering. Hammer and lever retain a dark patina. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings and scratches and retains a dark open-grain oil finish. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings and retains a dark open-grain oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Nice bore with strong rifling and a few scattered shallow pits. 4-38391 BDT337 (7,500-12,500)

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2123

FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 118718. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard 1866 rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has Winchester & King’s improvement markings, full magazine with threaded plug, a Rocky Mtn. front sight and Baker musket style ladder rear sight with exposed tension spring mortised into top flat. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered, American walnut with straight stock & crescent brass buttplate with trap. Last four digits of SN were observed in the top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. Buttstock & forend cap have factory sling loops. While Model 1866 rifles are not uncommon it is rare to find one with unpolished, uncleaned brass in orig configuration. CONDITION: About fine. Bbl retains a smooth even plum patina with a few very scattered, very small spots of surface corrosion. Magazine tube retains a dark plum/blue patina. Lever retains a dark plum patina with hammer retaining traces of case colors, being mostly a blue/gray patina. Receiver & buttplate are extraordinary with lightly worn edges and retain an exceptional dark coffee-colored patina. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore with sharp rifling. 4-38231 JR340 (20,000-30,000)

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WINCHESTER 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 121023. Cal. 44RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl. Full mag. Half nickel front sight. Musket rear sight with retaining screw. Usual bbl markings. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent brass buttplate with trap door, inlet base with swing swivel 5-1/4″ from toe, standard forend, brass nose cap with swing swivel. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good plus. Bbl and mag tube retain an even brown patina finish, bright on sharp edges, normal nicks and small scratches. Receiver retains a light mustard-colored patina, sharp edges, some minor nicks dings and scratches. Stock is sound with normal nicks, dings and shallow depressions and retains a hand-worn orig oil finish. Forend is sound with some normal nicks and dings, some grain cracking on right side of nose piece and retains a thin coat of added finish blending with hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, dark bore with distinct rifling and shallow pitting. 4-36537 BDT338 (6,000-10,000)

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WINCHESTER 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 29446. Cal. 44CF. 24-1/4″ bbl, full mag, modified Rocky Mountain front sight, standing blade square notch rear sight. Usual bbl markings. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent brass butt plate with trap door, inlet base with swivel 5-1/4″ from toe. Standard forend with brass nose cap and sling swivel. CONDITION: Very good plus. Bbl and mag tube retain a brown patina mixing with silver and dark brown spots. Receiver retains a butterscotch patina, nice edges with normal minor nicks and scratches. Stock is sound with some minor nicks and dings, slightly shy around tangs and butt plate and retains an old restored oil finish blending with hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with about a 2″ chip missing on left side from nose cap. Normal nicks, dings and scratches and retains an old restored oil finish blending with hand-worn patina. Mechanics are good. Missing firing pin bushing. Dark bore with distinct rifling and moderate pitting. 4-38377 BDT339 (5,000-8,000)

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WINCHESTER 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 131843. Cal. .44 RF. 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full mag, half nickel front sight, checkered side, V-notch sporting rear sight. Usual bbl markings. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent brass buttplate with trap door. Standard forend with steel nose cap. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains orig blue mixing with brown patina. Minor muzzle wear and normal minor nicks and scratches. Mag tube retains orig blue in protected areas blending with a gray-brown patina. Receiver retains a nice patina finish with sharp, crisp edges, normal minor nicks and scratches. Hammer shows fading orig case color with some shallow surface oxidation and silvering on right side. Lever shows faint orig colors in protected areas blending with a silver and brown patina. Stock is sound with some normal minor nicks, dings and scratches and retains orig finish blending with hand-worn patina. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings and shallow dents and retains a hand-worn patina finish. Nose cap has orig blue, flaking and blending with silver and brown patina. Mechanics are crisp, shiny bore with some scattered shallow pits. 4-38769 BDT341 (15,000-20,000)

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LATE WINCHESTER 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 166502. Cal. 44RF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, barley corn front sight, 1873 marked carbine ladder rear sight, usual bbl markings and “44R.F.” adjacent receiver. Standard receiver with staple and ring on left side mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate with trapdoor, 4 pc steel with brass tip cleaning rod, standard forend with band. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain an old probably factory, restored blue finish with minor nicks and scratches. Front bbl band retains 50-60% orig blue blending with brown patina. Rear band retains about 80% orig blue blending with brown patina. Receiver is a smooth mustard patina color with sharp lines and edges, a few dark spots on right side. Hammer retains a dark brown patina slightly silvered on right side. Lever is a dark brown patina with some faded case colors in protected areas. Stock is sound with some minor nicks and scratches and retains orig oil finish with hand worn patina. Forend is sound with minor nicks, dings and dents. Small chip at receiver and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright bore with a few scattered shallow pits. 4-38495 BDT336 (20,000-30,000)

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WINCHESTER 1866 2ND MODEL SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 24848. Cal. 44 CF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, front band with sight, two leaf flip up rear sight, only traces of a few letters can be seen for bbl markings. Left side of bbl at receiver had a crown over “RV” proof mark, standard receiver with staple and ring on left side. Mounted with nicely figured walnut, straight grip, crescent brass buttplate with trapdoor, standard forend with band. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains a silver mixing with brown patina and some traces of orig blue in protected areas, normal nicks & small scratches. Mag tube retains a dark patina color with some minor shallow surface oxidation. Receiver was cleaned years ago and is staring to show a nice patina with only slightly rounded edges, some minor nicks & scratches. Hammer and lever show brown and silver patina with some shallow surface pitting. Stock is sound, some minor nicks & dings, slightly shy around tangs and toe of buttplate and retains a dark open grain oil finish. Forend is sound with some grain cracking forward of band, a couple shallow dents and retains a dark open grain oil finish. Mechanics are good, shootable bore with some scattered pitting. 4-38358 BDT346 (5,000-8,000)

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WINCHESTER 1866 2ND MODEL SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 47275. Cal. 44RF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, front bbl band with sight, two leaf flip-up rear sight, usual bbl markings. Standard receiver with staple and ring on left side mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent brass buttplate with trapdoor, 4 pc steel with brass tip cleaning rod, standard forend with bbl band. Inspection of top tang channel of stock reveals matching last four digits of serial. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and mag tube retain an even dark brown patina, some minor nicks and scratches. Receiver retains a bright polished finish with sharp straight edges. Stock is sound with typical nicks, dings and scratches and retains an open grain hand worn oil finish. Forend is sound with normal nicks and dings and retains an open grain hand worn oil finish. Lever is either slightly bent or a replacement as lock is screwed out all the way to the latch. Mechanics are crisp. Bore is dark with good rifling and some scattered shallow pitting. 4-36539 BDT332 (4,000-7,000)

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*WINCHESTER 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 32320. Cal. 44RF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, bbl band with modified nickel sight, two leaf flip-up rear sight. Standard receiver with staple and ring on left side. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, brass carbine buttplate with trapdoor, inlet base with swivel 3-1/2″ from toe, standard forend with bbl band. Inspection of lower tang reveals an “M” stamp, top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate have matching “2320”, matching the last four digits of serial number. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and mag tube retain a brown patina mixing with silver and some orig blue in protected areas. Receiver is a butterscotch patina with good edges and lines. Hammer and lever are dark patina with some shallow pitting on loop of lever. Stock is sound with some minor chipping around tang, normal nicks and dings and retains a dark open grain oil finish. Forend is sound with some minor grain cracks, small chip on left side near receiver and retains a dark open grain oil finish. Mechanics are good, bore is dark with distinct rifling and scattered pitting. 4-37522 BDT333 (6,000-9,000)

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WINCHESTER 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 167612. Cal. 44 CF. 20″ rnd bbl, full mag, barley corn front sight, “1873” marked carbine ladder rear sight. Usual bbl markings with “44 R.F.” adjacent receiver that has a line drawn through it. Standard receiver with staple and ring on left side mounted with nicely figured walnut, straight grip, steel carbine buttplate with trap door, 4 pc steel and brass tip cleaning rod. Standard forend with band. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying as carbine received in warehouse March 12, 1890, shipped from warehouse April 23, 1890 with nine other carbines with same specification to the same order number. Also accompanying gun is a photo copy of page 107 of John E. Parson book, “The First Winchester: The Story of the 1866 Repeating Rifle”. The information here states that there was an order of 1,020 carbines to Brazil that had been converted to center fire to take the cartridge known as the 44 Henry C.F. These carbines fell in the 167,000 to 169,000 serial range without consecutive numbers. CONDITION: Very good plus. Bbl and mag tube retain a silver patina mixing with brown patina and some dark spotting. Receiver retains a gold patina look with good edges and normal nicks and dings. Stock is sound with some minor gouges, nicks and scratches, a drilled hole on right side near toe of butt plate and retains a dark, hand-worn oil finish. There are some minor chips missing from around tang of buttplate. Forend is sound with nicks, dings and some drying grain checking and retains a dark hand-worn oil finish. Mechanics are good, dark bore with moderate pitting. 4-38770 BDT342 (8,000-12,000)

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CUSTOM NICK KUSMIT ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1866 MUSKET. SN 31238. Cal. 44 RF. 27″ bbl with 9/10″ mag, square base front sight, musket ladder rear sight, usual bbl markings. Engraved receiver with flowing foliate arabesque scroll with punch-dot background, blank presentations on both side plate, behind trigger is marked “NK” the initials for Nick Kusmit. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, brass carbine buttplate with trapdoor, inlet base with sling swivel, 3-3/4″ from toe, 17-1/4″ forend with two bbl bands, front with sling swivel. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and mag tube retain a gray blending to brown patina with some areas of shallow surface area pitting, normal nicks & scratches. Receiver is a gold polished color with sharp edges and engraving. Stock is sound with some minor nicks & dings, slightly shy around tangs and receiver and retains a dark open grain oil finish. Forend is sound with some nicks, dings and minor gouges, some minor chipping at receiver and bbl bands, retains a dark open grain oil finish. Mechanics are good, dark bore with distinct rifling and some scattered pitting. 4-36538 BDT345 (5,000-8,000)

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MARVELOUS MARTIAL HENRY RIFLE AND D-GUARD BOWIE KNIFE POSSIBLY USED BY A SOUTH CAROLINA CAVALRYMAN. SN 3390. Cal. 44RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, integral mag tube, German silver front sight, modified Henry ladder rear sight. Usual bbl markings, standard receiver, mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, round heel, crescent brass buttplate with trap door. Henry bump on left side. Carved initials “DC” center left side of stock. “CGC” inspector stamp can be found on right bbl flat over an “H” and matching “H” mark adjacent receiver. Left side of receiver also has matching “H”. Outline of cartouche just behind wrist on right side of stock. A “C” can be found on upper right side of buttplate and adjacent stock. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals matching serial no. to bbl and matching no. can be found top tang channel of stock, inside toe of buttplate and both buttplate screws. Inspection for assembly numbers on bbl could not be done as muzzle collar is frozen to bbl. Along with this very nice martial Henry Rifle and a Confederate D-guard Bowie came on old wallet which contains about 20 pieces of Confederate and South Carolina currency. There are also 2 Confederate bearer bonds. Also here is letter written August 5, 1864 which reads “Camp Butler’s brigade / pursuant to order from Gen Lee, Private M.H. Burdine Co. “D” 6th S.C. Cav is permitted to go to his home in Pickins Dist S.C. for the purpose of procuring a remount – he having received a Detachment for the same and will report to me at Charlotte N.C. on the 6h day of Sept 1864 or be considered a deserter.” This document signed by “Lt. Comdng Detchments 6th S.C. Cav.” This document along with currency, D-guard Bowie and Henry rifle were all bought out of a farm sale in South Carolina some 30 years ago according to our SC consignor. It is not uncommon in Confederate campsites late in the war to excavate metallic cartridges that were captured from their Union foes. We feel this Henry and D-guard Bowie belonged to Private Burdine. The Henry rifle, when found, contained fouled casing and bullet lodged in the barrel and section of original wooden Henry cleaning rod in buttstock. These have since been extracted and are now in a copper clad box along with the wallet, Confederate currency, bonds and letter. Henry rifle, SN 3390, falls in the middle of the range of the first 800 issued martial Henrys. D-guard Bowie is apparently made from an old tool. Grip is tool handle with iron ferrule. The D-guard is a shaped piece of iron wrought iron that terminates to a sharp pointed quillion. Blade is mounted, what many would say, is backwards but this is not uncommon for Confederate blacksmith made knives and the way the D-guard is fitted it fits right hand perfectly with the blade perpendicular. This big knife is 19-1/2″ overall with 14″ blade and has a similar untouched attic look as the accompanying Henry rifle. This is an opportunity to buy a very nice martial Henry, a Confederate D-guard knife and accessories that found their way to South Carolina during the war and have remained there until this auction. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains a dark brown patina thinning on sharp edges, with normal nicks, dings and scratches and a few spots of surface oxidation. Receiver retains a mustard colored patina mixing with some brown spotting, sharp edges and normal nicks and dings. Bottom of follower has a series of small peen marks. Stock is solid, fitting quite well, with normal nicks and dings and retains a dark, open grained, hand-worn oiled finish. Mechanics are crisp, good bore with discernible rifling and some shallow scattered pits. 4-37516 JS54 (40,000-60,000)

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ENGRAVED HENRY LEVER ACTION REPEATING RIFLE. SN 10852. Cal. 44RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, integral mag tube with screwed-on swing loop, German silver front sight, 900 yd. Henry ladder rear sight with retaining screw. Nimschke engraved receiver with bold foliate scroll with punch dot background. Vignette on left side of running stag jumping over a downed tree. Right side has bold foliate scroll, punch dot background and blank presentation ribbon. Front and back edges have wavy line border. Bottom of follower has cross-hatch with dots and wavy line border. Top of receiver, upper and lower tang have bold foliate scroll with wave and dot border. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent brass buttplate with trap door, 4-pc steel with brass tip cleaning rod, inleted base and swivel on left side and traditional Henry bump. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals matching serial no. to bbl as well as matching in top tang channel of stock and inside toe buttplate. Inspection for bbl assembly no. was not done as muzzle collar cannot be removed. Muzzle end of bbl appears to be cracked and swollen, preventing the collar from being removed. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Fine plus. Bbl retains a blue-brown patina mixing with silver, bright on sharp edges and mixing with some dark spotting. Receiver retains 10-15% original silver-plate, mostly on sideplates and protected areas. Balance is a mustard colored patina with sharp edges. Hammer retains a dark patina finish as well as lever. The stock is sound with some minor nicks and scratches, retains some original varnish blending with hand-worn patina. Buttplate has some original silver on tang, balance is an unpolished mustard patina. Mechanics are good, dark bore with discernible rifling and scattered pitting with a hairline crack at muzzle. 4-36534 BDT356 (35,000-50,000)

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ENGRAVED HENRY LEVER ACTION REPEATING RIFLE. SN 7992. Cal. 44RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, integral mag tube, left side trough with screwed on swivel loop, German silver front sight and 2-leaf flip up rear sight. Engraved receiver, probably Samuel Hoggson. Left sideplate with running deer, foliate scroll with punch dot background and wavy line border. Right sideplate with foliate scroll, punch dot background and wavy line border. Front portion on each side decorated with flower blossom and punch dot background. Top of receiver, upper and lower tang have foliate scroll with punch dot background. Mounted with replacement stock of nicely figured walnut, engraved crescent brass buttplate with trap door, and inleted base with swivel on left side. Inspection of lower tang reveals matching serial no. to bbl, replacement stock has been stamped to match in top tang channel and matching no. on inside toe of buttplate. Inspection of bbl assembly numbers reveals no. on bbl, replacement un-numbered loading gate and believed original muzzle collar. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains a dark blue-brown patina, bright on sharp edges with some shallow surface pitting. The replacement loading gate has a brown patina, bright on sharp edges. Receiver retains a lightly cleaned mustard patina with nice edges and some minor nicks and dings. Hammer retains a dark patina with some shallow surface pitting. Lever is a smooth dark patina. Replacement stock has a series of tiny nicks on right side, some minor scratches and retains a hand-rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are good with a dark heavily pitted bore. 4-36535 BDT357 (25,000-40,000)

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HENRY LEVER ACTION REPEATING RIFLE. SN 11884. Cal. 44 RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral mag tube, nickel front sight, 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight with retaining screw, usual bbl address with SN on top flat between sight and receiver. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent brass buttplate, inlet swivel base with loop on left side, no forend, left side bbl trough with screwed on sling loop. Left side of stock at buttplate and wrist and adjacent left side of receiver are neatly stamped “D.SINNAMON.” Evidence of Henry bump on left side below swivel. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals matching SN to bbl and matching number in top tang of stock and inside toe of buttplate. Turn portion of bbl and outer sleeve have matching “926” no. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains a silver/brown patina with some dark patina spotting, normal minor nicks & scratches. Receiver retains a mellow patina with nice sharp edges, some minor nicks & scratches. Hammer and lever show a gray patina with some dark spotting. Stock is sound with a very good fit, some nicks, dings and shallow depressions, retains an old coat of added finish with hand worn patina through grip area. Mechanics are crisp with follower a little sticky in mag tube, and a surprisingly bright bore with just a few minor scattered shallow pits. 4-36533 BDT350 (17,500-27,500)

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HENRY LEVER ACTION REPEATING RIFLE. SN 4016. Cal. 44 RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, integral mag tube, German silver front sight, 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight,left side screwed on sling swivel loop, usual bbl markings. Standard receiver, mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, round point crescent brass buttplate with trapdoor, inlet base with sling swivel on left side with remnant of a Henry bump. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals matching SN to bbl, same matching no. can be found top tang channel of stock, inside toe of buttplate and both buttplate screws. Inner bbl and bbl collar have matching assembly no. 154. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains a blend of brown & silver patina with some dark brown spotting, usual nicks & dings, a small area of surface oxidation on right side near receiver. Receiver is a mustard patina with sharp edges, normal nicks & scratches, lever screw and around it show minor battering. Hammer and lever show a dark patina mixed with some silver. Stock is sound, fits very well, a few shallow depressions, some minor nicks & scratches, some dark spots, and retains a fine hand rubbed restored oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, nice bore with a few scattered shallow pits. 4-38361 BDT352 (17,500-22,500)

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HENRY LEVER ACTION REPEATING RIFLE. SN 8261. Cal. 44 RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, integral mag tube, German silver front sight, 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight with restraining screw, left side trough with screwed on sling loop, usual bbl markings with SN behind rear sight. Standard receiver,mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent brass buttplate with trapdoor, left side inlet base with sling swivel. Inspection of inside lower tang reveals matching SN to bbl, matching no. can be found in top tang channel of stock, inside toe of buttplate, and both buttplate screws. Inter bbl and bbl collar have matching “1025” assembly numbers. CONDITION: Very good+. Bbl retains a gray patina with some areas with traces of orig blue. Most of the surface has a very fine shallow surface oxidation. Receiver retains a nice mustard colored patina with sharp edges, normal nicks & dings. Hammer and lever retain a gray patina with some fine very shallow surface oxidation. Stock is sound, slightly shrunk from around tangs and buttplate, some minor nicks & dings and retains a restored oil finish. Mechanics are good, dark bore with distinct rifling and moderate pitting. 4-37612 BDT351 (17,500-27,500)

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OUTSTANDING COPY OF A HENRY 1860 LEVER ACTION REPEATING RIFLE. SN 11412. Cal. 44 RF. 24-1/4″ oct bbl, integral mag, standard style front sight, 900 yrd. ladder rear sight with retaining screw, usual bbl markings, with SN behind rear sight, standard receiver. Mounted with straight grain walnut, straight grip, crescent brass buttplate with trapdoor. At first glance, this appears to be an outstanding orig Henry, however, after close inspection finds some subtle deviations. This is likely the work of the late master Ron Kudryck of Nevada. Inspection of lower tang reveals matching SN to bbl, top tang channel of stock and inside toe buttplate also have matching numbers. Inspection for bbl assembly no. is found to be matching also. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: As found as a recreation, this gun is in fine+ condition. Bbl retains 90%+ of its orig hot blue with thinning on sharp corners, and wearing thin in area of rear sight and some normal nicks & scratches. Receiver retains a strong patina color with sharp crisp edges and some normal minor nicks & scratches. Stock is sound with some minor handling marks, a few minor scratches, and retains most of its modern orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-36604 BDT365 (6,000-10,000)

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VERY RARE EARLY NEW HAVEN ARMS VOLCANIC NO. 1 POCKET PISTOL. SN 8. Cal. 31. Extremely early New Haven pistol with 3-5/8″ oct bbl with integral magazine, pinch post front sight and fixed sight on the top flat of frame. Bbl address is the earliest type, in 1-line and a very light strike “NEW HAVEN CONN PATENT FEB 14 1854”. It is mounted with 2-pc rosewood grips numbered to this pistol. Serial no. was observed on the left side of the buttstrap under the grip and inside the grips. No other parts were observed to be numbered. According to Flaydermans Guide to Antique American Firearms, only about 850 of these little pistols were produced in the period 1857-1860. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, matching numbers as noted above. Bbl and magazine tube retain 70-75% strong orig blue, glossy and bright over the top and right side, flaked, not worn, to a medium patina on the left side mixed with blue. Left side gullet retains strong blue. Frame and sideplates are crisp with sharp edges and a wonderful medium to dark mustard patina. Grips are sound showing light to moderate edge wear and a few nicks and scratches and retain most of their orig factory varnish. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-36612 JR321 (6,000-10,000)

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NEW HAVEN ARMS VOLCANIC NO. 1 POCKET PISTOL. SN 1901. Cal. 31. Scarce little pistol with 3-5/8″ oct bbl with integral magazine tube, pinched post front sight and fixed rear sight. Frame and sideplates are nicely engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the sides with foliate patterns over the top of the frame, around the hammer slot and down the backstrap. It is mounted with 2-pc rosewood grips numbered to this pistol. Bbl address is a light strike and somewhat worn so that all that is legible is “— HAVEN CONN. / —ENT FEB. 14. 1854.” Serial no. was observed on the left side of the buttstrap and inside the grips. No additional disassembly was effected to check for other matching parts. Only about 850 of these little pistols were produced from 1857-1860. CONDITION: Good to very good. No original finish remains with the bbl, lever and hammer being a dark brown attic patina with a few spots of rust on the bbl and some light hammer marks on the sides of the loading swivel. Receiver is solid with the sideplates showing no abuse, with lightly rounded edges and retains a medium mustard patina. Follower is a replacement Grips show heavy wear and retain about 60-70% of an old refinish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore, pitted in the grooves. 4-37581 (8,000-12,000)

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1 BABY OR POCKET MODEL PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 98. Cal. 28. Possibly the only one of its type in existence, this fabulous little revolver is extraordinary in its configuration as well as its fabulous, probably unfired condition. Only about 500 of these little revolvers were produced in the period 1837-1838. Few were engraved with very few of those having silver bands and of those, only a very few were cased. This was Colt’s first production arm and the smallest model of percussion revolver produced by Colt. It has a nearly unbelievable 1-3/4″ oct bbl which is the shortest Colt percussion revolver bbl known as of this writing. Bbl address is only partially legible and the bbl obviously was reduced in length at the factory, undoubtedly on special order. Bbl & frame are wonderfully engraved in foliate arabesque patterns, referred to as “early vine”, with nearly full coverage on the sides of the bbl, sides of the frame and recoil shields. Rear edge of the hammer is engraved in foliate patterns and the top of the front strap has the vignette of a hunting dog surrounded by foliate patterns. The very top of the front strap, around the trigger slot, is engraved with a smiling sunburst pattern. The bbl has a medium silver band around the muzzle with wide silver bands around the bottom of the lug and top rear end of the lug with a narrow silver band at the chamber end of the bbl. The recoil shields are inlaid with a very wide & narrow silver bands. Back strap is engraved to match with an inlaid German silver rectangle that has scalloped corners. It has 5-shot cylinder with rnd shoulder and is roll-marked with the centaur scene and “COLT” in the 4-horsehead panel. Mounted with spectacular pearl grips attached to a wood block with three German silver rivets. SN was observed on the rear face of the bbl lug, on the wedge, rear edge of the cylinder, rear face of the front strap, inside the back strap, on the cylinder rotating ring and tip of the trigger. Accompanied by an orig purple velvet lined, walnut Paterson casing with fluted lid that has an empty rectangular plate with scalloped corners in the center. Bottom is recessed for the revolver, a blued 3-pc Baby Paterson mold with turned walnut handles & brass ferrules, a blued Baby Paterson combination tool, a brass cleaning rod with turned walnut handle & brass ferrule, an orig Baby Paterson copper & brass charger with the number “62” on all of the various parts. Also accompanied by a reproduction Paterson pistol capper. And finally the right rear corner is recessed for a spare cylinder, which is included, and is serial numbered “123”. This cylinder is identical in all respects to the cylinder in the revolver. Also accompanied by a functioning key. Additionally accompanied by a 6-page letter from noted Colt authority & author, R.L. Wilson, detailing much of the above information. This extraordinary revolver is well known with provenance to numerous early Colt Collections and is pictured in a great variety of books on Colt firearms including The Colt Heritage; An American Legend; The Colt Engraving Book Vol. I; Fine Colts, The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, all by Wilson and also pictured as Plate 64 on p. 85 of Paterson Colt Pistol Variations, Phillips & Wilson. It is readily apparent that this dainty little revolver was a special creation for a gentleman or a lady who wished to have a concealable pocket pistol. It does not appear to have ever been fired. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection; John Solley Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching as noted above. Bbl & cyl retain virtually all of their strong orig Colt blue with a few nicks & dings on top flat of bbl. Cyl has a few lightly thinned spots. Frame retains glossy bright blue on recoil shields turned blue/gray on lower portion and on front strap. Back strap retains thinning glossy orig blue. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors. Grip is extremely fine plus with one minor chip near right heel otherwise is sound with great fire and good color. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is sound with slightly warped lid and retains most of an old added finish. Interior is extremely fine with slight fading and soil. Accessories are also extremely fine. A truly exceptional & rare Colt revolver that would be the centerpiece to any collection. 4-36487 JR126 (400,000-700,000)

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Revised: 10/5/2009

Additional Information: serial number in museum gun is 984.

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED CASED COLT NO. 5 HOLSTER MODEL TEXAS PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN ONE OF SAM COLTS PERSONAL GUNS. SN 985. Cal. 36. Fabulously rare Paterson with 6″ oct bbl that has six silver bands on the bbl and one very wide & a narrow silver band around the front edge of the recoil shield. Frame, bbl lug & back strap are very nicely engraved in early vine pattern consisting of flowing foliate arabesque patterns over the frame and both sides of the bbl lug. Both sides of the cylinder plate are engraved in climbing leaf patterns. Backstrap is engraved with foliate arabesque patterns at the top, heel & buttstrap. Center of the backstrap is inlaid with an empty rectangular silver plate. Muzzle of the bbl has deep border patterns & the bbl has the large letter address “Patent Arms Mg. Co. Paterson, N.J. – Colt’s Pt.”. The rear of the address has the star & snake pattern, however with the short bbl, the engraving patterns around the front sight left no room for the front star & snake pattern. Mounted with rare shell carved ivory grip panels with German silver frame & backing, mounted to a walnut block forming a 1-pc grip. Cylinder is roll-marked with the stagecoach holdup scene and has two wide silver bands. Accompanied by an early, orig Colt Paterson mahogany casing with fluted lid and a German silver rectangle that has scalloped corners in center of the lid. Interior is lined with dark brown or black velvet with recesses in the bottom for the revolver, a Paterson charger and in the right rear for a spare cylinder, which is present & bears number “844”, that also has two wide silver bands. Inside bottom of case also has wire clips and pins holding a sgl cavity, 3-pc orig Paterson mold with turned walnut handles and brass ferrules. It also contains an orig Paterson pistol capper numbered “200” inside the lid and in the bottom. It additionally has an orig copper & gold-washed brass Paterson Holster Model charger numbered “65”. The center band on the charger is rolled with the same address as is on the bbl. It also has an orig brass cleaning rod with 8″ shaft, and turned walnut handle with brass ferrule, and finally, an orig Holster Model Paterson multi-tool. Matching serial numbers were observed on the rear face of the bbl lug, cylinder rotating ring, face of trigger and left side of front strap under the grip. The cylinder & backstrap are numbered “941”. The “1” in these numberings appear to be stamped over. An alteration wedge is a period of use replacement without number. There is a well-known Paterson from Sam Colt’s personal collection with a nearly identically configured Holster Model Paterson with identical carved grips, and similar engraving currently on display as part of The Colt Collection at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT. That Paterson is consecutive numbered to this revolver, bearing number “984”. It is believed this pair was Col. Colt’s personal cased set and there is little doubt that they were Sam Colt’s personal side arms in fact according to “The Patterson Colt Book” featuring the Dennis Levett Collection on page 13, and also “Fine Colts The Doctor Joseph A. Murphy Collection” on page 3, the Patterson at the Antheneum has cylinder #985 currently in it not #984!!! Pretty convincing evidence that the 2 guns were together at least at one time and the cylinder from this gun #985 was mistakenly installed in #984 after cleaning. One of the first recorded instances of this revolver surfacing is a set of photographs from “Weston’s Mexican Art Shop” in Mexico City dated on the back Sept. 7, 1940. It next appeared in the Sept. 1945 Gimble Bros. Antique Firearms Catalog as Item #AV-8366-49 for a staggering asking price of $1,950.00. A copy of this catalog accompanies. Also accompanying is Jackson Arms Catalog #24, 1967, which lists this revolver as Item #213A wherein he states that the cylinder & backstrap are both numbered “984” and all other parts numbered “985”. This revolver was pictured as Plate XIII of Samuel Colt Presents, The Book of Colt Engraving -1974, Colt Engraving – 1982, all by Wilson, and was exhibited in the Wadsworth Atheneum Nov. 1961-Jan. 1962. It is also pictured on p. 22 of Paterson Pistols and Colt Firearms From 1836, Serven; Encyclopedia of Firearms, Peterson; Texas Gun Collector magazine 1968; Guns magazine Aug. 1969; Arms Gazette Vol. I #8 1974; Sotheby Parke Bernet Auction, Los Angeles Lot 115, March 1976; Man at Arms magazine July/Aug 1988; front cover Colt Collectors Association pamphlet, NRA Convention 1991; Rampant Colt magazine, Dec. 1991; The Gun Report, Nov. 1960. This revolver is also pictured in full color on p. 1 of Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson. While Col. Colt was able to effectively demonstrate that parts for his revolvers were interchangeable, the toe of the buttstrap on this revolver extends a few thousandths of an inch beyond the toe of the frontstrap. This does not affect the function of either piece or the revolver itself but simply demonstrates the hand fitting of each revolver. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection; Gamble Store; Jackson Arms; Weston’s Mexican Art Shop; Walter B. Ford III Collection; Petersen Museum Collection; Tom Seymour; John S. duMont Collection; Tom P. Weston Collection; Sotheby Parke Bernet Auction; CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 60-65% orig blue, strong on bottom, thin & fading elsewhere with a few small spots of pitting on left & right side flats. Frame retains 10-15% thin orig blue, strong on left recoil shield and in sheltered areas with balance a blue/gray patina. Backstrap has traces of thin blue at top of the backstrap with balance a blue/gray patina. Cyl retains 10-15% orig blue, mostly on the rounded shoulders with the balance a gray patina and overall retains 60-70% stagecoach holdup scene. Grip has a chipped left toe, chipped right heel and another small chip at the top right side with a couple of small cracks at the top right and overall retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Spare cylinder retains a dark blue/brown patina and about 75-80% stagecoach holdup scene. Case has a couple of grain checks in the bottom, otherwise is sound and retains most of an old restored finish. Interior is lightly faded & soiled but completely sound. Charger retains most of its orig gold wash on the three rings and bright polish on the copper. Mold retains most of its strong orig blue. Capper is sound and carries a medium mustard patina. Multi-tool and cleaning rod are very fine. Altogether an extraordinary & rare set and an opportunity to own a piece of Colt history. 4-36488 (550,000-950,000)

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RARE & IMPORTANT COLT NO. 5 HOLSTER MODEL TEXAS PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 574. Cal. 36. Rare & unquestionably authentic, this important Paterson revolver and its brethren represent a chapter in the great westward expansion of the Manifest Destiny and helped further that expansion with the additional fire power available with a repeating pistol not previously encountered. In an era when the only firearms available were muzzle loading single shots, the advent of a 5-shot revolver was probably the single greatest factor in the rapid expansion of the fledgling America. This fine revolver has 9″ oct bbl with tiny German silver front sight and large letter bbl address “Patent Arms M’g. Co. Paterson, N.J. – Colt’s Pt.” with a star & snake at each end. Bbl has one wide and one narrow silver band at the cylinder end with a medium band completely around the muzzle and another back of the front sight. Bottom of the bbl has two additional medium bands, one just in front of the lug and the other on the lug. Frame has one wide and one narrow silver band around the recoil shields. It has the usual 5-shot cylinder with round shoulder and the roll-marked stagecoach holdup scene. The cylinder has what is referred to as a “double roll” wherein the die was allowed to travel beyond completion and the word “COLT” has a double strike. Grip frame has the extremely rare & spectacular pearl grips with flared butt. Grip panels are secured to their central wood block by means of three German silver rivets through escutcheons. Back strap is inlaid with a German silver rectangle that has scalloped corners. The SN was observed on the rear face of the bbl lug, rear of the cyl, trigger, cyl rotating ring, retaining ring, left side of front strap under the grip and inside the back strap. Wedge is unnumbered but it is a correct Paterson wedge likely an old period of use replacement. These No. 5 Patersons are today some of the world’s most rare and sought after firearms with only about 1,000 produced in the period 1838-1840. Of those still in existence, more & more of them are being taken into museum collections and removed from the commercial market and are rarely ever encountered today. This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire such a fine Texas Paterson. This exact revolver is pictured on p. 143, in full color, in The Paterson Colt Book, Wilson. Also pictured on p. 20 in full color in the book Colt Pistols, Wilson & Hable. In the later presentation it is pictured cased with all accessories and a spare cylinder, none of which are present today. Accompanied by a reproduction silver Paterson capper with the number “39”, a packet of five caliber 36 Paterson combustible cartridges, a Paterson 31 caliber 3-handle mold and a Paterson capper money clip in sterling silver. Also accompanied by a 7-page letter from noted Colt historian & author, R.L. Wilson, wherein he delineates most of the above information. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 75% glossy orig blue, thin on top flat & sides of bbl lug. Frame retains a blue/gray patina with back strap a mottled blue/gray. Cyl retains a thin blue patina, with stronger blue in sheltered areas and about 85% stagecoach holdup scene. Grip has several small chips with some rust staining on back strap and retains great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. Cartridge box is sealed in plastic wrap but appears to be sealed & intact with crisp clear label. Mold is extremely fine. Capper & money clip are fine. 4-36486 JR125 (300,000-450,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE CASED COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 6116. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight and address with a bracket at each end that reads from cylinder to muzzle. It has the usual 6-shot cylinder with Ranger/Indian fight scene and oval stop notches with a crisp sgl safety pin. Trigger guard & back strap are silver plated brass with squareback trigger bow, with a fine varnished 1-pc walnut grip that has the last three digits of the SN in pencil in the butt strap channel. Left side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” Front of the trigger guard and front of the frame have a small “o” below the SN with the trigger guard having small “K” and “G” inspector marks. The bbl lug & rammer handle also have the small “O” marks by the serial numbers. Accompanied by an extremely rare orig Colt blue velvet lined mahogany casing, compartmented in the bottom in American-style for the revolver, an orig dbl sided “COLTS PATENT” copper & brass powder flask with plunger top and “COLTS PATENT” on the swinging cover. Edges of the flask have triangle-shaped hangers. Also accompanied by an orig brass 2-cavity mold with bright “COLTS PATENT” sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps, several lead balls and an orig functioning key. While these revolvers were produced in fairly large numbers (7,000 in the years 1848-1850) they were virtually all issued and saw hard service in the military or if private purchase saw hard service on the frontier and are rarely ever found with orig finish. Additionally accompanied by an NRA Silver Medal #362 with its case. Also accompanied by a 4-page letter from noted Colt historian & author, R.L. Wilson detailing much of the above information. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection; William Locke Collection; Herb Glass Collection; Fred Sweeney Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine for this model, all matching except wedge which is numbered “484”. Bbl retains about 80-85% orig blue with the flaked, not worn, areas a light patina. Rammer & rammer retain thin case colors, strong on the pivot. Frame retains 60-70% orig case colors, strong & bright on right side, faded to silver on left side, stronger on recoil shield, bright in sheltered areas. Hammer retains about 50% faded case colors. Cyl retains about 90% orig blue with about 98% Ranger/Indian fight scene. Safety pin is crisp. Trigger guard & back strap retain 96-97% strong orig silver plating with most wear on heel. Grip has a gouge in left bottom edge with other light handling & use marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, possibly unfired. Case has a couple of grain checks in the lid and others in bottom but is basically sound with handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is strong & bright with slight fading in bottom and some minor soil with light damage from front sight and hammer spur. Flask & mold are exceptionally fine retaining most of their orig factory finish. Altogether a rare set in exceptional condition. 4-36489 JR128 (200,000-350,000)

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EXTRAORDINARY CASED COLT CIVILIAN 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 6293. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight, New York address with brackets at each end that reads from cyl to muzzle. Left side of frame has tiny “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. It has brass grip frame with squareback trigger guard and contains a nicely figured 1-pc varnished walnut grip. Cylinder has a crisp, crystal clear roll of the Ranger/Indian fight scene. This is an exceptionally low SN for a 2nd Model and possibly was a prototype for the 2nd Model. It is generally considered that the 2nd Model production SN’s were a continuation of the 1st Model Dragoons at about number 8,000, although there was some overlap in serialization between the 1st and 2nd Models and 2nd and 3rd Models. This revolver was first known in the famous collection of the renowned Maj. John R. Hegeman. Maj. Hegeman was closely associated with the Colt factory and around the turn of the 20th century was apparently able to purchase a number of extremely fine & rare specimens directly from the factory. This undoubtedly was one of these purchases. Accompanied by an orig Colt Dragoon walnut casing with burgundy velvet lining, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an extraordinary orig plunger-spout, dbl sided Dragoon flask with triangle brass wire hangers, a fine martially inspected brass 2-cavity mold with “COLTS PATENT” steel sprue cutter & “WAT” inspector’s initials, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a lacquered tin of 500 Joyce caps, a spare orig, new condition, color case hardened Dragoon hammer, lead bullets & balls and a functioning key. Case has a wooden wedge corner reinforcements, a mortised brass lock with brass diamond escutcheon. Also accompanied by a copy of the page from Maj. Hegeman’s catalog listing this revolver. Additionally accompanied by an orig Colt advertisement which pictures a 2nd Model Dragoon on the front with loading & cleaning directions on the back. Also accompanied by a 5-page letter from renowned Colt researcher, historian & author, R.L. Wilson detailing most of the above information. This exact revolver was illustrated on p. 88 of The Book of Colt Firearms, Sutherland & Wilson. Given that only approx. 2,700 2nd Model Dragoons were produced in the period 1850-51 and most saw hard military service during the Civil War and on the Western Frontier, it is remarkable that this revolver remains in unused condition which lends credence to the premise that Maj. Hegeman purchased it directly from the Colt factory. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection; Maj. John R. Hegeman; Robert Q. Sutherland; Herb Glass; Chris Anderson; Fred Sweeney. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “868” and grip which is unnumbered but is undoubtedly orig to this revolver, the fit is absolutely perfect. Bbl retains about 97% glossy orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and a few minor scratches. Rammer & rammer handle retain all of their orig case colors, brilliant on pivot, dark on rammer & handle. Frame retains about all of its orig case colors, lightly to moderately faded on left side with smoky gray colors on right side. Cylinder retains 97-98% strong orig blue with very light front edge wear with crisp “U.S. DRAGOONS” and “COLT’S PATENT” markings and retains about 99% plus orig Ranger/Indian fight scene. All six safety pins are crisp. Hammer retains strong colors on right side, mostly faded to gray elsewhere. Trigger guard & back strap are a medium mustard patina, never having been silver plated. Grip has light handling & storage marks in finish and retains about all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case has a couple of grain checks in lid along with a series of gouges and a pry mark in front, otherwise is sound & retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately faded with light soil with sound partitions. Flask is absolutely extraordinary with a couple of minor dents and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish, one of the finest Dragoon flasks extant. Mold is equally new with a few minor dings on right side. Cap tin is very fine with faded label. Spare hammer is new & unused. This is an absolutely extraordinary 2nd Model Dragoon with an impeccable pedigree that remains in factory orig condition and would enhance even the most advanced collection. 4-36506 JR140 (150,000-275,000)

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE & UNDOUBTEDLY THE FINEST DOUBLE CASED PAIR OF ENGRAVED PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1861 PERCUSSION NAVY REVOLVERS EXTANT, PRESENTED TO MAJ. GEN. JAMES B MCPHERSON. SN 11756 & 11757. Cal. 36. Phenomenal pair of revolvers with 7-1/2″ rnd bbls, German silver front sights and 1-line addresses with dashes. Left sides of frames are marked “COLTS PATENT” and the silver plated brass trigger guards & backstraps contain spectacular, smooth, 1-pc ivory grips. The serial numbers on the bottom of the frames, bbl lugs & trigger guards are all accompanied by a small “I” which indicates factory ivory grips. Left rear webs of the trigger guards have caliber markings. Revolvers are blue & color case hardened with Colt Master Engraver Gustave Young’s extraordinary deluxe engraving consisting of extra coverage, very fine foliate arabesque patterns, full coverage on the frames & recoil shields with patterns that extend over the bbl lugs terminating on top in front of the bbl addresses, with matching patterns around the front sights. Rammer pivots are engraved to match. Cylinders have hand-engraved Ormsby Naval battle scenes over front two thirds with the rear one third, most unusually finished with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns. Hammers are deluxe engraved with wolf’s heads on each side of the hammer noses and full coverage foliate arabesque patterns down the sides, with sides of the spurs also engraved. Spurs also have hand cut checkering. Tops of the backstraps are engraved with Mr. Young’s typical fan pattern and foliate arabesque patterns near the tops, at the heels, on the buttstraps and on the trigger guards. Wedges are engraved to match. While this pair is unquestionably engraved by Gustave Young himself, at the same time, for this presentation, they are not identically engraved. Number “11756” has a bird’s head incorporated into the scrolls on the left side of the frame. Number “11757” has a man’s face in the same position. Number “11756” has a bird’s head and a dog’s head on the left side of the bbl lug while “11757 has a bird’s head facing in the opposite direction with a flower blossom in the other position. The right sides of the frames are engraved in mirror images of each other. Right side of the bbl lug of #11756 incorporates a dog’s head & bird’s head in the scroll work while #11757 incorporates a bird’s head facing the opposite direction and a flower blossom. They also have slightly dissimilar patterns in several places. Left side of the ivory grips are engraved in period script “Maj. Gen. Jas. B. McPherson / 17th Army Corps.”. Backstraps are engraved “From his Friends / O.N. Cutler, W.C. Wagley”. All screws are fire-blued. Set is accompanied by their spectacular orig Colt mahogany dbl casing with a gold-washed, cut-corner plate in center of the lid engraved “Maj. Gen. Jas. B. McPherson”. Front of the case has a mortised brass lock with brass escutcheon. Interior is lined in burgundy velvet, French fitted in the bottom for the two revolvers, two blued 2-cavity molds with “COLTS PATENT” sprue cutters marked on right sides “36P”. There are also two L-shaped nipple wrenches, a small Dixon bag flask and two 250-count, sealed, paper wrapped tins of Eley Bros. caps. Covered compartment in the left rear contains spare screws, a spare trigger and a spare lockbolt/trigger return spring along with four nipples. Right front compartment is empty. Historical background: Clearly the finest cased set of engraved Colt Navy Revolvers to come to market in decades, these revolvers are enhances by their presentation to one of the Civil War’s most capable generals, killed in action near Atlanta in 1864. A centerpiece of the William M. Locke Collection for decades, this cased presentation has a long history of admiration into the 21st century. While this cataloger has been unable to turn up any definitive personal biographical data on the presenters; O.N. Cutler and W.C. Wagley, obviously deep personal friends of General McPherson, the general’s distinguished military career and his brave death while riding to his troops in battle is legendary. James Birdseye McPherson was born November 14, 1828 near Clyde, Ohio and entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1849. He graduated in 1853 first in his class along with his roommate, John Bell Hood, who later would take command of the Confederate forces McPherson was opposing five days before the time of this death. McPherson was stationed in San Francisco at the outbreak of the war. He requested and received an appointment in the Corps of Engineers. He left San Francisco on August 1, 1861, bound for Washington. Arriving in New York he was notified to report to Boston with a commission as Captain. In November of 1861, he wrote General Henry Halleck in St. Louis requesting a transfer to his command. McPherson then joined his staff as aide-de-camp and assistant chief engineer. McPherson’s career rise in the Union Army was due to his excellent skills and fine reputation as an officer. When reporting for duty in St. Louis, he was immediately promoted to Lt. Colonel. He was assigned as the Chief Engineer to General U.S. Grant and was responsible for selecting the deployment positions for Grant’s troops for their attaches on Fort Donelson and Fort Henry. Following the Battle of Shiloh, in May of 1862 he was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers. On the 8th of October, 1862 he was, once again, promoted to Major General of Volunteers. In December 1862, the Army of the Tennessee was divided into five corps; 13th Corps under McClernand, 14th Corps under Thomas, the 15th Corps under Sherman, the 16th Corps under Hurlburt,and the 17th Corps was to be commanded by McPherson. On March 12, 1864, he was given the command of the Army of the Tennessee replacing General William Tecumseh Sherman as its commander. On May 5, 1864, Sherman began his march to Atlanta with McPherson’s Army of the Tennessee as the right wing of his army. McPherson, from his engineering studies of the area, knew that North Georgia was rough terrain and difficult ground for the movement of troops. Bare, perpendicular surfaces, such as Rocky Face Ridge, and other mountain sides were steeply sloping, with dense woods and undergrowth. Artillery and supply wagons would be able to move only through passes and gaps in the mountains. General Thomas, with his Army of the Cumberland, and Schofield with his Army of the Ohio were to advance to Dalton, Georgia and McPherson was to proceed to Resaca via Snake Creek Gap. Sherman’s plan was to force Confederate General Joseph Johnston out of his stronghold at Dalton while McPherson was to move south on his west flank and attack the railroad in Johnston’s rear. Johnston then would move south to avoid this danger and thus be caught between McPherson’s forces in the south, and Thomas and Schofield’s forces to the north. Thomas knew McPherson’s 24,000 men were too few for him to successfully carry out Sherman’s plan and asked to advance them on Resaca to give McPherson a larger force, but permission to do so was denied. At Resaca, McPherson learned that Johnston had cut a road through the woods and was marching his 60,000 troops down upon McPherson’s 24,000 men. McPherson knew that the speed with which his movements could be made was his only hope of success. He ordered the 15th Army Corps to attach Resaca at once. Troop movements were extremely slow and it was reported that the enemy had more troops outside of their defensive works than he had in his division. For this failure to trap Johnston, Sherman blamed McPherson for being too cautious. It is more likely, however, that Sherman’s laborious strategy against Johnston was to blame. As the confederate forces moved southward, McPherson’s troops followed vigorously, attacking them at Calhoun and repeatedly attacking them until they reached Kingston, where he was forced to halt due to lack of supplies. He resumed his march up on being re-supplied, and attacked the enemy again. Sherman sent order for McPherson to attack the enemy at Dallas, but by the time the courier arrived with this order, McPherson had already driven the Confederates through Dallas and a mile beyond. Every time Sherman moved, Joe Johnston met him with checking movements, Johnston faced Sherman step by step until they confronted each other at Kennesaw Mountain. The battle there lasted for nearly a month with disastrous results for the Union Army. On the 27th of June, Sherman made a massive attack on Kennesaw with all his army. McPherson’s troops went directly up the mountain and were met with tremendous fire from the Rebel breastworks. The assault failed. On July 2nd, McPherson tried a flanking movement on Johnston’s right, but Johnston discovered the movement and fell back, allowing McPherson to occupy Marietta. From the beginning of the campaign, Johnston and McPherson had anticipated each others movements and craftily circumventing them, each playing the part of a cunning adversary. On the 17th of July, Confederate President Jefferson Davis replaced General Johnston with McPherson’s old West Point roommate, John Bell Hood. Hood’s first engagement against Union troops as commander was north of Atlanta at Peachtree Creek. On the twentieth, Hood was defeated and moved his forces into Atlanta. Meanwhile, McPherson advanced from Decatur meeting little opposition and captured the outer earthworks guarding Atlanta and held the high ground on Bald Hill overlooking the city. That night, Hood sent General Hardee with four divisions south to circumvent McPherson’s forces. On the 22 of July, Sherman felt due to the lack of enemy in front of him, the Hood had evacuated Atlanta, and ordered an advance, but McPherson knew his old roommate and knew he wouldn’t give up Atlanta without a strong fight. If Atlanta was absent a large concentrations of enemy troops, McPherson believed, and rightly so, that Hood planned to attach the Union rear and side. McPherson was discussing his strategy with Sherman at his headquarters, when, suddenly they heard a large concentration of gunfire from the direction of Decatur. Hardee had, apparently, begun his attach. McPherson jumped on his horse and sped towards his troops where he found General Grenville Dodge’s Corps struggling against a fierce assault. After giving orders to Dodge, he followed a line of the 16th Corps towards the 17th Corps, traveling only with his orderly. Entering the wood that separated the two corps, he had traveled only about one hundred fifty yards when a cry of “Halt!” rang out. He stopped for an instant and saw a line of gray skirmishers, wheeled his horse, raised his hat, and made a quick dash to his right. The skirmishers let go with a volley. McPherson staggered in the saddle for a short distance and then fell mortally wounded to the ground. McPherson was loved by his troops, his commander, and by those who knew him. He was planning to get married to his fiancee Emily Hoffman when he could get a furlough. Confederate General John Bell Hood wrote: I will record the death of my classmate and boyhood friend, General James B. McPherson, the announcement of which caused me sincere sorrow. Since we had graduated in 1853, and had each been ordered off on duty in different directions, it has not been our fortune to meet. Neither the years nor the difference of sentiment that had led us to range ourselves on opposite sides in the war has lessened my friendship; indeed the attachment formed in early youth was strengthened by my admiration and gratitude for his conduct toward out people in the vicinity of Vickburg. His considerate and kind treatment of them stood in bright contract to the course pursued by many Federal officers. Sherman in his official report of the death of McPherson, said in part: The country generally will realize that we have lost not only an able military leader, but a man who had he survived, was qualified to heal the national strife which has been raised by designing and ambitious men.” Accompanied by a reprint of a studio photograph of Maj. Gen. McPherson along with his orig signature and an orig small hand written letter signed by Maj. Gen. McPherson. These three items are beautifully framed with blue matting that has gold lining in an extraordinary antique deep walnut frame with gold & black accents. Also accompanied by two CDV’s of Maj. Gen. McPherson with small Plexiglas stands. In addition there are two small medals, one being a gold McPherson Medal of Honor presented to Col. F.A. Starring on July 4, 1863 at the siege of Vicksburg. The other medal is a small 5-pointed gold star suspended from a red ribbon with a gold ribbon pinback at the top. The gold ribbon is engraved “1ST BRIG” on the left end and “1st DIV.” on the right end with a small ribbon in the center engraved “ELLSWORTH’S”. The star is engraved “US / ZOUAVE / CADET” on the points with a shield in the center inscribed on the top “CHAMPION” with a lion’s head in the center with “17” stamped into its forehead. Obverse of this star is engraved “PRESENTED TO COL. F.A. STARRING BY CAPT. D. BRAND / CHICAGO ZOUAVES”. This medal is attached to a small buff colored envelope with the inscription in period ink script “Ellsworths own badge, 1st Chicago Zouaves – worn by him, presented me by his successor Capt. Brand, and worn by me as Div Badge 17th Corps at Vicksburg and many fights.” No immediate connection between Col. Ellsworth and Col. Starring could immediately be learned. Also included is a small oxidized silver pin, porbably a Corps badge of some sort. Additionally accompanying are two copies of the Aug. 13, 1864 Harper’s Weekly with an illustration captioned “THE LATE MAJOR-GENERAL JAMES B. MCPHERSON”. On pp. 517-518 of this broadside is a brief narrative of Gen. McPherson’s career and relates his close ties to Gen. Grant. Also accompanying are a large bronze Colt Collectors Association Best of Show Award which is the rampant Colt trademark and an NRA Silver Medal #17 in its presentation case. Colt bronze is approx. 12 ” high x 10″ wide on an 8″ round walnut base. Finally accompanying is a modern reproduction 31-star American flag. As regards the Ellsworth Medal, it apparently relates to Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth who at age 22 in 1859 formed the Corps of United States Zouave Cadets which later became the Chicago Zouaves. He was born in 1837 and was killed May 24, 1861 in Alexandria, VA, two days after Virginia had seceded, becoming the first conspicuous casualty of the war. The June 8, 1861 edition of Harper’s Weekly carried an illustration of “The Late Col. Ellsworth”, from a photograph by Brady along with a narrative of his demise. These revolvers are pictured in color on pp. 18-19 with caption on pp. 33 & 147 in THE WM M. LOCKE COLLECTION, by Sellers. In Mr. Locke’s caption for these revolvers he states that “the W.C. Wagley who presented these guns was purchasing agent for McPherson’s Army.” Given Mr. Locke’s color photography and lengthy caption for this set indicates the high regard in which he held them. These revolvers are pictured in conjunction with an identically cased pair of Colt Model 1862 Police revolvers that are also pictured later in the book, also with a lengthy caption. The last two sentences of that caption for the Model 1862 revolvers reads “This casing and engraving is identical to that found on the McPHerson Navies. Originally in the McMurdo Silver Collection and follow the same line of acquisition: F. Theodore Dexter to Leaonard A. Busby to William Locke”. This set is also pictured in full color on pp. 58-60 of Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection; William M. Locke Collection; F. Theodore Dexter; Leonard A. Busby. CONDITION: Revolvers are extraordinarily fine, remaining new & unfired and retaining virtually all of their orig factory finish with glossy bright blue and brilliant case colors. Both revolvers have slight worn spots on their backstraps and slight wear at the heels, probably from the case. Screws retain all of their bright fire blue. Grips have a few age lines and retain a wonderful mellow ivory color. Accessories are equally new. Case has a repaired crack at back edge of lid with usual storage & handling marks in the varnish and a few light gouges in lid and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is moderately to heavily faded with a large rectangle of unfaded burgundy velvet inside lid, apparently from a sign or document being placed in that position while it was on display for many years. Lining is also moderately soiled with moderate wear. Photographs, medals and other accompanying items are fine. 4-36515 JR156 (875,000-1,100,000)

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EXTRAORDINARY & SPECTACULAR CASED ENGRAVED PAIR OF COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVERS THAT ALMOST CERTAINLY BELONGED TO MAJ. GEN. JAMES B. MCPHERSON. SN 15859 & 15860. Cal. 36. Extraordinary cased pair that are engraved almost exactly like the cased pair of 1861 Colt Navys inscribed to Gen. McPherson being sold elsewhere in this auction. Not only is the engraving nearly identical, the casing, with slight changes in confirmation, is also identical, even to the color and French fitting. Unfortunately neither the revolvers nor the casing are inscribed. That these revolvers probably belonged to Gen. McPherson is supported by the fact that they were part of the fabulous William M. Locke Collection and are pictured in color adjacent to the 1861’s mentioned above. This set, like the 1861’s, is accorded a lengthy caption in the Locke Collection book, following the caption for the 1861’s. The last sentence of this caption reads “Originally in the McMurdo Silver Collection and follow the same line of acquisition: F. Theodore Dexter to Leonard A. Busby to William Locke.” Given that these two sets of Colts are nearly identically engraved and identically cased and have followed the same trail of ownership through the decades leaves little doubt that they were also a presentation to Gen. McPherson. In a telephone conversation with noted Colt authority, collector and dealer Bob Berryman, he disclosed his recollection as to the origin of these revolvers. He recalled that they first came to light in the McMurdo Silver Collection and he believes they went directly to the William Locke Collection where they were reunited with General McPherson’s cased 1861 Navys. He recalls he purchased them from the Locke collection and sold them to Johny Bassett and later purchased them back from Mr. Bassett. He then sold them to Warren Anderson and they were sold by Butterfield’s Auction company in the 1990s to Doctor Joseph Murphy. Revolvers are described as having 6-1/2″ rnd bbls, pin front sights, small letter 1-line address and with “COLTS PATENT” on left front side of the frame. Left rear web of the trigger guard is marked with the caliber. They are fitted with silver-plated trigger guards & backstraps containing wonderful smooth ivory 1-pc grips. The serial numbers in the four locations on bottoms of the revolvers are all accompanied by a small “I”, indicating factory ivory grips. Engraving from the hand of the master himself, Gustave Young, consists of full coverage on the frames of intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background which extend over the bbl lug & bbl and terminate on top, forward of the address. There are matching patterns around the muzzles and on the rammer pivots. Hammers are deluxe engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer nose, foliate arabesque patterns fully down the sides and feather patterns on the sides of the spurs with hand-cut checkering. Tops of the backstraps have atypical fan patterns for Mr. Young’s engraving with mirror image foliate patterns at the top of the backstrap ears & frames. Backstraps have foliate arabesque patterns at the tops & heels, on the buttstraps & trigger guards with a large empty presentation area on each backstrap. Cylinders are, unusually, engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes and fully around the circumference of the rebated areas. While these revolvers were undoubtedly engraved by Gustave Young himself, at the same time, for the same casing, they are not identically engraved. Number “15859” has a scroll terminating in a flower on the left side while on “15860” that same position has a bird’s head. Number “15859” has a dog’s head on the left recoil shield and a lady’s head on the left side of the bbl lug. Number “15860” has a flower blossom and a dog’s head in those areas respectively. The two frames have mirror image engraving on the right sides of the frames with number “15860” having a bird’s head on the right side of the bbl lug and the other no image. The same style of dissimilar patterns were observed on the previously mentioned pair of Model 1861’s. Accompanied by their orig mahogany casing with empty cut corner, rectangular brass plate in the lid and a mortised brass lock in the front with brass escutcheon. Case is burgundy velvet lined and French fitted in the bottom for the two revolvers, two blued 2-cavity molds with “COLT’S PATENT” sprue cutters and marked on the right side “36B”. Also contains a Dixon bag flask, two L-shaped nipple wrenches and two sealed paper-wrapped tins of Eley’s caps and a packet of Colt’s combustible cartridges. This fantastic set appears in two illustrations in full color on p. 61 of Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson. As previously mentioned they also appear in color on p. 18 of The Wm M. Locke Collection, Sellers and on p. 159 of the same book. That this set was given such extra attention by Mr. Locke is a testament to his highest regard for them. Clearly the finest cased set of engraved Colt Police Revolvers to come to market in decades, these revolvers are enhances by their presentation to one of the Civil War’s most capable generals, killed in action near Atlanta in 1864. A centerpiece of the William M. Locke Collection for decades, this cased presentation has a long history of admiration into the 21st century. While this cataloger has been unable to turn up any definitive personal biographical data on the presenters; O.N. Cutler and W.C. Wagley, obviously deep personal friends of General McPherson, the general’s distinguished military career and his brave death while riding to his troops in battle is legendary. James Birdseye McPherson was born November 14, 1828 near Clyde, Ohio and entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1849. He graduated in 1853 first in his class along with his roommate, John Bell Hood, who later would take command of the Confederate forces McPherson was opposing five days before the time of this death. McPherson was stationed in San Francisco at the outbreak of the war. He requested and received an appointment in the Corps of Engineers. He left San Francisco on August 1, 1861, bound for Washington. Arriving in New York he was notified to report to Boston with a commission as Captain. In November of 1861, he wrote General Henry Halleck in St. Louis requesting a transfer to his command. McPherson then joined his staff as aide-de-camp and assistant chief engineer. McPherson’s career rise in the Union Army was due to his excellent skills and fine reputation as an officer. When reporting for duty in St. Louis, he was immediately promoted to Lt. Colonel. He was assigned as the Chief Engineer to General U.S. Grant and was responsible for selecting the deployment positions for Grant’s troops for their attaches on Fort Donelson and Fort Henry. Following the Battle of Shiloh, in May of 1862 he was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers. On the 8th of October, 1862 he was, once again, promoted to Major General of Volunteers. In December 1862, the Army of the Tennessee was divided into five corps; 13th Corps under McClernand, 14th Corps under Thomas, the 15th Corps under Sherman, the 16th Corps under Hurlburt,and the 17th Corps was to be commanded by McPherson. On March 12, 1864, he was given the command of the Army of the Tennessee replacing General William Tecumseh Sherman as its commander. On May 5, 1864, Sherman began his march to Atlanta with McPherson’s Army of the Tennessee as the right wing of his army. McPherson, from his engineering studies of the area, knew that North Georgia was rough terrain and difficult ground for the movement of troops. Bare, perpendicular surfaces, such as Rocky Face Ridge, and other mountain sides were steeply sloping, with dense woods and undergrowth. Artillery and supply wagons would be able to move only through passes and gaps in the mountains. General Thomas, with his Army of the Cumberland, and Schofield with his Army of the Ohio were to advance to Dalton, Georgia and McPherson was to proceed to Resaca via Snake Creek Gap. Sherman’s plan was to force Confederate General Joseph Johnston out of his stronghold at Dalton while McPherson was to move south on his west flank and attack the railroad in Johnston’s rear. Johnston then would move south to avoid this danger and thus be caught between McPherson’s forces in the south, and Thomas and Schofield’s forces to the north. Thomas knew McPherson’s 24,000 men were too few for him to successfully carry out Sherman’s plan and asked to advance them on Resaca to give McPherson a larger force, but permission to do so was denied. At Resaca, McPherson learned that Johnston had cut a road through the woods and was marching his 60,000 troops down upon McPherson’s 24,000 men. McPherson knew that the speed with which his movements could be made was his only hope of success. He ordered the 15th Army Corps to attach Resaca at once. Troop movements were extremely slow and it was reported that the enemy had more troops outside of their defensive works than he had in his division. For this failure to trap Johnston, Sherman blamed McPherson for being too cautious. It is more likely, however, that Sherman’s laborious strategy against Johnston was to blame. As the confederate forces moved southward, McPherson’s troops followed vigorously, attacking them at Calhoun and repeatedly attacking them until they reached Kingston, where he was forced to halt due to lack of supplies. He resumed his march up on being re-supplied, and attacked the enemy again. Sherman sent order for McPherson to attack the enemy at Dallas, but by the time the courier arrived with this order, McPherson had already driven the Confederates through Dallas and a mile beyond. Every time Sherman moved, Joe Johnston met him with checking movements, Johnston faced Sherman step by step until they confronted each other at Kennesaw Mountain. The battle there lasted for nearly a month with disastrous results for the Union Army. On the 27th of June, Sherman made a massive attack on Kennesaw with all his army. McPherson’s troops went directly up the mountain and were met with tremendous fire from the Rebel breastworks. The assault failed. On July 2nd, McPherson tried a flanking movement on Johnston’s right, but Johnston discovered the movement and fell back, allowing McPherson to occupy Marietta. From the beginning of the campaign, Johnston and McPherson had anticipated each others movements and craftily circumventing them, each playing the part of a cunning adversary. On the 17th of July, Confederate President Jefferson Davis replaced General Johnston with McPherson’s old West Point roommate, John Bell Hood. Hood’s first engagement against Union troops as commander was north of Atlanta at Peachtree Creek. On the twentieth, Hood was defeated and moved his forces into Atlanta. Meanwhile, McPherson advanced from Decatur meeting little opposition and captured the outer earthworks guarding Atlanta and held the high ground on Bald Hill overlooking the city. That night, Hood sent General Hardee with four divisions south to circumvent McPherson’s forces. On the 22 of July, Sherman felt due to the lack of enemy in front of him, the Hood had evacuated Atlanta, and ordered an advance, but McPherson knew his old roommate and knew he wouldn’t give up Atlanta without a strong fight. If Atlanta was absent a large concentrations of enemy troops, McPherson believed, and rightly so, that Hood planned to attach the Union rear and side. McPherson was discussing his strategy with Sherman at his headquarters, when, suddenly they heard a large concentration of gunfire from the direction of Decatur. Hardee had, apparently, begun his attach. McPherson jumped on his horse and sped towards his troops where he found General Grenville Dodge’s Corps struggling against a fierce assault. After giving orders to Dodge, he followed a line of the 16th Corps towards the 17th Corps, traveling only with his orderly. Entering the wood that separated the two corps, he had traveled only about one hundred fifty yards when a cry of “Halt!” rang out. He stopped for an instant and saw a line of gray skirmishers, wheeled his horse, raised his hat, and made a quick dash to his right. The skirmishers let go with a volley. McPherson staggered in the saddle for a short distance and then fell mortally wounded to the ground. McPherson was loved by his troops, his commander, and by those who knew him. He was planning to get married to his fiancee Emily Hoffman when he could get a furlough. Confederate General John Bell Hood wrote: I will record the death of my classmate and boyhood friend, General James B. McPherson, the announcement of which caused me sincere sorrow. Since we had graduated in 1853, and had each been ordered off on duty in different directions, it has not been our fortune to meet. Neither the years nor the difference of sentiment that had led us to range ourselves on opposite sides in the war has lessened my friendship; indeed the attachment formed in early youth was strengthened by my admiration and gratitude for his conduct toward out people in the vicinity of Vickburg. His considerate and kind treatment of them stood in bright contract to the course pursued by many Federal officers. Sherman in his official report of the death of McPherson, said in part: The country generally will realize that we have lost not only an able military leader, but a man who had he survived, was qualified to heal the national strife which has been raised by designing and ambitious men.” PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection; F. Theodore Dexter; Leonard A. Busby; William M. Locke Collection; Bob Berryman; Johny Bassett; Warren Anderson. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching. Overall both revolvers retain about all of their orig factory finish with glossy blue and brilliant case colors. Number “15859” has some slight flaking on the cylinder and #15860 has about 20% flaking on the bbl with some slight flaking on the cylinder. Both retain virtually all of their orig silver on the grip frame with spectacular crisp ivory grips that retain a mellow warm ivory color. Neither revolver appears to have been fired. Casing is sound with a couple of grain checks in the bottom and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Interior is moderately faded with light to moderate soil and is completely sound with light wear. Molds & flask appear to be unused retaining virtually all of their orig factory finish. Other accessories are equally fine. Altogether an extraordinary set that stands alone as one of the finest cased pairs of ’62 Police revolvers extant. Combined with the McPherson ’61 Navys would make an extraordinary addition to anyone’s collection or to a museum exhibit. 4-36494 JR157 (250,000-450,000)

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2149
Revised: 9/11/2009

Correction to printed catalog: Cylinder scene photo shown does not go with this gun (SN 187300). Cylinder scene photo shown goes with Lot 2146 (SN 6293)

RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 187300. Cal. 44. Nickel finish with 8″ rnd bbl, orig front sight and 1-line address. Left side of the frame is marked “COLTS PATENT” and it has brass trigger guard with iron back strap containing a highly figured, deluxe, varnished 1-pc walnut grip. Left rear web of the trigger guard is marked with the caliber and it has all fire-blued screws. SN in all four locations on bottom of the revolver are accompanied by an “E” signifying factory engraving. Revolver is beautifully engraved by L.D. Nimschke with open foliate & arabesque patterns on frame & recoil shields which extends over bbl lug and up over the bbl terminating at the forward end of the bbl address. Hammer is engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of the nose with foliate arabesque patterns down the sides. Top of the back strap has Nimschke’s fan pattern with wavy border and chip & dot border down the back strap & butt strap. Trigger guard is engraved to match. Cylinder has the usual Ormsby Naval battle scene with chip & dot border. Accompanied by an orig Colt green velvet lined, mahogany casing compartmented in the bottom for revolver, a dbl sided Army size angle spout flask and a presentation quality silver plated 2-cavity bullet mold with “COLT’S PATENT” sprue cutter marked on right side “44H” and a small “A” inspector initial. Also accompanied by a sealed, paper wrapped 250-count tin of Eley’s caps, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a sealed packed of Sage combustible cartridges. Right rear compartment contains lead balls. Few of these fine revolvers were engraved, plated & cased as is this one with most such presentation quality pieces having been produced during the Civil War. This revolver was made toward the end of production during the period of the great Manifest Destiny westward expansion and undoubtedly was ordered by, or as a presentation to, someone of importance or high status. While it has been handled & “played with” to some extent it appears to remain unfired. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Revolver is extremely fine plus, probably unfired. Retains virtually all of its orig factory finish with strong bright nickel that has only a few minor dull spots. Trigger guard has some minor flaking on left side of trigger bow, otherwise grip frame matches condition of rest of revolver. Grip has a few minor handling & storage marks and retains virtually all of its strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. Case is extremely fine with minor handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is very lightly faded in bottom, strong in lid with minor soil and very light damage from front sight. Flask has a couple of minor dents, otherwise is sound and retains about 92-93% orig finish on body with traces of gold wash on collar & spout with strong gold on thumb piece & top. Mold retains virtually all of its fine silver plating. Cap tin & cartridge box are fine. A truly exceptional set in exceptional condition. 4-36508 JR141 (90,000-150,000)

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EXTRAORDINARY CASED ENGRAVED PAIR OF COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON REVOLVERS PRESENTED TO KING VITTORIO EMMANUELE II OF ITALY. SN 11790 & 11850. Cal. 44. Extremely rare all blue finish on both revolvers with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbls, German silver front sights, 1-line New York addresses, one with brackets and one with dashes, with hand-engraved “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” on left side of frames. They have brass trigger guards & backstraps containing spectacular 1-pc ivory grips with usual vertical rammer latches. Frames & bbl lugs have full coverage donut scroll foliate arabesque pattern engraving with deluxe engraved hammers having a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer noses. Number “11790” has an unusual “S” or “8” shape on each side of hammer nose. Number “11790” also has the Coat of Arms of the United States in the form of an American shield on the trigger bow while number “11850” has an oval Coat of Arms divided into four equal sections with a star in the upper left corner with other unknown markings in the other three sections. Backstraps have elaborate fan & feather patterns at tops with engraved shoulders and nearly full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the backstraps & buttstraps. They have usual 6-shot cylinders with rolled Ranger/Indian fight scenes with #11850 having six crisp safety pins and #11790 having five of the six safety pins crisp. These revolvers were presented by Sanuel Colt probably in an effort to promote sales as was his wont to do throughout his career. Accompanied by their orig, spectacular, feather & flame grain walnut casing with gold-washed brass trim and brass wire inlay in the lid with an empty gold-washed shield in the center. Interior is green velvet lined and French fitted in the bottom for the two revolvers, a fine dbl-sided “COLTS PATENT” Dragoon flask with angle spout and rnd hanger wires high on sides. Also included in a brass 2-cavity bullet mold with bright steel “COLTS PATENT” sprue cutter and “WAT” (William A. Thornton) inspector initials on right side. In addition there is a rosewood mallet and a rosewood & brass tipped cleaning rod. Each corner has a covered compartment, two of which are empty, with one containing a quantity of lead balls and the other an unusual tinned container of Eley Bros. caps and an NRA Silver Medal #438. Additionally accompanied by the NRA certificate for this medal awarding it to these revolvers. This wonderful pair of revolvers is pictured on two full pages in full color, pp. 26-27 of Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson. Vittorio (Victor) Emmanuele II was born March 1820, the son of the King of Piedmont Savoy & Sardinia, and replaced his father in July 1849 when his father abdicated the throne after a humiliating military defeat by the Austrians which cost his kingdom several territories. King Emmanuele spent the next twelve years fighting the Austrians, sometimes in alliance with the French & Prussians and in March of 1861 was successful in uniting the entirety of Italy & Sicily and regaining the territories lost in 1849. On March 17, 1861 he was crowned King of Italy and reigned until his death in January 1878. He fathered numerous children by two wives and several mistresses and one of his sons, Umberto, succeeded him upon his death. Given the tumultuous conditions under which King Emmanuele ascended to the throne, it is understandable that Samuel Colt would solicit business from the Italians correctly thinking that a continuation of war was eminent. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection; King Vittorio Emmanuele II of Italy; King Umberto of Italy; Dr. J. Rimini, Ambassador to Italy from Uruguay. CONDITION: Revolvers are very fine to extremely fine. They retain strong orig blue especially on frames & bbl lugs. #11850 retains strong bright blue on rnd portion of bbl with some slight thinning and retains about 50% thin orig blue having been lightly cleaned. Cyl markings are strong and overall retains about 85% Ranger/Indian fight scene. #11790 retains about 50% orig blue flaked to a medium patina and retains about 80% thinning orig blue on cyl with strong clear markings and about 95% Ranger/Indian fight scene. Both retain virtually all of their orig silver plating on trigger guards & backstraps with both grips sound & crisp with mellow ivory color. Both rammers & hammers retain strong orig case colors. Case has some minor veneer cracks at each end of the lid, otherwise is completely sound with usual handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Orig green velvet covering on bottom is completely intact showing moderate wear and some fraying at edges. Interior is lightly faded in lid and moderately faded in bottom with light soil and some minor chemical spotting. Flask retains about 85% strong orig finish. Mold is crisp & clean with a couple of very minor dents on bottom. Other accessories are very fine to extremely fine. 4-36512 JR154 (400,000-600,000)

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2151
Revised: 10/5/2009

Correction to Printed Catalog: Description reads: Accompanied by “its” original black leatherette covered factory casing….Description should read: Accompanied by “an” original black leatherette covered factory casing….

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE PANEL SCENE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER FROM THE 1876 CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION & THE EARLIEST KNOWN FACTORY ENGRAVED SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 8926. Cal. 45 Colt. One of the earliest known factory engraved Colts and the earliest known factory engraved SAA and part of the Philadelphia International Exposition of 1876 (World’s Fair). This single action along with several others were the central part of the Colt exhibit for this expo and were later loaned to the Henry Folsom Company of St. Louis. In Oct. 1877 they were returned to Colt on a Folsom Billhead invoice which lists them individually by serial number with their values, this revolver being the most expensive item on the inventory at $46.60. In a previous Julia Auction we sold Colt Single Action Army revolver SN 8928, known as the 1876 Centennial Exhibition Colt, and reported it as the earliest known but now this revolver has surfaced and being two numbers earlier is now the earliest known factory engraved single action. There are three others from this expo, numbers 8925, 8927 and 8930 which are as of this writing, unaccounted for. They are listed on the Folsom inventory and have lesser values. This fantastic revolver is described as having nickel finish, a 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, script 1-line address with brackets at each end and 2-line patent dates on left side of the frame. Mounted with replacement 1-pc ivory grip with deep relief carved ox head on the right side. It has full coverage extraordinary engraving by Herman Ulrich, although other scholars have contributed the work to Cuno Helfricht. It is the contention of this cataloger that it is by Herman Ulrich as there is no comparable known work by Mr. Helfricht and there is an engraved Colt Lightning rifle in a museum in Canada that is signed “Herman Ulrich” and is similarly engraved. The engraving consists of extraordinarily fine intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with a very fine shaded background. Left side of frame has a wonderfully detailed panel of a nude huntress on a rearing horse about to spear a charging tiger or lioness. Right side of frame has a nude man on a rearing horse holding a large club in his hand, attacking a male lion. Top of the back strap is engraved with the oval vignette of a partially nude Diana the Huntress and the trigger bow has the vignette of a medieval soldier carrying a sword & spear. The cylinder has full coverage engraving to match with a variety of patterns and panels around the cylinder stop notches & approaches with extremely fine punch dot background. Top strap is engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns with shaded & punch dot backgrounds. Hammer has complete, full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the sides with a diamond & dot pattern completely around the rear edge and a long, hand-checkered panel on the spur. Bbl has matching foliate arabesque pattern engraving with shaded background which wraps over the top of the bbl and extends to around the front sight. Ejector rod housing is equally beautifully engraved on outer radius and in the top gullet. Edge of the ejector rod head is also engraved. Even the sides of the trigger bow are engraved in a dbl chip border pattern. All the screws and base pin are fire-blued. Undoubtedly the single finest factory engraved Colt Single Action Army revolver ever produced. Accompanied by its orig black leatherette covered factory casing with red & white silk lining with red & white braided cord borders. Bottom of the case is recessed for the revolver and the left front corner has a silk-covered cartridge block for 50 cartridges. Interior of the lid has a diagonal red & white ribbon that is gold-embossed “COLT’S ARMY, 45”. The right end of the case has a nickel plated L-shaped screwdriver. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found. It lists 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, ivory stocks, factory engraved and shipped to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO on Aug. 28, 1884 in a 1-gun shipment. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, as new, appears to be unfired. Retains virtually all of its orig factory finish with slightly faded fire blue on some of screws. Grip is also like new and retains a fine mellow ivory color. Case is extremely fine on exterior with a worn bottom. Interior has light water stains in lid and moderate wear to silk lining in bottom. Altogether a most extraordinary set. 4-36511 JR158 (250,000-450,000)

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 LONDON NAVY REVOLVER. SN 90140. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, rare dovetail front sight with 1-line London address. Left side of frame has hand engraved “COLT’S PATENT” in a pillow shape. It has silver plated iron trigger guard & back strap containing a highly figured, deluxe burl walnut 1-pc grip with piano varnish finish. Frame is 4-screw type, cut for shoulder stock with flathead hammer screw & extended stock screws. Cylinder alone is British proofed. Revolver is fantastically engraved by Gustave Young in his deluxe coverage of intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch dot background. Mr. Young has incorporated a dog’s head into one of the scrolls on the left side of the bbl lug and several other scrolls terminate in flower blossoms. Rammer pivot has full coverage matching patterns on the sides and hammer nose has a wolf’s head on each side with foliate arabesque patterns down the sides. Top of the back strap has Mr. Young’s fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns at the top & heel, on the butt strap & trigger guard. Cylinder has the Ormsby Naval battle scene. All screws are fire-blued. Accompanied by its orig English mahogany casing with gold plated brass bull’s eye concealed handle in the lid, gold washed corner reinforcements and latches. It has a mortised lock in the front, missing its escutcheon and has very deep dust seals around the bottom. Interior is fantastically lined in green velvet with gold embossed foliate patterns inside the lid with other embossed patterns. Bottom is compartmented, American-style, for the revolver, a matching deluxe, highly figured, uncheckered buttstock with silver plated Gustave Young engraved yoke & buttplate, SN 90138. Also accompanied by a Dixon bag flask with silver plated collar, top & spout, a rare silver plated 2-cavity mold with “COLTS PATENT” sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench, two 500-count lacquered tins of Eley’s caps, a packet of Colt’s combustible cartridges, an orig blued steel cleaning rod, three spare nipples, a spare orig hammer spring and a spare orig trigger/lockbolt spring. Also accompanied by a National Rifle Association Silver Medal #102. Compartment lid covers have gold plated buttons with gold embossed borders. This set is pictured in full color on pp. 42-45 of Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson. According to the caption to the referenced Photos, S/N 90137 is fitted & engraved identically giving ‘rise” to the likelihood that the stocks were simply mixed up at the time of engraving or that one owner had both sets and allowed the mix up. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including wedge & cyl. Grip was not checked. Bbl retains 97-98% glossy orig factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear and a spot on right side of muzzle. Rammer & handle retain virtually all of their orig bright case colors. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig bright case colors. Cylinder is flaked, not worn, with about 15% glossy blue remaining and balance a light to medium patina. Overall retains about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene with all six safety pins crisp. Trigger guard & back strap retain virtually all of their strong orig silver plating. Grip shows wear from the stock yoke, otherwise is crisp with a few minor nicks & slight wear on right side and otherwise retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some fine pitting just in front of the forcing cone. Stock has a few very minor handling & storage marks and retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Yoke retains about 90% orig silver with virtually all of wear on right side from case. Buttplate retains all of its orig silver. Mold retains about all of its orig silver with some fine pimpling. Flask has one dent on one side, otherwise is near perfect with bright fire blue on spring & strong silver plating. Cap boxes are crisp. Case is extremely fine with one crack in lid & a couple of grain checks in bottom and overall retains most of its orig varnish. Lining is extremely fine, strong & bright in lid with a couple of minor wear spots, lightly faded & lightly soiled in bottom with one open divider joint. Altogether an extraordinary set suitable for the highest level of collector. 4-36497 JR137 (250,000-450,000)

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2153

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE & PROBABLY THE SINGLE FINEST CASED ENGRAVED COLT THUER CONVERSION MODEL 1860 ARMY REVOLVER EXTANT. SN 185326/IE. Cal. 44. Extraordinary Colt with 8″ rnd bbl, orig front sight and 1-line address. It has “COLTS PATENT” on left side of the frame in an unusual pattern. “COLTS” is in an arc above “PATENT” and is hand stamped, not engraved. Trigger guard is brass with steel back strap which is mounted with a 1-pc ivory grip that is spectacularly raise-carved on both sides with the family crest of Don Jose Laureano Sanz on left side over the script initials “JLS”. Right side has large raised intertwined initials “JLS”. Both sides have fine shaded backgrounds. Grip is of one solid piece of ivory. SN on four locations on the bottom of the revolver are all accompanied by the initials “I.E.”, indicating factory ivory and engraved. Revolver is full silver plated with gold washed cylinder, conversion ring & hammer, as installed on the revolver. The accompanying, matching numbered, percussion cylinder is also gold washed. Frame has full coverage, extraordinarily fine, intertwined leaf & vine pattern engraving with very fine punch dot background in Gustave Young’s finest hand, undoubtedly by the master himself. Engraving extends over recoil shields onto the bbl lug and up the bbl terminating at the end of the bbl address with matching fine patterns around the front sight. Rammer handle is checkered with a fine chip & dot border with hand checkered rammer latch. Rammer pivot is engraved to match and the rammer itself is gold washed. Hammer is engraved in great detail with a wolf’s head on each side with matching leaf & vine patterns down each lower side and extend onto the sides of the hammer spur. Top edge of hammer is elaborately engraved with hand checkered spur. Back strap is engraved to match as are the butt strap & trigger guard. Both cylinders have hand engraved Ormsby Naval battle scene with wonderful foliate arabesque patterns in the rebated areas. Percussion cylinder retains all six of its safety pins. This revolver is without peer and certainly one of Mr. Young’s finest works. Accompanied by its orig, extraordinary, Brazilian rosewood casing with silver plated brass appointments and swinging latches on front with a mortised silver plated lock that has a rectangular escutcheon. Top center of lid has a scalloped rectangular plate engraved “JLS” surrounded by foliate & floral engraved patterns. Interior is purple velvet lined and compartmented in bottom for the revolver, two orig empty boxes for Colt’s 44 Thuer cartridges, one box body is green and the other Kraft colored with both having identical orange labels orange with black lettering. Front center compartment contains a spectacular Army-sized, “COLTS PATENT”, sgl-sided flask with angle spout and silver plated top, thumb pad & spout. Front center compartment contains a presentation quality, high polish blue, 2-cavity mold with “COLT’S PATENT” sprue cutter and marked on right side “44H”. Additionally accompanied by a fine tin of Eley’s caps with orange label and a sealed lacquered tin of Goldmarks percussion caps. Right rear corner compartment contains an L-shaped nipple wrench with high polish blue and a set of high polish blue Thuer cartridge reloading tools. Left front corner compartment contains two spare blued trigger/lockbolt screws and six orig spare nipples. Altogether an extraordinary orig, unused, royalty quality presentation set. Additionally accompanied by an article from The Texas Gun Collectors Association magazine by Dr. James T. Brown regarding the Phillip R. Phillips Firearms Collection at the Woolaroc Museum in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. This article shows this exact set with the caption “Presented to Gov. of Puerto Rico by the People of Puerto Rico”. Apparently this set was in the Phillips Collection at one time and displayed in the Woolaroc Museum. Additionally accompanied by a copy of the April 1997 issue of Man at Arms magazine which features this set on the cover and is photographed in the article which is titled “Post Civil War .44 Caliber Conversions” by Val Christian. Pages 16&17 feature this revolver in its case in full color, as found with the exception of the two cartridge boxes. The caption to that photograph directs the reader to p. 5 which briefly describes this set as “considered to be one of engraver Gustave Young’s finest achievements”. And finally accompanied by four caliber 44 Thuer cartridges, three with lead bullets and one with a wooden shot sabot plus six 44 caliber lead bullets. Don Jose Laureano Sanz (1822-1898) was the Marquis de San Juan and Governor General of Puerto Rico in the late 1860’s early 1870’s period, about the time that this set was created. Don Jose was credited with establishing the 1st Battalion of the Institute of Volunteers of Puerto Rico, which amounts to the Puerto Rican National Guard. There is substantial other information about Don Laureano Sanz available on the internet, however it is in Spanish and time constraints prevent detailed translation. This rare, one of a kind and the finest example of Gustave Young’s greatest works, was discovered in the 1940’s by renowned Colt historian & author James E. Serven. It has appeared in numerous publications over the years as follows: Samuel Colt Presents; The Antique Arms Annual; The Book of Colt Engraving; Colt Engraving; The Colt Heritage; Colt An American Legend, all by Wilson; Colt Firearms from 1836, Serven, and has appeared in numerous magazine articles including The Gun Report and The Texas Gun Collector magazines. Additionally accompanied by a 3-page letter from renowned Colt historian & author R.L. Wilson detailing some of the above information. Also accompanying is a portfolio of photographs & pages from various magazines & publications. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection; Phillip R. Phillips; Butterfield & Butterfield. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except wedge & grip which are unnumbered. Overall retains virtually all of its orig factory silver & gold wash with some very fine pimpling on bbl lug & backstrap and very minor losses at heel. Revolver is probably unfired with either cylinder. Flask is incredibly new retaining virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mold is equally new with a few light dings on bottom & left side and otherwise retains virtually all of its brilliant high gloss blue. Cap tins are extremely fine as are loading tools. Cartridge boxes show light wear and a couple of open corners with light soil on green box and moderate soil & wear on Kraft colored box label. Case is equally fine with light handling & use nicks & scratches and moderate wear on leather covered bottom. Interior is moderately to heavily faded. A truly incredible set. 4-36513 JR145 (475,000-875,000)

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EXTRAORDINARY PRESENTATION BOOK CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 292256. Cal. 31. Undoubtedly the finest of its type extant. This spectacular revolver has 5″ bbl, brass pin front sight, 1-line “New-York U.S. America” address with silver plated brass grip frame and large trigger guard with a wonderful 1-pc ivory grip. Revolver is high-polished blue & color case hardened and engraved in Gustave Young deluxe patterns consisting of full coverage on the frame & hammer, consisting of foliate arabesque patterns which extend over the bbl lug and bbl with full coverage on the rammer pivot. Hammer is deluxe engraved to match with a wolf head on each side of the hammer nose and deluxe foliate arabesque patterns down each side. Back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved to match with Mr. Young’s typical fan pattern at the top of the back strap. Several of the scrolls on the frame terminate in flower blossoms. Left side of the frame is hand engraved with “COLTS PATENT” in a pillow shape with the caliber marking on the left rear web of the trigger guard. Trigger guard is of the large type and with its serial number indicating manufacture post-Civil War in 1867. This undoubtedly was intended as a presentation to someone of substantial importance. Accompanied by an extraordinarily rare red leather covered book casing with gold embossed embellishments and the spine titled “COLT’S / PIONEER / TO / CIVILIZATION / & / CHRISTIANITY”. The edges of the box, where pages would normally be, are covered in gold foil, most of which is missing on the top edge. This case is of such great rarity in and of itself because it has only a mortised brass lock in the front edge instead of the usual hasp. According to R.L. Wilson, noted Colt historian & author, this is the only known such book casing. Interior is blue velvet lined with recesses in the bottom for the revolver, a wonderful 1-sided “COLTS PATENT” flask with silver-plated collar, thumb pad & spout, a deluxe high-polished 2-cavity steel mold with “COLTS PATENT” sprue cutter, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps and also includes a packet of combustible cartridges and an L-shaped short nipple wrench. Also accompanied by a 4-page letter from the above cited R.L. Wilson. This exact revolver is pictured on pp. XXVI & XXVII in full color in the book The Colt Engraving Book Volume II, Wilson. This is undoubtedly one of the single finest engraved Colt 49 Pocket Revolvers extant with equally fine accessories and the unbelievably rare spectacular book casing. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection; Fred Sweeney Collection. CONDITION: Revolver appears to be new & unfired, all matching including wedge. Overall it retains virtually all of its deluxe Colt finish with glossy bright blue having only faint muzzle edge wear with some very slight thinning to the sharp edges and a light cyl drag line. Frame, hammer & rammer retain virtually all of their brilliant case colors, slightly thinned on right side of frame. Grip frame retains about 50% orig silver plating, mostly around trigger guard with balance a medium mustard patina. Grip has sharp crisp edges with one or two small handling & storage nicks and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Accessories are equally new. Case with its missing gold foil on top edge is otherwise very fine with light soil and a small stain or two on exterior. Lightly faded in interior bottom. This represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to own the finest of its type. 4-36490 JR130 (150,000-250,000)

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED ENGRAVED EXHIBITION QUALITY COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 39220/IE. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 4-1/2″ rnd bbl with brass pin front sight, hand engraved London address and fluted 5-shot cylinder. Frame has hand engraved “COLTS PATENT” in a pillow pattern and it has silver-plated steel trigger guard & backstrap containing its orig factory 1-pc ivory grip. SN was noted on the usual four places on bottom of the revolver with the number on the bbl lug accompanied by the initials “IE” indicating factory ivory grips & engraved. This fabulous revolver is deluxe engraved from the hand of Master Engraver Gustave Young with full coverage, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with one of the scrolls terminating in a flower blossom. Engraving extends over bbl lug on both sides terminating over the top in front of the hand engraved bbl address. Address is in large letters “ADDRESS COL. COLT LONDON”. There is a fine chip & dot border around the muzzle. Rammer pivot is also engraved. Cylinder is engraved to match with foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes and completely around the rebated area. This is most unusual feature for this model of revolver to have its cylinder engraved. Hammer is deluxe engraved with a wolf’s head on each side of the nose, foliate arabesque patterns down the sides with a matted pattern on each side of the spur. Top of the backstrap has Mr. Young’s typical fan pattern with the backstrap, buttstrap & trigger guard engraved to match the frame. Accompanied by a deluxe Colt green velvet lined, rosewood casing with empty rectangular plate in lid and an ivory shield lock escutcheon. Bottom is partitioned in American style with compartments for revolver, an exceptionally fine dbl-sided “COLTS PATENT” flask, a blued 2-cavity mold with “COLTS PATENT” sprue cutter and “36P” on right side, an L-shaped nipple wrench and a small lacquered tin of Eley’s caps with green label. Also accompanied by two sealed packets of Colt’s combustibe cartridges. Additionally accompanied by a 2-page letter from noted Colt historian & author R.L. Wilson detailing most of the above information and stating that as of 1962 there were only eight known 1862 Police Revolvers with London address. Mr. Wilson further provides a brief history of this revolver stating that it had been purchased directly from the family of an old Colt employee by the name of Henry Bryant who apparently inherited this revolver and other fine Colts from James Bryant who had been an employee under Samuel Colt himself. He speculates that the only reason that this revolver is not in the Colt factory collection is because it had been purchased by an employee. This revolver, case & accessories appear in full color on pp. 68-69 of Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson. Mr. Wilson in his letter also states that it is his opinion that this revolver was created to promote the English market and the London office but for whatever reason was never shipped. He cites an article by Harry C. Knode, which appeared in The American Rifleman magazine in Feb. 1959 and March 1962, wherein Mr. Knode discusses other known models of 1862 with London bbl address, none of which are hand engraved. The quality of the engraving and the brilliant extra high luster finish on this revolver supports Mr. Wilson’s contention that it was, indeed, intended to be an exhibition piece. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection; James Bryant; Henry G. Bryant. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including wedge (grip was not checked). Bbl & cyl retain about 96-97% brilliant glossy orig blue with slight muzzle edge wear and some flaking on left side at muzzle. Cyl shows slight front edge wear with all five safety pins crisp. Rammer & handle retain about all of their brilliant case colors, slightly faded on right side of handle. Piston retains about all of its orig blue. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig factory case colors, strong & bright on left front side of frame, somewhat faded on right side and turning dark on recoil shields. Hammer is brilliant. Trigger guard & backstrap retain about 60% strong orig silver plating, thin on front & backstraps. Grip is sound with a few age lines and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny unfired bore. Case has a crack and a couple of grain checks in bottom otherwise is completely sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded and lightly soiled with slight damage from front sight and hammer spur. Flask & mold are crisp retaining most of the orig factory finish. Cap tin is extremely fine. Altogether an extraordinary exhibition quality set that would enhance anyone’s collection. 4-36510 JR148 (150,000-225,000)

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EXTRAORDINARY CASED ENGRAVED PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1862 POLICE PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 14302. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line address. Cylinder is usual fluted 5-shots with blued steel grip frame containing a most unusual set of 2-pc pearl grips. Grips, as noted, are genuine pearl in two pieces with a most unusual mounting system which consists of the retaining screw through steel escutcheons with an ivory block in the middle that has two locating pins and pin recesses in each grip. Ivory block is pencil numbered to the revolver. Left grip is slightly raised carved in the pattern of a stand of flags with liberty cap, a rifle with bayonet and a star around the escutcheon. Right grip is engraved with oak leaves & acorns and a star around the grip escutcheon. Frame, bbl, back strap, trigger guard & hammer are wonderfully engraved by Master Engraver Gustave Young with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame which extend over the bbl lug. Several of the scrolls terminate in flower blossoms. Hammer is deluxe engraved with a wolf head on each side of the hammer nose and foliate arabesque patterns down the sides. Top of the back strap has Mr. Young’s typical fan pattern with foliate arabesque patterns elsewhere. Back strap is inscribed, in very fine period script engraving, “Metropolitan Fair N.Y. / from Colts Pt F.A. Mfg Co / Hartford Conn. March 28. 1864”. Accompanied by a 1957 dated letter to renowned collector/dealer Herb Glass, on New York Historical Society letterhead, over the signature of James J. Heslin, curator/historian, wherein he states that the Metropolitan Fair in New York opened April 4, 1864 in the 22nd Regiment Armory on West 14th Street and in a building on Union Square. The fair was held for the Sanitary Commission in order to raise money for their work supplying clothing & supplies to Union soldiers in the Civil War. Mr. Heslin states that the fair was a great success and netted in excess of $1,000,000.00. While he could not state with certainty that this revolver was one of the items donated, but given the inscription and the date in the inscription there is little doubt that it was part of the proceedings. This revolver is pictured in full color, two exposures, on p. 54 of Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson. The caption for these photographs and for the Root revolver on the preceding page, which is nearly identically inscribed with the date March 28, 1864, states that Mrs. Samuel Colt, her sister Miss Jarvis, the wife of Gov. Holley and Miss Olmstead were in attendance at the Connecticut booth. This lends further credence that this revolver and the Root were in fact donated at that time for that event. Accompanied by its orig spectacular rosewood casing with burgundy velvet lining compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a spectacular presentation quality, high gloss finish, 2-cavity steel bullet mold with “COLTS PATENT” sprue cutter, marked on the right side “36P”, an equally high gloss finish nipple wrench, a sgl sided “COLTS PATENT” eagle flask, a full lacquered tin of Eley’s Bros. caps, two spare nipples and five orig sealed packets of combustible cartridges. Inside the lid is a small card, inscribed in period ink script, “From Colts Patent / Fire Arms Company / $—.00 / 5 1/2 inch Police/Pearl Stock.” The price has been obliterated but there is little doubt that this was the orig price card from the Metropolitan Fair in 1864. Colt presentation revolvers are not uncommon, however organizational presentations such as this one are extremely rare especially given the complete deluxe treatment as found on this set. Additionally accompanied by reprints of two photos, one of which is probably the Armory mentioned above and the other the building on Union Square. Both have “Metropolitan Fair” in large letters prominently displayed with the latter photograph showing numerous men & women in formal attire entering the building with horses & carriages in the foreground. The Armory picture appears to have several soldiers in uniform in the front. Additionally accompanied by an orig issue of the April 9, 1864 edition of Harper’s Weekly which cover is of “THE METROPOLITAN FAIR BUILDINGS ON 14TH STREET, NEW YORK” with an article about the fair and also mentions the building on Union Square. Page 228 in this publication has an etching of the Metropolitan Fair buildings on Union Square which depicts numerous people in formal attire entering the building. There are also drawings of Maj. Gen. John Dix who was the President of the Metropolitan Fair and Rev. Henry W. Bellows who was President of the U.S. Sanitary Commission. Page 229 is entirely devoted to the U.S. Sanitary Commission with vignettes of ladies nursing wounded soldiers. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection; Herb Glass CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge & grips. Bbl retains about 30% glossy orig blue with balance flaked, not worn, to a light patina. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, strong & bright, slightly darkened on top edge of hammer. Cyl retains about 50% glossy orig blue with balance flaked to a light patina. Back strap is cleaned over the inscription area to gray metal color with strong blue at top & butt strap. Trigger guard retains thin orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas, gray on front strap with light pitting. Grips are extraordinary with a minor chip on right toe, otherwise are sound with great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with one spot of light pitting. May be unfired. Case is completely sound with faded oil cloth on bottom, lightly to moderately faded interior with very light soil. All accessories are exceptionally fine and appear to be unused. Cartridge packets are crisp. Photos are fine. Newspaper is slightly yellowed and a little brittle with worn back edge but appears to be completely intact. 4-36493 JR129 (150,000-225,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE CASED ENGRAVED COLT POCKET NAVY/1862 POLICE THUER CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 41331/IP. This exceptionally rare revolver is one of the series of Colt percussion revolvers converted to a central fire system designed by F. Alexander Thuer with production in six different models of Colt revolvers totaling only about 5,000 revolvers during the period 1869-72. Although the Thuer cartridge was not the first center fire ammunition produced it represents Colt’s first production center fire revolver. The cartridge utilized has an unusual tapered brass casing with small copper primer and lead bullet that loads into the cylinder from the front. Percussion cylinders were altered by having a portion of the rear section machined away with a conversion ring fitted over that extension. The conversion ring has a rebounding firing pin also has a safe mode. Most revolvers converted under the Thuer system had the right edge of their lugs altered to allow loading of the tapered cartridge and are usually accompanied by their interchangeable percussion cylinder which was one of Colt’s selling points for the conversion. Bbl lug on this revolver was not altered. Cal. 36. Silver & gold finish with 5-1/2″ rnd bbl, pin front sight with 1-line bbl address, “COLTS PATENT” on left front side of the frame and caliber marking on the left rear shoulder of the trigger guard. The SN on the four positions on the bottom of the frame, bbl lug, trigger guard & butt strap are accompanied by the initials “IP” which indicates that this revolver was factory fitted with ivory grip and factory plated. The Thuer conversion utilizes a pocket Navy 6-shot cylinder and is numbered to the revolver. The percussion cylinder, also numbered to this revolver, is a fluted 5-shot Model 1862 Police cylinder. Revolver is engraved by L.D. Nimschke with very high quality, full coverage, foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background on the frame and up over the recoil shields. The bbl has nearly full coverage matching patterns with Mr. Nimschke’s typical fan pattern at the top of the back strap. Heel of the back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved to match the frame. Thuer cylinder has the stagecoach holdup scene. Percussion cylinder is engraved to match the revolver on the lands between the flutes. Revolver has silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap containing a wonderful 1-pc ivory grip. Thuer cylinder & conversion ring, hammer & rammer are gold washed while the remainder of revolver is silver plated, as is the percussion cylinder. Accompanied by a spectacular Indian rosewood, hinged lid casing with silver mounts that include corner reinforcements & swinging latches and a mortised lock in the front with two functioning keys. Interior is burgundy velvet lined, American style, compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, an orig full metal box of 36 caliber Thuer cartridges that has Kraft paper wrapping with orange & black label with and appears to be all original, a silver plated 2-cavity bullet mold without sprue cutter that is unmarked, a silver-plated Dixon bag flask, an L-shaped nipple wrench, two sets of Thuer cartridge loading tools, a small Hawksley pewter oiler, an early lacquered tin of Eley Bros. caps with orange label, an ebony bits box containing five spare screws, a packet of Colt’s combustible cartridges, four loose orig Thuer cartridges and several lead balls. Bottom of the case is covered with leather. This revolver is pictured in full color with most of the accessories on p. 116 of Fine Colts The Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection, Wilson Also accompanied by a copy of the March 2000 American Rifleman where on p. 42 & p. 45, in an article by noted Colt historian & author, R.L. Wilson, he fully illustrates in color this revolver and set of accessories as found except for the reloading tools. He states that this revolver was shipped factory plated with ivory grip and engraved by Nimschke for Schuyler, Hartley & Graham. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Revolver is very fine plus. Overall retains most of its orig silver finish to bbl, frame & grip frame with back strap somewhat thinned. Thuer conversion cyl, conversion ring, hammer & loading lever retain strong orig gold wash. Percussion cyl appears to be a cleaned bright metal color with some fine pitting. Three of its five safety pins are functional. Bullet mold & flask retain most of their fine silver plate. Loading tools retain strong blue finish. Cartridge box is sealed in plastic and shows light edge wear with some minor soil on label but appears to be completely intact. Cap tin is very fine. Case is extremely fine with a couple of minor grain checks in lid, otherwise is sound and retains virtually all of its brilliant orig finish. Interior is equally bright & new. This is certainly one of the finest Thuer conversion revolvers to be found today. 4-36495 JR132 (75,000-125,000)

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SCARCE CASED ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 266670. Cal. 31. Blue & color case hardened with 6″ oct bbl, replacement dovetail front sight, “COLTS PATENT” on left side of the frame and caliber marking on the left rear web of the trigger guard. It has 6-shot cylinder with stagecoach holdup scene and five of its six safety pins prominent. Trigger guard & back strap are silver plated brass containing a wonderful burl walnut 1-pc grip that has the last four digits of SN in back strap channel. Frame, bbl, hammer, back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are wonderfully engraved in early vine style, probably by Gustave Young, with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns on the frame & recoil shields with several scrolls terminating in flower blossoms. Top of the back strap has Mr. Young’s typical fan pattern with the outside of the back strap ears engraved in sunburst patterns. Hammer is deluxe engraved with foliate arabesque patterns and a wolf’s head on each side of the hammer nose with hand checkered hammer spur. Accompanied by a wonderful Colt burgundy velvet lined rosewood casing with empty gold plated brass plaque in the lid and compartmented in the bottom for the revolver, a sgl sided “COLTS PATENT” American eagle flask, a “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity brass bullet mold without sprue cutter, two packets of skin cartridges and a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Additionally included is an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver and miscellaneous lead balls. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “19128”. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with slight muzzle & sharp edge wear and replaced front sight. Rammer & handle retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant on the pivot, fading elsewhere. Frame & hammer retain strong case colors, bright & strong in sheltered areas. Screws retain most of their fire blue. Grip frame retains traces of silver in sheltered areas. Cylinder retains about 70% thinning blue and about 95% stagecoach holdup scene. Grip is sound showing light wear and a few minor handling & use marks with some slight dulling on left rear edge. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Case & accessories are extremely fine with only a few nicks on mold and light wear on flask. 4-36491 JR127 (40,000-60,000)

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EXTRAORDINARY CASED UNFIRED COLT CIVILIAN MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 193165. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight and 1-line address. It has “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame and caliber marking on left shoulder of the trigger guard. Cylinder is usual rebated style, 6-shots and the rolled Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard is silver plated brass with blued steel back strap containing a nicely figured, varnished 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig Colt, burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for the revolver, an orig dbl sided Army size flask with angle spout, a blued “COLTS PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter marked on right side “44H”, an L-shaped nippled wrench, a full sealed tin of Eley’s caps and two sealed packets of Sage combustible cartridges. Also accompanied by a functioning case key. This revolver was produced in the early 1870’s just in time for the great Manifest Destiny westward expansion and unlike its brethren that saw rough frontier service this one was apparently kept in some gentleman’s gun cabinet or dresser drawer and remained unused. Very few of these popular Colts are found today with strong orig finish such as is present here. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching except wedge which is properly unnumbered (grip was not checked). Bbl retains about 97% glossy orig blue with a couple of small nicks & slight muzzle edge wear with a scrape & a few light nicks by wedge slot. Rammer & rammer handle retain about all of their orig case colors, brilliant on pivot, turning dark elsewhere. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant case colors with glossy fire-blued screws. Cylinder retains about 85% orig blue, strong & bright in rebated area, thin on raised area. Also retains 97-98% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard retains about 25% silver plating with balance a light mustard patina. Backstrap & buttstrap retain about 60% glossy orig blue turned blue/gray on backstrap. Grip shows light edge wear with a few small nicks & retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with a very few scattered small spots of pitting. Case is extremely fine plus with a few very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig varnish. Interior retains dark rich burgundy color with only very slight fading. Flask is extremely fine with slight losses of gold wash from collar. Mold has flaked handles and retains glossy bright blue on body with flaked sprue cutter. Cap tin has slightly chipped & soiled label. Cartridge packets are extremely fine. All in all a wonderful complete & orig set. 4-36507 JR139 (50,000-75,000)

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RARE CASED BELGIAN COLT BREVETTE MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 4625. Cal. 36. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, pin front sight with the top of the bbl marked “COLT BREVETTE”. Left side of the bbl has crown over “V” proof. It has usual 6-shot unfluted cylinder etched with an interpretation of the Ranger/Indian fight scene around the circumference. It has an unusual high spur uncheckered hammer. Grip frame is silver-plated brass containing a highly figured 1-pc European walnut grip with varnish finish. Cylinder has a small Belgian proof on the rear shoulder between two nipples. Accompanied by its orig, extraordinary burled wood, veneered casing with recessed, flush-mounted brass handle in the lid, brass corner reinforcements and green velvet lining French fitted in the bottom for the revolver, a Colt-style 2-cavity brass mold with blued sprue, cutter marked on right side “COLT BREVETTE” and matching numbered to the revolver. Also included is a small fluted copper & brass flask with plunger style charger, a small French or German Naval dirk with 8-3/8″ dbl edged diamond shaped blade with mercury blue & gold wash finish with fluted pearl handle and gold washed brass or bronze frame & handguard. Its orig gold washed brass scabbard is decorated with a fouled anchor & foliate arabesque patterns with dbl hangers. Also accompanying is a steel cleaning rod, an L-shaped nipple wrench, a barrel-shaped wood cap box with screw lid, a small steel oil bottle and an unusual, very decorative steel lead ladle with rosewood handle. Right front & left rear covered compartments contain lead bullets & balls. Appears to be a complete & orig set that was undoubtedly the property of a Naval officer, probably presented upon his graduation from a Naval academy. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Revolver is extremely fine plus, probably unfired. Bbl & cylinder retain about 99% plus glossy orig blue. Frame, hammer & rammer retain faded case colors, stronger in sheltered areas. Trigger guard & back strap show traces of orig silver plating being mostly a mellow medium mustard patina. Grip is crisp with only one small spot of wear from case and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case & accessories are equally new. 4-36492 JR133 (20,000-35,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE ENGRAVED COLT OPEN TOP MODEL 1871-1872 SINGLE ACTION REVOLVER. SN 3256. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Extraordinary open top with nickel finish, 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, orig front sight, 1-line address and 1871 and 1872 patent dates on left side of the frame. It has brass trigger guard & iron back strap containing a 1-pc ivory grip with an extraordinary raised carved Mexican eagle on the left side. Revolver has nearly full coverage Nimschke-style engraving consisting of intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Sides of the hammer nose are engraved with a screaming eagle’s head. Back strap is engraved with a shell pattern at the top and a wonderful central foliate pattern. Cylinder is engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with a variety of border patterns. Engraving extends over the bbl lug & up the bbl with patterns around the front sight and on ejector rod housing. Trigger, wedge & all screws are fire-blued with most of the screws engraved. There is a small set of intertwined initials engraved just forward of the trigger bow that appear to be “EBL”, almost certainly the engravers initials. Cylinder has the SN stamped on the rear face. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver with blue finish, type of stocks not listed with plated trigger guard shipped to H&D Folsom Arms Co., New York, NY, July 11, 1874 in a shipment of 50 same type guns. Also accompanied by a custom walnut & Plexiglas stand. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its fine custom plating, appears unfired after engraving. Grips are extremely fine showing little or no wear and retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with fine dark pitting. Stand is fine. 4-36499 JR138 (9,000-16,000)

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FINE COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH SHOULDER STOCK. SN 17462. Cal. 44. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, half moon German silver front sight and 1-line address that reads from muzzle to cylinder. Rear of top flat has a 3-leaf sight fitted into a dovetail. It has 4-screw frame with small “COLTS PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. Frame is cut for shoulder stock with flathead hammer screw and extended stock screws. Trigger guard is brass with a blued steel backstrap containing a crisp 1-pc walnut grip. Cylinder is usual configuration with re-rolled Ranger/Indian fight scene and the “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLTS PATENT” panels with SN in the middle. All frame & bbl markings are re-rolled and/or re-stamped. SN’s are re-stamped. Accompanied by an orig dragoon stock with iron yoke & buttplate that has a stud & ring in bottom tang and bears the SN’s “17447” and “17448”. Stock is uncheckered straight grain walnut. Also accompanied by a heavy Plexiglas stand to accommodate the stocked revolver. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including wedge, grip was not checked. Overall retains all of its orig restored finish with bright orig-style blue and brilliant case colors. Grip, probably a replacement, retains a wonderful oil finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. Stock iron retains a mottled silver/brown patina with scattered spots of light rust. Buttplate retains about 70% thin orig blue with fine pitting on tang. Wood is sound and retains about all of a fine professionally restored finish. Stand is equally fine. 4-36509 JR151 (5,000-9,000)

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RARE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT 44 CALIBER GANG BULLET MOLD. Squad-size gang bullet mold with six 44 caliber cavities with lubricating groove and rebated base. It has attached sprue cutter with turned walnut handles and brass ferrules. Metal handles are each stamped with a “C” inspector mark on top and a “D” on the bottom of the left handle. Right front is marked “44H”. It is believed that this mold is for the 44 caliber Army revolver or possibly the 44 caliber Model 1855 revolving rifle as it has a pointed bullet rather than the flat-nose bullet required for the Henry or Winchester rifles. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Has been heated at least once with some fading fire blue on the body of the mold, darker on the sprue cutter. Handles have a couple of dings but are completely sound with a hand worn patina. Brass ferrules are fine. 4-36496 JR131 (1,000-1,500)

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*FACTORY ENGRAVED SPECIAL ORDER COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN S05304A. Cal. 44-40. Nickel finish with most unusual 4″ bbl with ejector rod, full thick front sight and 2-line address with caliber marking on left side. Frame is black powder style with 3-line patent dates and mounted with 1-pc ivory grip numbered to this revolver. SN was observed in usual place on the frame, on left side of front & back straps under the grip. Bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing, is stamped with last three digits of SN which are also on inside radius of ejector rod housing. Cylinder also has the last three digits of the serial number around the busing hole and the caliber is marked on rear face of the cylinder. Frame & bbl have full coverage, very well-executed foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Cylinder has matching patterns on the lands between the flutes and on the rear edge. Ejector rod housing, back strap & butt strap are engraved to match. Sides of hammer are also engraved to match. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: New & unfired with no drag line. Grip is pristine. 4-36503 JR146 (4,500-6,500)

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*EXTRAORDINARY CONSECUTIVE NUMBERED PAIR OF MATCHING HOWARD DOVE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS. SN SA93477 & SA93478. Cal. 45 Colt. Revolvers are absolutely identical with nickel finish, 7-1/2″ bbls, full front sights and 1-line bbl addresses. Left sides of frames have 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without a circle. Both are mounted with extraordinary factory, gold Colt medallion, smooth pearl grips. Both are identically engraved by Colt Master Engraver, the late Howard M. Dove, with extraordinary complete & full coverage phenomenal intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with a myriad of other patterns throughout the engraving. Description of each of the individual patterns is far too detailed to encompass in a simple narrative. Mr. Dove completely outdid himself with these works of art and, quite unusually, signed each revolver in two places. His initials appear on the left side of the butt straps under the grips and again in the bottom gullets of the ejector rod housings by the cylinder pins. Serial numbers of these 3rd generation single actions appear in the usual places on frames & left sides of front & back straps. All screws, base pins & ejector rod heads are fire-blued. Accompanied by a 3-page letter dated Nov. 8, 1891 over the signature of Howard M. Dove detailing all of the work he did to these revolvers. These revolvers are true works of art, likely to never again be duplicated. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Both revolvers are new, unfired & unturned. 4-36502 JR147 (17,500-22,500)

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*EXTRAORDINARY HOWARD DOVE ENGRAVED CALIFORNIA COMMEMORATIVE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN Frame #174SE55; Colt #SA71293. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with small letter 1-line address with serifs at each end. Frame has 3-line patent dates and is black powder style. Mounted with fine 1-pc ivory grip with gold Colt medallions, raised carved on left side with the California flag and on the right side with a raised carved grizzly bear inside a rope border. Revolver has complete, full coverage, spectacular intertwined foliate arabesque pattern engraving with gold wire border around the edges of the frame, outline of the hammer and flutes on the cylinder. Rear edge of the cylinder is inlaid with two gold bands that have scalloped border pattern in the middle. Bbl has a gold band at the muzzle and two gold bands at the frame with scallop border like the cylinder. Bbl address is outlined in gold wire with a silver fleur-de-lis at the front end and the model & caliber inlaid in gold on the left side. Frame has extraordinary gold & silver inlays consisting of the raised gold representation of the State of California with raised silver fleur-de-lis patterns around. Left top front of the frame is inlaid with a crossed gold shovel & pick surmounted by a silver gold pan with small nuggets inside. Loading gate is inlaid with multi-colored gold & silver gold scale. Top right front of the frame is inlaid with raised silver gold pokes, one of which is spilling out gold dust. Right side of bbl is inlaid in gold “THE GOLDEN STATE” with a dot & foliate pattern at each end. Trigger bow is engraved “EUREKA” with a gold wire outline and foliate gold patterns at the front end. Frame has had the orig Colt SN removed and replaced, in gold, with “174SE55”. Top of the back strap has a raised gold horse & rider with raised silver foliate border and a desert background scene. Back strap has full coverage foliate arabesque pattern engraving with punch dot background and a raised gold hanged cowboy with silver hood over his head, hanging from a silver hangman’s rope. Entire back strap has a gold wire border. Butt strap is engraved to match with gold inlay “CALIFORNIA” in an arc over ” ’49ERS”, also with a gold wire outline. Left side of the back strap under the grip has the orig Colt SN which is “SA71293”. Left side of the front strap has the last three digits of this SN. Left side of the butt strap & front strap under the grip, at the toe, are engraved with the connected initials “HMD” for the late Howard M. Dove who was for many years a Colt Master Engraver. Frame, hammer, cylinder & bbl have complete full coverage extraordinary engraving, even in the flutes of the cylinder. The only area of the entire revolver not engraved or inlaid with gold is the upper portion of the front strap and a couple of small spots on the trigger bow. Screw heads are also engraved and the trigger & screws are fire blued. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine. Overall retains all of its fine custom finish. Remains unturned & unfired since engraving with bright blue and brilliant case colors. Grip is equally new with some slight soil on the bear. 4-36500 JR136 (12,500-15,000)

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2167

*FINE HOWARD DOVE ENGRAVED COLT 2ND GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 45684SA. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight, 1-line address with model & caliber on left side. Left side of the frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and is mounted with spectacular 1-pc gold medallion ivory grip. Grip has an unsigned, very well executed scrimshaw vignette of five buffalo in a prairie scene. Grip panels are mounted to a walnut block and have the SN inside each grip with matching number in the back strap channel on the wood. Revolver is nearly full coverage engraved by the late renowned Colt master engraver, Howard M. Dove, and signed on the left side of the butt strap, under the grip. The SN was noted in the usual place on the bottom of the frame and on left side of front & back straps, under the grip. Engraving consists of extraordinary foliate arabesque patterns with gold wire outline on each side of the frame and hammer with the rampant Colt in gold on the left side of frame. Left recoil shield has an extraordinary detailed bust of an Indian brave with braided hair and two feathers. Cylinder has full coverage matching engraving with gold wire outline around the flutes with dbl wire border at the front of each land between the flutes. Rear edge of the cylinder has two gold wire bands with a zig zag pattern between. Bbl boss on each side of the frame is engraved with a checkerboard pattern, with a rosette around the cylinder pin crossbolt on the left side and flower blossoms in the bottom flute on each side, all reminiscent of Cuno Helfricht pattern engraving. The bbl is spectacularly engraved with foliate arabesque patterns, shell patterns, geometric patterns and checkerboard patterns. Bbl has two gold bands around the muzzle and two at the frame with a snake & dot pattern in gold in the ejector rod housing flute. Back strap has a spectacular fan pattern at the top with gold wire outline and a square & dot pattern in the middle with foliate arabesque patterns elsewhere, in full coverage. Entire back strap & butt strap have fine gold wire outline with scalloped corners. Screw heads are all beautifully engraved. This is an extraordinary example of Mr. Dove’s fantastic work and is nearly identical to three examples found on pp. 765 & 767 of The Colt Engraving Book Volume Two, Wilson. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, as new. Remains unturned & unfired since finish with bright blue and brilliant case colors. Grips are exceptional with a crisp, mellow ivory patina. 4-36501 JR135 (12,000-16,000)

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2168

*SCARCE YO RANCH CENTENNIAL ENGRAVED & CASED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN SA12793. Cal. 45 Colt. Silver finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight with 1-line address and model & caliber marking on the left side. Top left side of the bbl is engraved “1880-Y.O. Centennial – 1980” and the top right side of the bbl is engraved “A Century of Ranching in Texas”. Frame has 2-line patent dates and is mounted with 1-pc ivory grip. Left grip has a large cast silver plaque attached which has the raised images of long horn steers, cowboy on horseback overlaid with the “YO” brand, containing the dates 1880-1980. Top of the plaque has the 5-pointed Texas star with the letters of “TEXAS” individually between the points of the star. A smaller nearly identical plaque is attached to top of the backstrap. Revolver is nicely engraved in about “C” coverage consisting of foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background and a Cuno Helfricht-style sunburst on left recoil shield with the 5-pointed Texas star in the center. Toe of the buttstrap is stamped with a small “YO” brand and the number “78” which is also stamped on left side of frontstrap, under the grip. Bottom front of trigger guard is stamped with a small “OF” brand in a circle and the trigger bow is relief engraved with a 5-pointed Texas star. SN was observed in usual location on the frame and on left side of front & backstraps. Last four digits of SN are stamped around cylinder bushing hole on the front along with the “YO” brand and “78”. Accompanied by its orig glass top, blue velvet lined oak casing with recess in the top for the revolver and an especially created YO Ranch labeled box of cartridges. Bottom of case has a pullout drawer with “YO” Ranch brand brass pulls that contains a hair-on hide covered book Long Days and Short Nights A CENTURY OF TEXAS RANCHING ON THE YO 1880-1980, Barrett. Fly leaf has the autograph of Charles Schreiner IV. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Revolver is new & unfired, all matching, retains all of its orig factory silver finish. Grip is equally new. Case, book & ammo are also new. 4-36504 JR150 (3,000-5,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE CASED ENGRAVED SMITH & WESSON 32 DOUBLE ACTION SECOND MODEL REVOLVER. SN 15362. Cal. 32 S&W. Silver finish with 3-1/2″ keyhole shaped bbl, pinned half moon front sight, V-notch fixed rear sight in the bbl latch tang. It has 5-shot fluted cylinder with relief stop notches around the center, a square back trigger guard and round butt grip frame with 2-pc pearl grips. Revolver is fantastically engraved by L.D. Nimschke with his “L.D.N” signature on the bottom scallop of the bbl lug along with “N.Y.”. Engraving consists of nearly full coverage, intricately intertwined deep foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Top strap, back strap, butt strap & bottom of the frame are engraved to match. Cylinder has full coverage matching engraving, even in the flutes. Top shoulder of the back strap has a very intricate diamond pattern. Each side of the bbl hinge boss is engraved with a fan pattern and the hinge & hammer screw heads are engraved. Back strap is engraved in script “L.V. Sone / FROM / N.Y. RIFLE CLUB”. Trigger & hammer are color case hardened. Accompanied by its orig black leatherette covered red & blue satin lined casing with raised supports for the revolver and an ebony cartridge block in the left front containing 25-rds of ammunition. Interior of lid is lined to match with a diagonal red satin ribbon. Lid of the box is embossed in gold “PRESENTED TO / L.V. SONE / by / the N.Y.R.C. on the occasion / of his visit to Europe / May 1884”. Each end of the lid and front of the box has a gold embossed line. Also accompanied by a full open box of Winchester 32 caliber CF cartridges with the picture of an early spur trigger revolver on the lid. Label is green & black with orange band. Additionally accompanied by an extensive 15-page article by Herbert G. Houze that appeared in the No. 1, 2003 issue of Man at Arms magazine. This article is exclusively about the life & times of L.D. Nimschke, his work and his family. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, as new. Appears to be completely unfired retaining virtually all of its orig silver plating that over the decades has developed a gold tone from light oxidation. Trigger & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors. Grips are crisp with great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is about extremely fine with slightly worn edges and light soil to the lining and remains completely intact. Box of cartridges is lightly faded with light soil. 4-36498 JR134 (10,000-15,000)

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*RARE SET OF CUSTOM COLT GOVERNMENT MODEL TEXAS RANGER 175TH ANNIVERSARY SEMI-AUTO TARGET PISTOL. SN TR002R & TR002L. Cal. 45 ACP. Matched consecutive numbered set of Colt factory custom target pistols with royal blue finish, 5″ bright metal bbls with Novac sights, skeletonized hammer, beavertail grip safety, Gold Cup-style adjustable aluminum trigger, checkered 1911-style mainspring housing and diamond checkered rosewood grips. Frontstraps also have Gold Cup-style serrations and they are fitted with ambidextrous thumb safeties. They are marked identically with machine engraved slides that have “TEXAS RANGERS / 1823 1998” with a Texas 5-pointed star & wreath in the center and a machine engraved rampant Colt at the rear ends. Right sides are machine engraved “TEXAS RANGERS / 175TH / ANNIVERSARY” in the spaces forward of ejection ports with the Texas Ranger badge etch-engraved at right rear edges. SN is hand-stamped in the usual place just above the triggers. Slides have been ported with extra cuts around the trigger guards. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying these pistols, as found, with engraving & features as described. The letter further lists custom parts as Chip McCormick bbls, bushings, hammers, sears, slide stops, ambidextrous safeties, grip safeties & rosewood stocks. It also lists Videcke triggers and Novak sights. They were shipped to McBride’s Guns, Austin, TX, Oct. 8, 1999 as a set for “Chief Bruce Casteel”. The letter also lists that they were accompanied by a “double case with glass top and red interior” and two spare magazines. They are in fact accompanied by a fine custom glass top walnut casing with etched Colt trademark in the left front corner and two spare stainless steel 8-rd magazines with rubber bumpers. Additionally accompanied by a letter to Dr. Murphy dated Oct. 30, 2002, from Bruce Casteel, retired Chief, Texas Rangers wherein he states that he is pleased that Dr. Murphy has purchased “my personal Texas Ranger Commemorative Guns”. Also accompanied by an 8 x 10 color photograph of a gentleman in a cowboy hat, ostensibly Chief Casteel, and a small retirement flyer from Chief Casteel’s retirement party which briefly details his law enforcement career. He joined the Texas Rangers in 1967 and retired in 2001. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection; Bruce Casteel, Chief Texas Rangers. CONDITION: Both pistols remain new & unfired retaining all of their orig factory finish. Case is equally new. 4-36505 JR153 (12,000-20,000)

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2171

*COLT MODEL 1902 COMMERCIAL MILITARY MODEL SEMI-AUTO PISTOL. SN 34298. Cal. 38 ACP. Blue finish with 6″ bbl, standard orig fixed sights with color case hardened spur-type hammer. Pistol has a slide lock with lanyard swivel in the left heel and is mounted with rampant Colt, Colt embossed hard rubber grips. Accompanied by an orig, unmarked, all blue magazine. The Model 1902 Military pistol was an important evolutionary step in the development of Colt’s semi-automatic pistol line. It became one of Colt’s best selling pistols with a production run of over 27 years. It was very popular, especially with target shooters, because of its consistent side ejection and smoothness of operation and continued in use with target shooters well into the 1950’s. There were only about 18,000 of these fine pistols produced in the period 1902-1929. Given their early production and long period of use, they are rarely ever found completely orig or with strong orig finish. PROVENANCE: Dr. Joseph A. Murphy Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine. May have been fired but if so very little. Overall retains about 98% strong glossy orig blue with only faint muzzle end wear and some minor flaking around the left grip and light wear from the lanyard loop. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Magazine shows light wear. 4-36514 JR149 (6,000-9,000)

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2172

*SPECTACULAR CUNO HELFRICHT ENGRAVED SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 328522. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue and color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight with 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on the left side. Last four digits of the serial number are stamped on bottom of the bbl, under the ejector rod housing. Mounted with wonderful, orig 2-pc ivory grips with left & right deep Colt medallions with the right side having a raised carved ox head. Frame has full coverage fantastic Cuno Helfricht engraving, probably by the master himself, consisting of foliate arabesque patterns on both sides with a large spider like geometric pattern on the recoil shield and a shell pattern on the loading gate. Lower left front gullet has a distinctive flower blossom pattern with diamond & dot patterns on both sides of the bbl boss. Top strap is engraved with fine feather patterns which also surround the bbl address terminating in a Moorish pattern back of the front sight. Both sides of the bbl are extensively engraved with foliate arabesque patterns and there is a dbl incised line around muzzle and at bbl root. Top of back strap has Mr. Helfricht’s distinctive fan pattern with elaborate geometric/Moorish patterns down the back strap. Trigger guard is engraved with matching arabesque patterns. Cylinder is beautifully engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes with a spray foliate pattern back of flutes and multiple borders at rear edge. Flutes are all outlined with a simple line border. Ejector rod housing has a snake & leaf pattern on outer radius with snake & dot pattern in top gullet that also has a dbl zig zag pattern. These engraving patterns correspond exactly with known Helfricht work as pictured in The Colt Engraving Book Volume I, Wilson. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found with blue finish, ivory stocks and factory engraved, shipped to Iver Johnson Sporting Goods Co., Boston, Mass. on Feb. 12, 1914 in a one gun shipment. Consignor states that this revolver has been in her family for all her living memory and that she believes her grandfather purchased it new while living in the Boston area. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain about 98% glossy orig blue with only faint muzzle edge wear. Cyl retains 98% plus strong orig blue with only a light cyl line and a small scrape in one flute. Frame retains virtually all of its brilliant orig factory case colors, slightly faded on recoil shield & loading gate. Trigger guard & back strap are lightly thinned but generally retain about all of their orig factory blue. Grips are outstanding with a fine mellow ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. This revolver may have been fired, but if so, very little. 4-38517 JR10 (25,000-40,000)

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2173

*EXTRAORDINARY KORNBRATH ENGRAVED GOLD INLAID COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER, ONE OF A TRIPLET OWNED BY THE PRESIDENT OF ARGENTINA, MARCELO T. ALVEAR. SN 343200. Cal. 44 Russian & S&W Spcl. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight and 1-line Hartford address with caliber marking “RUSSIAN AND / S&W SPECIAL 44” on left side. Left front side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without a circle. Mounted with early, period of revolver, smooth 2-pc ivory grips with deep rampant Colt medallions that have left & right sides. Accompanied by their orig matching numbered rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Revolver is beautifully engraved by master engraver Rudolph Kornbrath in his readily identifiable style of flowing floral, foliate & vine patterns. Frame has about 80% coverage with feather patterns on top strap. Top of backstrap has a fine fan pattern with a crosshatch triangle in the center, with a small foliate arabesque pattern and zig zag borders which extend completely around buttstrap. Toe of buttstrap and trigger guard are engraved with foliate arabesque patterns which are also on the shoulders of trigger guard and sides of the ears of backstrap. Foliate patterns extend up over the bbl and terminate in front of the address, with matching patterns around muzzle. Bbl has a fine gold band inlay in front of frame which extends forward to a point ahead of bbl address. Ejector rod housing has a fine climbing leaf pattern. Cyl is engraved on lands between the flutes with bowtie & foliate patterns and a narrow gold band around rear edge with an adjacent snake & dot pattern. SN is in usual place on bottom of frame and was observed on right side of front & back straps under the grip. Last four digits of the SN are on rear face of cyl. Screws are all high polish blue with no evidence of ever having been turned. The orig matching pair found in Argentina, SN’s 343199 & 343200, are pictured in full color on pp. 542 & 543 of The Colt Engraving Book Volume Two, Wilson. They are also pictured in full color on p. 146 of Steel Canvas, Wilson. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter which identifies this revolver, as found, except the type of stocks are “not listed”, which usually indicates the type of stocks being installed at the factory at the time of production which, in this case, would have meant rampant Colt hard rubber grips. Letter indicates it was factory engraved “Special engraving with gold inlay”. Shipped to Don Alfredo Gottling, Buenes Aires, Argentina on Dec. 23, 1921 in a shipment of three same type guns. Don Alfredo Gottling was Argentina’s greatest firearms importer & dealer with his shop in Buenos Aires called “La Portena”. The shop was established in 1857 and remained in business until 1972. La Portena Gun Shop imported only the finest, highest quality firearms from all of Europe and the United States and catered to the highest rungs of Argentinian society. The shop was located at 611 Rivadavia which is almost at the corner of Florida Ave. and would have been very convenient for the soon to be President to stop by on his way to government house, which he is reported to have done 15-20 days a month, to see what new merchandise had arrived. President Alvear was a serious firearms collector and a world champion pistol shooter. It is not known as of this writing whether these three revolvers were ordered by President Alvear or if Don Alfredo Gottling simply ordered them for stock and President Alvear bought all three of them, or if they had been intended as a gift to President Alvear. This revolver and its consecutive numbered companion #343199 were discovered in Argentina and purchased from the estate of Marcelo T. Alvear who was the President of Argentina 1922-1928. Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear (1868-1942) was an Argentine statesman & diplomat who was the Ambassador to France 1917-1922 and became the President of Argentina in 1922, leaving office in 1928. In 1931, for political reasons, he was barred from again running for President but was allowed to run again for the Presidency in 1937 but was defeated. The original consecutive numbered pair 343199 & 343200 were purchased together and sold to Dr. Joseph A. Murphy in the 1990’s, where they remained until about the year 2000 or 2001 when they were sold through Little John’s Auction Service to the consignor. Consignor obtained letters for these two revolvers and upon learning that they were two of a three gun shipment, he immediately begain a search for the third matching single action. By deductive reasoning he searched the Colt records and found the SN of the third gun to be #343202, one number off from the above pair. This led to a grueling international search for the missing “triplet”. In August 2008 consignor was able to purchase the third triplet from a wealthy ranching family about 1,000 miles south of Buenos Aires in the Patagonia area. He obtained clearances and arranged for an export permit, then flew to Argentina to negotiate the sale, which he concluded successfully, returning the lost triplet to the United States in August 2008. This revolver, SN 343200, is being sold in this auction as a stand alone item with the successful bidder having the option to purchase the other two matching single actions from the 1921 shipment pictured here, for the same price each. If the buyer elects to purchase all three revolvers the orig paperwork and research material will accompany. The decorative items accompanying this revolver in the photographs in this catalog are for display only and are not included in the sale of this revolver. However all these items were the property of President Alvear. PROVENANCE: Don Alfredo Gottling, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Argentine President Marcelo T. Alvear; Dr. Joseph A. Murphy; Littlejohn’s Auction Service. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish with strong bright blue and only faint thinning on left side at muzzle edge. Frame & hammer retain brilliant case colors with no apparent fading just extremely slight thinning on bottom forward sharp edges. Cyl, which is unfired, retains virtually all of its orig factory blue with a very faint drag line. Trigger guard & backstrap retain all of their orig blue with one small wear spot on backstrap and some fine pinprick pitting. Grips are sound and retain a wonderful golden mellow ivory color. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-37554 JR381 (175,000-225,000)

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SPECTACULAR FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 87334. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 3-line patent dates on frame and caliber marking on left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with extraordinary 2-pc pearl grips with carved ox head on the right side that has red ruby or garnet eyes. The area of the grip that meets the frame is lined with silver plating, pinned in place. Frame, cylinder, bbl, back strap & trigger guard are engraved in Cuno Helfricht’s distinctive style with large sunbursts on left recoil shield & loading gate. Balance of the frame is covered with foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background and has snake & dot patterns in the lower front gullets and both sides of top strap. Each side of the bbl has a large spray of foliate patterns emanating from a blossom. The third type ejector rod housing, with its bull’s eye ejector rod head, is engraved with snake & dot pattern in the gullet and geometric patterns on the outer radius. Cylinder is engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes with snake & dot patterns in the flutes and around rear edge. Rear face of the cyl is stamped with the last three digits of the serial number. In addition the last three digits of serial number are on bottom of the bbl, under the ejector rod housing. Accompanied by a modern blue-velvet lined oak casing, French fitted in the bottom for the revolver. Right front corner has a triangular shaped cartridge block containing 6 fired cases. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver, as found, in .45 cal. with 5-1/2″ bbl, Nickel finish, type of stocks not listed, factory engraved, shipped to Simmons Hardware Company, St. Louis, MO, on Feb. 10, 1883 in a shipment of 10 same type guns. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. May or may not have been fired but if so, very little. Overall retains virtually all of its fine orig nickel finish with only a few small discoloration spots, one on left side of bbl and another on the cyl, that with careful attention may polish out. There are a couple of small spots on cyl that are the beginnings of some slight bubbling in the nickel. Grips are extremely fine. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36620 JR1 (40,000-70,000)

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EXTRAORDINARY & ULTIMATELY RARE ENGRAVED COLT RIMFIRE SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 258. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with script address having the broken letter dies, with serifs at each end. Left side of the frame has the earliest style 2-line patent dates with “44 CAL” on left shoulder of the trigger guard. Fitted with 2nd type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Bottom of the bbl has the serial number underneath ejector rod housing and “44” located about 5/8″ forward of the frame. Various authentic, period to revolver, inspector initials are located on bottom of the bbl, back edge of the frame and inside the hammer slot. Mounted with spectacular flame grain varnished American walnut 1-pc grip with matching serial number in the back strap channel. Frame, bbl, ejector rod housing, cylinder & grip frame are all engraved in deep foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background and dual line borders in typical L. D. Nimschke style. Center bosses on front part of frame have engraved hunter’s stars, typical of Nimschke engraving. Top strap is engraved with fine feather patterns and dual line borders with chip & dot borders. Top of bbl has identical borders with wonderful geometric patterns toward front sight. Top of back strap is engraved with Mr. Nimschke’s fan with checkered areas near the ears with spiderweb patterns on sides of the back strap ears. Back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved in matching patterns with matching borders plus a snake & dot pattern on each side of the trigger guard. Cyl has matching foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes with small flourishes back of the flutes and a band of feather patterns with chip & dot border around rear edge. Ejector rod housing is engraved on outer radius with feather & foliate arabesque patterns with matching borders. Ejector rod housing gullet is engraved with snake & dot pattern. Frame screws & grip frame screws are all blued. The bore is conventionally rifled vs. the rifling found in most other Colt Single Action Army revolvers. This exact revolver is pictured in full color on p. 332 of The Colt Engraving Book Volume I, Wilson. It also appears on page 61, in full color, in THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER 1873-1895, Wilkerson & Hoyt, a copy of which accompanies this lot. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver with bbl length, finish & type of stocks not listed showing shipment to Spies, Kissam & Co., New York, NY, on March 10, 1876 in a shipment of thirty same type guns. Additionally accompanied by a 6-page hand written letter from renowned Colt historian & authority, Ron Graham, who states, unequivocally, that this revolver is completely authentic in every respect as stated above and is the finest of its type in existence. Further accompanied by a 2-page letter from noted Colt historian & author, R.L. Wilson, who precisely details all of the fine points that completely authenticate this revolver as being orig as found. Both Mr. Graham & Mr. Wilson state that this is the finest Colt Rimfire Single Action Army revolver extant. These rare revolvers, approx. 1,892 produced in period 1875-1880, in their own serial range, were essentially obsolete by the time they were produced. Finding limited acceptance on the American market, Colt was able to sell most of the completed stock to remote & undeveloped countries such as Mexico & South America where the Henry & Winchester Model 1866 rifles were still in use, and where care was minimal at best. Consequently it is rare to find one of these rimfire revolvers with orig bbl length and finish. PROVENANCE: George Lewis Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching including grip. Overall retains 96-97% strong orig nickel finish with only faint wear at muzzle edges and on back strap with some dulling on recoil shield & loading gate and light scrape marks around bbl address. Grip is sound with minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and overall retains about 90% strong orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-38488 JR4 (200,000-300,000)

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*FINE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 342403. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl and mounted with deep relief carved eagle ivory grips with silver Colt medallions. Grips may be later replacements. Left side of the frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle with caliber marking on left side of bbl. Serial number was observed on left side of the grip frame, underneath the grip. Frame, cylinder, bbl, back strap & trigger guard are beautifully engraved in New York style with full coverage intertwined foliate arabesque patterns on the frame with small flower blossoms in the lower front gullets. Each side of the bbl boss is engraved in a checkerboard pattern with feather patterns down the top strap. Matching foliate arabesque patterns extend most of the length of the bbl with a well-executed fan pattern at top of the back strap. Cylinder is engraved in Helfricht style with foliate arabesque patterns on lands between the flutes and a foliate spray at rear edges of flutes and a scalloped border around the rear edge. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in .45 cal. with 4-3/4″ bbl, blue finish, sold to G.D. Willis and shipped to Bronson & Townsend, New Haven, CT on March 6, 1922 in a one gun shipment. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its fine orig nickel finish with one small pencil eraser sized spot of pitting on left side of muzzle. Appears to be new & unfired. Grips fit well and retain a fine mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36596 JR2 (30,000-50,000)

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*WONDERFUL ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 289024. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Nickel finish with 5 1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 1-line block letter address and has the caliber marking on the left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and it is mounted with Colt gold medallion smooth ivory grips. Revolver is engraved with full coverage intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with punch-dot background. Bbl and ejector rod housing have extensive engraving patterns with the cylinder having full coverage except for the flutes. Backstrap, butt strap and trigger guard are also engraved to match. Engraving patterns are broad and sweeping with light shading. The shoulders of the backstrap are engraved in a sunburst pattern, which pattern is also found on each land of the cylinder between the flutes. Each land of the cylinder also has an unusual diagonal pattern with matching patterns between the cylinder stop notches and a complete band of foliate patterns around the rear edge. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in 38-40 with 5-1/2″ bbl, blue finish and type of stocks not listed, shipped to Simmons Hardware Company, St. Louis, MO on Feb. 28, 1907 in a 5-gun shipment. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Overall retains about all of a fine, professionally restored finish over scattered fine pitting. Grips need fitting, otherwise are very fine and retain a mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with scattered light pitting. 4-36597 JR168 (7,500-12,500)

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2178

*EXTRAORDINARY PAIR OF FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVERS. SN 346604 & 347042. Cal. 45 Colt. Built identically with nickel finish, 4 3/4″ barrels. Full thick front sights. 2-line addresses and model & caliber markings on the left side. Left side of frames have 2-line 3 patent dates and rampant colt without circle. Both are mounted with exceptionally fine flush silver medallion pearl grips. Backstraps are inscribed “Alfonse Malin”. Frames, cylinders and bbls are lightly engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with about 25% coverage. Top of backstraps, buttstraps and trigger guards are also lightly engraved. Serial No. 346604 is factory restored with a small “&” on the right rear web of the trigger guard. Serial numbers were observed in the usual locations on the bottom fronts of the frames and on the right sides of the front and back straps. Assembly numbers were observed on the left sides of the backstraps under the grips on each revolver with matching assembly numbers around the cylinder pins on the faces of the cylinders and inside the radius of the ejector rod housings. No. 346604 has the assembly no. 882 and no. 347042 has the assembly no. 722. The presence of these assembly numbers lends credence to the thought that both revolvers, not just the one, are indeed factory refinished. Accompanied by Colt factory letters for each revolver identifying them in .45 Cal. with nickel finish with no. 346604 listed with rubber grips and no. 347042 type of stock is not listed. Both were sold to Alfonse W. Malin, address unavailable, and shipped to Von Lengerke & Antoine, Chicago, IL with no. 346604 shipped on Nov. 26, 1924 in a one-gun shipment on factory order no. 21174/1; no. 347042 was shipped on Jan. 5, 1925 in a one-gun shipment on factory order no. 21258/1. No indication of either revolver having been returned to the factory. This leads to the speculation that these revolvers were returned to the factory for engraving, inscriptions and pearl grips. The grips fit perfectly and the finish on both revolvers is factory quality with no discernible flaws or wavers in the finish. Patent dates and rampant colts of the sides of the frames still have raised metal around them, further supporting the fact that this was factory work. The “VP” in a triangle proof marks on the left front webs of the trigger guards are re-stamps, also with raised metal surrounding on both revolvers. Both revolvers have a “4” inspector number above these “VP” proof marks, further indication that they were restored and proofed at the same time. CONDITION: Both are extremely fine plus. Both are all matching and retain most of their original factory nickel finish. Both have slight dulling of the finish on the left side of the bbls and on the ejector rod housings, probably from having been stored in holsters. Both have slight dulling in a few spots on the cylinders. Mechanics on no. 346604 need attention, timing is slightly off; otherwise, mechanics on both are fine. No. 346604 has been fired, probably one cylinder full with the other revolver remaining unfired since restoration. Grips are crisp and sound with great fire and color. Brilliant shiny bores. 4-38835 JR167 (30,000-40,000)

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2179

FINE CUNO HELFRICHT ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 126587. 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 dates. Serial number was observed in usual places on bottom of frame, trigger guard & buttstrap. Left side of frontstrap & right side of buttstrap are stamped with the assembly number “248” which number is also found on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing in tiny numbers. Also was observed on inside gullet of ejector rod housing and on face of cyl around base cylinder bushing. Right rear web of trigger guard has a partial “&”, all of which, combined with the assembly number, indicates a factory restored finish. Mounted with spectacular 1-pc ivory grip having full checkered background with deep relief carved Mexican eagle on each side. Carving is extremely fine and in great detail. Revolver is engraved by Cuno Helfricht with about 75% coverage on frame, full coverage on sides of foliate arabesque patterns which extend down over shoulders of trigger guard and has Mr. Helfricht’s trademark sunbursts on recoil shield & loading gate. Top strap is engraved in zig zag & leaf patterns. Foliate arabesque patterns extend up the side of bbl with zig zag geometric patterns around bbl address to the front sight. Ejector rod housing is engraved with snake & dot patterns on outer radius and in top gullet. Backstrap has Mr. Helfricht’s typical sunburst pattern with light geometric patterns down backstrap & buttstrap with matching patterns on trigger guard. Cylinder is engraved with Mr. Helfricht’s sunburst patterns on lands between the flutes with a snake & leaf pattern around rear edge. Accompanied by a relined Smith & Wesson mahogany casing with black velvet lining recessed for revolver. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Overall retains most of its factory restored finish with some slight dulling and a little milkiness to the nickel. Grip is a dark yellowing color and may have been stained purple or burgundy in the checkered areas. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. Case is fine. 4-36627 JR215 (10,000-15,000)

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2180

*FINE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 335551. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight, 2-line address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without a circle. Mounted with factory pearl grips that have deep silver left & right medallions. Revolver is engraved probably from the Cuno Helfricht shop with about “B” coverage foliate arabesque patterns on frame and large sunbursts on recoil shield & loading gate. Bbl boss on front of frame has a hunters star on each side with another on ejector rod housing boss. Top strap and ejector rod housing gullet are engraved with snake & dot patterns which are also around the recoil shield and in the front gullets. Top of backstrap has a simple, stylized fan with geometric patterns at top of backstrap and on the heel. Cylinder is engraved with geometric patterns on lands between the flutes and a snake & dot pattern at rear edge. Serial number was observed in usual places on frame, trigger guard & buttstrap with last three digits of SN on rear face of cylinder between two chambers. Last four digits of SN are on bbl under ejector rod housing and inside the ejector rod housing. The presence of the SN’s on bbl & ejector rod housing are indications of a factory restored finish, although there are no factory restoration marks on revolver. Accompanied by two Colt factory letters to two different individuals dated 1983 & 1994. Both identify this revolver as found in 45 caliber with nickel finish, pearl grips and factory engraving, shipped to Stauffer Eshleman & Co., New Orleans, Louisiana on April 11, 1917. One letter shows it as a one gun shipment and the other indicates it was a shipment of four same-type guns. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains most of a fine factory-style restored finish with some flaking around muzzle and a couple of spots of dark patina. Grips have some repaired age flakes, one on left side at the medallion and the other on right bottom edge, otherwise grips are sound with great fire & color. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with some fine frosting. 4-39004 JR190 (15,000-20,000)

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2181

SCARCE EARLY NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 74589. Cal. 45 Colt. Early single action with 4 13/16″ bbl reduced from 7 1/2″ with replaced front sight, 1-line block letter address and 3rd type ejector rod housing with half-moon ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and the caliber is on the left front web of the trigger guard. It is mounted with old, probably original to this revolver, 1-pc ivory grip. Frame has full coverage L.D. Nimschke engraving with a large shell pattern on the left side of the frame, fan patterns on the recoil shield and loading gate with a diamond and dot pattern on the cylinder pin boss on the left front side of the frame. Top of the backstrap has Mr. Nimschke’s fan pattern with symmetrical dot patterns down the back of the frame. Topstrap is engraved with geometric patterns and a zig-zag pattern down the sight groove. Sides of the bbl and backstrap are engraved to match. Cylinder has deluxe engraving with foliate arabesque on the lands between the flutes and geometric patterns in the flutes. Mr. Nimschke also applied a wide oval geometric pattern around each of the cylinder stop notches with a double-incised line border at the rear edge. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in .45 cal. with bbl length and type of stocks not listed. Finished “soft” and shipped to J.P. Moore’s Sons, New York, NY on November 10, 1881 in a six-gun shipment. Shipped “soft” means that the revolver was destined to be engraved & finished outside the factory. CONDITION: About good. Original nickel finish remains under the ejector rod housing with the balance of the revolver a gray metal color showing moderate to heavy wear. Grip is sound with numerous age lines and retains a fine, dark, mellow ivory color. Hammer is not solid in the safety notch and the half-cock notch is missing, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with fine frosting. 4-38226 JR171 (10,000-15,000)

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2182

EARLY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 23871. Cal. 45. SN 23871. Early single action with bbl cut to 4-3/4”, and replaced front sight. Mounted with 1-pc ivory grip. It has early style engraving, probably from the Nimschke shop, which consists of about 60% coverage foliate arabesque patterns with feather patterns on top strap and ejector rod housing. Top of backstrap has a foliate fan with arabesque patterns down backstrap, on buttstrap and trigger guard. Cylinder is engraved with foliate patterns on lands between the flutes and small sprays of foliate patterns back of the flutes. Rear edge of cylinder has a dash pattern border. Loading gate is engraved with a diamond pattern. It has a third type ejector rod housing and half moon ejector rod head. Cylinder pin is a replacement and the cylinder pin screw is replaced with the screw mounted vertically. CONDITION: Fair to good, all matching including bbl & cyl. Overall retains a cleaned gray patina with softened engraving. Grip is very worn with myriad age lines and retains a golden yellow patina. Base pin is a replacement and base pin screw has been replaced with a much larger screw. Hammer screw appears to be a replacement. Hammer is not solid in safety notch or half cock, otherwise mechanics are fine. Very worn, dark bore. 4-38227 JR201 (6,000-10,000)

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2183

FINE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 126590. 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 dates with caliber on left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with old 2-pc ivory grips. Revolver is engraved by Cuno Helfricht with about “D” coverage consisting of foliate arabesque patterns on sides of frame with Mr. Helfricht’s sunburst patterns on recoil shield & loading gate. Top strap has a wavy leaf pattern with foliate arabesque patterns on bbl boss and sunburst patterns on cylinder pin boss and ejector rod housing boss. Foliate arabesque patterns extend up sides of the bbl with geometric patterns back of front sight. Ejector rod housing gullet is engraved with a snake pattern. Top of backstrap has Mr. Helfricht’s sunburst pattern with geometric patterns down backstrap, on buttstrap & trigger guard. Cylinder is engraved with sunburst patterns on lands between the flutes with a snake & dot pattern around back edge. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in 45 caliber with 5-1/2″ bbl, blue finish with rubber grip, factory engraved and shipped to Hartley & Graham, New York, NY on June 19, 1888 in a shipment of six same type guns. CONDITION: Very good. Overall retains about all of a professionally restored finish with the engraving moderately worn. Grips are extremely fine with numerous age lines and a fine mellow ivory color. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with scattered light pitting. 4-39000 JR194 (6,000-10,000)

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2184

*ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 211401. Cal. 45 Colt. 1901 produced single action with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with modern after-market 1-pc ivory grip, deep relief carved with an American eagle and shield on right side clutching a ribbon in its beak & left talon inscribed “LIBERTY” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM”. Left side is deep relief carved with a Texas-style 5-pointed star above an unmarked ribbon that appears to have had a name removed. Revolver is very well engraved with about 80% coverage on frame of very fine, very well executed foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch dot background, probably from the Cuno Helfricht shop. The bbl boss on upper front of frame has a flower blossom on each side, very similar to that found on a double action revolver engraved by Mr. Helfricht as pictured on p. 468 of The Colt Engraving Book, Wilson. The outside edges of the back strap ears are engraved in sunburst patterns similar to numerous other single actions engraved by Mr. Helfricht. The shoulders of the trigger guard are engraved in diamond & dot patterns with a large Helfricht style fan at top of back strap. Top strap is engraved in feather patterns with foliate arabesque patterns up both sides of bbl and lightly on ejector rod housing. Cylinder is engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on the lands between the flutes. While it cannot be stated with absolute certainty that this engraving work was done by Mr. Helfricht or someone in his shop, it has all the earmarks and easily can be attributed to Mr. Helfricht. The cylinder pin, lock bolt screw, some of grip frame screws and ejector rod housing screw are all replacements. CONDITION: About good. No orig finish remains being an overall smooth, even, medium brown patina showing heavy wear at muzzle edges with a few spots of scattered light pitting. Cyl is a smooth gray/brown patina. The crossbolt screw is battered. Ejector rod is slightly long and impedes cyl removal and is possibly an old replacement. Front edge of cyl bushing is chipped from someone forcing the cyl past the too-long rod. Grip retains a medium ivory patina with a few age lines. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. 4-37611 JR13 (5,500-6,500)

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2185

ENGRAVED COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 44389. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates with the caliber on the left front web of the trigger guard. Mounted with 1-pc replacement walnut grip and replacement hammer spring. Revolver is engraved in New York style, probably from the Nimschke shop with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background on the frame. Cylinder pin boss & ejector rod boss on front center of the frame are engraved with hunter stars. It has feather patterns over the top strap with the bbl, backstrap & buttstrap engraved to match the frame. Cylinder is engraved with alternating foliate arabesque patterns and sunbursts on the lands between the flutes with a snake & dot pattern around rear edge. Ejector rod housing has foliate arabesque patterns on the outer radius with snake & dot pattern in the top gullet. Ejector rod housing is 3rd type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Last four digits of the SN is on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing and on the cylinder with the full SN in the usual three positions on the bottom of frame, trigger guard & butstrap. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in 45 caliber with bbl length & type of stocks not listed with blue finish shipped to E.C. Meachum Arms & Co., St. Louis, MO on Feb. 7, 1880 in a shipment of 50 same type guns. There is no mention of the engraving indicating that this revolver was subsequently shipped to New York for engraving. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except grip as noted above. No orig finish remains being an overall smooth gray metal patina. Grip is sound and retains a worn oil patina. Several of the screws are battered. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-38300 JR179 (6,000-10,000)

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2186

SPECTACULAR & RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 172734. Cal. 45 Colt. Silver finish with 3-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 2-line address on top and the caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates with rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with factory 2-pc pearl grips with deep relief raised carved bull’s head on right side. Revolver has Cuno Helfrecht’s deluxe coverage engraving consisting of sweeping foliate arabesque scrolls with punch dot background. Frame has full coverage with his trademark sunburst on the loading gate with unusual snake & dot patterns by the hammer slot. Both sides of the cylinder pin boss have small sunbursts. Top strap is engraved with feather patterns and the bbl has matching foliate arabesque patterns almost full length on both sides with Moorish patterns around front sight. Cylinder is engraved with small sunbursts and foliate arabesque patterns on lands between flutes. Rear edge of cylinder has a zig zag border with two very fine chip borders. Top of back strap has a beautiful sunburst pattern with zig zag and Moorish patterns at the top & heel and over the butt strap. Trigger guard has foliate arabesque patterns. Back strap is engraved “Johnie Johnson”. Front strap is engraved in a different hand “FROM” and butt strap “Mrs R L G to”. Accompanied by two Colt Factory letters, one from 1984 and the other 2007. Both supplying identical information fully identifying this revolver in caliber 45 with 3-1/2″ bbl, silver finish, carved bull head pearl stocks, factory engraved with inscription as found on back strap and shipped to H. Woodhaus & Son, address not available on Sept. 15, 1897 on a one gun shipment. This revolver is made without provision for an ejector rod housing on a standard black powder frame. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only about 600 of these rare revolvers were made in the period 1882-1896 and of these only a few were engraved. While this revolver was shipped in 1897 which, theoretically, should have placed it in the smokeless powder frame era, Colt obviously, being their usual frugal selves, used a carryover black powder frame to build this revolver. Surviving authentic engraved sheriff-models are virtually nonexistent and this may be the only factory inscribed example. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains 30-35% orig silver plating with balance a gray patina with orig silver strong in sheltered areas. Engraving remains sharp & clear showing only light surface wear with heavier wear around the muzzle and slight dings on the front sight. Front & back straps are gray metal patina showing moderate to heavy wear. Left grip has a tiny chip at left heel and another at the frame, otherwise grips are sound with a few minor rust stains around the edges and show great fire & color with sharp carving on bull’s head. Hammer is not solid in safety or half cock notches, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with fine pitting. 4-35284 JR232 (90,000-110,000)

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2187

RARE COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 122392. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & case colored with 4″ bbl made without ejector rod with slightly altered, thinned front sight and 2-line address on top with a tiny “44” on the bottom just forward of base pin. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates and the left front web of the trigger guard is marked “44 CAL”. Mounted with rampant Colt & eagle hard rubber grips. Accompanied by a Colt Factory letter identifying this revolver in 44-40 caliber with 4″ bbl, blue finish, type of stocks not listed, shipment to Browning Bros., Ogden, Utah On Jan. 19, 1889 in a shipment of two same type guns. According to the Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only about 600 of these standard black powder frame Sheriff’s/Storekeeper’s models were built in the period 1882-1896 and of those, only 180 were in 44 caliber. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & grip frame retain about 85% thinning orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas. Frame retains about all of its orig case colors, moderately faded, strong in sheltered areas. Hammer retains faded case colors. Cylinder retains about 90% orig blue, strong & bright in flutes. Grips are sound and show moderate to heavy wear. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-37812 (14,500-22,500)

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2188

RARE COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH SHARP FLUTED FRAME. SN 80082. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 4″ bbl made without provision for an ejector rod housing, full front sight with 2-line address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and the caliber marking is on left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the initials “A.H.H.” in pencil in backstrap channel which obliterated the SN. Hammer and one backstrap screw are replacements and a few others are battered. According to the book Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only an estimated 350 of these Sheriff’s Model revolvers with sharp fluted frames were ever produced. Very few survive today. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in .45 cal with Nickel finish and bbl length & type of stocks not listed, shipped to Simmons Hardware Company, St. Louis, MO on June 29, 1882 in a 50 gun shipment. CONDITION: Good to very good. Only traces of orig finish remain in most sheltered being an overall dark brown patina with scattered spots of pitting. Grip has a chipped right toe and shows moderate to heavy wear on edges with usual nicks, dings & scratches and retains about 80% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong sharp bore with fine pitting. 4-39002 JR199 (7,500-12,500)

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2189

RARE FIRST SERIES FLUTED FRAME COLT SHERIFF’S MODEL SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 77612. Cal. 45 Colt. Early style configuration with rare 3-1/2″ bbl, built without ejector rod housing and has the early style fluted frame. Top of bbl has the full orig front sight with 2-line address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and it is mounted with 1-pc walnut grip. This single action was part of the Mel Torme Collection and was displayed on his exhibit board. Accompanied by a copy of a picture from a newspaper or magazine article showing Mr. Torme and a show official standing in front of Mr. Torme’s show exhibit of single action revolvers. Bottom of photograph is noted that this revolver is “pictured to right of center”. Also accompanied by a Colt Factory letter fully identifying this revolver in 45 caliber with 3-1/2″ bbl, blue finish (blue & case colored) with type of stocks not listed and shipped to Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co., Chicago, IL on Feb. 25, 1882 in a shipment of ten same type guns. Additionally accompanied by a 3-page hand written letter from noted single action historian, author & authority, Ron Graham, wherein he authenticates this revolver as being of historic importance in that it was one of the first 25 “Sheriff’s Model” single actions produced and one of the first ten made with 3-1/2″ bbls. Mr. Graham points out that this revolver has the usual factory markings as noted above with an “H” in the hammer slot and a “B” & a “2” inspector stamps on rear of cylinder. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, there were only a total of about 1,000 Sheriff’s Model Single Actions ever produced of which about 350 were manufactured in the period 1882-1884. PROVENANCE: Mel Torme Collection. CONDITION: Fine. No orig finish remains being an overall even medium plum/brown patina with some very fine pin prick pitting and a series of small dings on right side of bbl. Cylinder pin is probably an old replacement although Colt is known to have produced special order cylinder pins and this one does have dimples in each end. Screws are all fine showing no evidence of battering. Grip has chipped toes with heavy wear and a dark oil stained finish. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with scattered light pitting. 4-35285 (15,000-20,000)

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2190

COLT RIMFIRE SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 1624. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl has the serial number under the ejector rod housing and “44” about 1/2″ forward of the frame. Back edge of frame and hammer slot have correct inspector initials with bin number “42” on loading gate. Bore is conventionally rifled as is found in rimfire SAA’s and ejector rod is 2nd type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip numbered to this revolver in back strap channel. Accompanied by an early, lightly tooled Slim Jim style holster made for a single action revolver with a replacement belt loop harness riveted to back side. Consignor states that this holster came with this revolver when he purchased it many years ago. These rare revolvers, approx. 1,892 produced in period 1875-1880, in their own serial range, were essentially obsolete by the time they were produced. Finding limited acceptance on the American market, Colt was able to sell most of the existing stock to remote & undeveloped countries such as Mexico & South America where the Henry & Winchester Model 1866 rifles were still in use and where care was minimal at best. Consequently it is rare to find one of these rimfire revolvers with orig bbl length and finish. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains 88-90% strong orig nickel turning slightly milky. Cyl & trigger guard show the primary losses. Grip has slightly chipped toes showing moderate to heavy wear and retains 35-40% orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong bore with good shine and scattered pitting. Holster has some minor period of use restitching and shows moderate to heavy wear but is sound and flexible with lightly crackled finish. 4-36622 JR5 (25,000-45,000)

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2191

RARE RIMFIRE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 1168. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight, 1-line block letter address with dashes at each end. Bore is conventionally rifled with six equal lands & grooves as found on this special run of rimfire revolvers. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with the caliber marked on the left shoulder of trigger guard. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip. The SN was observed on bottom of the bbl under ejector rod housing, on cylinder and in usual three positions on frame, trigger guard & buttstrap. Bottom of bbl also has a tiny “44” just forward of the base pin. Only about 1,892 of these rare revolvers were produced in period 1875-1887 with the vast majority going to lesser developed countries where maintenance was minimal or non-existent and the 7-1/2″ bbl was not well accepted. Therefore it is rare to find one of these revolvers in orig configuration and orig finish is usually out of the question. One of the major recipients of these revolvers was the firm of Wexell & De Gress of Mexico City. Another firm who received a number of these revolvers was Meyers & Geiger of New York who were major exporters. Only a few were sold within the U.S. This caliber in the single action revolver was obsolete before it was introduced and therefore saw very limited acceptance in the U.S., whereas Mexico, other South American countries and some middle-eastern countries were still heavily using the Henry and Model 1866 Winchester rifles. CONDITION: Fair to good, all matching. Backstrap channel of grip was too heavily oil & rust stained to determine if a SN was present, however condition of this grip and fit to frame leaves no doubt that it is orig to this revolver. Overall retains a dark even brown patina with traces of blue in sheltered areas on bbl. Front edge of frame is moderately to heavily pitted as is front face of cylinder with rust spotting over most surfaces. Grip, as noted, has chipped toes and shows heavy wear with a wonderful hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. Most of screws are slightly battered. 4-38940 (6,000-8,000)

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2192

RARE VON OPPEN COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 15304. Cal. 45 Boxer (45 Eley Short). Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with script letter address that has serifs at each end. Bottom of bbl has last four digits of serial number under ejector rod housing. Ejector rod housing is 1st type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Bottom left side of bbl and cylinder have tiny British proofs. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and left shoulder of trigger guard is marked “45 CAL / B”. Mounted with nicely figured walnut 1-pc grip that has last four digits of serial number in back strap channel. Right shoulder of trigger guard has the Von Oppen stamp which consists of a rampant Colt surmounted by a “C”. Baron Frederick Von Oppen was Samuel Colt’s brother-in-law and was the head of Colt’s London Agency and Sales Agent for all of Europe, the middle and near East. This mark was established by Von Oppen with the concurrence of Samuel Colt which was used as an additional mark to certify Colt originality as early as 1872 and was applied to Colt firearms that were not clearly marked with the Colt address, especially those in the 450 Boxer and 450 Eley calibers. These Von Oppen marked single actions are rarely encountered today with only a few known. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver with blue finish in caliber “45 ELEY SHORT” with bbl length and type of stocks not listed, shipped to Colt’s London Agency, 14 Pall Mall, London, England on Nov. 5, 1874 in a shipment of 100 same type guns. This SAA was manufactured in 1874 which was the first year of production for the 450 Boxer caliber and also the first year the 5-1/2″ bbl was available. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including grip. Bbl retains 75-80% glossy original blue with the flaked areas a medium patina. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant original factory case hardened colors, slightly thinned on recoil shield and loading gate with some minor fading on top strap and top edge of hammer. Sides of frame are brilliant. Cylinder retains about 75% thinning orig blue, strong & bright in the flutes. Trigger guard and back strap retain most of their orig glossy bright blue, slightly thinned on front strap with heavier thinning on back strap toward heel. Grip is sound with minor handling & use marks, a couple of small gouges and a heavy scratch on right side and overall retains most of its brilliant orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-38593 JR7 (30,000-50,000)

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2193

RARE CASED VON OPPEN COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 14877. Cal. 450 Boxer. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and script letter address. Left side of frame has two patent dates with left shoulder of trigger guard marked “45 CAL / B”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has last four digits of SN in backstrap channel. Ejector rod housing is 1st type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Serial number was observed in the three usual places, on frame, trigger guard & buttstrap with last four digits of SN on bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing and on cylinder. Right shoulder of the trigger guard is marked with a tiny Rampant Colt and a “C”. This is the mark of Baron Frederick Von Oppen who was Samuel Colt’s brother-in-law and was the head of Colt’s London Agency and Sales Agent for all of Europe, the middle and near East. This mark was established by Von Oppen with the concurrence of Samuel Colt which was used as an additional mark to certify Colt originality as early as 1872 and was applied to Colt firearms that were not clearly marked with the Colt address, especially those in the 450 Boxer and 450 Eley calibers. These Von Oppen marked single actions are rarely encountered today with only a few known. Bbl & cyl have tiny English proofs. Accompanied by an orig English oak casing with brass disc in lid. Interior is green baize lined with the Colt London Agency paper label inside lid. Bottom is compartmented for revolver, a steel cleaning rod an L-shaped nipple wrench, a Dixon pewter oiler and a cartridge block for 28 cartridges containing 28 mixed manufacture rds. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, which on p. 333 lists only 729 single actions produced in this caliber. CONDITION: Revolver is about fine, all matching including cyl & grip. Bbl retains 50-60% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas and flaked, not worn to a medium patina. Frame & hammer retain nearly all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere. Trigger guard & backstrap retain 75-80% strong orig blue thin on frontstrap and center of backstrap which has candy-striping. Cylinder retains 93-95% strong orig blue. Grip is sound with a tiny chip out of right toe with light handling & use marks and retains most of a wiped-on top finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with three or four tiny spots of very light pitting. Case is fine with a few small chips out of lid and a couple of minor grain checks in bottom with usual handling & storage marks and retains most of an old wiped-on finish on lid. Interior is moderately faded & soiled with damage from front sight & hammer spur. Label shows wear from cylinder, otherwise is intact and moderately yellowed. Accessories are fine. 4-38592 (17,000-24,000)

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2194

WONDERFUL CASED ETCHED PANEL COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 108483. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter Hartford address and the etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” on left side. Bottom of bbl has a tiny “44” forward of base pin. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and “44 CF” on left front web of trigger guard. Mounted with highly figured, varnished, 1-pc walnut grip that has four digits of SN that appear to be “4047” inside the backstrap channel. Inside frontstrap channel of the grip is the pencil name “L.A. BRASH” or possibly “LA BRASH”. Although this grip appears to be numbered to another revolver there is no question that it fits perfectly and has been installed about the lifetime of the revolver. Bottom of bbl & cyl have tiny British proofs. Top strap is engraved “COGSWELL & HARRISON / 226 STRAND. LONDON.”. Accompanied by a red baize lined leather trunk case with decorated lid and an empty scalloped-corner brass plaque in the center. Inside the lid has a paper Cogswell & Harrison label. Bottom is compartmented for the revolver, a brass & ebony cleaning rod, an ebony handled turn screw, a pewter Dixon oil bottle and in the front is a small leather label gold embossed “HUW D. WALTERS”. Two covered compartments with ivory pulls are empty. Front center compartment has a leather cartridge block for 32-rds, which contains twenty-one loaded rds and eleven fired cases. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found with nickel finish shipped to Colt’s London Agency, Pall Mall London on Aug. 20, 1885 in a shipment of twelve same type guns. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains most of its orig factory nickel finish with some fine pimpling on right side of bbl and front of frame with some areas turning milky. Recoil shield & loading gate are slightly dulled with some spotting on frame. Trigger guard & backstrap are milky. Cylinder has some minor discoloration in flutes with dulling on about 30% of circumference. Face of cyl is gray metal color. Grip is sound with moderately worn edges and a small gouge by left heel and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few small scattered spots of pitting. Case is very fine with light scuffing. Interior is lightly faded. 4-38591 JR205 (20,000-25,000)

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2195

FINE ETCHED PANEL COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 110842. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish, 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address with the etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER” on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates with caliber marking on left front web of trigger guard. There is a tiny “44” on bottom of bbl just above base pin. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has a number in backstrap channel that is indecipherable. However, the fit & condition of this grip leaves no doubt that it is orig to this revolver CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 85-88% strong, bright orig nickel finish with slight losses around muzzle and near the frame. Etched panel is completely legible. Frame retains about 50% orig nickel, mostly on right side with balance gray metal color. Left side of bbl boss has light hammer marks. Trigger guard retains about 75% strong orig nickel with the trigger bow and toe of front strap gray metal color. Backstrap is mostly a gray metal color with strong nickel on buttstrap. Cylinder retains 75-80% strong orig nickel. Screws retain most of their orig fire blue turned dull on three screws on left side of frame. Grip is sound with usual handling & use marks showing moderate wear and retains about 75% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-38946 JR197 (6,000-10,000)

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2196

SCARCE COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 93507. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & color case hardened finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 1-line block letter address. Left side of bbl has orig etched panel “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER”. Bottom of the bbl has last four digits of the serial number under the ejector rod housing and there is a tiny “44” about 5/8″ forward of the frame. Frame has 3-line patent dates and caliber “44 C.F.” is marked on left front web of trigger guard. It has 3rd type ejector rod housing with half moon ejector rod head. Mounted with varnished 1-pc walnut grip and has last four digits of serial number in back strap channel. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including grip. Bbl retains 40-50% thin orig blue turning brown with strong bright blue under ejector rod housing. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, generally turned dark with brighter colors in sheltered areas. Cyl retains about 80% strong orig blue with flaked areas a medium patina. Ejector rod housing retains 75-80% thin orig blue, strong in gullets. Trigger guard & back strap retain thin orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas. Grip is outstanding showing light wear and retains most of its strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-37616 JR6 (12,000-15,000)

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2197

*FINE 1ST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 349160. Cal. 38 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight, 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. Serial number was observed in the usual position on bottom of frame and on right side of front & back straps under the grip. Accompanied by a fine blue velvet lined oak casing, French fitted in the bottom for revolver with a 6-rd cartridge block in right front corner and has orig functioning key. This revolver in this caliber is scarce with there having been just 1,365 produced after 1922 (this revolver made in 1926) and 1,011 produced prior to 1914 in this caliber. Also accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver as found, shipped to Witte Hardware Co., St. Louis, Missouri, March 11, 1927 in a one gun shipment. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Appears to be new and unfired retaining about all of its orig nickel finish with some moisture etching on left top side of bbl & top strap with more etching on trigger guard. Grips are crisp with no discernible diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is equally new. 4-36637 JR209 (4,000-7,000)

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2198

*FINE PRE-WWII COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 352322. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight with 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt. Mounted with fine, smooth, replacement pearl grips. Full serial number was observed on right side of front & back straps and the last two digits of serial number are stamped on rear face of cylinder. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in 38/40 caliber with 7-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish with rubber grips and sold to Herman Hardware, address unavailable, shipped to Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co., Chicago, IL, Sept. 6, 1929 in a one gun shipment. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its fine orig factory nickel with only faint signs of use. Grips fit extremely well and are sound with lots of fire. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-37608 (7,000-8,000)

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2199

*FINE 1ST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 347315. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address and the caliber marking high on the left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without a circle. SN was observed on the bottom of the frame and on right side of the front & backstraps, under the grip. Rear face of cylinder has the last two digits of the SN between two chambers. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered on the inside to this revolver. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found and shipped to John B. Varick Co., Manchester, NH on Oct. 30, 1925 in a one gun shipment. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching including grips. Has been fired, possibly only one cylinder full as there is only slight burn on face of chambers. Overall retains virtually all of its orig factory nickel with a couple of small dings on front sight and a few minor hammer marks in bottom edges of grips. Grips show light diamond point wear with a couple of small chips on right side. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-38233 JR182 (9,000-12,000)

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2200

FINE COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 94421. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, thinned front sight with 1-line block letter address and “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER 44-40” roll-marked on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with wonderful old 1-pc ivory grip, undoubtedly a distributor supplied grip from the 1880’s, made in the old style with two slabs of ivory glued to a split wooden block. Serial number was observed in the usual three places, on frame, trigger guard & buttstrap. The assembly number “886N” was observed on left side of front and back straps under grip, around cyl bushing hole, on face of cyl and on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing without the “N” on the bbl. Bbl was replaced during the restoration. Right rear web of trigger guard has a 6-pointed star indicating factory restored finish. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in 44-40 caliber, bbl length & type of stocks not listed, nickel finish, shipped to J.P. Moores Sons, New York, NY on Aug. 28, 1883 in a shipment of 25 same type guns. Colt probably shipped it with hard rubber grips which were exchanged for the 1-pc ivory grip by the distributor. Also accompanied by one full and one partial box of Remington UMC 44 WCF cartridges. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains virtually all of its fine factory finish with only some slight dulling of the cyl & backstrap. Has been fired since rebuild, but very little. Grip is sound with numerous age lines and a minor nick or two and retains a wonderful aged ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with fine pitting. Cartridge boxes are moderately soiled with worn edges and a couple of open corners. Some ammunition is lightly oxidized. 4-39033 JR218 (10,000-15,000)

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2201

*FINE PRE-WAR FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 328091. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight, 1-line block letter address and “COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER .44-40” on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Serial number is in usual three places on frame, trigger guard & buttstrap. Mounted with a fine 1-pc ivory grip that is constructed in the old way with two slabs of ivory attached to a wooden block. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 96-97% glossy orig blue, only slightly thinned on sides at the muzzle. Front sight has been slightly lowered. Ejector rod housing retains about 95% strong orig blue in gullets, thin on outer radius. Frame retains 50-60% faded case colors, strong in sheltered areas. Hammer retains bright blue on top & back edges. Cylinder retains about 95-96% glossy orig blue. Front & backstraps retain dark blue in sheltered areas, being mostly a gray patina. Grip is sound, slightly large and retains a wonderful ivory patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-38234 JR184 (5,750-6,750)

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2202
Revised: 10/5/2009

Additional Information: Gun is factory refinished not original finish.

COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 181599. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened finish, 4-3/4″ bbl, full front sight with 2-line address and caliber markings on the left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates & rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips that have the serial number in pencil on the inside forward edges and the name “A. PETERSON” scratched inside the left grip. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl retains 95-96% strong bright orig blue and cyl 88-90% thinning orig blue. Frame retains about 85% strong orig case colors, moderately faded, bright in sheltered areas, faded over stop strap and recoil shields. Hammer retains about 90% muted case colors. Front & back straps retain thin orig blue, strong elsewhere. Grips are fine showing light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-38594 JR3 (8,000-11,000)

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2203
Revised: 10/5/2009

Additional Information: Gun is factory refinished not original finish.

*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 187079. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips marked only with three “X”‘s in each side. Butt strap is stamped with a “10”, likely an old property number from a police department, mine or ranch armory. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with thinning around muzzle and on ejector rod housing. Cyl retains about 90% thin orig blue, strong in the flutes. Frame & hammer retain 50-60% faded orig case colors, bright in sheltered areas, brilliant on left side of hammer. Grips are sound showing light to moderate wear, turning chocolate on bottom edges. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-37594 (4,000-5,000)

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2204

MARTIALLY MARKED COLT ARTILLERY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 17646. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly lowered front sight with 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with a tiny “U.S.” acceptance stamp. Bbl & cylinder are unnumbered except for “R.A.C.” (Renaldo A. Carr) sub-inspector initials on bottom of bbl and rear edge of cylinder. Trigger guard bears the serial number “35028” and back strap number “131804” with a “K” inspector initial. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip that has the “SEB” (Capt. Stanhope E. Blunt) inspector cartouche under the date “1890” on left side and the “RAC” cartouche on right side. Bottom left edge of grip also has the “R.A.C.” sub-inspector initials. This revolver is one of the 5,444 mismatched artillery altered revolvers processed during the 1900-1903 period. The frame serial number is consecutive to number “17647” which is recorded as having been with Troop L, 7th Cavalry in 1888. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 75-80% glossy orig blue with most of losses on left side from holster wear. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig faded case colors, dark on top edge, turned silver on top strap and faded on right side. Recoil shield & loading gate are also faded to gray. Case colors are brilliant in sheltered areas. Trigger guard retains 40-50% thinning blue, bright in sheltered areas. Back strap retains about all of its blue, thinned toward heel. Cylinder retains about 80% strong blue, bright in flutes. Grip is sound with the aforementioned sharp cartouches with minor bruises on each side. Overall shows light wear and retains a wonderful hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-38598 JR8 (7,500-12,500)

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2205
Revised: 10/7/2009

Correction to Printed Catalog: There is a small re-glued chip at Toe of left grip panel.

MARTIALLY MARKED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 112440. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & case color hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl has “D.F.C.” (David F. Clark) sub-inspector initials and last four digits of the serial number under the ejector rod housing. Ejector rod housing is 2nd type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. The “D.F.C.” initials are also found on the cylinder, bottom of frame and bottom left edge of grip. Trigger guard & butt strap have the mystery “G” inspector initial. Left side of the frame has 3-line patent dates with a small “U.S.”. Mounted with a beautiful 1-pc walnut grip that has crisp “FH” (Capt. Frank Heath) inspector cartouche under the date “1884” on left side and the “DFC” cartouche on right side. This series of Cavalry Colts usually saw hard service on the frontier with some being issued to various militia units. Rarely are they found with strong orig finish. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grip which is unnumbered but is obviously correct and fits perfectly. Bbl & cyl retain 90-92% orig blue with fine flaking that is turning to medium patina. Both sides of front sight and ejector rod stud retain visible feathers in the finish. Ejector rod housing retains most of its orig factory blue with some slight thinning on outer radius. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case hardened colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, strong and turning dark elsewhere. Grip frame retains dull blue/brown finish with freckling on back strap, strong blue in sheltered areas. Grip is outstanding showing light wear with minor chips & scratches and retains both crisp cartouches and date with most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-38597 (30,000-40,000)

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2206

FINE COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 132255. 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 “U.S”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with the date “1890” above the “SEB” (Capt. Stanhope E. Blunt) cartouche. Right side has the “RAC” (Rinaldo A. Carr) cartouche and the last four digits of the SN are in the backstrap channel. The “RAC” sub-inspector initials were observed on bottom of bbl, bottom of frame, cylinder and on the bottom left edge of grip. Trigger guard, just below SN, toe of buttstrap and front end of ejector rod housing are marked with a small “K” inspector initial. The last four digits of the SN are on the bottom of the bbl, under ejector rod housing and on cylinder. The full SN is found on bottom of frame, trigger guard & buttstrap. This revolver is from the last contracts signed Nov. 1889 and Sept. 1890 in the serial range 131187 through 140361. Each contract was for 2,000 revolvers. Accompanied by a letter from noted Colt historian, author & collector, John Kopec, wherein he states that in all likelihood this revolver was among a group issued to the 8th Cavalry, possibly as replacements for lost or damaged revolvers. The 8th Cavalry was formed in 1866 and consisted primarily of Western enlistees, veterans of the Civil War. The 8th spent most of its time in the Rocky Mountain West ranging from New Mexico to Montana. On Dec. 29, 1890, they, along with other Cavalry regiments combined in putting down the last major Indian uprising culminating in the massacre at Wounded Knee. In 1898 the 8th shipped out to Cuba for a 4-year tour to secure the peace. They returned to the U.S. in 1902 to Fort Riley, Kansas and in 1905 were assigned to the Philippines for peacekeeping duties there. In 1907 they returned to the U.S. and again were divided among Nebraska, Fort Russell, Wyoming and Fort Yellowstone, Wyoming. In 1910 they were reassigned to the Philippines for a second tour of duty, this time fighting the Moros on Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. In the Battle of Bansak Mountain on June 13, 1910, fifty-one members of Troop H, 8th Cavalry and other soldiers, led by John J. Pershing fought hundreds of Moro warriors killing an estimated 300 while suffering only slight losses. They returned to the U.S. and back to the Philippines in 1914 for garrison duty. In 1915 they were assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas protecting the border against Mexican bandits. They participated in the U.S. expedition into Mexico after Pancho Villa had raided into New Mexico. One young officer of the 8th Cavalry became impatient with the slow progress of the expedition and rode out on his own looking for Pancho Villa. He didn’t find Villa but he did find Villa’s bodyguard, Julio Cardenas, and in a shootout killed him. This young man’s name was 1st Lt. George S. Patton, Jr. PROVENANCE: Peter Wainwright Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 88-90% glossy orig blue with majority of losses on left side of muzzle from being cleaned. In that same area are some small spots of rust. Frame & hammer retain strong case colors in sheltered areas, mostly faded to gray. Trigger guard & back strap retain 60-70% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas, blue/gray patina on front strap and about half back strap. Cyl is mostly a blue/gray patina with blue in the flutes. Grip is sound with light nicks & scratches showing moderate edge wear and retaining about 80% orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-38173 JR181 (8,000-12,000)

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2207

MARTIALLY MARKED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER IN “7th CAV REPLACEMENT” SN RANGE. SN 18918. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with script letter address that has brackets on each end. Bottom of the bbl, under ejector rod housing has the last four digits of serial number. Ejector rod housing is first type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates and a small “U.S.” Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip numbered to this revolver in the backstrap channel. Left side of the grip has the legible cartouche “APC” (A.P. Casey). Small “C” inspector initials are found on the various parts including bbl, cylinder, trigger guard, backstrap & bottom right edge of the grip. Bbl has what appears to be vice marks on either side and that area has been cleaned and artificially aged. Cylinder also is artificially aged. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found with shipment to the U.S. Government Inspector at the Colt plant Oct. 4, 1895 in a shipment of 200 same type guns. Remarks section states that the orig shipping records were lost or destroyed however the existing records indicate that worn parts were replaced and the exterior refinished and reshipped to the government. Also accompanied by a partial letter from noted Colt Single Action historian & author, John Kopec, wherein he identifies this revolver as above and states that this revolver’s serial number “falls within a group of recorded examples which have been issued to ‘Troop L, 7th Cavalry’ as ‘after-battle’ replacements”. He further states that they were probably issued as early as Oct. 3, 1876 just four months after the Battle at Little Bighorn involving the 7th Cavalry wherein George Armstrong Custer and 212 troopers of his command were killed. This revolver falls within the first U.S. Contract fourth and fifth extensions in the period Dec. 1874 through March 1875. It is listed on p. 43 of Cavalry and Artillery Revolvers A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn, and was part of a shipment to the New York militia after being refurbished. Other revolvers from the same series are shown to have been issued to a variety of troops of the 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Cavalry. These early revolvers were virtually all issued to Cavalry troops and saw action during the Indian Wars. It was only after they were recalled that they were issued to militia units. Undoubtedly this revolver saw action on the frontier. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl & cylinder as noted above with bbl retaining 40-50% strong orig blue with strong feathers around front sight. Frame retains 15-20% case colors in sheltered areas with balance turned silver. Trigger guard & backstrap are a blue/gray patina. Grip is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains a wonderful hand worn patina with aforementioned legible cartouche. Grip does not fit exactly near toe area and it appears that the number on buttstrap is restamped. Cylinder number is probably also restamped. Restamping of serial numbers was a common practice during the 1895 refurbishment at Colt’s. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a couple of scattered spots of light pitting. 4-38297 (15,000-20,000)

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2208

MARTIALLY MARKED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 49102. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and “US”. Mounted with a replacement 1-pc walnut grip that has spurious “OWA” (Orville W. Ainsworth) cartouche and the date “1878” on left side and “HN” (Henry Nettleton) cartouche on right side. Bottom edges of grip are artificially battered and have a small “N” mark. Revolver is from the 3rd contract under the Wheeler sub-inspected series and is listed by SN on p. 59 of Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers A Continuing Study, Kopec & Fenn. Mr. E.C. Wheeler substituted for Henry Nettleton when Mr. Nettleton became ill during the inspection of this contract. Mr. Wheeler’s “W” is found on frame, hammer & cylinder with Mr. Nettleton’s initials on the trigger guard and backstrap. Last four digits of SN are on bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing and on cylinder. Revolver has been severely cleaned and only three digits of SN are partially visible on buttstrap. It has 2nd type ejector rod housing with half moon ejector rod head. The “OWA” cartouche on left side of grip is spurious because Mr. Ainsworth was involved in inspecting only the 1st contract of single action Army revolvers. No evidence can be found to indicate he was still an inspector in the 1878 period. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found and sold to the U.S. Government and delivered to the U.S. Government inspector at the Colt factory on Aug. 12, 1878 in a shipment of 150 guns. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Fair to good. Only traces of orig finish remain on bottom of bbl at the frame and in the most sheltered areas of the frame with balance being a cleaned & polished bright metal. Grip is sound with a smooth hand worn oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-36593 JR202 (4,000-6,000)

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HENRY NETTLETON INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 48628. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “US”. It has 2nd type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip with matching SN in backstrap channel. Left side has the outline of a cartouche with right side having a partially legible Henry Nettleton cartouche. Mr. Nettleton’s inspector initials appear on several parts including bbl, frame, trigger guard, backstrap & hammer and partially visible on bottom right edge of grip. Although cylinder has the last four digits of SN on the side, the Nettleton initials are not visible as there is light pitting in that area. Last four digits of SN are found on bottom of bbl, under ejector rod housing and on cylinder with the full SN in the usual three places on frame, trigger guard & buttstrap. Henry Nettleton was the sub-inspector under Capt. John E. Greer for two contracts in May & July of 1878. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Orig finish remains only on bottom of bbl under ejector rod housing with balance being a mottled silver/brown patina with scattered fine pitting on frame & cylinder. Grip frame is also a silver/gray/brown patina with hammer marks on buttstrap and correspondingly on bottom edges of grip. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with good shine & fine pitting. 4-38941 (5,500-7,500)

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2210

SCARCE MARTIALLY MARKED HENRY NETTLETON INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 48283. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight and 1-line block letter address. It has 3-line patent dates on left side of frame and a small “U.S.”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip. It has had the date & cartouches overstamped with the number “50” over “CO.E” on left side and “WCCO / 26” on right side. WCCO, we are told, stands for Western Costume Company of Hollywood and apparently the number “26” was their inventory control number. The markings on left side of grip are probably the rack number in Company E of whatever unit it happened to belong. Revolver has the Henry Nettleton inspector initials on bbl, frame, trigger guard, buttstrap, cyl, hammer and bottom left edge of the grip. Bbl is mounted with a replacement third type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head. The Western Costume Company is the premier movie costume supplier to the film industry since its beginning in 1912. Its first contracted Western was “Squaw Man” starring William S. Hart. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter that identifies this revolver in 45 caliber, bbl length & type of stocks not listed, blue finish and delivered to the U.S. Government Inspector at the Colt plant July 12, 1878 in a shipment of 100 same type guns. CONDITION: Very good, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. No orig finish remains having been chemically cleaned to a light gray patina. Markings are all sharp & legible as are SN’s & inspector initials. Grip has slightly chipped left toe with thre notches in left edge and four or five more in right edge with aforementioned overstamped cartouches and retains a hand-worn patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Crisp bore with ultra-fine pitting from firing blanks. 4-38981 (4,000-7,000)

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2211

HENRY NETTLETON INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 50180. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight and 1-line block letter address. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and a small “US”. Mounted with 1-pc walnut grip having the outlines of a cartouche on each side and the date “1878” on left side. Grip is a modern replacement artificially aged to resemble old equipment. It has 2nd type ejector rod housing with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Bottom of the bbl has the last four digits of the SN under the ejector rod housing. The “HN” inspector initials were observed on bottom of bbl, frame, trigger guard, backstrap, cylinder & hammer and bottom right of grip. Serial numbers on the trigger guard & buttstrap have been restamped. This revolver appears to have been part of the 3rd contract signed Aug. 1878. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found, sold to United States Government and delivered to U.S. Gov’t Inspector at the Colt plant Sept. 13, 1878 in a shipment of 200 same type guns. As with most Single Action Armys of that era they were virtually all issued to frontier Cavalry troopers during the Indian Wars and saw hard service. CONDITION: About good. No orig finish remains being an overall artificially aged brown patina with scattered pitting on the cylinder. Trigger screw is a replacement and most other screws are battered. Cylinder pin is battered. Hammer spring is a replacement. Grip has a chipped left heel, otherwise is fine retaining most of its custom finish. Strong bore with scattered pitting. Mechanics are fine. 4-38301 JR177 (5,000-7,000)

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2212

AINSWORTH INSPECTED COLT CAVALRY SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 86001. Cal. 45 Colt. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ replacement bbl, slightly altered front sight and script bbl address. Bore is unusually rifled with six wide lands and six unusual narrow grooves. It has 3-line patent dates with a small “U.S.” on left side of the frame and is mounted with replacement 1-pc walnut grip. This revolver falls within the 7th and 8th U.S. Contracts from Aug. 1882 through April 1883. The 7th and 8th contracts are listed as having been inspected by Capt. John E. Greer, not O.W. Ainsworth. Mr. Ainsworth was the first inspector of Colt Military Single Action Army revolvers in the early contracts SN 179-14998, however Mr. Ainsworth became ill in Nov. 1874 and was unable to finish the inspection of this contract which was then completed by Capt. John R. Edie using Mr. Ainsworth’s tiny “A” inspector stamp. There is no indication anywhere in available reference materials that Mr. Ainsworth resumed inspections after this period. This revolver has small “A” inspector initials on several places, including the frame, which is never found on authentic Ainsworth-inspected revolvers. It therefore must be assumed that this revolver was assembled and marked to deceive a novice and unsuspecting buyer. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains being an overall smooth brown patina. Crown on bbl is rounded more than an authentic would be. The “U.S.” is restamped and bbl marking is absent any breaks in any letters. Grip is new and retains a nice oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Again, this revolver was undoubtedly assembled & marked to deceive an unknowing buyer. This would make an outstanding Cowboy Action shooter. 4-36578 JR175 (1,500-2,500)

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2213

EARLY CIVILIAN COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY WITH WESTERN ASSOCIATION. SN 42535. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight with 1-line block letter address. Bottom of bbl has the last four digits of the SN under ejector rod housing. Ejector rod housing is 2nd type with bull’s eye ejector rod head. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and the caliber is marked on left shoulder of trigger guard. Mounted with 1-pc varnished walnut grip that has the number “1796” in backstrap channel. Even though this is a replacement grip it fits nearly perfectly and quite evidently has been in place most of the working life of this revolver, probably a field replacement. In addition to the SN on the bbl, the last four digits are also on the cylinder with the full SN in the usual three places, on the frame, trigger guard & buttstrap. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found with shipment to J.P. Lower, Denver, Colorado, April 8, 1880 in a shipment of 50 same type guns. For many years in the late 19th century the J.P. Lower Co. was the most well known and best supplied outfitter in the Rocky Mountain region and was a major customer for not only Colt’s firearms but virtually every other manufacturer’s products also. This company supplied the buffalo hunter, the homesteader, law enforcement officers and outlaws with every manner of firearm and accessory necessary to survival during those dangerous and difficult times on the frontier. Numerous arms by various makers have been traced to law enforcement officers and outlaws who operated in that region. This revolver, having been delivered during those tumultuous years most certainly would have been carried and used by a person for self-defense or possibly some nefarious purpose. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Overall retains 15-20% orig blue in sheltered areas and 10-15% faded case colors in sheltered areas. Left side of bbl and around muzzle has light pitting. Screws are all fine. Grip is sound with moderate to heavy wear on edges and overall retains 60-70% orig varnish. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. A fine frontier used single action. 4-37637 JR178 (5,000-8,000)

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2214

*SCARCE 1ST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER WITH ORIGINAL BOX. SN 352313. Cal. 44 Russian and S&W Spcl. Blue & case colored with 5-1/2″ bbl, orig thick front sight with narrow sight groove. Bbl has 1-line block letter address with caliber markings on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line patent dates with rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. Right side of trigger guard & back strap, under grip, are marked with serial number. Last two digits of serial number are on rear face of cylinder between two chambers. Accompanied by its orig hinged lid, dark burgundy box numbered to this revolver, with blue & white end label and a black & white end label on the lid marked “S.&W. CARTRIDGE”. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching including grips. Overall retains about 98% strong orig factory finish with bright blue and moderately faded case colors. Case colors are bright & strong in sheltered areas. Grips show very light diamond point wear. May have been fired but if so very little. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Box shows wear & tear with a small section missing from left front corner of lid. 4-36290 (7,500-9,500)

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2215

*PRE-WWII COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 302242. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, full orig front sight with 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates with rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with orig rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver as found with type of stocks not listed, sold to J.C. Sudder, address unavailable, shipped to H & D Folsom Arms Co., New York, NY, Nov. 1, 1907 in a one gun shipment. CONDITION: Extremely fine, bbl & ejector rod housing retain about 98% glossy orig blue with muzzle edge wear and wear on tip of ejector rod housing. Left side of bbl is slightly thinned with a couple of minor scratches. There are visible feathers on each side of front sight and each side of ejector rod stud. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, moderately faded elsewhere, turned silver on top edge of hammer. Back strap is slightly thinned with heel edge wear and front strap is a blue/gray patina with dark glossy blue elsewhere on grip frame. Cyl retains 92-93% thinning glossy orig blue with several scrape lines around circumference, strong bright blue in the flutes. Grips are crisp showing light wear beginning to turn chocolate on right side. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-38595 (13,000-16,000)

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2216

*PRE WW-II COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 353011. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened finish with 7-1/2″ bbl, orig thick front sight with 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates and a rampant Colt. Mounted with replacement smooth ivory grips that are pencil numbered on inside to this revolver along with a $7.00 price marking, which indicates that they were purchased about contemporary with revolver. The full serial number was observed on the right side of the front & back straps and the last two digits of serial number are stamped on rear face of cylinder. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & cyl retain 98-99% glossy orig factory blue with only slight sharp edge wear and a light cyl drag line. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere. Grip frame has a few very minor nicks with some minor sharp edge wear. Grips are solid & sound with a couple of age lines and retain a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-38596 (10,500-14,500)

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2217

*FINE PRE-WWII COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 356990. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full thick front sight, 1-line block letter address with late model & caliber markings on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates with rampant Colt. Mounted with replacement 2-pc ivory grips that have a relief carved ox head on right side. The full serial number was observed on left side of front & back straps, under grip. Last three digits of serial number are stamped around cylinder bushing hole on face of cylinder. Last two digits of serial number are on bottom of bbl, just forward of frame. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl, cyl & grip frame retain about all of a fine professionally restored finish. Screws have also been refinished. Frame, however, retains most of its orig factory case colors, moderately faded, brilliant in sheltered areas under a coating of shellac. Hammer has a stake mark on each side of firing pin hole. Grips are sound with minor age lines and retain a light, mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Would make an outstanding Cowboy Action Shooter. 4-37520 JR16 (2,000-3,000)

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2217A

*RARE FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 355513. Cal. 357 Magnum. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight, 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 without circle. Serial number was observed in the usual place on bottom of frame and on right side of front & back straps under grip. Last two digits of SN are on rear face of cyl. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered “357581” under left side and “357383” under right side. According to Colt Peacemaker Encyclopedia, Cochran, only 525 of these rare revolvers were produced in this caliber in the first generation. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains 97-98% strong orig factory finish with deep dark blue and lightly faded case colors on frame, brilliant in sheltered areas. Grips are sound showing little or no wear. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36583 JR392 (5,000-8,000)

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2217B

*FINE PRE-WAR, FIRST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 352068. Cal. 45 Colt. Nickel finish with 5-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with beautiful 2-pc pearl grips that has a deep relief carved ox head on right side with gold eyes and red painted nostrils. Serial number was observed in the usual place on bottom front of frame and on the right side of front & back straps under the grip. Last two digits of SN are on rear face of cyl. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver in 45 caliber with 5-1/2″ bbl, nickel finish, rubber stocks, shipped to Shapleigh Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO on Aug 3, 1929 in a one gun shipment. Also accompanied by a modern, blue velvet lined oak casing French fitted in bottom for revolver with a triangular cartridge block in right front corner containing six fired cases. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except grips which are unnumbered. Overall retains 96-97% strong orig nickel, bright in sheltered areas, shows handling & use elsewhere with some dulling and minor losses around muzzle and end of ejector rod housing. Grips are outstanding & sound with great fire & color. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case is new. 4-36624 JR393 (10,000-15,000)

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*COLT 1ST GENERATION SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 349119. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, full front sight, 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and a rampant Colt without circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered on inside for this revolver. Serial number was observed in usual place on bottom of frame and side of front & backstraps under the grip. Last two digits of serial number are on rear face of cylinder between two cylinders. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 99% strong orig glossy blue with a few minor nicks on left side. Ejector rod housing retains about 97-98% strong orig blue. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, moderately faded, brilliant in sheltered areas. Grip frame retains about all of its orig factory blue with one small spot and some fine thinning on backstrap and toe of buttstrap. Cylinder retains 96-97% strong orig blue, slightly thinned around circumference, strong & bright in the flutes. Grips show light diamond point wear with a minor nick or two. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, has been fired but very little. 4-38395 JR183 (5,000-7,000)

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*FINE COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 293354. Cal. 45 Colt. Blued and color case hardened with 5 1/2″ bbl, original front sight and 1-line block letter address with caliber mark on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3 patent dates and rampant colt in circle. It is mounted with rampant colt hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver. It appears this revolver was made in 1907. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl and ejector rod housing retain 95-96% glossy original blue with only slight muzzle edge wear and wear on the end of the ejector rod housing. Left side of bbl has a series of small scratches. Frame and hammer retain virtually all of their original factory case colors, moderately faded, brilliant in sheltered areas. Trigger guard and backstrap retain about all of their original blue with some very slight thinning above the heel and back of the trigger guard. Cylinder retains 92-93% strong original blue with some light flaking and light scratches. Grips are sound showing light diamond-point wear. Hammer is strong in the safety notch, but will not catch in the half-cock notch, probably from old dried oil; otherwise, mechanics are fine. Brilliant shiny bore. 4-36582 JR173 (5,000-8,000)

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2220

*RARE PRE-WAR/POST-WAR COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 357508. Cal. 38 Spcl. Blue & color case hardened with 5-1/2″ bbl, slightly reduced orig thick front sight, 1-line block letter address with model & caliber on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt without a circle. Left rear web of trigger guard is stamped with an “S”. Serial number is in its usual spot on bottom of frame and right side of front & back straps. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered “357184”. This revolver has all appearances of a standard pre-war single action and is one of the approx. 300 assembled post-war from leftover pre-war parts. Slight differences are lack of a bevel on front end of ejector rod housing, no bevel on rear edge of trigger guard where it meets grip and the last three digits of SN faintly scratched on rear face of cylinder between two chambers. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter fully identifying this revolver as found with type of stocks not listed, shipped to “Mr. Graham Anthony / President”, for presentation to “Theodore Nelson, Jr. / “The Boulders” / Upton, Massachusetts”, shipped on Nov. 6, 1952 in a one gun shipment. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain about 95% orig factory blue, slightly thinned on left side of bbl. Frame retains about all of its brilliant factory case colors, slightly faded on top strap and loading gate. Hammer retains brilliant blue on top & rear edges. Grip frame retains about all of its orig factory blue with a couple of small spots on backstrap. Cylinder retains about 75% glossy orig blue with light scrapes around circumference. Grips, while not orig to this revolver, are from the same pre-war/post-war series and are very fine condition with light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-36581 JR195 (6,000-10,000)

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*COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 274951. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue & color case hardened with 4-3/4″ bbl, slightly reduced front sight with 2-line address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line, 3-patent dates with rampant Colt in a full circle. Mounted with orig rampant Colt hard rubber grips numbered to this revolver on the inside. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except cylinder which is properly unnumbered. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue with most of losses from holster wear on left side. Ejector rod housing retains about 85% strong orig blue. Frame retains 50-60% orig case colors, faded to silver brown on left side, stronger on right side, bright in sheltered areas. Hammer retains strong case colors. Cylinder retains 75-85% thinning orig blue, bright in the flutes. Grip frame retains 75-80% orig blue, thinning on front strap & trigger bow with freckles of rust on back strap. Grips are sound showing light wear. Hammer is not solid in half cock notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-37595 JR9 (2,500-4,000)

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*FINE PRE-WAR SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 268116. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight, 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a circle. Mounted with rampant Colt hard rubber grips that are probably not orig to this revolver. Accompanied by a Colt factory letter identifying this revolver with type of stocks not listed, shipped to Wyeth Hardware & Mfg. Co., St. Joseph, Missouri on July 8, 1905 in a two gun shipment. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 95% glossy orig blue with muzzle edge wear and thinning on left side. Ejector rod housing retains 96-97% glossy orig blue thinning on outer radius. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig factory case colors, mostly faded & turning dark with strong bright colors in sheltered areas. Trigger guard & backstrap retain bright blue in sheltered areas with front & backstraps a cleaned blue/gray patina. Grips show moderate wear and are turning chocolate. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-37609 JR185 (3,500-4,500)

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*FINE 1ST GENERATION COLT SINGLE ACTION ARMY REVOLVER. SN 318137. Cal. 45 Colt. Blue & color case hardened with 7-1/2″ bbl, slightly altered front sight, 1-line block letter address and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 2-line 3-patent dates and rampant Colt in a broken circle. Mounted with fine replacement 2-pc ivory grips with a deep relief carved buffalo head on right side. PROVENANCE: Ted Knee Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 80% glossy orig blue with holster wear on left side, around muzzle and on ejector rod housing. Frame retains 30-40% orig case colors in sheltered areas with balance turned silver. Hammer is a cleaned gray metal color. Trigger guard & back strap retain blue in sheltered areas with balance a blue/gray patina. Cyl retains dark blue in flutes with outer diameter a silver/gray patina. Three screws on left side of frame have slightly battered slots. Grips are sound and retain a light ivory color. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-36579 JR200 (3,500-6,000)

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