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Auction: October 6 & 7, 2008

Preview: October 3-5, 2008

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2043

EXTREMELY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED DELUXE MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 22820. Cal. 40 (40-60). Extremely rare special order deluxe engraved ’81 with ultra-rare 30″ oct to rnd bbl with full magazine, Lyman front sight & a Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. It has a Lyman #15 tang sight with articulated eye piece. Mounted with extremely beautiful, very highly figured French walnut with checkered forearm & serpentine grip buttstock with a semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. Receiver is beautifully engraved by Conrad Ulrich, with the fabulous vignette of a bull moose shoulder mount on left side & a running bull moose in a forest scene on right side, all surrounded by very tasteful foliate arabesque patterns with simple line borders. Front & rear edges of receiver & over top have multiple styles of border with very tasteful foliate arabesque patterns on top of receiver & on bolt dust cover. Bottom of receiver has a border outline around serial number with an arabesque pattern. According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, there were only 780 of these scarce rifles ever made with 30″ bbls and of those extremely few with the oct to rnd feature. Rifle will letter in 40-60 caliber with 30″ half oct bbl & pistol grip stock with shipment 27 Jan. 1889. Records show that it was fitted with half magazine which is apparently a mistake in the records as there is no provision whatsoever for the half magazine feature. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig blue with some slight thinning. Receiver retains most of its orig case colors, somewhat faded. Forend cap also retains most of its orig case colors, somewhat faded. Lever & hammer retain dark case colors faded to silver on outside face of lever. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig piano varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-35137 JR42 (65,000-100,000)

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2044

EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 1391. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Beautiful & rare special order rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, replacement Marbles No. 3 ivory bead front sight & a Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. It has dbl set triggers and is mounted with very highly figured, checkered French walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. Receiver is case colored & is beautifully engraved by Conrad Ulrich with rnd vignette of a running buck deer in a woodland scene on left side & a running bull buffalo in a prairie scene on right side surrounded by fine foliate arabesque patterns with simple line borders & arrowhead patterns at each end. Raised areas of each side of receiver also have matching patterns. Dust cover has a tiny vignette of a buck deer head with a chip-dash border & foliate arabesque patterns with additional patterns on each side of top edges & receiver ring of receiver. Top tang & bottom of receiver are engraved to match. Very few Model 81’s have deluxe features and of those, extremely few were engraved. In addition the case colored receiver is a scarce feature. Consignor states this gun was from the Harold Club of Reno, NV display. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 90% thinning orig blue with some chemical spotting over front half. Magazine tube has thin blue in sheltered areas being mostly a plum/blue/brown patina, also with some minor chemical spotting. Receiver retains about 75-80% strong case colors with balance turned silver. Lever & hammer have dark case colors, faded to brown on outer edges. Stock has 2 or 3 tiny hairlines back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with usual nicks, dings & scratches and retains about 95% orig strong varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-35371 JR44 (35,000-45,000)

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2045

RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED SMALL FRAME MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 22583. Cal. 38-55. Beautiful & rare ’81 with 28″ tapered oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead front sight, Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight and a Lyman loop tang sight that appears to have been altered from a longer base to fit this tang. Mounted with very nicely figured French or Italian walnut with checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. Receiver is very nicely factory engraved, by Conrad Ulrich with the vignette of a standing buck deer on left side and a reclining doe deer on right side, surrounded by very well executed foliate arabesque patterns. Top of receiver & dust cover have small patterns to match and top tang has light border patterns with a small arabesque pattern. Serial number was observed in the usual location on bottom front of receiver surrounded by an engraved panel with light arabesque patterns. The number was also observed on left sides of top & bottom tangs under the wood, on the right front edge of buttstock under the metal and inside the toe of the buttplate. No further disassembly was attempted to check for other numbers. Accompanied by the book Lever Action Magazine Rifles, Maxwell, which shows this exact rifle, pictured on pp. 269 & 270. Page 235 of this book is a serial number table which indicates that only about 16,385 of these rifles were produced in period 1883-1903 with the vast majority being produced before 1892. Consignor states that this is the only Ulrich engraved 1881 with an antlerless deer. The 1881 small frame rifle is fairly rare with only a few produced and of those very few were deluxe and then extremely rare are the engraved examples. In addition the case colored frame is also a rarity with only a very few engraved small frame rifles known. CONDITION: Fine plus. Bbl retains 85-90% strong orig blue with only edge wear and some thinning about mid-point. Magazine tube is mostly a plum/blue/brown patina. Receiver & lever retain about 75% faded orig case colors with balance turned silver. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and a small gouge in buttstock and retains most of its strong orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-35372 JR45 (55,000-75,000)

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2046

VERY RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1881 LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 15592. Cal. 38-55. Very rare small receiver ’81 with 28″ lightweight oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture & a Lyman large loop tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured, checkered French walnut with serpentine pistol grip stock & altered Swiss buttplate. Receiver is beautifully engraved, undoubtedly by Conrad Ulrich, with a large oval vignette of a running deer & dog in a woodland scene on left side with a smaller vignette of a grizzly bear in a woodland scene on right side, all surrounded by fine foliate arabesque patterns. It has simple line borders with light foliate arabesque patterns over top of receiver & dust cover. Bottom of receiver has an outline around serial number with a small arabesque scroll. This exact rifle is pictured on pp. 150 & 158 of the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy. The caption on the photograph on p. 158 states “Rare Model 1881 Small-Receiver Rifle, Serial Number 15,592, which is engraved with nickel-plated receiver and forearm cap. The 28-in. octagon barrel is in caliber .38-55. The buttplate is of the Swiss type but with the two prongs removed.” There are two plugged holes on left side of receiver probably from an old scope mount. Very few of these small frame rifles were ever made and of those, extremely few were engraved making this an extremely rare Marlin rifle. Consignor states that this rifle was the personal property of Lt. Col. William S. Brophy, the author of the above referenced publication. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 90% thin orig blue turning plum. Magazine tube is a thin blue/gray patina with scattered spots of surface discoloration. Receiver & lever retain most of their orig factory nickel plating with scattered spots of light discoloration. Forend cap retains 95-96% orig nickel plating and buttplate most of an old restored nickel finish. Wood is sound with a couple of scratches on buttstock and usual nicks & scratches with a repair in heel of stock and retains most of a very old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine, dark in the grooves. 4-36205 JR43 (25,000-35,000)

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2047

EXTREMELY RARE MARLIN MODEL 1881 HEAVY BARREL LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 25849. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Standard grade rifle with extremely rare 32″ heavy oct bbl, 28″ magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, slab-sawed uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Marline Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle in caliber 45-70 with 32″ oct bbl. There were only 16,379 of the Model 1881 rifles ever made and of those only 42 had 32″ bbls making it one of the most rare of all the Model 1881’s. Reference Marlin Firearms, Brophy. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl retains about 90% thinning orig blue, strong in sheltered areas, turning plum over top. Magazine tube is about half silver patina with front half a plum patina with a few scattered spots of light rust. Receiver retains about 80% thinning glossy orig blue with a couple of spots of moderate pitting across top rear edge & top front edge of receiver. Lever retains traces of case colors, being mostly a silver/gray patina. Hammer retains about 75% faded case colors. Wood is sound with a couple of bruises on forearm & normal light nicks & scratches and retains just about all of its orig piano varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with good shine & moderate pitting. 4-36021 JR72 (10,000-15,000)

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2048

RARE SPECIAL ORDER HEAVY BARREL MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 8931. Cal. 40 (40-60). Very rare ’81 with 30″ heavy bbl, 28″ magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight, Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. It has 2nd type receiver with split carrier & dbl set triggers. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle as caliber 40-60 with 30″ oct bbl, & shipped Oct. 2, 1884. There are no known production figures for heavy bbl rifles but, of the 16,379 rifles produced only 780 of them had 30″ bbls & 2,929 had set triggers. Reference Marlin Firearms, Brophy. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 85% strong orig blue mixed with flaked patina. Magazine tube retains 75-80% thin orig blue with a few spots of light discoloration. Receiver retains 88-90% glossy orig blue, thinning on raised areas with a few light scratches. Lever retains 50-60% faded case colors with balance turned silver. Hammer retains about 90% strong case colors.lForearm has a tiny hairline over loading gate spring, otherwise wood is sound with light handling & use marks & retains most of its orig varnish turned dull on forearm. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a ring about an inch from muzzle. 4-36023 JR71 (10,000-15,000)

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2049

SPECIAL ORDER MARLIN MODEL 1881 HEAVY BARREL LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 8249. Cal. 40 (40-60). Rare special order ’81 with 30″ heavy oct bbl, 28″ magazine, Rocky Mtn. front sight with replacement brass blade & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight and double set triggers. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle with 30″ bbl, set trigger & shipped March 10, 1886. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl & magazine tube are mostly a mottled smooth silver/brown patina with blue in sheltered areas. Receiver retains 50-60% thin orig blue with some dings over top and on sharp edges. Forearm has a hairline at receiver, otherwise wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and a series of bruises on buttstock and overall retains 75-80% orig finish. Hammer is without safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Carrier has a broken finger but seems to function well. Bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. 4-36019 JR17 (4,000-7,000)

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2050

RARE SPECIAL ORDER HEAVY BARREL MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 16993. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Very rare ’81 with 30″ heavy bbl, 28″ magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight, Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture. It has 2nd type receiver with split carrier & dbl set triggers. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle as caliber 45-70 with 30″ bbl, set trigger & shipped April 2, 1887. There are no known production figures for heavy bbl rifles but, of the 16,379 rifles produced only 780 of them had 30″ bbls & 2,929 had set triggers. Reference Marlin Firearms, Brophy. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine. All metal overall retains 92-93% dull orig finish with a few minor nicks & scratches. Wood is sound with usual nicks, dings & scratches and retains a lightly restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with good shine, dark in grooves. 4-36020 JR70 (7,000-12,000)

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2051

RARE MARLIN MODEL 1881 HEAVY BARREL LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 18503. Cal. 40 (40-60). Rare Model ’81 with special order 30″ heavy oct bbl, 28″ magazine tube, slightly altered German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 60-70% thin orig blue with a series of small dings on left top flat & some fine pitting on rear sight. Magazine tube is a mottled silver/gray patina with scattered fine pitting. Receiver is a cleaned metal color with tool marks around hammer screw, which may be an old replacement. Wood is sound and retains about all of an old refinish. Hammer will not hold in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-36022 JR14 (3,500-5,000)

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2052

MARLIN MODEL 1881 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 29794. Cal. 40 (40-60). Fine deluxe ’81 with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, Beach’s combination front sight, Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight & a Lyman loop tang sight. Mounted with nicely figured, A-style checkered American walnut with serpentine grip cap & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. It has 3rd type receiver that measures 1.027″. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains 70-75% strong orig blue turning dark over front half. Magazine tube is mostly a silver/brown patina with scattered light surface spotting. Receiver is a gray metal color with some dings on front raised areas & traces of silvered case colors. Wood is sound with forearm showing moderate to heavy wear and retaining 50-60% orig varnish. Buttstock has a series of deep gouges with usual nicks & scratches and retains 75-80% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Bore appears to be re-lined. 4-36004 JR22 (3,500-5,000)

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2053

MARLIN MODEL 1881 DELUXE LIGHTWEIGHT RIFLE. SN 22500. Cal. 38-55. Fine deluxe rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, B-style checkered American walnut with checkered serpentine pistol grip stock & crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Company letter stating they are unable to provide details on this rifle, only that it was manufactured in 1889. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 80% strong orig blue with a few scattered spots of light surface discoloration. Receiver retains about 75% orig blue, strong on sides, thinning over top & bottom. Lever, hammer & buttplate retain faded case colors. Wood is sound showing moderate to heavy wear with forearm retaining 40-50% orig finish and buttstock 75-80% orig finish with some dark oil staining around grip area. Hammer will not hold in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36037 JR5 (4,500-7,000)

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2054

MARLIN MODEL 1881 DELUXE LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 20311. Cal. 32-40. Deluxe ’81 with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, checkered American walnut with serpentine grip cap on pistol grip stock & crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Company letter identifying this rifle with 24″ bbl & pistol grip and indicating shipment Dec. 6, 1888. The 24″ bbl, as mentioned in the letter, is probably a mistake in records as it is apparent this bbl has always been in this rifle. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains with metal retaining a smooth restored finish. Stock has a repair by top tang, otherwise wood is sound showing very heavy wear on forearm and moderate to heavy wear on buttstock and retains an old refinish. Hammer will not hold in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Strong dark bore. 4-36034 JR11 (2,000-3,000)

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2055

MARLIN MODEL 1881 DELUXE SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 18283. Cal. 40 (40-60). Fine deluxe rifle with 28″ oct bbl, half magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & a Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver has the solid carrier. Mounted with very highly figured, checkered American walnut with pistol grip stock, serpentine grip cap & smooth steel, semi-crescent buttplate. Serial number was observed on left side of top & bottom tangs, under wood, on end of buttstock under the wood & inside toe of buttplate. Wood is possibly old factory replacement. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Company letter fully identifying this rifle with pistol grip and half magazine & indicating shipment Dec. 27, 1887. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good. Bbl retains 60-70% orig blue with some old rust etching around rear sight and wrench marks over chamber area. Magazine tube is a dark blue/brown patina with fine pitting. Receiver has traces of orig blue being mostly a brown patina with fine pitting & some surface etching with tool marks around hammer screw. Stock has a couple of dings by heel, otherwise wood is sound and retains a fine custom oil finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine & moderate pitting. 4-36030 JR9 (2,000-3,500)

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2056

VERY RARE MARLIN MODEL 1881 SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 7783. Cal. 40 (40-60). Fine deluxe ’81 with 28″ oct bbl, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. It has very rare half magazine feature & dbl set triggers. Mounted with highly figured, flame & shell grain B-style checkered American walnut with straight grip & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. It has 2nd type receiver with split carrier. Only a total of 16,379 of these fine rifles were ever made, of which only 194 had half magazines, 2,929 had set triggers and very few had checkered stocks with straight grips. Reference Marlin Rifles, Brophy. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 75-80% orig blue turning plum & magazine tube about 80% thin orig blue. Receiver retains about 70% thinning, glossy orig blue. Lever & hammer retain most of their faded orig case colors. Buttplate retains shadows of case colors being mostly faded to silver. Wood is sound with usual nicks & scratches & a series of small dings on right side by buttplate and retains most of its orig piano varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36025 JR69 (10,000-15,000)

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2057

MARLIN MODEL 1881 DELUXE SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 11026. Cal. 40 (40-60). Scarce deluxe ’81 with 28″ oct bbl, half magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture. Receiver has dbl set triggers. Mounted with very nicely figured, checkered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. It has dbl set triggers & case colored frame. The half magazine feature is very rare with only 194 produced Marlin Firearms, Brophy. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl & magazine tube are mostly a silver/brown patina with orig blue in sheltered areas. Receiver retains about 75-80% silvered case colors with traces of faded colors in sheltered areas. Wood is sound with forearm showing heavy wear & a hand worn patina. Buttstock shows moderate wear with a few nicks & scratches and retains a hand worn patina with traces of orig oil finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-36040 JR8 (4,000-7,000)

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2058

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 17257. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. It has 3rd style frame & split carrier. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Company letter stating they were unable to identify this rifle beyond the fact that it was manufactured in 1887. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 92-93% orig blue with worn sharp edges on bbl, thinned on magazine tube by forend cap. Receiver retains about 90-92% strong orig blue, thin on bottom. Lever & hammer retain faded case colors. Wood is sound with forearm retaining a hand worn patina and buttstock about 85% orig varnish with nicks, scratches & dings. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36028 JR16 (4,000-7,000)

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2059

MARLIN MODEL 1881 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 3502. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with rare 24″ oct bbl, 3rd style markings, 2nd type frame, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. It has solid carrier. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Company letter stating that they are unable to fully identify this rifle except to state that it was manufactured in 1883. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue with a few dings on edges and sharp edge wear. Magazine tube retains strong blue in sheltered areas being mostly a plum/brown patina. Receiver is strong, retaining about 90% deep orig blue, thinning over the top with edge wear. Lever & hammer retain faded case colors, strong in sheltered areas. Forearm has a small repair over the loading gate spring, otherwise wood is sound with usual nicks, dings & scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting. 4-36038 JR4 (5,000-8,000)

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2060

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 1303. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. This rifle has a 2nd style frame & solid carrier. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 90% strong orig blue turning plum. Receiver retains 92-93% strong orig blue, thinned on bottom & lightly cleaned on sides. Lever & hammer retain strong case colors on sides. Wood is sound with a few minor nicks and retains about all of a fine professionally restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-36026 JR13 (4,000-7,000)

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2061

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 7081. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & altered Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. It has 2nd type receiver with split carrier & dbl set triggers. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. There were only 16,379 Model 1881s ever made and of the total only 2,929 had set triggers. Reference Marlin Firearms, Brophy. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Receiver & bbl retain traces of orig blue in sheltered areas being mostly a thin blue/brown patina, darker on magazine tube. Stock has a series of light gouges on right side of wrist & a small grain splinter by toe, otherwise wood is sound with traces of orig finish on forearm & about 40-50% orig finish on buttstock with balance a hand worn patina. Hammer is without safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. Would make a good Cowboy Action Shooter. 4-36013 JR74 (2,500-4,000)

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2062

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 18730. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. It has 3rd type frame with split carrier & dbl set triggers. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good. Bbl retains 50-60% thin orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas, mixed with medium patina. Magazine tube has thin blue in sheltered areas, being mostly a silver/gray patina. Receiver retains about 40% thin orig blue, mostly on left side, with blue on right side in sheltered areas. Lever & hammer retain thin faded case colors. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old refinish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Would make an outstanding Cowboy Action Shooter. 4-36018 JR15 (2,500-4,000)

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2063

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 9244. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture. It has 2nd type receiver with solid carrier & dbl set triggers. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. Left side of forearm, at receiver, has crudely carved small initials “W.J.B”. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle as caliber 40-60 with 28″ bbl, set trigger & shipped Sept. 8, 1885. There were only 16,379 Model 1881s ever made and of the total only 2,929 had set triggers. Reference Marlin Firearms, Brophy. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 80-85% dull orig blue turning plum in areas. Magazine tube has a couple of removed dents & is overall a plum patina with blue in sheltered areas. Receiver retains about 80% thin glossy orig blue with candy striping & turned plum on bottom. Wood is sound with a series of small bruises on forearm & usual nicks & scratches elsewhere with forearm retaining 60-70% orig varnish with a hand worn patina. Buttstock retains most of its orig varnish with some dark oil staining around receiver. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-36016 JR75 (5,000-8,000)

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2064

MARLIN MODEL 1881 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 14385. Cal. 40 (40-60). Scarce special order ’81 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with friction adjustable aperture. Receiver is the light 3rd type measuring 1.033″ and is case hardened. Mounted with very nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle as caliber 40-60 with 26″ bbl & shipped Oct. 10, 1886. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine plus. Bbl retains 75-85% thinning orig blue, strong in sheltered areas. Magazine tube retains about 90% thinning orig blue, strong in sheltered areas. Receiver retains 75-80% faded case colors with balance turned silver. Lever & hammer retain faded case colors. Buttstock has a couple of filled areas, otherwise wood is sound and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-35998 JR20 (3,500-5,000)

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2065

RARE EXTREMELY EARLY 1ST MODEL REBATED FRAME MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 10. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Standard grade rifle with 23-3/4″ oct bbl, reduced during period of use, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver has the 1st style “step” on bottom front of frame with the solid carrier & has rare case-colored frame. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. Buttplate has the rare nickel-plated feature as found on other very early 1881’s. The serial number is found on left side of upper & lower tangs beneath the wood, twice on the tip of the stock under the metal and inside the buttplate. No further disassembly was attempted to verify additionally numbered pieces. The magazine front stud dovetail is contoured to fit bottom flats of bbl. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl length as noted, probably reduced from a substantially longer length. Bbl retains 70-75% thin orig blue & magazine tube 65-70%. Both have stronger blue in sheltered areas. Rare case-colored receiver & dust cover retain about 50% faded case colors with balance turned silver. Lever & hammer retain areas of strong case colors and buttplate most of its orig nickel plating. Wood is sound, missing a small sliver by top tang & a gouge by bottom tang and retains most of an old refinish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with some minor orange peel pitting. 4-35999 JR28 (4,000-6,000)

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2066

RARE 1ST MODEL REBATED FRAME MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 155. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mtn. front sight with homemade German silver blade & altered Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver has the 1st style “step” on bottom front of frame with solid carrier. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl & magazine tube retain a smooth plum/brown patina with some light pitting on magazine tube. Receiver retains traces of orig finish in sheltered areas being mostly a mottled silver/brown patina. Front raised area, right rebated area & top of receiver have hammer marks. Forearm has a repaired break over loading gate spring and a repaired severe break in wrist of stock with usual nicks & scratches and overall retains a hand worn old restored finish. Hammer will not hold in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36002 JR25 (3,000-5,000)

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2067

MARLIN MODEL 1881 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 26976. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with special order 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture and a thick base vernier tang sight with 3″ staff. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Company letter fully identifying this rifle as having been shipped July 7, 1890. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 92-94% strong bright orig blue with some slight thinning & turning plum. Receiver retains 75-80% thin orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas. Lever & hammer retain faded case colors. Wood is sound with usual nicks, dings & scratches and retains about 90% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36032 JR7 (6,000-10,000)

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2068

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 13899. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mtn. front sight with homemade brass blade & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight grip & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. Receiver measures 1.023″ thick making it a 3rd type light receiver. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with only edge wear, a couple of dings & a few scattered spots of light discoloration. Magazine tube is overall a plum/blue/brown patina. Receiver retains about 50% thin orig finish being gray on top & bottom edges with some light to moderate pitting on bottom. Wood is sound with light nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of a light refinish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few spots of fine pitting. 4-36010 JR19 (3,500-5,000)

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2069

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 1196. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, slightly altered Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. Bottom of stock & forend cap have sling swivels that appear to be factory original. Forearm swivel has an unusual keyhole shaped, hand forged sling loop. Receiver is 2nd type with solid carrier. Top flat of bbl has “J.M. MARLIN” marking with arrows at each end. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains a thin plum/brown patina with scattered spots of discoloration. Magazine tube is a mottled silver/brown patina. Receiver retains about 60-70% thin orig blue with a couple of small scratches, turning silver on bottom & plum over top. Forearm has a crack over loading gate spring, otherwise wood is sound with forearm retaining traces of orig finish being mostly a hand worn patina. Buttstock has a series of light gouges by right heel & left side by buttplate with usual nicks & scratches elsewhere and retains about 50-60% orig finish with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of fine pitting. Would make a fine Cowboy Action Shooter. 4-36014 JR68 (4,000-7,000)

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2070

MARLIN MODEL 1881 TRANSITION LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 438. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver front sight & tall Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Top flat of bbl has 2nd type roll marking of “J.M. MARLIN” with arrows at each end. It has 2nd type receiver with solid carrier & square corners at junction of stock & top tang. Top tang has two wide spaced holes, probably to fit a Winchester tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, slab-sawed uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. It is unclear how many of these transition ’81’s were made but few survive today with much orig finish and therefore are a desirable addition to a Marlin collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain a blue/brown patina with stronger blue in sheltered areas. Receiver retains about 80% thinning orig blue turned silver on bottom. Lever & hammer have case hardening turned silver. Wood is missing a small chip by top tang, otherwise wood is sound with a few scattered, very minor surface mars and retains most of a fine restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-35373 JR73 (3,000-5,000)

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2071

RARE MARLIN MODEL 1881 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 4797. Cal. 40 (40-60). Rare standard grade special order rifle with 28″ oct bbl, half magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. Bottom flat of bbl has a factory dovetailed sling swivel with a corresponding sling loop on bottom of stock. There is also a tiny German silver shield in bottom of stock. It has Type 2 receiver with split carrier. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle in caliber 40-60 with 28″ oct bbl, half magazine & shipped May 22, 1883. There was 16,379 of these rifles built with only 194 of that total having half magazine. Reference Marlin Firearms, Brophy. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine. All metal retains a smooth, even plum patina with a couple of minor nicks on receiver. Forearm has a couple of cracks over loading gate spring with a couple of small gouges on left side, otherwise wood is sound with traces of orig finish being mostly a smooth hand worn patina with light nicks & scratches. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with good shine & light etching in grooves. 4-36017 JR77 (4,000-7,000)

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2072

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 9251. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 30-35% thin orig blue with balance a thin silver to plum/brown patina. The magazine tube is mostly a thin silver/brown patina. Receiver retains 65-75% thin orig blue, mostly a gray/brown patina on the bottom. Wood is sound with a scratch in the forearm and a minor grain check with buttstock retaining most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright shiny bore. 4-36027 JR1 (3,500-5,000)

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2073

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 9749. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. It has 3rd type frame that measures 1.034″, with solid carrier. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. Mr. Clapp’s note regarding this rifle states that he purchased it March 18, 1990 from Ray Mathews of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada. He states that Ray had this rifle for approx. 55 years. It came from an uncle of his stepmother who owned a mine in Butte, Montana, who probably purchased the rifle new. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains a thin plum/brown patina with edge wear & a few scattered small spots of discoloration. Magazine tube is a dark plum/brown patina. Receiver retains about 30% thin orig finish, stronger in sheltered areas. Lever & hammer retain case hardening turned silver. Stock has a small hole in bottom & there is a gouge in forearm, otherwise wood is sound with usual nicks & scratches. Forearm retains traces of orig varnish being mostly a hand worn patina. Buttstock retains about 80-85% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36007 JR67 (4,000-6,000)

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2074

RARE MARLIN MODEL 1881 SPECIAL ORDER SMALL RECEIVER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 16708. Cal. 32-40. Standard grade rifle with very rare 24″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & altered Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Only 16,379 of these rare rifles were ever made and of that total only 2,788 had 24″ bbls. Reference Marlin Firearms, Brophy. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle in caliber 32-40 with 24″ bbl shipped July 9, 1887. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Metal retains 75-80% thinning orig blue turning plum, thinner on magazine tube. Loading port has some pry marks with a few scratches on receiver. Forearm has repaired cracks over loading gate spring & repaired cracks in wrist with an open crack through bottom tang screw hole. Overall forearm retains a dark, hand worn patina with buttstock most of a light restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-36024 JR64 (2,000-3,000)

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2075

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 22059. Cal. 38-55. Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & slightly altered Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good. Bbl retains 75-85% strong orig blue showing wear around front sight and on edges. Magazine tube is mostly a silver/brown patina. Receiver retains 30-35% orig blue mixed with patina, worn silver over top & bottom edges. Wood is sound and retains about all of a refinish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-36039 JR10 (1,500-2,500)

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2076

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 13243. Cal. 38-55. Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine with German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Company letter identifying this rifle as found and indicating shipment date of July 31, 1886. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 75-80% orig blue, thinning & turning plum with a few scattered nicks on the edges. Magazine tube is mostly a silver/brown patina. Receiver retains 70-75% thinning orig blue, mostly gray on bottom with traces of case colors on lever & hammer. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36035 JR2 (3,000-4,500)

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2077

SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 22269. Cal. 38-55. Scarce small frame ’81 with rare 26″ oct bbl, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & a replacement Winchester-style ladder rear sight. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Serial number was observed on left side of top & bottom tangs under the wood, on front edge of buttstock under the metal & inside buttplate. Of the 16,379 Model ’81 rifles that were made only 277 were produced with 26″ bbls making this a very rare rifle. Reference Marlin Firearms, Brophy. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle in caliber 38-55 with 26″ bbl & shipped July 25, 1889. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fair to good. Bbl retains about 60% orig blue turning plum & brown toward muzzle end. Magazine tube is a plum/brown. Receiver retains traces of blue in sheltered areas being mostly a mottled silver/brown patina. Forearm has a hairline over loading gate spring area with grain checks by buttplate & usual nicks, dings & scratches and overall retains a smooth hand worn patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-36029 JR80 (2,000-3,500)

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2078

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LIGHTWEIGHT RIFLE. SN 21537. Cal. 32-40. Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & flat top Marlin rear sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate and is fitted with dbl set triggers. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Company letter fully identifying this rifle with set triggers and indicating shipment March 27, 1889. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain thin orig blue in sheltered areas being mostly a plum/brown patina. Receiver retains 25-30% thin orig blue being mostly a plum/brown patina with striation lines on sides. Forearm has a hairline on right side and a couple of gouges, otherwise wood is sound with forearm showing heavy saddle bow wear and overall retaining most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore that may clean better. 4-36033 JR3 (3,000-5,000)

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2079

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 10910. Cal. 32-40. Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured replacement, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: About good. Bbl retains 50-60% thin blue/brown finish with scattered light nicks & magazine tube is a silver/brown patina with two series of small dents & dings from dents having been removed. Receiver retains traces of blue in very sheltered areas, being mostly a silver/gray patina. Wood is sound with a custom oil finish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-36036 JR6 (1,500-2,500)

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2080

SCARCE MARLIN MODEL 1881 LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 9574. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & altered Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. This rifle has light receiver that measures 1.033″ and also has a very light weight bbl. The serial number appears on left side of upper & lower tangs with the number “9373” on buttstock & inside buttplate. The top tang screw is a replacement. Accompany by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter stating they are unable to fully identify this rifle due to incomplete records but that it was manufactured 5/4/85. Mr. Clapp’s notes state that “This is the only heavy cal. 1881 I know of with light weight barrel.” PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains about 85% orig blue, thinned over forearm area. Magazine tube is mostly a plum/brown patina. Receiver retains 30-40% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas, with balance a smooth plum/brown patina. Floorplate & forearm screws are replacements. There is another smaller screw missing from floorplate. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36009 JR21 (4,000-6,000)

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2081

SCARCE TRANSITION MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 407. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Scarce standard grade 2nd Type rifle with 28″ oct bbl, altered Rocky Mtn. front sight & a replacement sheet metal Marlin rear sight. It has very early 2nd Type frame with square junction at the tangs, a replacement dust cover, serial number “4359” & a replacement buttstock & buttplate, serial number “5085”. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fair. No orig finish remains with metal being a cleaned, mottled silver/gray patina with scattered fine pitting & some rinse marks over chamber area. Forearm has several cracks with repairs & buttstock a major crude repair through wrist. Forearm is a dark hand worn patina with heavy oil stain at receiver. Buttstock is loose on frame and retains a hand worn patina. Hammer will not hold at full cock when bolt is closed, otherwise mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. 4-36031 JR79 (800-1,500)

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2082

RARE 1ST MODEL REBATED FRAME MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 166. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mtn. front sight with homemade German silver blade & altered Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with homemade elevator. Receiver has the 1st style “step” on bottom front of frame with the early solid carrier. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good. Bbl is mostly a mottled dark brown patina with a few minor nicks. Magazine tube is a thin silver/brown patina. Receiver has a few nicks on sides & over top receiver ring with another on dust cover. Hammer screw & trigger screw are slightly battered. Forearm has a crack over loading gate spring & another in wrist of stock with a hairline back of top tang & another grain check at buttplate tang. Forearm has a series of small gouges, otherwise wood has normal light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old refinish. Hammer sometimes will follow the bolt on closing, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore. 4-36003 JR24 (3,000-5,000)

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2083

RARE 1ST MODEL REBATED FRAME MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 113. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver has the 1st style “step” on bottom front of frame with the solid carrier. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains a smooth dark brown patina with scattered spots of light surface corrosion. Magazine tube is a thin mottled silver/brown patina & receiver is a cleaned dull gray patina with scattered light pitting & traces of orig blue in sheltered areas. Forearm has a repaired crack, otherwise wood is sound with usual nicks & dings and retains an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36001 JR27 (3,000-5,000)

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2084

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 11151. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & altered Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. It has 2nd type receiver with split carrier. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle in caliber 45-70 with 28″ bbl & shipped Sept. 9, 1885. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains 70-75% dark blue/brown patina with stronger blue in sheltered areas & some scattered spots of pitting. Magazine tube is a silver/gray patina having been cleaned with some spots of discoloration. Receiver retains 60-70% thin orig blue, mostly on left side with scattered spots of surface discoloration & light pitting. Forend cap screw is severely battered. Wood is sound with usual nicks, scratches & dings, missing small chips around tangs & retains traces of orig finish being mostly a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, strong sharp bore with good shine & scattered light pitting. Would make an outstanding Cowboy Action Shooter. 4-36011 JR76 (2,500-4,000)

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2085

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 4570. Cal. 45 (45-70). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: About good. No orig finish remains with bbl & magazine tube a mottled dark silver/brown patina. Receiver is a mottled smooth brown patina with some light surface rust and may be an old refinish. Wood is sound with nicks, dings & scratches and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting & a ring about 6″ from muzzle. 4-36006 JR18 (1,500-2,500)

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2086

UNUSUAL MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 4182. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Caliber marking over chamber is reversed reading from receiver to muzzle instead of muzzle to receiver as is normally found. It has Type 2 receiver with solid carrier. The hammer screw, tang screw & forend cap screw are replacements. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. Wood is modern replacement. Serial number was observed on left sides of top & bottom tangs but was not found in buttstock & buttplate has serial number has serial number “2227”. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter stating they were unable to provide any information about this rifle except that it was made in 1883. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: About good. No orig finish remains with there being a blue/brown patina in some sheltered areas but generally overall a cleaned metal color. Wood is sound and retains about all of its fine custom finish with a few minor nicks & scratches. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with good shine & some scattered pitting. Would make a good Cowboy Action Shooter. 4-36012 JR78 (2,000-3,000)

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2087

RARE EARLY TRANSITION MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 443. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with screw & broken Winchester-style 3-leaf carbine express rear sight. Top flat has early “J.M. MARLIN” 2-line address with arrows at each end. Buttstock has square junction at tang corners & frame is not rebated. Top of receiver & part of dust cover were filed flat during period of use, apparently to accommodate lower sight and that area now has a patina that matches rest of receiver. Serial number was observed on left side of upper & lower tangs under the wood, on face of buttstock under metal & inside buttplate. Tang screw is a replacement and there is a small plug in wood back of top tang. Carrier is of the early solid type. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good. Bbl retains 65-70% dark orig blue with edge wear & scattered fine pitting. Magazine tube is a mottled silver/brown patina. Receiver has traces of orig blue in sheltered areas being mostly a mottled silver/brown patina with cleaning marks on bottom. Lever spring screw is missing. Stock is missing a chip at toe with a couple of gouges in forearm & usual handling & use marks. Forearm retains 60-70% orig varnish & buttstock about 75% orig varnish, both with a fine hand patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with some shine, dark in grooves with minor pitting. 4-36008 JR66 (2,500-4,000)

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2088

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 1181. Cal. 40 (40-60). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. It has 2nd type frame with solid carrier. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl & magazine tube are a thin plum/brown patina with sharp edge wear. Receiver has been cleaned to bright metal. Forearm has two cracks over loading gate spring, otherwise wood is sound showing heavy wear with some gouges on forearm & light nicks & scratches on buttstock. Forearm has a hand worn patina and buttstock retains 60-70% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-36005 JR23 (3,000-5,000)

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2089

MARLIN MODEL 1881 DELUXE SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 14169. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Fine ’81 rifle with 2nd type frame, split carrier with rare 24″ bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, A-style checkered American walnut with serpentine pistol grip stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. Bbl has a second dovetail under rear sight & top tang has a third screw hole, possibly from an old scope mount. Only 16,379 of these scarce rifles were ever made and of that total only 2,788 had 24″ bbls and only 1,303 had pistol grip stock. Reference Marlin Firearms, Brophy. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. No orig finish remains being an overall restored finish with light nicks & dings & fine pitting on receiver. The forearm has a gouge on right side & buttstock a couple of small gouges and both retain a fine restored finish with forearm checkering freshened and pistol grip checkering showing heavy wear. Mechanics are fine, good bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-36015 JR65 (2,500-4,000)

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2090

MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 17808. Cal. 45-70. Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman front sight & altered Marlin rear sight with a Lyman tang sight & dbl set triggers. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Company letter fully identifying this rifle with 28″ bbl & set triggers and indicating shipment Nov. 10, 1888. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good. Bbl retains 25-30% orig finish in sheltered areas with balance a plummy/brown patina with minor nicks & some scattered light pitting. Magazine tube is mostly a medium to dark patina with a small dent & scattered fine pitting. Receiver retains a mottled silver/gray/brown patina with a few spots of pitting. Wood is sound with nicks, dings & bruises with forearm a hand worn patina & buttstock retaining about 75% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine. 4-36041 JR12 (2,000-3,000)

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2091

RARE 1ST MODEL REBATED FRAME MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 43. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mtn. front sight & very early Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver has the 1st style “step” on bottom front of frame with the solid carrier. The front magazine stud dovetail is contoured to bbl flats. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & semi-crescent smooth steel buttplate. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good. Bbl & magazine tube retain a smooth dark brown patina, lighter on magazine tube. Forend cap & buttstock have old, non-factory sling swivel holes. Receiver, lever & hammer also have a dark brown patina with a few scattered spots of light rust. Forearm is missing a small sliver over loading gate spring and there is a gouge on left side of wrist AT top tang, otherwise wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old refinish over some orig finish on forearm and about 50% orig finish on buttstock. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-36000 JR26 (3,000-5,000)

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2092

LOT OF A CARVED MOOSE ANTLER WITH MARLIN HORSE & RIDER & THE MARLIN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION PEWTER STATUE OF THE MARLIN HORSE & RIDER. 1) The carved moose antler is about 28″ long and about 15″ high at the tallest point mounted on a plain oak base. Part of the left half of the antler has been spectacularly relief carved with the image of the Marlin rider. To the right of the image is the brand “JM” connected and to the left is another brand “D” arrow. In the arch above the carving is the artist’s signature “19-Guy Dahl-90”. Mr. Clapp commissioned this fine piece of work by Guy M. Dahl, a wildlife artist in Alberta, Canada. At the time this work was commissioned Mr. Dahl was only a part time artist, not becoming a full time artist until about 1993. His highly acclaimed work is now exhibited throughout North America, Europe & Asia. A folder of his advertisements accompanies this lot. From the time this fine carving completed, it was always part of Mr. Clapp’s Marlin displays at the various gun shows throughout the Rocky Mountain region. 2) Fine pewter statue of the Marlin horse & rider that is about 4″ long x 6″ high mounted on a 4″ x 4-3/4″ walnut base with rounded corners. Front side of the base of the statue is marked “The Marlin Firearms Co.” Back side of base is marked “Danger Ahead” and one edge of base is copyrighted “M.F.C. 1989”. Includes its orig shipping box. 3) Small framed sign with visible image 12″ x 7-3/4″ which was also part of Mr. Clapp’s display which lists information about the Model 1881 Marlin. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Estate Collection. CONDITION: 1) Antler & base are extremely fine with a fine toned patina. 2) Pewter statue retains all of its orig luster. 3) Sign is slightly yellowed but fine. 4-36092 JR516 (1,000-1,500)

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2093

LOT OF TWO EXTREMELY RARE MARLIN ACCESSORY ITEMS. 1) Possibly the only set known, this Marlin 3-way handcuff is a much speculated & sought after item. Mr. Clapp obtained this set many years ago and had never offered them for sale or had them photographed or published. There is one reference in an old Marlin catalog but Mr. Clapp had speculated that they were never actually made, this possibly being the prototype or experimental set that was never accepted or pursued by the law enforcement community. This set is described as three Marlin handcuffs attached to a central ring with forged orig links and nickel plating. The handcuffs are individually marked “MARLIN FIRE ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN CT. U.S.A.”. All three are marked identically. All three cuffs are nickel finish and are completely functional. Accompanied by two keys, one original and one reproduction. 2) Extremely rare nickel plated steel Marlin shoehorn/button hook. Overall 10-1/2″ long with a tapered concave shoehorn on one end and a button hook on the other. Marked on back side of shoehorn “Marlin Firearms Co. / New Haven Ct.”. “New Haven” has an arrow at each end. CONDITION: 1) Handcuffs, as noted, are functional and retain, overall, about 50% orig nickel finish with flaked & worn areas a dark patina. 2) Shoehorn/button hook retains about 96-97% strong nickel over copper finish with slight edge wear. 4-36077, 4-36086 JR505 (3,000-5,000)

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2094

ASSORTED ASSEMBLAGE OF GUN RELATED PARTS PIECES AND MEMORABILIA FROM THE LELAND CLAPP ESTATE COLLECTION. SN NSN. Two glass top display cases and two small organizing bins. First display case contains various scope rings and bases, some shotgun cleaning brushes, sling swivel kits, Wood Wise Productions instructional audio tape, a couple various jack knives, bolt for Lakefield Mk 1 22 lr., a small organizer of various sight elevators, anschutz 22 cal magazine, Remington nylon magazine, Browning A bolt magazine, Lakefield 22 magazine, spotting scope eye piece covers, and a couple of other miscellaneous trinkets. Second glass top display contains four Marlin hard rubber butt plates of various description one missing lg chip, a quantity of turn of the century small revolver hard rubber grips some pairs some sgls, reproduction 22 cal Remington metal magazine and a nylon magazine, Cooey model 64 magazine, Browning A bolt mag, Lakefield mag, a 1992 dated Marlin belt buckle, a decorative handmade buckle with turquoise and small claws, a 1996 dated Marlin belt buckle, two turquoise inlaid bracelets, four various tang sights three orig, one reproduction, Lyman tang sight with box, tang sight for Marlin 36/336 with box, five various rear sights, Williams fool proof sight in box marked “TC”, small organizer with fifteen plus packs of Marlin matches, mid range reproduction Vernier tang sight and globe front sight, various other rear sights, about a dozen various front sights, four Marlin razor blades in wrapper, about a 6″ sheath knife, another small glass display with various sights and parts, a Speer plastic bullet box with two rear sights and elevators, two orig tang sights, small globe front sight, and an adjustable older rear sight, Lyman 56 receiver sight with box, Williams rear sight in box marked “BAR”, Ruger stainless steel sgl 6 cylinder in red bag and box, The two organizers are filled with various sights, screws, bbl bands, sight elevators, etc. Some are new some are used. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp estate collection. CONDITION: Condition on items in this lot varies from new in orig packaging to used, some with minor damage. 4-36091 BDT301 (2,000-3,000)

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2095

ASSORTMENT OF MARLIN CATALOGS, ADVERTISING PIECES AND ASSORTED RELATED ITEMS OF INTEREST. SN NSN. 19 Marlin factory catalogs dating back to 1896 through the late teens not inclusive and includes some duplicates. There are other catalogs including ideals some orig and some reproduction. A framed Marlin logo advertising piece. 100 year of Marlin Bill of Rights Article II plaque. Numerous Marlin Firearm Co collection cards. An early Marlin sight in target for micro groove rifling. Numerous Marlin related bumper stickers. A Colonel Larson reward poster. Numerous late 20th century advertising. Two Marlin Article II tin signs, one new in box. Three Marlin counter mats, and a box of related gun advertising from Ruger, Bushnell and Sierra. PROVENANCE: The Leland Clapp estate collection. CONDITION: Condition of items vary from new in carton to used and tattered on some of the catalogs. Most of the catalogs are orig but there are some reprints included. 4-36088 BDT301 (3,000-5,000)

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2096

SCARCE MARLIN MODEL 1888 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 23791. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with 24″ oct bbl, replacement Kentucky rifle-style front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Note: According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, a total of only 4,814 of these rare rifles were ever produced of which only about 1,298 were in caliber 32. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 92-94% strong orig blue, slightly thinner on magazine tube with a few scattered spots of light surface rust. Receiver retains 65-70% thin orig blue turning plum. Wood is sound with usual nicks & dings and some light bruises on left side of buttstock. Forearm retains 25-30% orig varnish with balance a hand worn patina. Buttstock retains 75-80% orig varnish with a worn patina around wrist. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-36052 JR33 (2,500-3,500)

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2097

SCARCE MARLIN MODEL 1888 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 24872. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Scarce rifle with 26″ oct bbl, special order half magazine with hunting front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, only 264 of the rifles out of the minuscule 4,814 total production were made in 26″ bbl length and only 78 total had half magazine. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains about 60% orig blue with balance a smooth dark patina and rest of metal a smooth chocolate brown patina. Stock has a small repair in wrist and forearm a series of gouges, otherwise wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches & forearm retains a dark hand worn patina. Buttstock retains about 70% dull orig varnish with balance a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with some shine and fine pitting in grooves. 4-36053 JR32 (2,500-4,000)

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2098

SCARCE MARLIN MODEL 1888 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 20658. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & semi-buckhorn Marlin rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Only 4,814 of these rare rifles were ever made and of that total only 1,727 were in caliber 44. Reference Marlin Rifles, Brophy. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 75-80% orig blue turning plum with sharp edge wear & a few scattered minor nicks. Magazine tube is mostly a light brown patina with one minor ding. Receiver retains 25-30% thin orig blue with balance a plum patina. Lever & hammer retain traces of case colors. Wood is sound with normal nicks & scratches showing a heavy hand worn patina on forearm with about 30% orig finish under a light applied finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore, dark in grooves. 4-36046 JR63 (2,500-4,000)

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2099

SCARCE MARLIN MODEL 1888 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 23505. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with 24″ oct bbl, full magazine, Beach’s combination front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered, slab-sawed American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Note: According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, only 4,814 of this model was ever produced, of which 1,298 were produced in caliber 32. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 65-70% thin orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas. Magazine tube has a couple of minor dents and overall retains blue in sheltered areas, being mostly a silver/gray patina. Receiver retains 65-70% orig blue, stronger on left side. Lever & hammer retain traces of case colors. Lever screw is somewhat battered. Wood is sound with a gouge in forearm & minor nicks & scratches elsewhere and retains about 90% of a bright refinish. Mechanics are crisp, strong dark bore. 4-36047 JR34 (2,500-3,500)

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2100

SCARCE MARLIN MODEL 1888 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 25511. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Scarce standard grade rifle with rare 24″ rnd bbl, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight and, what is probably a replacement Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Right side of receiver, above loading port, is stamped “G.W.L.” in tiny letters. According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, only 4,814 of these rare rifles were ever produced and of that number only 266 had rnd bbls. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle with 24″ rnd bbl, shipped Aug. 24, 1889. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very good. No orig finish remains with metal being a cleaned medium gray patina with scattered light pitting. Forearm has a crack in tip & a hairline back of bottom tang in buttstock with another back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound and retains most of an old refinish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-36051 JR37 (2,000-3,000)

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2101

SCARCE MARLIN MODEL 1888 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 26079. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with 24″ rnd bbl, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Winchester-style, platinum line, 3-leaf carbine express sight with 2 broken leaves and a Lyman large loop tang sight. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Stock & forearm each have filled areas from what was probably an old sling swivel mount. According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, only 4,814 of these rare rifles were ever made of which only 1,298 were in 32 caliber and only 266 have rnd bbls. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains with metal being a cleaned metal color with scattered fine pitting, beginning to repatinate. Stock is missing chips by top tang, otherwise wood is sound and retains 85-90% of an old refinish with light nicks & scratches and a deep scratch in forearm. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine & fine pitting. 4-36044 JR36 (2,000-3,000)

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2102

SCARCE MARLIN MODEL 1888 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 25373. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Standard grade rifle with rare 24″ rnd bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight grip & crescent buttplate. According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, only 4,814 of these rare rifles were ever made and of that small number only 266 were with rnd bbls. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains being a smooth medium brown patina, slightly thinner on receiver with traces of silvered case colors on lever & hammer. Stock has a pinned repair through wrist & a hairline in wrist, otherwise wood is sound with forearm a smooth hand worn patina & buttstock retaining about 70% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting. 4-36054 JR35 (2,000-3,000)

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2103

ULTRA-RARE DEEP RELIEF ENGRAVED GOLD PLATED PRESENTATION GRADE DELUXE MARLIN MODEL 1889 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 87609. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Spectacular 1893 Chicago World’s Fair Model 1889 rifle with 24″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture. Mounted with extremely beautiful, very highly figured, center crotch cut, flame grain, B-style checkered American walnut with serpentine grip & Marlin embossed hard rubber buttplate. Receiver is extremely beautifully deep relief engraved by Conrad Ulrich in #9 style with the large vignette of a standing buck deer, a standing doe & a resting doe in a very highly detailed forest scene on left side and a deep relief standing bull elk in a mountain scene on right side, all surrounded by full coverage, very fine foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. There is a wide gold inlaid band & a narrow platinum inlaid band at bbl root along with matching foliate arabesque engraving over the visible top five flats. Top & bottom of receiver are engraved to match. Forend cap has light engraving with a chip & dot border. The lever is also, most unusually, engraved with light arabesque patterns and chip & dot borders. Right top flat of bbl is engraved in period script “Presented to H.W. Chester, by The Marlin Fire Arms Co.” Left top flat of bbl is engraved in matching script “World’s Fair Chicago. 1893.” Accompanied by two letters from the Marlin Firearms Co. dated 1956, the first of which is signed by Roger Kenna, President of Marlin, acknowledging receipt of this rifle and transferring it to Mr. Harry Teator, Manager of the Gun Service Dept. Mr. Teator then responded that the rifle “left the factory, Mar. 14, 1894″ and was equipped with a 38-40 caliber, 24″ half oct bbl with half length magazine tube & pistol grip stock.” He further states that this is all the information in the records but that they knew for a fact that a few of these guns were made up for the Chicago World’s Fair. He also states that a small piece of the hard rubber buttplate was broken from the toe but they had recovered it & taped it in place, which is now missing. Mr. Teator further offered to “trade” a new Model 336 High Power lever action rifle for this one so that they could put it into the company collection. Additionally accompanying is another Marlin Firearms Co. letter supplying the same technical information as reported above. According to the book, Marlin Firearms, Brophy, only 55,119 Model 1889 rifles were ever manufactured and of that total only 854 had half magazines, only 508 had half oct bbls & only 2,296 had pistol grip stocks. There is no indication of the number of engraved guns but any engraved Model 1889 is very rare and this deep relief engraved presentation rifle is probably one of a kind. Note: This rifle is consecutive numbered to two other consecutively numbered Deluxe case colored Model 1889’s from another consignor, being sold together elsewhere in this auction. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with a few scattered freckles of light surface rust, slightly dulled on magazine tube. Receiver retains 92-94% strong orig gold wash showing light wear at carry point. Forend cap retains 60-70% orig gold wash. Lever retains about 60% case colors turned silver & hammer is dark. Stock has the aforementioned chipped toe with a couple of small gouges & a couple of small bruises in forearm with usual light handling & use marks and retains most of its orig piano finish varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore with pitting in grooves. 4-35038 JR53 (40,000-70,000)

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2104

TWO SPECTACULAR & RARE MARLIN MODEL 1889 DELUXE RIFLES WITH CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS. SN 87607 & 87608. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Two very rare Model 89’s with rare & desirable case colored receivers. Serial number 87607 has a rare 24″ oct to rnd bbl with half magazine, ivory bead hunting front sight, slot blank in rear seat & a Lyman loop tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured, B-style checkered American walnut with serpentine pistol grip & Marlin embossed hard rubber shotgun buttplate. Serial number 87608 has a 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight, Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture & a Lyman loop tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured, flame & shell grain B-style checkered American walnut with serpentine pistol grip & crescent buttplate. According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, only 55,119 of these first side-eject Marlins were made and of that number only 207 had short magazines, only 508 had half oct bbls and only 3,729 had 26″ bbls, making this, indeed, a very rare pair of rifles. There is no indication of how many were case colored but blue was the standard finish with color case hardening a special order feature. Note: These two rifles are consecutively numbered to a third Model 1889 from another consignor, being sold elsewhere in this auction. CONDITION: Serial number 87607: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig blue with forend cap retaining about 90% orig blue. Receiver retains just about all of its orig brilliant case colors, slightly thinned on bottom front. Lever & hammer retain most of their strong orig case colors, somewhat faded on outer face of lever. Stock has a chipped buttplate toe with minor nicks & scratches on both stock & forearm and overall retains most of its strong orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Serial number 87608: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% strong orig blue with forend cap retaining about 97% glossy orig blue. Receiver, lever & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant case colors with some slight etching on left side of receiver. Lever case colors are turning dark. Buttplate retains about 80% faded case colors. Wood is sound with a very few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains about 98-99% strong orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-35009 JR51 (22,500-27,500)

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2105

EXTREMELY RARE MARLIN MODEL 1889 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 56944. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). A most rare 1889 with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, hunting front sight & an altered Winchester style semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with highly figured, checkered American walnut with serpentine pistol grip stock & crescent buttplate. Lever, forend cap & buttplate are nickel finish. The serial number was observed in usual place on bottom of receiver, on left side of top tang under wood, in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. There was a total of 55,119 rifles & carbines in the Model 1889 with only 2,268 produced with 38″ bbls. The nickel highlights are extremely rare on any Marlin. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle in 44 caliber with 28″ bbl & pistol grip and indicating shipment Oct. 9, 1891. CONDITION: Fine plus. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue turning plum. Magazine tube is mostly plum/blue patina with an area of pitting & a removed dent toward upper end. Receiver retains 65-75% thin orig blue with lever retaining about 80% milky orig nickel with some pimples of brown showing through. Forearm cap & buttplate retain 50-60% orig nickel. Wood is sound showing light to moderate wear with a small hole in bottom of buttstock with usual light nicks & scratches & a gouge near the heel and retains about 90% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-35374 JR46 (7,000-9,000)

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2106

FINE MARLIN MODEL 1889 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 47186. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with special order 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. According to the book Marlin Rifles, Brophy, only 55,119 of these scarce rifles were made and of that total only 3,729 had 26″ bbls and less than 30% of total production was in caliber 32. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl retains 95-97% strong orig blue with some fine freckling over forearm area. Magazine tube retains 96-97% strong blue turned slightly dull on outer radius. Receiver retains 92-93% orig blue with minor flaking & striation lines. Lever retains about 60% faded case colors, strong in sheltered areas, and hammer about 90% faded case colors. Buttplate retains shadows of case colors being mostly a silver patina. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches with forearm retaining 85-90% strong orig varnish with wear only at carry point. Buttstock retains 97-98% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of fine pitting. 4-33795 JR57 (2,000-3,500)

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2107

RARE HIGH CONDITION MARLIN MODEL 1889 LEVER ACTION SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 86394. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Rare Model 1889 carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base front sight with German silver blade & carbine ladder rear sight graduated to 900 yards. Mounted with very highly figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate. Receiver, lever, hammer & buttplate are all beautifully case colored. Serial number was observed in its usual place on bottom of receiver, again on left side of upper tang under wood & inside buttplate. However, it was not observed in usual places on buttstock indicating that it probably is an outstanding replacement. There is a staple & ring in left side of receiver. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains virtually all of its fine Turnbull style restored finish to both metal & wood with strong rust blue & brilliant case colors. Wood is sound with a fine custom finish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-37206 JR49 (4,000-7,000)

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2108

FINE MARLIN MODEL 1889 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 30740. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Standard grade rifle with 24″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mtn. front sight with German silver blade, Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight & a locking Lyman tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. There were a total of 55,119 Model 1889 rifles made but very few survive with much orig condition today. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 95-97% strong orig blue with only minor sharp edge wear & a few tiny spots of pin prick pitting. Magazine tube has a small dent & a cleaned area over some minor pitting and overall retains about 75% strong orig blue. Receiver retains about 95-96% glossy orig blue with a few scattered tiny spots of pinprick pitting. Lever retains 60-70% strong case colors, bright in sheltered areas, faded on outer face. Hammer retains 95-96% bright case colors. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-35376 JR48 (3,500-5,000)

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2109

RARE MARLIN MODEL 1889 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 94574. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Rare special order Model ’89 with extremely rare 30″ oct bbl, 28″ magazine with German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, a total of 55,119 of these rifles were manufactured, of which only 164 had 30″ bbls. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle in caliber 38-40 with 30″ oct bbl, shipped July 8, 1893. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains about 75% blue turning brown, strong blue in sheltered areas. Magazine tube is mostly a smooth plum/brown patina. Receiver retains 25-30% thin blue in sheltered areas with balance a thin plum/brown patina. Stock has a fine professional repair in the wrist, otherwise wood is sound with numerous nicks & scratches and retains 50-60% of an old refinish on forearm & about 75% on buttstock. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-36049 JR38 (3,000-5,000)

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2110

ULTRA-RARE ONE OF A KIND MARLIN MODEL 1892 DELUXE ENGRAVED LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 140491. Cal. 22. Extraordinarily rare Model 1892 with 26″ special order oct to rnd bbl, 24″ magazine, ivory bead front sight & fixed rear sight. Mounted with extraordinary B-style checkered burl American walnut with serpentine pistol grip & long sweeping cheekpiece with Marlin embossed hard rubber buttplate. This is reportedly the only known lever action Marlin 22 rifle with a cheekpiece. Receiver has special order extra coverage Conrad Ulrich engraving consisting of large vignette of a standing buck deer & feeding doe in a mountain scene on left side surrounded by very fine foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch dot background & multiple borders. Right side has extra coverage foliate arabesque patterns with an 8-pointed flower petal vignette in center. All engraving has a fine punch dot background. Top five flats of bbl has about 2″ of matching arabesque patterns over chamber area & forend cap has fine scrolls on each side with a short chip & dot border at top edges. Top of receiver has multiple borders & latch hook style patterns with matching engraving on top tang. This exact rifle is pictured on pp. 186, 533 & 534 in the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy. Mr. Brophy states that the engraving is also special order. PROVENANCE: First reported in the early 1970’s at Jack’s Gun Shop in Cleveland, Ohio. It was sold from there to Dick Patterson in Indiana who sold it to Joe Baker and it disappeared after Mr. Baker died and his estate was sold. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 97-98% strong orig blue, slightly dulled on magazine tube. Forend cap appears to have been case colored which is now faded to silver. Receiver retains about all of its fine case colors, slightly faded & turning silver on top & bottom tangs. Lever retains faded case colors, strong in sheltered areas and hammer retains about 90% case colors, bright on sides, slightly faded on outer edge. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig piano varnish finish. Crisp mechanics, strong bright bore, dark in grooves. 4-33758 JR55 (70,000-100,000)

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2111

EXTREMELY RARE MARLIN MODEL 1891 DELUXE ENGRAVED GOLD PLATED LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 116523. Cal. 22. Extraordinary full gold-plated Type 3 rifle with 24″ oct bbl, full magazine, standard dovetail front sight, fixed rear sight with a locking Lyman tang sight. Fitted with extremely beautiful flame grain, B-style checkered American walnut with straight stock & Marlin embossed hard rubber buttplate. Receiver is beautifully engraved by Conrad Ulrich in #3 style with the vignette of a squirrel holding an acorn perched on a limb on left side, surrounded by fine foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background & multiple borders. Right side has full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background & matching multiple borders. Top of receiver has “Marlin safety” with simple arabesque patterns, with foliate arabesque patterns about 1-1/2″ over chamber area of bbl. Top tang is marked “MODEL 1891” and has light arabesque patterns with simple borders. Bottom of receiver & sides of forend cap are engraved with foliate arabesque patterns. Altogether only about 18,643 of these little rifles were made, which total includes about 5,000 with loading gates. Very few were ever ordered as deluxe with checkering and even fewer were engraved. Reference Marlin Firearms, Brophy. Page 534 of this publication pictures the left side of this rifle, showing the engraving. Caption states that this is a Model 1892, however distinctive marks on forearm & buttstock are readily identifiable as this exact rifle. CONDITION: Very fine. All metal retains virtually all of an extremely fine, very professionally restored gold finish. Wood is sound with usual nicks & dings and light scratches with some heat crazing on buttstock. Forearm is about half dark oil stained & shows moderate to heavy wear and retains 60-70% orig piano varnish finish. Buttstock shows moderate wear with some oil staining around wrist and retains 92-93% strong orig varnish. Hammer will not hold in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine erosion in grooves. Missing firing pin. 4-33759 JR56 (17,500-27,500)

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2112

EXTREMELY RARE MARLIN MODEL 1892 DELUXE ENGRAVED LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 131590. Cal. 22. Beautiful Model 92 with 24″ oct bbl, full magazine, standard dovetail front sight & fixed rear sight. Mounted with very nicely figured A-style checkered American walnut with serpentine pistol grip stock & crescent buttplate. Receiver is beautifully engraved in #3 style by Conrad Ulrich with a large vignette of a squirrel holding an acorn perched on a tree limb surrounded by multiple borders & foliate arabesque patterns. Right side of receiver has foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch dot background & multiple borders. Top & bottom of receiver & top tang are lightly engraved to match. According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, only 30,706 of these rifles were produced in period 1895-1915. Very few were produced in deluxe configuration and of those only a very few were engraved. Standard finish was blued receiver with case coloring available on order. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear. Magazine tube retains about 95-96% orig finish turning plum on outer diameter. Forend cap retains 92-94% glossy orig blue. Receiver retains strong bright case colors on left side fading towards center. Right side retains strong case colors in sheltered areas mostly faded to silver. Top & bottom edges are a silver/gray patina. Lever retains 75-80% faded case colors, stronger in sheltered areas & hammer about 90% case colors. Buttplate retains 60-70% faded case colors. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-33796 JR54 (17,500-22,500)

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2113

RARE MARLIN 1897 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 156555. Cal. 22. 24″ rnd bbl, full magazine, combination front sight, open rear seat, tang mounted coarse knurled post tang sight. Mounted with fancy grain walnut, d-styled checkered pistol grip with serpentine grip, Marlin logo checkered hard rubber buttplate, d-style checkered forend. Investigation of inside tang area reveals assembly number “555” on left side of top tang. Top tang channel of stock is marked with serial number “156555”. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and outer mag tube retain 95-97% original blue with a few minor scuffs and scratches and a couple of small areas of very shallow oxidation. Receiver has most of its original case colors, bright in protected areas and dulling on the remainder mixed with a few areas of shallow surface oxidation. Hammer shows dark, original case colors as well as the lever with thinning to gray on bottom. Stock is sound with crisp checkering. A few minor nicks and scratches and shallow depressions on left side and retains most of its fine Deluxe finish. Forend is sound with a minor chip on right side near receiver, good checkering and retains most of its fine Deluxe finish. Mechanics are crisp, dark bore with some scattered pitting with distinct rifling. 4-35703 BDT144 (2,500-4,000)

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*MARLIN MODEL 39 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN S12059. Cal. 22. This is an early version of the venerable Model 39 with 24″ tapered oct bbl, gold bead front sight & semi-buckhorn rear sight. It has full magazine with nicely figured, checkered American walnut with serpentine grip buttstock & Marlin embossed hard rubber buttplate. Top tang has usual Marlin Model 39 markings with a small 6-pointed star. This rifle is checkered in most unusual patterns with Style “C” on forearm with three diamond points on front end & two fleur-de-lis on rear end. Wrist is, unusually, checkered in Style “B” with extra coverage over what would be Style “A” having a crude fleur-de-lis down the stock. Stock has the Marlin black & white bullseye on bottom. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains a plum/blue patina with fine light surface rust. Magazine tube is a dull plum/blue with scattered light rust. Receiver retains 50-60% faded case colors, mostly on left side with balance faded to silver. Lever is a silver/gray patina with fine pitting on right side. Wood is sound and retains most of a hand worn patina with light nicks & scratches. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-35378 JR59 (2,000-3,500)

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*MARLIN MODEL 39 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN S1532. Cal. 22. Fine representative for the great Model 39 with 24″ tapered oct bbl, full magazine Lyman ivory bead front sight & slightly modified Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain uncheckered American walnut with serpentine pistol grip stock & Marlin embossed hard rubber buttplate. Bottom of stock has the Marlin black & white bullseye. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-96% glossy orig blue with a few small spots of discoloration & fine pitting on bbl, stronger blue on magazine tube. Forend cap retains about 95% glossy orig blue. Receiver retains most of its faded orig case colors, turned silver on bottom. Lever retains faded case colors & hammer most of its orig blue. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches & a couple of light bruises on buttstock with some heat crazing on buttstock and retains most of its orig varnish, slightly dulled on forearm. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-35377 JR60 (2,000-2,750)

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*MARLIN MODEL 47 PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN 2840. Cal. 22. Dainty little rifle with 22″ rnd bbl, 7/8 magazine, gold bead front sight & orig sheet metal semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with lightly checkered, straight grain American walnut with rnd bullet shaped forearm & straight stock with smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. Receiver is color case hardened & top tang is marked “MARLIN / NO 47”. This little rifle was in fact not a Marlin catalogued item but was an incentive offered free with purchase of four shares of Marlin preferred stock for $100. Less than 3,900 of these little rifles were ever made. Reference Marlin Firearms, Brophy. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain most of their orig factory blue with some minor dull spots & wear at muzzle edge and by the cartridge slot in magazine tube. Receiver retains most of its orig case colors, moderately faded & dark on top & bottom. Wood is sound showing evidence of an old sanding on buttstock with forearm retaining about 50% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-35380 JR62 (1,000-2,000)

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*MARLIN MODEL 27 PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN NONE. Cal. 32-20. Standard grade rifle with 24″ tapered oct bbl, 2/3 magazine, ivory bead front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed straight stock with crescent buttplate & small round ribbed forearm. Model 27 was Marlin’s longest lived pump action rifle having been produced from 1909 to about 1932. There is no indication of the numbers made but few survive today in high condition. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 90% strong orig blue, slightly thinned over chamber area and with sharp edge wear. Receiver retains 60-70% thin orig blue, strong in sheltered areas, silver on bottom & turning plum on top. Wood is sound with forearm a hand worn patina & buttstock retaining about 65-70% orig varnish with some oil staining around wrist. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with some darkness in the grooves. 4-35381 JR61 (1,000-2,000)

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FACTORY ENGRAVED MARLIN 1893 DELUXE TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 156996. Cal. 38-55. 26″ oct bbl. Full magazine takedown, combination front sight, blank in rear seat, L.L. Hepburn top mounted receiver sight. Factory engraved receiver has multiple style borders on left side with circle vignette surrounded by a foliate arabesque scroll and punch-dot background with buck deer standing in wooded scene. Right side with combination scroll border and foliate arabesque scroll and punch-dot background. Mounted with fancy highly figured walnut with deluxe checkered serpentine pistol grip, crescent butt and deluxe checkered forend. Inspection of inside tangs reveal serial number on left side of upper tang matching number on top tang channel of stock. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl has original blue mixed with brown patina that appears to have occurred due to a chemically caused loss of blue. There is some wear in the chamber area mixed with brown and silver patina. Receiver has 25-30% original case colors, strong in protected areas with balance a blending of silver and brown patina. Hammer has good visible case colors as well as sides of lever mixed with brown and silver patina on the bottom. Stock is solid with repointed checkering and retains virtually all of its fine hand-rubbed restored finish. Buttplate has turned a silver-gray patina. Forend with a few light handling marks, repointed checkering and nearly all of its fine hand-rubbed restored finish. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore with dark grooves and scattered light pitting. 4-35685 BDT146 (6,000-10,000)

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RARE MARLIN 1893 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 94804. Cal. 32-40. 26″ octagon bbl, full magazine, fine bead front sight, and sporting rear with set screw. Tang is mounted with Lyman course knurled post tang sight with windage adjuster. Mounted with nicely figured flame grain walnut, checkered serpentine pistol grip, crescent butt and deluxe checkered forend. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and magazine tube retains 90-95% original blue mixed with brown patina. Minor sharp edge wear and a few minor nicks and scratches. Receiver has 70-75% thinning original case colors, blended with silver. Loading gate retains 90% of its fine nitre blue. Lever and hammer show most of their fading case colors with lever showing wear to silver and brown patina on bottom. Stock is sound with typical nicks and dings and retains most of its fine deluxe finish. Buttplate is silver with spots of brown patina. Forend is solid with a few minor nicks and dings, good checkering and retains most of its fine deluxe finish. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore with strong rifling. 4-35662 BDT136 (8,000-12,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE MARLIN MODEL 1893 DELUXE ENGRAVED TAKEDOWN SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE 2-BARREL SET. SN 171908. Cal. 38-55 & 25-36. Extremely rare Model 93 set with 26″ oct to rnd bbl with full magazine in caliber 38-55. Other bbl is 24″ full octagon with half magazine. Both bbls have Lyman ivory bead combination front sights & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sights with adjustable apertures. Mounted with extremely beautiful flame & shell grain B-style checkered American walnut with serpentine pistol grip stock & crescent buttplate. Receiver is case hardened & beautifully engraved in #2 style by Conrad Ulrich with large oval vignette of a running whitetail buck being chased by a dog through a woodland & field scene with fine foliate arabesque patterns & multiple borders. Right side has small vignette of a walking whitetail buck also with small foliate arabesque patterns & multiple borders. Bolt has simple arabesque patterns. Over top of receiver, top tang, bottom of receiver, take down rings & forend caps, along with exposed flats over chamber areas of bbls have matching engraving. Although this rifle was produced in fairly large numbers as compared to other models, only 69,100 1893 rifles were ever made. It can be reasonably well assumed that there were very few deluxe rifles in those numbers and of those still fewer were in takedown configuration and finally extremely few were then engraved. The model designation was changed from “1893” to simply “93” in 1905. Reference Marlin Firearms, Brophy. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle in 25 caliber with 24″ oct bbl, pistol grip stock & shipped Nov. 9, 1898. Also accompanied by a modern custom, teal color ultra-suede lined, leather trunk case compartmented in bottom for stocked receiver & both bbls with three other empty compartments. CONDITION: The 26″ 38-55 Barrel: Extremely fine. Retains virtually all of its orig factory blue with a few very minor nicks & faint sharp edge wear. Forearm has a scratch & a couple small bruises on left side showing moderate wear to checkering and retains most of a fine professionally restored finish. The forend cap & takedown ring retain traces of case colors with balance having turned silver. Bright shiny bore with some fine erosion just in front of chamber. The 24″ 25-36 bbl is also extremely fine, retaining about 98% strong orig factory blue with minor sharp edge wear & light muzzle edge wear. Forearm shows moderate wear with a few light scratches & dings and retains most of its orig varnish. Forend cap retains most of its orig case colors, mostly faded & turning silver. Takedown ring has turned silver. Bright shiny bore. Receiver & buttstock are extremely fine. Receiver, lever & hammer retain virtually all of their orig faded case colors, slightly thin on bottom. Stock is sound with a series of light bruises on left side with light scratches & mars elsewhere and retains about all of its fine piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp. Case is as new. 4-35075 JR81 (22,500-32,500)

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MARLIN MODEL 1893 DELUXE ENGRAVED SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 104387. Cal. 32-40. Rare engraved ’93 with rare 26″ oct to rnd bbl, button magazine that is flush with forend cap, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & slightly altered Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture. Mounted with very highly figured, flame grain B-style checkered American walnut with serpentine pistol grip stock & crescent buttplate. Receiver is very nicely engraved by Conrad Ulrich with a vignette of a standing buck deer on left side surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns & a triple border. Right side has foliate arabesque patterns with matching borders. Top of receiver, top tang & bottom of receiver have light engraving patterns & borders. Standard bbl length for the 1893 was 26″, however the half octagon feature & button magazine are very rare and of course the engraving is rare in any Marlin rifle. CONDITION: Good to very good. Traces of orig finish remain in sheltered areas, especially around forearm with metal being mostly a silver/gray patina. Wood is sound with forearm showing heavy wear & a hand worn patina. Buttstock shows heavy wear with dark oil staining around wrist area and overall retains about 75% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore that may clean better. 4-35205 JR52 (3,000-5,000)

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TURNBULL RESTORED FACTORY ENGRAVED MARLIN 1893 DELUXE TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 163174. Cal. 30-30. 26″ oct bbl, full mag Takedown, Rocky Mountain nickel front sight, sporting rear with set screw, muzzle and chamber area have platinum and gold bands. Exposed flat of bbls in chamber area have about 1-3/4″ wedged circular scroll engraving. Forend cap has scroll engraving and gold band. Takedown ring has scroll engraving and gold band below bbl. The #10 engraved receiver has leaf and vine engraving with punch-dot background surrounding an oval vignette of cow and bull elk feeding in a wooden scene surrounded by gold wire on left side of receiver. Right side has leaf and vine with punch-dot background surrounding a circle vignette of a squirrel perched on branch of a tree with gold wire border. Bolt is engraved with leaves with punch-dot background and a circle having a clover leaf design of scroll with gold wire border. Hammer has squiggly scroll and gold wire outline. Buttplate tang is engraved with a circular open floral design with punch-dot background and gold wire border around tang. Mounted with colorful, nicely figured walnut with G-style checkered serpentine pistol grip, crescent butt and G-style checkered forend. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying it as a 30-30, 26″ oct bbl Takedown, pistol grip, rubber butt, shipped Feb. 28, 1898. With this gun is the original checkered forend and damaged factory stock that has also been severely shortened. CONDITION: As new from restoration. Bbl and mag tube retain nearly all of their factory quality restored blue finish. Takedown ring, receiver, hammer, lever and buttplate retain all of their fine factory quality restored case colors. Duplicated butt stock and forend have crisp checkering and retain all of their fine factory quality restored finish. Mechanics are crisp with a fine shiny bore. 4-37220 BDT152 (12,500-17,500)

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*RARE SPECIAL ORDER MARLIN 1893 STANDARD GRADE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 313905. Cal. 38-55. 32″ rnd bbl, 30″ mag. tube, ivory bead Lyman front sight blank and rear seat. Standard receiver with tang mounted thick base sight having nicely figured walnut, uncheckered straight grip, Marlin rifle buttplate and standard rifle forend. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. This special ordered 32″ bbl retains 93-95% original blue with a couple minor nicks and scuffs and some thinning behind rear sight dovetail from carrying. Magazine tube has 93-95% original blue with some thinning on bottom towards front and a minor nick on left side about 4″ from forend cap. Receiver retains 95% strong original case colors with some thinning across bottom. Hammer has most of its original case colors and lever likewise has most of its original case colors and fading to silver. Tang sight has 3″ staff. Stock is solid with a few minor nicks and dings, small area of discoloration between tangs on the left side also top of comb near buttplate with a cleaned and possibly light coat of added finish. Forend is solid with a couple of nicks and minor scratches and likewise cleaned and possibly a light coat of added finish. Mechanics are crisp and bore is bright and shiny. 4-35678 BDT137 (8,000-12,000)

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SPECIAL ORDER MARLIN 1893 STANDARD GRADE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 158194. Cal. 38-55. 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, nickel Rocky Mountain front sight, sporting rear with set screw, standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent butt, standard rifle forend. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and mag tube retain 90-95% original blue with some scattered fine storage oxidation, some minor nicks and scratches and some faint sharp edge wear. Receiver has 60-65% strong original case colors, mostly in rear half of receiver with front and bottom portions of receiver thinned and blended with silver and brown patina. Hammer is dark but shows original case colors mixed with silver patina. Lever is dark on sides and silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with numerous light nicks and dings and retains 85-90% original finish. Butt plate has traces of faded color, mostly silver blended with gray patina. Forend is sound with a couple of minor chips at receiver with numerous light nicks and dings and flake finish, but retains about 70% of original finish. Mechanics are crisp, bore is shiny with dark grooves and some fine scattered pitting. 4-35682 BDT138 (2,500-3,500)

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SCARCE MARLIN MODEL 1893 SPECIAL ORDER SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 124433. Cal. 38-55. Standard grade carbine with rare 20″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & 900 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate. There is a staple & ring in left side of receiver. Receiver is case colored. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this carbine as caliber 38-55 with 20″ bbl, shipped Aug. 29, 1895. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains 75-80% orig blue, strong & bright in sheltered areas with scattered spots of light surface rust & a few nicks on sharp edges. Magazine tube retains 70-75% strong orig blue with a small removed dent & a few spots of moderate pitting. Receiver, lever & hammer retain faded case colors, mostly turned silver, with stronger colors on sides of lever. Stock has a hairline on right side of wrist with usual nicks, dings & scratches. Forearm retains 60-70% orig varnish & buttstock about 80% restored varnish. Hammer will sometimes follow the bolt on closing, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-35379 JR50 (2,500-3,500)

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VERY RARE MARLIN MODEL 1894 DELUXE ENGRAVED LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 163743. Cal. 25-20. Rare ’94 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead Beach’s combination front sight, slot blank in rear seat & a Lyman loop tang sight. Mounted with highly figured B-style checkered American walnut with serpentine pistol grip & crescent buttplate. Receiver is engraved in #1 style with a standing buck deer on left side surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. It has zigzag borders top & bottom with arrowhead borders at front & rear with simple line borders around edge of receiver top & bottom and curly-Q borders front & rear. Right side of receiver & bolt have light arabesque patterns with similar borders to the left side. Top of receiver also has light arabesque patterns with matching borders which are also on top tang. Few Model 94’s were made in deluxe configuration and very few of those were engraved. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains a thin blue/brown patina with traces of blue in sheltered areas. Magazine tube is a thin plum patina with scattered spots of discoloration. Receiver is a mottled silver/brown patina with lever & hammer retaining traces of case color. Wood is sound showing moderate to heavy wear with usual nicks & scratches and retains about 75-80% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore that may clean better. 4-35375 JR47 (5,000-8,000)

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*MARLIN 1894 STANDARD GRADE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 324293. Cal. 38-40. 24″ rnd bbl with full magazine, nickel Rocky Mountain front sight, sporting rear sight with set screw. Standard receiver mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, Marlin rifle buttplate and standard rifle forend. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Coll. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90-95% original blue, minor muzzle wear, thinning in chamber area and a few minor light scratches. Magazine tube has 95% original blue with just a few minor scratches. Receiver has 75% original visible case colors blended with silver at bottom, front edges and top left side. Bolt has strong original blue with a small area that has flaked to brown patina. Hammer has strong visible original case colors, lever has visible case colors in protected areas blended with silver patina. Stock is solid with a few minor nicks and scrapes and retains most of a thin coat of added finish. Buttplate has original blue in center and silvered at heel and toe. Forend is sound with a few minor nicks and shallow depressions with 60-70% original finish worn thin on bottom. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. 4-35681 BDT140 (2,500-3,500)

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*SPECIAL ORDER MARLIN MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 369660. Cal. 25-20. 24″ octagon bbl, full magazine takedown, fine silver bead front sight, and sporting rear with set screw. Standard takedown frame mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, and steel Marlin rifle buttplate. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine tube retains 95% original blue with some thinning to sharp edges and some light thinning in chamber area. Receiver retains 85-90% original case color with thinning of takedown lever and ring. There are a couple of minor areas of brown patina on upper left side. Bolt has 80% original blue with an area flaked to brown patina. Hammer has strong original colors with wear on left side. Lever has strong original colors on side and thinning to silver and brown patina on bottom. Stock is sound with a few minor nicks and dings and carries most of its original finish. Buttplate has 60-70% blue, worn to silver at heel and toe. Forend has a few light nicks and scratches and one ding center of left side with most of its original finish with small area worn through on right side. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore and strong rifling. 4-35684 BDT135 (2,500-3,500)

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*MARLIN MODEL 1895 LEVER ACTION CARBINE. SN 263489. Cal. 40-70. Scarce carbine in a rare caliber with 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine, two bbl bands, Beach’s combination front sight & carbine ladder rear sight graduated to 2,000 yards. The front bbl band has been slightly altered to accommodate the folding front sight. Top of receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY” and the model number is on top tang. Top of receiver has two plugged holes apparently from an old scope or sight mount. Mounted with nicely figured, straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate. Rear band & bottom of stock have factory sling swivels. Mr. Clapp’s notes state that it is one of only possibly three made in this caliber. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: About fine. Metal retains a smooth even blue/brown patina, slightly thinner on magazine tube. Rear band has fine pitting. Forearm has a crack in tip, otherwise wood is sound and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36093 JR31 (3,500-5,000)

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MARLIN MODEL 1895 LEVER ACTION CARBINE. SN 167404. Cal. 38-56. Standard Eastern carbine, nickel finish, with 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine, two bbl bands, square base front sight with homemade brass blade & a Winchester-style carbine ladder rear sight marked to 2,000 yards. Side eject receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY” on top with model number on top tang. Mounted with very beautiful, uncheckered, replacement American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate. It has factory sling swivels on rear band & bottom of stock. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Overall retains about 50% restored nickel finish on bbl, magazine tube & bbl bands with about 25-30% on receiver, lever & hammer. Buttplate is cleaned metal color. Wood is sound and retains about all of its custom oil finish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-36050 JR29 (2,000-3,000)

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MARLIN MODEL 1895 LEVER ACTION CARBINE. SN 171204. Cal. 38-56. Standard carbine with 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base barleycorn front sight & carbine ladder rear sight graduated to 900 yards. Top of receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY” and model number is on top tang. Mounted with very highly figured replacement uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate. Rear band & bottom of stock have factory sling swivels. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains about 90% dark restored blue with magazine tube & receiver a thin restored blue. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its custom red finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-36045 JR30 (2,000-3,500)

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*EXTRAORDINARILY RARE SET OF RIFLES THAT BELONGED TO FAMOUS TRICK SHOOTING COUPLE, H.B. & SARAH WILLIAMS. SN 47.233 & 219584. The following set of rifles, a spectacular Deluxe Engraved Savage Model 1899 lever action rifle and a fabulous Marlin Model 1897 Deluxe Engraved lever action rifle that belonged to Herbert B. & Sarah F. Williams, who performed together in a variety of wild west shows & shooting exhibitions throughout the late 19th century and into the 20th century. They performed under the stage names of “Wild Burt” & “Little Sure Shot” and allegedly performed for eight years with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, although this could not be verified through records of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. This is not an unusual occurrence as over the years Buffalo Bill employed literally thousands of different performers. Mr. Williams was born Dec. 31, 1856 in Georgetown, Mass. with ancestry to the Georgetown Indians through his great-grandmother. According to an obituary from the Quincy Evening News, Quincy, Mass. of Nov. 26, 1935, which states that he ran away from home at an early age and wound up in Wyoming and later joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. The obituary states that he was the first man to be allowed by the government to take Indians from their reservation for show purposes. He later met Sarah F. Priddy whom he married and taught to shoot & ride. Also according to the obituary Sarah became so proficient that she once beat Annie Oakley in a shooting match at the St. Louis World’s Fair. Mr. Williams traveled the country giving shooting exhibitions for Peters Cartridge Co., Savage Arms Co. & Winchester Arms Co. and later worked for 21 years for the Standard Oil Co. Mr. Williams gave a special exhibition for Pres. Theodore Roosevelt in Washington & also worked with Thomas Edison. Sarah passed away June 1, 1938. ____ The rifles are as follows: 1) Ultra-rare Marlin Model 1897 Engraved Deluxe Birdseye Maple Lever Action Rifle. Cal. 22. SN 219584. Spectacular little rifle with 24″ oct bbl, Lyman ivory bead front sight & Winchester-style semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture. Mounted with very highly figured birdseye maple with uncheckered serpentine pistol grip stock & crescent buttplate. Receiver, lever, hammer, buttplate & forend cap are all factory nickel plated. Receiver is beautifully engraved by Concrad Ulrich in #1 style with large vignette of a standing buck deer in a forest scene on left side with fine foliate arabesque scrolls surrounding & multiple borders. In the vignette, above the deer, are the script initials “SFW”. Right side of receiver has foliate arabesque scrolls, all with punch dot background & multiple borders. Top & bottom of receiver have matching engraving patterns with light border decorations. Top tang is marked “MODEL 1897”. Serial number was observed in usual place on bottom front of receiver, inside top tang channel of buttstock & inside buttplate. Accompanied by a Marlin Fire Arms Co. letter identifying this rifle in 22 caliber with 24″ oct bbl & pistol grip stock shipped March 4, 1901. Returned & repaired on Sept. 25, 1905 and on June 30, 1925. 2) Spectacular Savage Model 1899 Lever Action Rifle. Cal. 303 Savage. SN 47.233. This fabulous rifle has 24″ oct to rnd bbl with ivory bead front sight & Savage #21 windage & elevation adjustable rear sight. Mounted with spectacular French or Circassian walnut with fleur-de-lis carved & checkered schnable tip forearm & straight stock with raised checkered side panels & a nickel-plated crescent buttplate. Lever & trigger are also nickel-plated. Left side of buttstock has a silver inlaid panel, secured with six silver pins, bearing the elaborate script initials “HBW” for Herbert B. Williams. Receiver is unusually & elaborately engraved with foliate arabesque patterns on each side and top left edge of receiver with a small foliate pattern & border on receiver ring that are all bright blue. Entire balance of the receiver is hand stippled, very similar to the Crossman rifle. Bottom of lever has a series of small electropencil numbers. Serial number was observed in its usual place in front of lever boss as well as on rear end of forearm, in the wood under buttplate & also inside buttplate. Accompanied by a letter from Roe S. Clark, Arms Historian for the Savage, Stevens & Fox companies, which states that the records show this rifle was in caliber 25-35 with rnd bbl, fancy American walnut stock with Grade C checkering & engraved in Grade A-style. It was initially shipped Sept. 8, 1904 to Roberts Hardware in Utica, NY and was returned to the factory and subsequently shipped to H.B. Williams on Aug. 30, 1905. It is apparent that this rifle was returned to Savage to be re-barreled very likely because the orig 25-35 caliber was insufficient for Mr. Williams stage performance purposes.____These rifles are accompanied by a binder of compiled information regarding Wild Burt & Sarah “Little Sure Shot” Williams along with numerous copies of photographs of Mr. Williams & one of Mrs. Williams. There is one orig cabinet card of Mr. Williams in his stage costume holding a Model 1873 Winchester. Several other poses show him holding a variety of firearms. In addition there is a copy of Mr. & Mrs. Williams’ wedding invitation, newspaper articles & a copy of his business card. There is also an early computer printout identifying these rifles as having belonged to Mr. & Mrs. Williams, which states that Mr. Williams won the Savage rifle in a pistol competition on top of the old Madison Square Garden. It also states that the Marlin rifle was given to Mrs. Williams by the Marlin Corp. This information was provided by their great-grandson, Charles Williams. He also states that his great-grandparents performed as exhibition shooters for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. There are also several show bills advertising both Wild Burt & Little Sure Shot. In addition there is a signed & notarized statement from Sharon M. Potter who states that she is the great-granddaughter of Herbert B. & Sarah F. (Priddy) Williams and certifying that her great-grandparents owned these two rifles. CONDITION: 1) Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig blue, slightly dulled & turning plum on magazine tube. Receiver, lever & hammer retain about 95% strong orig nickel with some minor flaking & discoloration. Buttplate retains about 88-90% orig nickel with some discoloration. Forend cap retains 30-35% nickel with balance a blue/brown patina. Stock has a hairline through buttplate toe screw, otherwise wood is sound with minor nicks & dings with forearm retaining about 90% orig varnish & buttstock 95-96% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with light pitting in grooves. Firing pin is missing. 2) Extremely fine. Bbl retains 96-97% glossy orig blue with heavy crusted oil under forearm. Receiver retains virtually all of its orig finish with some slight thinning on edges. Stock has an early repaired hairline back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Lever retains most of its orig nickel finish with some bubbling & pimpling. Buttplate retains about 60% flaked orig nickel finish with flaked areas a dark patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-33760 JR58 (60,000-100,000)

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*RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED DELUXE SAVAGE MODEL 1899 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 122189. Cal. 300 Sav. Special early rifle with 24″ tapered rnd bbl, pedestal front sight with ivory bead, a slot blank in rear seat and a Lyman locking lever tang sight. Receiver is beautifully engraved in Grade B with vignette of a wounded buck deer on left side and a running doe on right side, both surrounded with fine foliate arabesque patterns. Front edge of receiver ring & rear edges of sides of receiver have a rectangular pattern border engraving. Sides of lever pedestal have small triangles. Entire receiver, around engraving patterns, is very finely stippled including top & bottom tangs and lever pedestal. Lever is case colored. Mounted with very highly figured, flame grain, checkered American walnut with fleur-de-lis carved & checkered Schnabel tip forearm with dlx pattern carving & checkering on wrist with checkered & carved raised side panels. Stock has a serrated steel buttplate with a checkered hard rubber grip cap. Forearm is unnumbered and is for a solid frame while the bbl is a takedown type but probably is mounted permanently. Bolt is jeweled. Accompanied by a letter from someone named Jim Fitzgerald of North Scituate, Mass., dated March 3, 1973 to a Mr. McConnell. Body of letter is quoted as follows: “The Savage rifle Model 99 in cal. 300, Grade B engraving, serial #122,189 was sold to me – privately from the gun cabinet of retiring president J. Falcon. (Savage Arms Co.) This gun was used by the factory as a display weapon and was remodeled by the factory and updated in 1948. I can’t say whether or not this rifle was privately owned by Mr. Falcon but anyway it came from the Savage executive office.” Signed Jim Fitzgerald. This letter hereby explains the more recent style stock which does not have the ribbon carving as found on forearm. While this rifle is not absolutely original, all the work that was done, including the replacement stock & refinishing the lever was accomplished at the Savage plant. Very likely the forearm checkering was freshened and finish restored at same time. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Both wood & metal retain virtually all of the fine factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-35701 JR486 (15,000-25,000)

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*GRIFFIN & HOWE, PAUL JAEGER ENGRAVED, CUSTOM SAVAGE 99 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 908148. Cal. 250 Savage. 20″ rnd bbl, banded ramp front sight with fine bead, no rear sight. Bbl is marked “No. 2431 GRIFFIN & HOWE INC. NEW YORK, N.Y.”. 3-1/2″ wedge of foliate scroll & punch-dot background over chamber area. Receiver is magnificently engraved with floral & vine scroll with punch-dot background, a bugling bull elk in a forest & mountain scene background, signed “Paul Jaeger, Jenkintown, PA.” on left side. Right side has fine floral & vine scroll with punch-dot background & ram’s head set against mountainous background. Bottom of frame is white-tailed buck bounding over log with forested background. Remainder of action is floral & vine scroll with punch-dot background, including lever & grip cap. Mounted with colorful piece of nicely figured walnut, checkered side panels, checkered pistol grip with steel engraved grip cap, left side oval shadow-line cheekpiece, checkered steel butt plate & fully checkered Schnable tip forend; butt & forend mounted with detachable sling swivel studs. Gun is topped with Leopold M8 4-power scope & engraved Redfield rings. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl, receiver & lever retain 98-99% of their fine custom blue. Wood is sound with sharp checkering, some minor handling marks & retains most of its fine custom finish. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore. Scope is clear with duplex crosshairs. 4-35704 BDT179 (4,000-6,000)

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*RARE SAVAGE MODEL 99 LEVER ACTION MUSKET. SN 168380. Cal. 303 Savage. Model 1899-D Musket with 26″ rnd bbl with Rocky Mountain front sight & 1,300 yard ladder musket rear sight. Muzzle is turned for bayonet loop with an attaching hook on split front band. Mounted with uncheckered very nicely figured American walnut with full length forestock that has grasping grooves & a half length handguard with flat band containing a sling loop. Buttstock has a straight grip with raised side panels & a smooth steel carbine/musket buttplate. Buttplate tang is stamped with issue number “525”. Left side of receiver is very nicely engraved “H.G. MATTHEWS / Quebec”. Accompanied by what is probably its orig brown leather issue sling with a leather slide. Approx. 800 of these muskets were purchased by the Montreal Home Guard with individual members purchasing their own arms. The name that appears on this rifle is undoubtedly the name of the gentleman who originally purchased it. It would have been issued with the sling & a knife style bayonet. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 96-97% strong orig factory blue with only a couple of minor scrapes around muzzle & front sight. Receiver retains about 96-97% strong glossy orig blue with a few minor scratches & some light surface spotting. Lever retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant on sides, somewhat faded on face. Buttplate retains about 75% orig blue. Wood is sound with minor handling & storage marks and retains most of its orig oil finish. Sling is equally fine. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore, dark in the grooves, may clean better. 4-35148 (5,250-6,250)

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*UNUSUAL BRITISH PROOFED CUSTOM SAVAGE 1899 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 154482. Cal. 22 HP. 20″ rnd bbl with integral base with pinned fine bead German silver front sight. “SAVAGE ARMS CO PATENT APP’D FOR.” marked adjustable rear sight. This interesting take-down model has very seldom seen British proof marks & nitro proved located on left side of bbl at chamber & sgl Crown V proof adjacent receiver. Rear of bolt also carries Crown V proof mark. Receiver has been drilled & tapped for scope base, as well as tang sight. Custom stocked with highly figured streaked walnut, checkered side panels, deluxe checkered wrap-around straight grip & Savage Quality Logo hard rubber butt plate. Deluxe checkered Schnable tip forend. CONDITION: Very fine. Metal retains nearly all of a very fine high-luster restored blue finish. Extremely well done custom stock & wonderful checkering has only a couple very minor light handling marks, retaining virtually all of its fine hand-rubbed oil finish. Forend is similar with only a couple of minor handling marks & superb hand-rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore & some very fine light scattered pitting. 4-33891 BDT80 (3,500-5,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE AND UNUSUAL VERY EARLY PROTOTYPE OR PRE-PRODUCTION HENRY RIFLE. SN None. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Most unusual Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, integral magazine tube, German silver front sight, no provision for a rear sight and a second type 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight mounted atop the receiver in a second dovetail at the rear edge. The front dovetail is filled with a brass slot blank. The bore is rifled in what appears to be Metford style with smooth lands and grooves. The bbl marking on the top flat is located about 2″ forward of the receiver in the usual position and is of the small letter early style. The lever is first Henry type without latch and the hammer is very slightly thicker. It is mounted with very nicely figured flame grain uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and first type Henry brass buttplate with round heel and trapdoor which is substantially thicker than normal Henry trapdoors and the large round recess as is found in very early Henrys. The receiver and buttplate tang are very nicely engraved in Volcanic style consisting of foliate arabesque patterns with feather patterns along the top side flats. Disassembly disclosed no markings whatsoever except that previously mentioned as found on the top flat of the bbl. _____ This rifle, while undoubtedly a Henry, has several dissimilar attributes. Measuring the prominent features of the rifle disclosed the following as compared to another early Henry rifle, SN 3677: receiver thickness over the side plates is .022″ thicker, over the front flats is .029″ thicker, receiver height just in front of the lever is .035″ taller, the receiver length from the front edge to back edge of the hump in front of the hammer is .19″ shorter, the top tang is .516″ longer, .012″ wider and .045″ thinner, the bottom tang is 1.440″ shorter, the buttplate is about .090″ taller and about .017″ wider, the bbl across the flats at the receiver is .002″ thicker, the length of the oct section of the sleeve is .004″ longer, the sight collar is .007″ shorter, the diameters of the round sections of the bbls under the sleeves are identical at .688″, the diameter of the magazine tube is .017″ thinner and the sideplate is .015″ thicker. The lever screws and through-bolt tang screws are completely compatible and interchangeable. The trigger on the subject rifle appear to be slightly thicker but about the same length and slightly less curved. The contour of the receiver is substantially different with a taller radius at the top rear edge and much taller and deeper scallops at the front lower edges. The length of the carriers are identical while the subject carrier is about .011″ narrower. These measurements, while close in most areas, are somewhat dissimilar in others, leaving open to speculation the actual parentage of this rifle. It is the contention of this cataloger that this rifle is an extremely early transitional piece from the Volcanic to the Henry which was somewhat refined before production began. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. The bbl retains about 40% original blue, mostly in the gullets and rotating sleeve with the balance a dark plum patina. Receiver and buttplate are a lovely dark mustard patina with some sharp edge brightness. The lever retains traces of case colors being mostly a dark brown patina while the hammer retains about 95% faded case colors. The stock is sound with light handling and use marks, nicks and scratches, and retains most of its original factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-35144 JR86 (50,000-70,000)

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FINE SCARCE MARTIAL HENRY RIFLE. SN 3677. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral magazine tube, German silver front sight and fixed rear sight. It has the inspector initials “CC” on the right front edge of frame and “c C.G.C.” on the right flat of the bbl joint in front of the receiver and there is the outline of a cartouche on the right side of the wrist. It is mounted with straight grain uncheckered American walnut buttstock with first type brass buttplate with round heel and trap containing an original four piece brass and iron wiping rod. The SN was observed in the usual position over the chamber area of the bbl, left side of the lower tang under the wood, inside the top tang channel of the buttstock and inside the toe of the buttplate. SN is also stamped on the two buttplate screws, however the stock wrist screws, which are original Henry equipment, simply are not numbered and probably never were. The assembly number 434 was observed on top of the bbl under the rotating sleeve, and on rear edge of rotating sleeve. The majority of these rifles were issued to the Third Regiment of Veteran Volunteers which were intended to be an elite unit of shock troops but the war was drawing down by the time they were formed and they only saw duty guard & picket around Washington DC and were disbanded shortly after the war. As a condition of enlistment each of these troopers was allowed to retain his sidearm and rifle upon completing his term of service. CONDITION: Very good to fine. The bbl retains a heavy dark plum patina with a few small spots of discoloration. Receiver and buttplate show moderate wear and retain a dark mustard patina. The stock has a hairline through the bottom buttplate screw hole with numerous nicks, dings and scratches and a couple of light gouges on the right side and retains a hand worn patina with a slightly chipped toe. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-35011 JR87 (45,000-60,000)

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FINE INSCRIBED AND ENGRAVED CIVIL WAR ERA MODEL 1860 HENRY RIFLE. SN 7471. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral magazine tube, German silver front sight and 900 yd 2nd type Henry ladder rear sight. It is mounted with rare straight grain uncheckered rosewood buttstock with 2nd type brass buttplate with pointed heel and trap. Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel with the “Henry bump” and a corresponding sling loop in the gullet on the left side of the bbl. SN was observed in its usual position over the chamber area over the bbl, left side of lower tang under the wood, inside the top tang channel of buttstock and inside the toe of the buttplate. The assembly number 484 was observed on the top of the bbl under the rotating sleeve and on the back edge of the rotating sleeve. The receiver is very nicely custom engraved with light foliate arabesque patterns around the side panels and front rebated area on the left side with flower blossoms on the left side plate and a cross with a diamond in the center, what may be a unit emblem. The right side of the receiver is engraved with more elaborate arabesque patterns on the side plate along with the inscription “G. Kurtz.” in old English and “Co B. 3d Regt 1st A.G. / U.S.V.V.” in block letters. The right raised panel and rear side of the frame are lightly decorated. The right front rebated area has a very detailed American eagle with an American shield on its breast, clutching arrows and foliage in its talons and holding crossed flags and ribbons in its beak, surmounted by a stylized six-pointed star. The top of the receiver and top tang are lightly engraved to match. It is accompanied by an original and very rare Henry dust cover which consists of a flat brass plate pinned to a rosewood block with four copper pins and engraved with a foliate and floral bouquet with light border. This rifle apparently was the property of Trooper G. Kurtz, a member of the 3rd Regimen U.S. Veteran Volunteers. This unit was organized towards the end of the war and was intended to be a unit of elite shock troops and were issued side arms and repeating rifles which, as a condition of enlistment, they were allowed to keep upon completion of their term of service. Shortly after they were formed the war began to wind down and they were never sent into battle, only being assigned picket & guard duty around Washington DC. They were discharged shortly after the war’s end. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. The bbl and magazine tube retain 25-30% original blue in the gullets with the balance a beautiful dark plum patina. The receiver and buttplate are a crisp, medium to dark mustard patina. The wood is sound with minor nicks and dings and retains most of its original varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-35138 JR88 (40,000-60,000)

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HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 8770. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 24-1/4″ oct bbl with integral magazine tube, German silver front sight and 900 yd 2nd type Henry ladder rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured uncheckered American walnut buttstock with straight grip and factory sling swivel on left side and visible “Henry bump” with a corresponding sling loop on the left side of bbl in gullet. SN was observed in usual place on the top flat of the bbl over the chamber, on the left side of lower tang under the wood, inside the top tang channel of the buttstock and inside the toe of the buttplate. Top of bbl under the rotating sleeve has assembly number 1455, which number also appears on the rear edge of the rotating sleeve. Accompanied by a partial box of 29 Remington/UMC 44 RF flat cartridges. CONDITION: About fine. Bbl retains 15-20% dark blue in the gullets with the balance a very dark plum brown patina with fine surface etching. There are wrench marks just forward of the rear sight along with what are probably plier marks in the gullet below the rear sight. Receiver is a cleaned light patina with light vise marks in the front panels on each side. Lever and hammer retain a dark plum brown patina. Stock is sound with usual nicks and dings and retains most of an old applied finish. Mechanics are fine, strong sharp dark bore with scattered moderate pitting. Box of cartridges shows wear and soil with a slightly broken corner. 4-33421 JR90 (15,000-25,000)

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FINE MODERN REPRODUCTION MODEL 1860 HENRY RIFLE. SN 1558. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, German silver front sight and 900 yd 2nd type Henry ladder rear sight. It is mounted with slab sawed, uncheckered American walnut buttstock. SN was observed in the customary place on the top flat of the bbl, on the left side of lower tang under the wood, in the top tang channel of the buttstock and inside the toe of the buttplate. All of the stock screws and buttplate screws also bear the SN. Top of bbl under the rotating sleeve has the assembly number 3713, which is also found on the rear face of the rotating sleeve. This fine copy appears to be the work of the late Ron Kudrick of Reno, NV. CONDITION: Very fine. The bbl and magazine tube retain a smooth dark plum patina. Receiver and buttplate retain a medium mustard patina showing light edge wear. The lever, hammer and trigger are a plum patina and appear to be reblued. The stock is sound with minor storage and handling marks and retains most of its original oil finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-35149 JR89 (6,000-10,000)

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RARE HALF-SCALE MICHAEL BARRETT IRON FRAME HENRY RIFLE. SN NSN. Cal. NONe. One of only four of these tiny rifles built by Michael J. Barrett of Forest Lake, MN. It is built precisely to 1/2 scale with a 12-1/2″ oct bbl, integral magazine, brass blade front sight, brass follower & carrier with a Henry style ladder rear sight in the bbl dovetail and, like the orig, a second dovetail toward the top rear of the receiver. Lever is made without latch. Integral magazine tube & bbl were made from a sgl pc of bar stock, which when finished left a large opening on the bottom – too large for the follower. Mr. Barrett created a rolling wheel to form the lips of the tube to the correct opening. All of the miniature makers make the tube & bbl in two pcs and weld them together. This rifle has a very highly figured tiger-striped rosewood stock with iron crescent buttplate with trap. Lower tang is marked with Mr. Barrett’s initials. Bbl is not rifled or chambered and there is no firing pin and is not an actual firearm, otherwise the mechanics function exactly like the orig. Rear sight is purposely made with a crack in the bottom center to provide tension for the slide. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Metal is bright showing a few minor handling marks. Wood is sound & retains a fine oil finish. A truly rare & very decorative item that would complement anyone’s Henry collection. 4-33771 JR314 (5,500-7,500)

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EXTRAORDINARY HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 26268. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Fine early Henry marked rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine with half nickel front sight & Henry style 900 yard ladder rear sight. Top flat has completely legible Henry’s Patent markings. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight grip & crescent brass buttplate with trap containing an orig 4-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Forend cap is the early style with dimpled front edge. Bottom of stock & forend cap have Henry style sling swivels. Left side of buttstock is crudely scratched “XIX”. This rifle was made in 1869 and one of the last with the Henry bbl marking. Accompanied by a modern, soft green, canvas zipper case. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine with bbl & magazine tube retaining 97-98% strong orig factory blue with only slight muzzle edge wear & some faint sharp edge wear on bbl. There is some slight dulling & thinning over chamber area behind rear sight. Receiver is absolutely exceptional with crisp edges & a smooth even dark mustard patina & about 60-70% orig fire blue on loading gate. Hammer retains about 95% moderately faded case colors. Lever retains some dark case colors in the most sheltered areas being mostly a gray patina. Buttplate & forend cap match the receiver color with crisp edges & identical patina. Wood is equally exceptional with minor nicks & scratches, a couple of small bruises on forearm & a small gouge in the stock with forearm retaining about 90% strong orig piano varnish finish. Buttstock retains 97-98% strong orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. This is undoubtedly one of the finest ’66 rifles to come to market in recent years and it will probably be a long time before its equal sees daylight. Case is fine. 4-35823 JR483 (50,000-75,000)

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Revised: 10/1/2008

Additional Information: Buttstock and buttplate are serial numbered to the gun.

FINE EARLY HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 20285. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine with half-nickel front sight & Henry style 900 yard ladder rear sight. Top flat has completely legible Henry’s Patent markings. Mounted with nicely figured uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight grip & crescent brass buttplate with trap. Bottom of buttstock has a Henry style sling swivel & forend cap with Winchester style sling loop on an integral base. This rifle was manufactured in 1869 and is toward the end of the rifles that have the Henry bbl markings. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 88-90% strong orig blue turning a little plum on bbl with some light scattered spots of fine pitting. Receiver, forend cap & buttplate show slight edge wear & retain a fine medium mustard patina, having been polished a long time ago and now regaining its patina. Carrier has some light hammer marks on bottom with a few light scratches on receiver. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and a couple of small bruises on the butt & retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine pitting. 4-35785 (35,000-45,000)

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VERY RARE HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER 3RD MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 21313. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard, very early carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine with integral bbl band/front sight & very early 2-position flip rear sight. Bbl has slightly thin but completely legible Henry markings. Receiver has a staple & ring in left side. Serial number is on bottom tang, underneath lever, & last three digits of serial number are also found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Mounted with straight grain uncheckered American walnut with usual carbine forearm & thick rounded band & straight stock with brass rifle buttplate with trap containing a reproduction 3-pc brass & iron wiping rod. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl, magazine tube, lever & hammer retain a smooth, even, dark plum/brown patina with scattered light surface rust with a couple of spots of heavier pitting and magazine tube having a line of heavier pitting on right side. Receiver retains fairly sharp edges with a few light nicks & dings and retains good blue on screws with a medium mustard patina. Forearm has a very deep, very old gouge with other battered areas showing heavy wear & dark oil staining. Stock has a couple of cracks back of top tang & another one below bottom tang with light handling & use marks and retains a very old hand worn dark patina. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore with a ring about 5″ from muzzle. Few of these early Henry marked carbines survive today, especially in unaltered condition. 4-35010 JR459 (10,000-15,000)

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INTERESTING PAIR OF CONSECUTIVELY NUMBERED WINCHESTER 1866 SRC’S. SN 45890, 45891. Cal. 44. Each gun 20″ rnd bbl with full magazine, bbl band front sight & 2-leaf rear sight. 1ST GUN: 44 RF, factory engraved with vignette of picador in bullfighting scene on left side plate, right side & remainder of receiver with bold scroll-and-flower pattern; mounted in straight grain uncheckered walnut with brass carbine butt plate with trapdoor & 3-pc steel & brass wiping rod. 2ND GUN: 44 CF, factory engraved with matador & bull on left side with dotted border with balance a flowing floral scroll; right side plate has blank vignette surrounded by open sweeping scroll; mounted in straight grain uncheckered walnut with brass rifle butt with trapdoor & 3-pc steel & brass wiping rod. 1st gun has photos in The Winchester Book by George Madis, last copyright 1979, p. 106, and 2nd gun is mentioned in the write-up as being similarly factory engraved. CONDITION: 1ST GUN: Good. Bbl & magazine tube are dark brown patina with areas of scattered pitting; also has replacement magazine tube, or at least magazine tube cap is held in by screw. Receiver is well worn but engraving is still quite visible. Stock is fairly solid & well worn, with a few chips around tang areas, chip missing from behind lower tang, shrunk a little below butt plate & a couple of grain cracks running from butt plate & also 2 cracks on left side at receiver; has dark oiled finish. Forend is solid, with the usual nicks & dings & smooth hand-worn finish. 2ND GUN: Good. With dark brown patina finish on bbl & magazine tube & some areas of minor oxidation. Receiver is also well worn with good visible engraving. Stock has a couple of old repairs & some splinters replaced with plastic wood; shrunk from around tangs & a little below butt plate; steel oval with 2 screws mounted about 5″ from butt plate on toe line. Forend is sound with repaired crack forward of bbl band & has shrunk or worn below receiver. Both forend & butt stock have hand-worn patina finish. Both guns with bores that are only fair with considerable pitting, as might be expected. Mechanics on both are okay with weak lever retaining springs. 1st gun has replacement lever retaining latch. 4-33435, 4-33436 BDT43 (8,000-15,000)

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RARE EARLIEST KNOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 13. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). First model ’73 of the very first run with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, half-nickel front sight & reverse mounted, orig, short, semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver has the mortised dust cover with raised checkered thumb print. It has case colored lever & hammer and set trigger. Bolt is the early type with a removable bushing & trigger is also early type without safety block. Top tang is, like all early 1st models, unmarked but has the rare feature of two holes for a tang sight, most of the early 73’s were not so equipped. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap. Assembly number “10” was observed on left side of lower tang under the wood inside top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Serial number on bottom tang is hand engraved & is accompanied with “Model 1873” also hand engraved. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter fully identifying this rifle as found with set trigger, blued finish, “long stock” & 4″ target. Received in warehouse Feb. 27, 1874 and shipped March 9, 1874 to order #1092. The entry “long stock” would seem to imply that this stock is longer than standard. It is 13-1/4″ from trigger to center of buttplate which is longer than the later production rifles but the same length as the Model 1866, which this rifle succeeded. The notation, 4″ target, is presumed to mean that it was targeted and held a 4″ grouping, probably at 100 yards. This rifle is alleged to have turned up in Europe in recent years and was imported into the United States. There are a number of other 2-digit 73’s known but none compare in condition to this one. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 70-75% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas, turning plum with a thin cleaned area about mid-point and some light discoloration & fine pitting. Magazine tube retains about 85% strong orig blue with a cleaned area about mid-point on right side with two spots of moderate pitting. Forend cap retains about 75% strong orig blue. Receiver retains about 85-88% strong orig blue, clean & dark on left side, somewhat thinned on right side with some fine surface pitting. Top of receiver retains about 92-93% strong orig blue and bottom equally strong, thin in front rebated area. Hammer retains 95-96% strong orig case colors, slightly faded. Lever retains 65-70% case colors, moderately faded, turning gray on outer edges. Wood is sound with a few minor small gouges & bruises with light handling & storage marks and retains a hand worn patina. Buttplate retains 75-80% moderately faded case colors. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-35359 JR485 (140,000-170,000)

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INCREDIBLE WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 267619. Cal. 44-40. 24″ oct bbl, full magazine, half-nickel front sight, serrated side sporting rear, standard receiver. Mounted with select straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent butt with trapdoor, standard rifle forend. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying gun as 44 caliber rifle, oct bbl, plain trigger; received in warehouse June 1, 1888; shipped July 2, 1888, on order no. 9362. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% orig blue, minor muzzle wear, some faint sharp edge wear & a few minor nicks. Receiver retains 98-99% orig blue with some faint thinning on high edges & some minor flecks of surface oxidation. Hammer retains most of its brilliant orig case colors with faint silver line on left side. Lever retains nearly all of its brilliant orig case colors. Stock is sound with minor nicks & handling marks, retaining most of its orig varnish finish. Butt plate retains most of its orig case colors, thinning to gray at toe. Forend is sound with some minor nicks & scratches & retains most of its orig varnish finish with minor thinning in belly area. Forend cap retains nearly all of its orig blue with some minor nicks on left side near screw. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore, as gun is nearly new. 4-37272 BDT277 (22,500-27,500)

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*OUTSTANDING NEAR-NEW WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 719589 B. Cal. 44 WCF. 24″ oct bbl & full magazine, fixed blade front sight with set screw & sporting rear sight with set screw. Mounted in “streaky” piece of walnut with uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt with trap door. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-98% orig blue with just some very faint sharp edge wear & a couple of spots of minor surface oxidation. Receiver has 98-99% orig blue with just a few very minor scuff marks. Lever & hammer retain nearly all of their orig blue with some very minor flaking on bottom of lever. Stock is sound with only extremely minor minimal light nicks & dings and has nearly all of its orig finish. Butt plate has flaked to a dark blue/brown patina. Forend has only a couple of minor nicks & dings, retaining most of its orig finish, forend cap has most of its orig blue with only a couple of flake spots on bottom. Mechanics are crisp & like new, bore is bright & shiny. This is a truly high condition late Model 73. 4-35395 BDT72 (14,000-18,000)

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SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1873 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 89320 A. Cal. 44 WCF. 24″ half-rnd bbl, half-magazine, half-nickel front sight, modified to flat top checkered side sporting rear sight. Thick base with finely knurled post tang sight. Mounted with flame grain walnut checkered straight grip stock, crescent butt with trapdoor, 3-pc steel with brass tip wiping rod, deluxe H-style checkered forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no.”1839″ with matching number in top tang channel of stock & inside toe of butt plate. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying gun as rifle half oct, plain trigger, checkered stock, case hardened, 14″ pull, 1/2″ drop; received in warehouse May 22, 1882; shipped May 23, 1882, on order no. 32860; return & repair Sept. 22, 1882, order no. 35072. Also noted this exact rifle is pictured in The Winchester Book, by George Madis, on p.164, from the collection of Dr. R. L. Moore, Jr. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 80-85% orig blue with muzzle wear; some thinning & light scratches to rnd portion & sharp edge wear to oct. Receiver has 70% orig thinning case colors, brighter in protected areas. Hammer & lever show most of their orig case colors. Special order 14″ stock is sound, with good checkering, usual nicks & dings and carries hand-worn patina to its orig finish. Forend is solid with usual nicks & dings, with wear in belly area & hand-worn patina with traces of old added finish. Lower tang at SN has minor distortion & SN may have been re-engraved. Mechanics are crisp with bright & shiny bore. 4-35012 BDT82 (17,500-22,500)

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RARE WINCHESTER 1873 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 148029. Cal. 38-40. 28″ oct bbl with full magazine, fine bead front sight, sporting rear with set screw. Tang is mounted with finely knurled post tang sight. Mounted with “XX” walnut with checkered pistol grip, fleur-de-lis ebony insert & crescent butt with trapdoor. Deluxe checkered forend. Accompanied by Winchester Museum letter dated July 11, 1981, identifying rifle as 38 caliber, 28″ oct bbl, plain trigger, case hardened, checkered stock, pistol grip, received in warehouse Aug. 28, 1884, and shipped Aug. 29, 1884. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “5360”, “38”, “XX” & “R”. Top tang channel has “38” & matching “5360” as well as inside toe of butt plate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube have turned a dark brown patina, mixed with silver on sharp edges, and a few of the usual light nicks & dings. Case hardened receiver has silvered with just faint traces of color & worn to a dark patina on forward half. Hammer is a silver patina & lever a dark brown patina. Stock is solid with well-worn orig finish & numerous nicks & dings, with the expected slightly worn checkering. Forend is solid with a couple of extremely minor hairlines at receiver, mostly hand-worn finish & typical worn checkering. Bore is good with scattered shallow pitting. Mechanics are crisp. 4-33437 BDT41 (7,500-10,500)

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SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1873 ENGRAVED SHORT RIFLE. SN 205261 B. Cal. 44-40. 20″ oct bbl & full magazine, fixed blade front sight with screw & carbine style added rear sight. Factory engraved receiver is that of a circle with standing deer on left plate surrounded by foliate arabesque scroll with punch-dot background; right side plate is a large flowing foliate scroll with punch-dot background, with scroll pattern in front & behind both plates. Dust cover has foliate scroll pattern, as does chamber area of receiver, and smaller scrolls in front & behind hammer. Mounted with semi-fancy walnut with uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt with trapdoor. Inspection of lower tang indicates assembly no.”905 XX” and “SS”. No assembly numbers were observed on stock or butt plate. Stock is also mounted with factory sling swivel. Forend is fancy highly figured walnut. Forend cap has modest scroll engraving & factory mounted swivel. Gun is equipped with sgl set trigger. Gun is accompanied by Winchester research letter dated Sept. 26, 1983, identifying gun as 20″ oct bbl rifle, set trigger, case hardened, checkered stock, sling & swivel, sporting leaf & engraved. Received in warehouse April 19, 1886; shipped from warehouse on April 19, 1886, along with 9 other rifles with same specifications & same order number. CONDITION: Good. Bbl retains only traces of orig blue & is mostly a mixture of gray, silver & brown patina. Receiver is a mixture of silver & brown patina. Hammer & lever carry a dark patina color. Replacement stock is sound with a repair in right side wrist area & carries smooth oiled finish with only a few minor nicks. Colorful forend has a few minor nicks & dings and tiny chip at forend on right side; carries hand-oiled finish. Dark pitted bore with decent mechanics. Set trigger currently not functioning and occasionally dust cover won’t retract all the way. 4-33439 BDT38 (5,000-8,000)

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RARE WINCHESTER 1873 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 202432. Cal. 44 WCF. 24″ oct bbl with full magazine, with modified half-nickel front sight & 1873 marked 1000 yds ladder rear sight, missing screw & sliding bar. Engraving is a circle with standing buck deer in wooded scene on left side plate, the remainder being foliate arabesque scrolls. Mounted in “XX” walnut with checkered pistol grip, fleur-de-lis ebony insert & crescent butt with trapdoor. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “833” & “XX” with matching “833” number in top tang channel of stock. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying gun as oct bbl rifle with set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, case hardened & shipped April 8, 1886, on order no. 5399. CONDITION: Good. Bbl & magazine tube are a splotchy brown & silver patina. Engraved receiver is silver patina color with numerous areas of shallow pitting that was cleaned years ago. Stock is rough with numerous nicks & dings, a chip behind top tang, and larger approx. 1/2″ chip at toe, revealing no.”5210″ on inside of butt plate; checkering is quite flat & worn. Forend is solid with some nicks & dings, especially near receiver, & quite worn flat checkering with hand-worn patina finish. Bore is fairly shiny with moderate scattered pitting & distinct rifling. Mechanics are good; set trigger out of adjustment. 4-33438 BDT40 (4,000-6,000)

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2154

OUTSTANDING RESTORED WINCHESTER 1873 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 236793. Cal. 32 WCF. 24″ oct bbl & full magazine, Beech’s combination front sight, serrated side sporting rear & 62-B tang sight. Custom engraved receiver has open flowing foliate scroll with punch-dot background, reminiscent of Nimschke. Mounted with “XX” walnut with deluxe checkered pistol grip with ebony insert & Swiss butt. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “230 XX” & “32 SB”. Top tang channel of stock is also marked “230”. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying gun as 32 caliber rifle, oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Swiss butt, case hardened; received in warehouse May 28, 1887, & shipped same day on order no. 18470. CONDITION: Extremely fine. As new from restoration. Bbl & magazine tube are better than 99%. Likewise, case colors on forend cap, receiver, lever & hammer show no wear. With the exception of a very minor ding on left side of forend, the fine hand-rubbed finish is near perfect. With very nice repointed checkering. Mechanics are crisp, bore is good with some scattered pitting. 4-35118 BDT62 (5,000-8,000)

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SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1873 EXTRA HEAVY BBL LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 378254. Cal. 38 WCF. 24″ extra heavy oct bbl with full magazine, nickel/silver Rocky Mountain front sight & serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Bbl measures .995 at muzzle. Mounted in straight grain walnut with uncheckered straight grip & smooth steel shotgun type butt. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying gun as 38 caliber extra heavy oct bbl, set trigger, leaf sight, shipped March 13, 1891, on order no. 1513. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube blue has turned a dark brown patina with silver showing on sharp edges & muzzle; a few minor nicks & dings as one might expect from this bbl-heavy rifle. Receiver shows some blue but has turned mostly a dark brown patina with silver on sharp edges. Hammer has good visible color with lever a mixture of brown & silver patina. Stock is solid with the usual amount of light nicks, dings & bruises with a hand-worn patina finish; left side at toe is what appears to be initials “R.H.C.”. Butt plate has turned to a mostly dark brown patina mixed with some silver. Forend has typical nicks & dings with light coat of added finish. Bore is dark with strong rifling & some shallow scattered pitting. Mechanics are crisp. 4-33441 BDT42 (4,000-7,000)

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RARE MAPLE STOCK WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 212466 B. Cal. 44 WCF. 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight with blade missing, serrated side sporting rear. Mounted with extremely rare bird’s-eye maple with uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt with trapdoor. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying gun as 28″ oct bbl rifle, bird’s-eye maple stock, received in warehouse July 2, 1886, & shipped July 3, 1886, on order no. 7297. Inspection of lower tang reveals markings “EM 149 XX BM”. Matching “149” can be found in top tang channel of stock & inside toe of butt plate. Factory maple-stocked Winchesters are extremely rare. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl & magazine tube have traces of orig blue in protected areas, with mostly a mixture of brown & silver patina, with strong bbl markings. Receiver has only remnants of orig blue in protected areas, mostly a smooth dark brown patina mixed with silver. Hammer has soft gray patina mixed with some dark brown. Lever is mostly dark brown patina. Maple stock is sound & ever-so-slightly undersized at top tang & at butt plate; somewhat dark through wrist area with balance a light tan, hand-oiled finish, showing off the bird’s-eye maple. Set trigger is a little out of adjustment. Forend is sound with repaired sliver on left side at forend cap, with only a few minor nicks & dings and smooth hand-rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are good, except above mentioned set trigger. Decent rifling with moderate scattered pitting. 4-35575 BDT67 (4,000-6,000)

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RARE WINCHESTER 1873 32″ LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 293557. Cal. 32 WCF. 32″ oct bbl & full magazine, half-nickel front sight with serrated side sporting rear with set screw, missing the elevator. Mounted in straight grain American walnut with uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt plate. Inspection of lower tang reveals no assembly numbers. Gun is accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet, identifying gun as 32 caliber 32″ oct bbl with plain trigger, shipped Mar. 18, 1889. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl & magazine tube have turned to a dark blue/brown patina & is very even the entire length. Bright showing through on sharp edges of oct & small amount of muzzle wear; small dent in magazine tube between the 2 hangers. Receiver is likewise a dark blue/brown patina; small dimple on left side of receiver, 3 similar dimples on right side. Stock is sound & fits receiver very nicely, has its usual bumps & bruises & is dark around upper tang with large black area on left side halfway down comb; also a dark area along lower tang that continues entire length of toe line to butt plate; open grain with hand-worn patina finish. Forend is solid with the usual nicks & dings & minor sliver missing near receiver on right side; shows traces of varnish, but is mostly open grain with hand-worn patina finish. Dark bore with moderate pitting & visible rifling. Mechanics are good. 4-33440 BDT39 (3,500-5,500)

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2158

WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 474555. Cal. 44WCF. 24″ oct bbl, full mag, half nickel front sight, serrated side, sporting rear with set screw, standard receiver mounted with highly figured feather grain walnut. Uncheckered straight grip, crescent butt with trapdoor, standard rifle forend. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl has original blue with about a 7″ area ahead for forend with nicks and minor rust pits. Bbl also has a coat of varnish covering over half of it. Mag tube has original blue with a series of nicks and dings and some minor oxidation spots and some of the same varnish covering. Receiver has 60-70% original blue, worn and flaked across the top, nicks and scratches on left side and thin from carrying on front and bottom. Hammer colors have grayed and silver, lever shows dark colors on sides, thinning across bottom. Stock is solid and a little proud around both tangs and receiver. Has a few minor nicks and dings and a couple spots of flaked finish with a light coat of wiped-on finish. Butt plate is brown oxidation mixed with silver patina. Stock is old but may very well be a factory replacement. Forend is solid with nicks and bruises and some areas of dark staining and has a thin coat of added finish. Mechanics are crisp and bore is bright and shiny. Gun has seen only a little use, with some storage issues and would improve greatly with a diligent, fine cleaning. 4-35707 BDT139 (3,000-5,000)

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2159

FINE WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 144275 A. Cal. 44 WCF. 24″ oct bbl & full magazine with half-nickel front sight & serrated side sporting rear. Mounted with straight grain walnut & uncheckered straight grip with crescent butt. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 90+% orig blue with slight sharp edge wear on bbl, a few nicks & dings & a couple of areas with very fine surface oxidation. Receiver has 85-90% orig blue, slight sharp edge wear & blending with a brown patina in forward half of receiver; a few areas of very minor surface oxidation. Hammer has strong dark orig case colors with lever having dark orig colors on sides & thinning to gray mixed with brown patina across bottom. Stock is solid with a few minor nicks & dings and a “4” stamped on right side wrist. Finish is a smooth hand-worn patina. Butt plate has silver mixed with brown patina & minor oxidation on top. Forend is solid with “116” stamped in bottom rear; a few minor nicks & dings and hand-worn patina finish. Very crisp mechanics with extremely bright & shiny bore. 4-33486 BDT71 (3,000-5,000)

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RARE WINCHESTER 1873 2ND MODEL SHORT RIFLE. SN 61903. Cal. 44WCF. 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, checkered side sporting rear and 44WCF chamber markings in front of receiver. The 2nd Model receiver has left side plate engraved “Elkhorn Ranch” and 44 CAL designation on bottom of lifter. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, smooth steel shotgun buttplate, uncheckered 8-3/8″ rifle forend. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying this gun as 38 CAL rifle with rnd bbl received in warehouse Nov. 11, 1880 and shipped Nov. 12, 1880 on order #22849. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number 169, matching number can be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 80% thinning original blue with a small area of cleaned surface oxidation, muzzle wear and pitting near muzzle. Magazine tube has original blue in protected areas mixed with gray and brown patina and some dark brown oxidation spots. Receiver has traces of original blue mixed with brown patina with wear to silver on sharp edges. Hammer is a mixture of gray and brown patina with lever a dark patina mixed with a little silver. Stock is sound with typical nicks and dings and retains a fine hand-worn patina finish. The short rifle forend has numerous nicks, dings and a minor depression dent and carries a hand-worn patina finish. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore and some fine shallow scattered pitting. 4-35708 BDT147 (3,000-5,000)

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2161

3RD MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 SRC. SN 510993 B. Cal. 38 WCF. 20″ rnd bbl & full magazine with modified square base front sight & usual 73 carbine ladder rear sight. Staple & saddle ring on left side receiver with leather lace. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip & carbine butt with trapdoor. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains some orig blue in protected areas with balance a mix of brown & silver patina, with matching magazine. Receiver has 20-25% orig blue, mostly in rear & protected areas, with balance a brown patina on sides with silver patina across bottom & sharp edges; has faint saddle ring mark. Hammer has visible colors, but is turning a dark patina. Lever shows only traces of color in protected areas, with balance a dark gray & silver patina. Stock is solid with normal expected nicks & dings and hand-worn patina finish. Forend is sound with a couple of minor chips near receiver, the usual light nicks & dings & carries hand-worn patina finish. Mechanics are crisp; shiny bore with some light scattered pitting. 4-33754 BDT59 (4,500-7,500)

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WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 403424 B. Cal. 38 WCF. 26″ rnd bbl & full magazine, fine blade front sight with set screw & serrated side sporting rear sight with set screw. Mounted in straight grain walnut with uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt. CONDITION: Good. Bbl & magazine tube have only traces of orig blue in protected areas & are a mixture of brown & silver patina. Receiver has some visible orig blue in protected areas & mostly a dark brown mixed with silver patina. Stock is sound & fits very well; slightly undersized at butt plate & has open-grain oil finish. Forend is solid with minor chip at forend cap & has matching open-grain oil finish. Mechanics are good, with good bore with some moderate scattered pits. 4-35157 BDT60 (1,750-2,750)

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SCARCE J.P. LOWER MARKED 2ND MODEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 62522. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, homemade front sight blade with a semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with straight grain uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap containing a reproduction all steel 4-pc cleaning rod. Accompanied by a lightly tooled leather scabbard marked on back side “F. MUELLER / DENVER”. Bbl is marked over chamber area “J.P. LOWER DENVER COL.”. Undoubtedly these two have spent most of their existence together & probably saw long service on frontier. J.P. Lower was one of, if not the most famous, gun shop on the frontier with stores in Denver and other Rocky Mountain locations. CONDITION: Fair to good. Traces of orig finish remain in sheltered areas being mostly a mottled dark brown patina. Receiver has battered screws with a series of heavy dings on left side. Forearm has a couple of very old deep gouges with light handling & use marks on buttstock & overall retains an old sanded oil finish. Mechanics are a little loose & the dust cover will not always catch on the extractor which will not permit the lever to completely function, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. Scabbard is dry with crackled finish toward upper end, in need of treatment but appears to be completely intact just missing the saddle straps. 4-35439 (8,000-9,000)

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EXTREMELY RARE SPANISH COPY OF A 1ST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN None visible.. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Extraordinary copy with 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, integral front sight/bbl band with an early style 2-position flip rear sight. Top of bbl is marked “HENRY WINCHESTER RIFLE MOD 1873”. Receiver is an exact copy of the 1st model Winchester marked 1873 with impressed, checkered, thumb print mortised dust cover. It has case colored lever & hammer with a longer, thicker trigger and a staple & ring in left side. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain walnut with 9″ forearm & rounded band & a straight stock with case colored carbine buttplate with trap. Bottom tang has the 1873 style lever lock. Left side of front raised area of receiver has proof mark of a star over a “K”. CONDITION: Extremely fine, as new, possibly unfired. Overall retains virtually all of its fine orig factory finish with strong bright blue, brilliant case colors & fine wood finish. Stock & forearm have a few minor dings & scratches and retain most of their orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-35143 JR460 (5,000-7,500)

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE DELUXE SILVER & NICKEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 36575. Cal. 45-60. Extra special Model 76 with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, blue & half-nickel front sight with “1876” marked ladder rear sight. It has caliber marking over chamber & bottom of carrier with standard bbl markings in front of rear sight. Mounted with dlx, feather, crotch cut, flame grain, checkered, American walnut with H-style checkered forearm & pistol grip stock with fleur-de-lis black insert in serpentine grip cap. It has crescent steel buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, has assembly number “1726” and “XXX”. Assembly number was observed in the top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter fully identifying this rifle as found with oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, nickel magazine, silver trim & nickel bbl, received in warehouse Sept. 28, 1883 and shipped Oct. 3, 1883 with one other Model 1876 to Order #7297. There were only a total of 63,871 Model 1876 firearms manufactured in period 1876-1897 in four calibers making this one of the most rare of all the Winchesters. According to The Winchester Book, Madis, only one of every 90 arms had plating, only one of every 400 had special wood, only one of every 420 had pistol grip and only one of every 630 had checkering. All of these factors combine to make an exceedingly rare rifle. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% strong orig factory nickel finish with only a very few, minuscule surface flaws. Receiver & buttplate retain virtually all of their lightly tarnished silver finish. Loading gate retains virtually all of its lightly faded fire blue. Lever & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, stronger on sides of lever & hammer, moderately faded elsewhere. Wood is sound with minor handling & storage mars and retains most of a strong orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. Bolt face retains most of its orig factory blue. A truly rare & exceptional rifle. 4-35136 JR488 (90,000-150,000)

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ENGLISH PROOFED WINCHESTER 1876 DELUXE EXPRESS LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 56242. Cal. 50-95 Express. 22″ rnd bbl & half magazine with fine ivory bead front sight & 3-leaf Winchester Express rear. Left side bbl & chamber area have series of 4 British proof marks & one on adjacent on reciever. Dust cover of receiver is engraved “WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO LIMITED / WINCHESTER EXPRESS / .50 CAL. 95 GRS. / LONDON & BIRMINGHAM”. Mounted in “XXX” walnut with deluxe checkered pistol grip with ebony insert, rubber shotgun butt & sling eye. Deluxe checkered forend with sling eye mounted in cap. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “1469 XXX S”. Top tang channel of stock has matching no. “1469”. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying gun as rifle, Express caliber with 22″ rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, half magazine, shotgun butt, case hardened, inside finish; received in warehouse Aug. 30, 1881, shipped Aug. 31, 1881, on order no. 18658. Handwritten on letter is note: “Returned Jason Kerr & Co., Jan. 15, 1897, order no. 1098”. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90-95% orig blue with slight muzzle wear, a few minor nicks & scratches and very fine shallow oxidation. Receiver has 65-75% orig case coloring, stronger on right side & brilliant in protected areas; fading with some wear to silver on left side & across bottom. Dust cover has 80% orig blue, silvering at edges. Hammer has most of its orig dark case colors, as does lever on side with silvering across bottom. Stock is sound with good checkering, a few minor nicks & dings, and a little flaking of orig finish at butt plate. Silvers recoil pad has hardened & cracked with minor amount of deterioration. Forend is sound with a few minor nicks & dings and worn through in belly area to hand-worn patina, with balance orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with extremely fine bore. 4-33763 BDT66 (30,000-50,000)

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Revised: 9/22/2008

Additional Information: Gun is accompanied by a Winchester/ Cody Firearms Museum Letter identifying the gun as described.

MAGNIFICENT RESTORED WINCHESTER 1876 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 37868. Cal. 45-60. 28″ oct bbl & full magazine, Lyman fine bead front sight, with serrated side sporting rear. Mounted with exceptional piece of flame grain walnut, deluxe checkered pistol grip with fleur-de-lis insert, crescent butt with trapdoor, with 3-pc steel & brass-tipped wiping rod. H-style checkered forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no.”1749 XXX”, with matching number on inside toe of butt plate. No number was observed in top tang channel of stock. CONDITION: Extremely fine, as near new from restoration. Bbl & magazine tube have nearly all of their blue that is starting to turn a little brown, some sharp edge wear, a couple of minor dings on bbl & small dent in magazine tube. Receiver, lever & hammer have virtually all of their restored factory quality case colors, including lacquer. Loading gate has virtually all of its fine nitre blue. Dust cover has most of its blue finish with a few minor scratches. Professionally replicated stock fits perfectly & has only a couple of minor scratches, retaining all of its fine hand-rubbed oil finish. Butt plate has nearly all of its fine restored case colors that are starting to fade. Forend is solid with minor nick on left side at receiver, good sharp checkering, and virtually all of its fine hand-rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, dark bore with distinctive rifling & scattered pitting. 4-35065 BDT70 (20,000-30,000)

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MAGNIFICENT RESTORED WINCHESTER 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 48679. Cal. 40-60. 30″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight & sporting rear sight. Mounted with fancy walnut with uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt with trapdoor. Receiver is equipped with sgl set trigger. Uncheckered forend of very highly figured walnut. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “2395” & “XXX”. Matching “2395” can be found in top tang channel of stock & inside toe of butt plate. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying gun as 40-60 caliber rifle with 30″ oct bbl, set trigger, fancy stock, case hardened; received in warehouse Oct. 10, 1885, & shipped same day on order no. 1242. CONDITION: Extremely fine, as new from restoration. Bbl & magazine tube have virtually all of their restored finish, with only a few very minor light marks. Forend cap, lever, hammer & crescent butt have virtually all of their factory quality restored case colors, with tiny amount of oxidation along upper edge of left side of receiver. Stock is solid with a couple of very fine handling marks & retains virtually all of its fine restored oil finish. Forend is solid with a minor nick or 2 & retains all of its fine restored oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, including set trigger. Bore has distinctive rifling with scattered moderate pitting. 4-33757 BDT76 (8,000-15,000)

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*EXTRAORDINARY & SPECTACULAR ONE OF A KIND INSCRIBED WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE ENGRAVED GOLD INLAID & CARVED LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 124863. Cal. 45-70. This fabulous rifle is one that many consider to be one of, if not the single finest Model 1886 in the world. It has 22″ lightweight tapered rnd bbl with full magazine, pedestal mounted Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight & semi-buckhorn Winchester rear sight. Just in front of the rear sight on top of the bbl is the engraving, in a single line, “BUILT for BENJAMIN TAFT”, reading from muzzle to receiver. Mounted with spectacular center crotch-cut sunburst, flame grain, American walnut with B-style carved forearm & capped pistol grip with Winchester embossed hard rubber shotgun buttplate. Receiver is phenomenally engraved by John Ulrich & signed on bottom tang with deep relief vignettes of a large oval on left side with figures of a walking bull elk, a standing cow & a reclining cow in a mountainous forest scene. Right side of receiver has a deep relief walking bull moose toward front & a smaller oval vignette of a whitetail buck, both with extremely detailed backgrounds. Bottom of receiver has round vignette of the head of a whitetail buck inlaid in gold. Balance of receiver has about 80% coverage of very fine foliate arabesque patterns with heart shaped borders. Top of receiver, receiver ring, bolt, top tang, lever, takedown ring & forend cap are all engraved to match. Large vignette on left side & gold inlay on bottom are surrounded by gold wire inlay with a gold wire border on both sides of the edge of the receiver & around takedown ring, rear edge of receiver & forend cap. Top tang also has gold wire inlay. Chamber & muzzle ends of bbl have gold wire bands. All screwheads are also beautifully engraved which is indicative of the extraordinary level of engraving on this rifle. All this combines to present one of the most stunning Winchesters extant. Left side of lower tang, under wood, is stamped with assembly number “274” and “XX R”. This assembly number is also observed in top tang channel of buttstock, on bbl under forearm & inside forearm cap.____Accompanied by several copies of Cody Firearms Museum letters with different dates all stating the same thing. They fully identify this spectacular rifle as found in caliber 45-70, 22″ rnd bbl, plain trigger, style “B” carved fancy pistol grip stock with oil finish, takedown, with bbl marked “BENJAMIN TAFT”, engraved $50.00, style #3, moose in place of Rocky Mtn. goat, smokeless, received in warehouse July 19, 1901, returned to warehouse Aug. 7, 1901 & shipped again Aug. 7, 1901 to order #100821. Also accompanying is a letter from Waddy Colvert’s Research Service which notes that there were only 2,213 Models 1886 made with 22″ bbls out of the approx. 159,000 produced. Mr. Colvert also states that geneological research of Mr. Taft revealed that he was born in 1854 to Henry Taft of Cincinnati, Ohio & that he was cousin of President William Howard Taft and a distant cousin to Robert Taft, Governor of Ohio. This rifle is pictured on p. 343 of Winchester-An American Legend, Wilson. It was also pictured in the James Fowler Collection of the Antique Arms Annual and was featured as a “Members’ Favorite” in the Winchester Arms Collectors Association publication. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman, Feb. 1964 catalogue, item #704; James Fowler; Gary Robertson; LeRoy Merz; Clyde “Junior” Stewart; Randy Saba CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with some slight spiraling on magazine tube from take down with magazine tube turned slightly dull. Receiver retains most of its orig factory blue with some slight sharp edge wear & thinning on bottom. Lever retains traces of orig case colors with balance turned silver & hammer retains about 95% bright case colors. Wood is sound with minor handling & use marks with light wear on carving and overall retains most of its orig oil finish. Right side of forearm has a series of several small bruises. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-33761 JR82 (175,000-350,000)

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SPECTACULAR WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 83471. Cal. 45-70. Beautiful 86 with 26″ octagon bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and 1886 marked ladder rear sight. It has single set trigger. Mounted with spectacular feather crotch American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and black insert serpentine pistol grip stock with crescent butt. Accompanied by Cody Firearm Museum letter identifying rifle as 45-70, octagon bbl, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, received in warehouse August 22, 1893 and shipped August 23, 1893 on order number 22577. There is also a photocopy of original ledger sheet. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain 98-99% strong original factory blue with a few minor handling marks. Receiver retains brilliant original case colors on sides and top with bottom moderately faded with some very minor surface etching. Lever and hammer retain virtually all of their original brilliant case colors. Buttplate retains virtually all of its original case colors, brilliant on tang and slightly faded at toe. Forend cap retains about all of its original case coloring, mostly faded but stronger on right side. Wood is sound with minor nicks and scratches and retains virtually all of its brilliant original piano varnish finish with some slight crazing on left side. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-35858 BDT254 (60,000-90,000)

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INCREDIBLE WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 48347. Cal. 45-90. 26″ half-octagon bbl, half magazine, fine bead front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw, and course knurl post tang mounted sight. Mounted with XX quality walnut, H-style checkered forend, and black insert serpentine pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum letter fully identifying gun as 45-90, half-octagon bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Lyman front and rear sights, half magazine, received in warehouse September 21, 1890 and shipped September 29, 1890 on order number 17837. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine. Bbl retains 98-99% strong original factory blue with a few tiny scattered freckles of light surface rust. Receiver retains virtually all of its brilliant original case colors as well as hammer, lever and buttplate. Stock and forend have some minor handling marks and a couple of minor nicks and dings and retain virtually all of original piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. 4-35859 BDT255 (60,000-90,000)

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MAGNIFICENT WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE J. ULRICH ENGRAVED & GOLD WASHED. SN 57158. Cal. 40-65. 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half-nickel front sight, serrated side flat top sporting rear with set screw. Gold washed receiver with $12.00 engraving, consisting of foliate arabesque scroll surrounding an oval of a hunter shooting an elk on left side; right side has foliate arabesque scroll & circle with a doe & tree in background. Top & bottom of receiver are scroll-engraved with intricate borders. Sides of hammer are scroll-engraved as well as tang of butt plate, forend cap and sides & bow of lever. Forend cap, lever, trigger & butt plate are also gold washed. Signature “J. ULRICH” appears on lower tang. Mounted with fancy highly figured walnut with H-checkered forend, H-checkered serpentine pistol grip with ebony insert, gold washed crescent butt & star-shaped shield in left side with initials “FHB” over “1891”. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying gun as 40-65, oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, drop 3-1/2″, 3/4″ longer than regular, engraved “FHB 1891”, engraved “$12.00”, gold plate in left side of stock, gold trim including finger lever & trigger; received in warehouse June 20, 1891, & shipped same day on order no. 4680. Gun was apparently returned to factory to be re-gilded, as a lot of the gold guns were. Engraving is still sharp & top bbl flat has Winchester proofmark between receiver & caliber designation. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 90-95% orig blue with some toning toward brown on magazine tube. Rear sight has thinning orig blue. Receiver retains nearly all of its restored factory gold finish, with a few minor nicks & scratches. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors with slight thinning on sharp edges. Stock is sound with good checkering & some minor nicks & dings; left side appears to have had a gentle professional cleaning to the orig piano varnish finish that is exhibited on right side of stock. Forend is sound with a few minor nicks & scrapes, good checkering & 75-80% of its orig piano varnish finish with dark hand-worn patina across belly. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. 4-37260 BDT269 (90,000-125,000)

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*RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LIGHTWEIGHT TAKE-DOWN. SN 147849. Cal. 33 WCF. 24″ rnd bbl, pedestal front with Marbles fine bead sight, sporting rear. Factory engraved receiver with bold foliate scroll & punch-dot background, wavy border with alternating punch dots & circle vignette of a buck deer with forested background on left side; similar border & foliate scroll on right side with a running buck deer. Accenting scroll on top & bottom of receiver, double wavy-line border along bolt & wedge of scroll engraving over chamber of bbl. Mounted with “XX” walnut, H-style checkered forearm, H-style checkered pistol grip with Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester hard rubber shotgun butt & gold oval in comb engraved “J.H. Poole / Detroit”. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “886 XX”; same number can be found in top tang channel of stock. Accompanied by letter dated June 6, 1979, from Far West Gallery of Palm Springs, California, & signed by John F. Miller stating that this is an orig gun with the possible exception of the gold oval. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95-98% orig blue with some minor spots of faint surface oxidation & faint mark from take-down lever. Receiver retains 94-95% orig blue, some minor flaking on take-down ring, some thinning across top & sharp edges. Hammer retains most of its orig case colors with a thin silver line on left side. Lever has dark case colors on side, thinning & silvering across bottom. Stock is sound with good checkering, minor nicks, scrapes & a few scratches, retaining most of its fine piano varnish finish. Forend is sound with minor nicks & scratches & some flaking to its fine piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp with a shiny bore. 4-37262 BDT260 (40,000-60,000)

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RARE FACTORY RESTORED WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 24468. Cal. 45-90. 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, fine bead Marbles front sight, level in rear seat, Lyman windage & elevation adjustable tang-mounted peep sight. Receiver is factory engraved with foliate arabesque scrolls & circle with whitetail deer on left side; right side with foliate arabesque scrolls & inscribed “Made Expressly For William Ross Tulloch”. Equipped with sgl set trigger. Mounted with fancy “XXX” walnut, H-style checkered forend, H-style checkered serpentine pistol grip with insert, left side cheekpiece, nickel-plated Swiss butt & sling swivels. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying gun as 45-90 oct bbl, set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, Rocky Mountain front sight, sporting leaf rear sight, Lyman sights, blank piece in rear seat, sling & swivels, Swiss butt plate & cheekpiece; stock 1-1/2″ longer & 3/4″ more drop than regular; $4.00 engraved; received in warehouse Oct. 8, 1888; shipped Oct. 9, 1888, on order no. 124211; returned & repaired on Oct. 18th, 1906. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “827 XXX S”. This number can be found on inside of Swiss butt. Number in top tang is not clearly legible. Also left side of upper tang is stamped “REFINISHED”. CONDITION: Fine, as restored. Bbl & magazine tube retain 80-85% orig thinning blue, worn across chamber area & bright on sharp edges, a few minor nicks & dings & a couple of spots of light surface oxidation. Bbl is proof-marked on top flat forward of caliber designation. Bubble in rear seat is missing. Receiver retains most of its fine restored case colors & most of its liberally applied lacquer. Engraving is sharp & proof mark is offset to left side of chamber scroll engraving. Hammer & lever have bright case colors with lever thinning to silver across bottom. Stock is sound with some repaired cracks in wrist area & a repair at tang of Swiss butt plate. Checkering is somewhat filled in forward-most portion from finish applied after repairing the cracks. There is also a repaired crack in toe caused by lower butt plate screw. Finish on rear portion of stock appears to have been exposed to heat. Forend is sound with good checkering, believed to be orig piano varnish with hand-worn patina across belly; one moderate ding on bottom close to sling swivel. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore & some minor scattered pits. 4-37261 BDT259 (40,000-60,000)

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UNUSUAL BRITISH PROOFED WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 42179. Cal. 40-82 WCF. 26” rnd bbl, button magazine, fine bead front sight & 3-leaf Express with platinum center line. Left side bbl at chamber area has series of 4 British proof marks & adjacent receiver with Crown V. Crown V mark also found on rear portion of bolt. Mounted with very fine piece of fiddleback walnut, deluxe checkered pistol grip with ebony insert & smooth steel shotgun butt. Right side center of stock stamped in oval “LONDON ARMOURY CO / 114 QUEEN VICTORIA ST LONDON JAMES, KERR & CO”. Deluxe H-style checkered forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “364 X S”. Matching “364” can be found top tang channel of stock & inside toe of butt plate. Accompanying by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying gun as rifle 50-110, rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip, half-magazine with shotgun butt; received in warehouse April 29, 1890, shipped same day on order no. 11509. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue finish with minor muzzle wear & a few minor nicks & dings. Receiver has 75-80% orig case colors, thinned across bottom & mixed with silver & spotty brown patina. Hammer retains 95% orig case colors mixed with small amount silver patina. Lever has strong vivid case colors on sides & thinning with mix of silver patina on bottom. Stock is sound with a few minor nicks & dings & scratch across left side, retaining most of its orig finish. Butt plate has 70% orig blue, worn to silver at heel & toe, & some minor spots of oxidation. Forend has shrunk about 1/16″ but is solid with numerous light nicks & dings & retains about 60% orig finish with hand-worn patina across belly. Mechanics are crisp with nice bright shiny bore. 4-33797 BDT84 (18,500-24,500)

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*RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE SHORT RIFLE. SN 148875. Cal. 45-90. 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, combination front sight, sporting rear with set screw, coarse knurled post tang-mounted sight. Mounted with fancy “XXX” walnut, H-style checkered forend, H-style checkered pistol grip with Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester hard rubber shotgun butt. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “16 XXX” & matching “16” can be found in top tang channel of stock. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 85-90% orig blue with thinning in chamber area & a few spots of fine surface oxidation. Receiver retains 50-60% orig blue with wear on bottom, top & right side blending with silver & brown patina. Hammer shows faded orig case colors. Lever has silvered & mixed with brown patina. Stock is solid, with minor chip on upper right side, usual nicks & dings, slightly worn checkering & retains most of its piano varnish finish. Forend is sound with moderately worn checkering, usual nicks & scratches, hand-worn patina across belly with balance piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp; shiny bore with some minor scattered pits. 4-35852 BDT258 (15,000-20,000)

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SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 88097. Cal. 40-82. 26″ rnd bbl with half magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight & serrated side sporting rear. Mounted with “XX” walnut, checkered pistol grip with ebony insert & smooth steel shotgun butt. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no.”281 S XX” & top tang channel of stock has matching “281”, as does toe of butt plate. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying gun as 40-82 with rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, Lyman front sight, half magazine, shotgun butt; shipped April 30, 1894, on order no. 11200. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 85-90% orig blue; top & left side of bbl, about length of forend, including rear sight, have evidence of very shallow oxidation that has been cleaned & turned a gray patina mixed with some dark spots, also a similar small area on right side about 7″ from muzzle. Receiver has 65-70% orig case colors, strong & bright in protected areas, with wear across bottom & turned a brown patina; left side has minor brown patina spotting. Hammer has nearly all of its strong orig case colors, as well as sides of lever, with bottom blended a dark brown patina. Stock is solid with a few minor nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Forend is sound with the usual characteristic minor nicks & dings and a few flat points in checkering. Mechanics are crisp. Bore is bright with strong rifling. 4-33767 BDT63 (17,000-22,000)

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*DESIRABLE WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE EXTRA LIGHTWEIGHT TAKE-DOWN RIFLE. SN 148880. Cal. 45-70. 22″ rnd bbl with half magazine take-down, pedestal front with Lyman ivory bead insert & Lyman 2-leaf folding rear. Mounted with nicely figured “XXX” walnut, H-style checkered pistol grip with Winchester hard rubber grip cap & Winchester logo checkered hard rubber butt plate. Nicely figured H-style checkered forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “18” & “XXX”, with top tang channel of stock having matching no. “18”. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% orig blue with minor muzzle wear, minor scratch on left side forward of forend & only very faint mark from take-down lever. Forend cap has most of its orig blue with just a little silver at sharp edge. Receiver & take-down ring have 95-98% orig blue with thinning & turning a brown patina across bottom of receiver. Tang at one time carried a sight & tang screw is the smaller head variety used with tang sight. Stock is sound with a few minor scrapes on left side & a couple of marks on right, with very good checkering, & carries a fine hand-rubbed finish. Forend is solid with very good checkering, small amount of wear in belly area & carries a fine hand-rubbed finish. Mechanics are crisp with fine shiny bore. 4-35385 BDT69 (12,500-17,500)

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*STUNNING WINCHESTER 1886 STANDARD GRADE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 119683. Cal. 45-70. 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half-nickel front sight with set screw, 1000-yd ladder rear sight, standard receiver. Mounted with select grade straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent butt with trapdoor, standard rifle forend. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying gun as 45-70 rifle with oct bbl & plain trigger; received in warehouse Oct. 2, 1899, & shipped Oct. 7, 1899, on order no. 40352. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 98-99% orig blue with some faint sharp edge wear & some minor areas of tiny surface oxidation. Receiver retains nearly all of its dark orig case colors; still carrying lacquer in protected areas, faint thinning on sharp edges & slightly fading in front half of receiver; some minor faint surface oxidation. Hammer retains virtually all of its dark orig case colors. Lever has strong dark orig colors on sides, slightly fading & blending with brown patina on bottom. Stock is sound with a few minor nicks & bruises, carrying most of its orig varnish finish. Unusual butt plate with trapdoor retains strong orig case colors. Forend has some minor bruises, some nicks & scratches, slight wear across belly, retaining most of its orig varnish finish. Forend cap retains most of its brilliant orig case colors. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore, as gun looks to have had very little use. 4-37271 BDT278 (22,500-27,500)

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OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 60144. Cal. 45-90 WCF. 26” oct bbl, full magazine with half-nickel front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Mounted with select straight grain walnut with uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt plate. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying gun as 45-90 oct bbl rifle with plain trigger; received in warehouse Aug. 25, 1891, & shipped on Aug. 3, 1892, on order no. 2908. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% orig blue with some faint muzzle wear, faint sharp edge wear & a few minor scratches. Forend cap retains nearly all of its slightly faded orig case colors. Receiver retains 97-98% orig case colors with some thinning across bottom & leading most edges. Hammer shows nearly all of its dark orig case colors. Lever has visible case colors & is very dark. Stock is sound with tiny sliver missing right side of upper tang, handful of minor nicks & dings, retains 90-95% orig varnish & shows hand-worn patina through grip area. Butt plate shows traces of fading orig case colors, blended to soft gray. Forend is sound with a few very minor nicks & dings, 90% orig varnish with hand-worn patina at belly. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. 4-35068 BDT83 (15,000-20,000)

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WINCHESTER 1886 CASE COLORED LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 47186. Cal. 45-70. 26″ octagon bbl with full magazine, half nickel front sight, and 1886 marked 1000 yards ladder rear sight. Mounted with straight grain uncheckered American walnut with straight grip, and smooth steel shotgun butt-plate. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying this rifle as octagon bbl, 45-70 with plain trigger, shipped from warehouse August 14th, 1890 with nine other arms on order #16063. Rifle is equipped with sling swivels that appear to be original and factory installed, but are not mentioned in the letter. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 90-95% orig blue mixed with some brown patina spotting areas, and a small area that’s been cleaned on right side. Magazine-tube and retaining ring retain 95% of a bright original blue with some flaking on the retaining ring. Receiver retains 90-95% original bright case coloring with a small amount of thinning to silver in carrying area and some fading on the sides. Hammer retains 80% of its original case color with some wear through to silver mostly on left side. Lever has most of its original case color being strong on the sides, and showing some thinning across the bottom. Stocks are sound with only a few minor light dings and scratches, and retains 90% of its fine original varnish with some wear through the grip area. Forend has usual light handling marks and a couple of minor scratches with some thinning to the varnish in the rear carrying area. Smooth shotgun butt shows traces of blue mixed with silver and brown patina. Mechanics are crisp, and bore is bright and shiny. 4-33729 BDT225 (12,500-17,500)

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*OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER 1886 STANDARD GRADE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 135991. Cal. 45-70. 26″ rnd bbl, full magazine with Lyman ivory bead front sight and an unmarked 86 ladder rear sight. Standard receiver with coarsely knurled post tang mounted sight. Mounted with straight grain walnut with uncheckered straight grip, crescent butt and standard rifle forearm. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine! Bbl and mag tube retain 98-99% original blue with just a few minor handling marks. Receiver has 98-99% original blue with a few minor light nicks and scratches and one more obvious scratch on bottom right side as well as slight thinning at upper left side sharp edge and across rear of bolt. Lever and hammer retain virtually all of their original case colors. Stock is sound with only a few insignificant handling marks and retains nearly all of its original finish. Buttplate has nearly all of its orig case colors that are starting to fade. Forend has a few minor bruises and dents but retains nearly all of its factory original finish. Forend cap and screws have nearly all of their original blue mixed with some faint patina. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. This gun appears to be not more than test fired only. 4-35705 BDT (12,500-17,500)

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*UNUSUAL, POSSIBLY LAST, WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 159996. Cal. 45-70. 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, Marble no. 2 gold bead front sight & flat top sporting rear. Mounted with “XX” quality walnut with checkered straight grip & crescent butt. H-style checkered forend. SN of this gun is two numbers past the last recorded number as found in the Blue Book table of serial numbers. As can easily be explained, late guns like this were “parts clean-up”. Bbl of this gun carries early address found on top flat in middle of bbl. Rear of bbl top flat has proud “Circle WP” proof & caliber designation to the left. First few letters in bbl address of manufactured are weak & second line “NEW” is also weak, with the remainder being quite crisp. “Circle WP” proof mark on receiver is somewhat shallow, but could be explained by being proofed prior to finish. Tang markings are crisp & sharp. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no.”451″, same number as found in top tang channel of stock & inside toe of butt plate. Crescent butt is stippled with smooth outer border, with smooth circle around lower screw; top tang is smooth. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube have 95% blue with some minor sharp edge wear. Receiver has 95% blue with a little thinning on bottom & sharp edges; couple of minor scratches on left side of receiver. As far as the finish on metal goes, it certainly appears to be factory, both in color & polish. Stock with matching assembly numbers would also have the indication & look of being factory; has a few minor nicks & scratches, minor repair at toe, and carries a nice hand-rubbed finish. Forend is solid with good checkering & fine hand-rubbed finish. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. One can only speculate that this is possibly the last 86 Winchester assembled from parts. 4-33469 BDT81 (10,000-13,000)

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*OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER 1886 EXTRA LIGHTWEIGHT TAKE-DOWN RIFLE. SN 141426. Cal. 45-70. 22″ rnd bbl, rare 3/4 magazine tube take-down, pedestal front with Lyman ivory bead hunting sight & flat top sporting rear with set screw. Mounted with straight grain walnut with uncheckered straight grip & Winchester logo hard rubber shotgun style butt plate. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying as 45-70 take-down rifle, 22″ rnd bbl, plain trigger, Winchester high-velocity sights, 3/4 magazine, shotgun butt with rubber butt plate, extra lightweight; received warehouse Aug. 16, 1907; shipped from warehouse Sept. 6, 1907, order no. 112208. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 95-98% orig blue with minor muzzle wear, the usual take-down marks on bottom of bbl & a couple of very minor thinning spots. Take-down ring has nearly all of its orig blue, with bottom starting to turn a brown patina. Receiver retains 90+% of orig blue, starting to thin at sharp edges and thinning & turning a blue/brown patina on bottom, small flake spot turned brown on right side below loading gate & bit of freckling on top of action & bolt. Hammer has nearly all of its dark orig case colors with faint silver line on left side. Lever has strong dark orig case colors on side, starting to thin to gray patina on bottom. Stock is sound with only a few minor nicks & handling marks, retaining most of its orig varnish with some wear in grip & flute of comb area. Forend is sound with just the typical minor nicks & dings, and retains most of its orig varnish finish. Forend cap has strong orig blue mixed with blue/brown patina on bottom. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore, as gun has seen very little use. 4-35386 BDT54 (9,000-12,000)

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*FINE CUSTOM WINCHESTER 1886 EXTRA LIGHTWEIGHT TAKE-DOWN RIFLE. SN 126518. Cal. 45-70. 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine take-down, integral pedestal with Lyman hunting front sight, sporting rear sight with set screw. Receiver is beautifully custom engraved in foliate arabesque scroll with punch-dot background with oval vignette of whitetail buck standing in forested scene with hill in background & signed “Alpen” on left side, with foliate scroll with punch-dot background & flowing unengraved ribbon on right. Mounted with highly figured walnut with checkered straight grip & hard rubber shotgun style butt plate. H-style deluxe checkered forend. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying gun as 45-70 22″ rnd bbl, plain trigger, full magazine, shotgun butt with rubber butt plate, take-down, extra lightweight; received in warehouse Oct. 22, 1902, & shipped Mar. 3, 1903, on order no. 175744. CONDITION: Extremely fine. With virtually all of its fine custom finish, with nice touch of gold-filled caliber designation on top of bbl at chamber. Hammer retains a fair amount of orig case colors with lever a fine custom blue. Stock is solid with nicely done checkering, only a few minor nicks & scratches and carries a fine hand-rubbed oil finish. Forend is sound with fine pointed checkering & a couple of nicks & scratches and carries a fine hand-rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are crisp; shiny bore with some minor light scattered pitting. 4-33805 BDT75 (8,000-12,000)

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WONDERFUL EARLY WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 1582. Cal. 45-70. 28″ oct bbl, full magazine with modified half-nickel front sight & serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains most of its orig blue that is starting to turn a blue/brown with wear at sharp edges & a few nicks & scratches. Magazine tube, with a few minor scratches, has turned a brown/blue patina. Receiver has 50-60% orig case colors, strong on left side mixed with some brown spotty patina, not as strong on right side mixed with brown spotty patina, & worn to gray patina across bottom. Hammer shows 80-90% orig case colors blended with silver. Lever has strong orig case colors on sides & silver gray patina on bottom. Stock is sound with minor slivers of wood missing on both sides of top tang & shallow 1/2″ gouge on right side of stock at comb; a number of years ago stock had light coat of finish wiped on. Forend is solid with traces of orig varnish & worn through in belly area & carries the typical minor nicks & dings. Mechanics are crisp. Bore is nice & shiny. 4-35522 BDT58 (7,500-10,500)

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SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 64472. Cal. 38-56 WCF. 26″ half rnd bbl & button magazine with fine ivory bead front sight, blank in rear seat & coarse knurled post tang sight. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl has 30-40% orig blue mixed with gray & brown patina, with a few dark discoloration spots near muzzle. Forend cap has turned all silver. Receiver has traces of orig case colors in protected areas, but is mostly a silver hardened color mixed with some patina across bottom. Hammer has 60-70% orig case colors mixed with silver & lever has turned to mostly silver with a couple of minor dark oxidation spots. Stock is sound with a few light nicks, dings & minor scratches and carries a hand-worn patina finish. Forend is sound with a couple of minor gouges on right side, the usual nicks & scratches & carries a hand-worn patina finish. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore & light scattered shallow pitting. 4-33424 BDT74 (3,000-5,000)

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SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 2766. Cal. 40-82. 26″ half rnd bbl, button magazine, Lyman hunting front sight, slot blank in rear seat & Lyman lever sight. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered pistol grip with ebony insert & crescent butt. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “2771” & the marks “CF”. Top tang channel of stock is stamped with no. “1771” as is inside toe of butt plate. Accompanied by a Cody Fire Museum Fact sheet ID gun as 40-80, 1/2 oct. w/plain pistol grip, 1/2 mag, shipped 2-16-1887 on order #15317. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl blue has turned to a silver & brown patina mixture. Receiver has very good case colors on left side as protected from lever sight, with balance being a silver hardened mixed with brown patina color & some case colors in protected areas. Visible color on hammer mixed with silver & lever is a mix of silver & brown patina. Stock is solid with hairline behind top tang with a few minor nicks & dings and hand-worn patina finish. Crescent butt is a mix of silver & gray patina. Forend has a few nicks & dings and a smooth hand-worn patina finish. Bore is dark with some scattered pitting. Mechanics are crisp. 4-33442 BDT37 (4,000-5,000)

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OUTSTANDING SPECIAL ORDER TURNBULL RESTORED WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 106623. Cal. 38-56WCF. 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with set screw, sporting rear sight with set screw. Mounted with XXX grade walnut with checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, crescent butt, H-style deluxe checkered forend. Accompanied with Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying gun as 38-56 rifle, 28″ oct bbl, checkered stock with pistol grip, shotgun butt, sling and swivels. Received in warehouse Oct. 12, 1895, shipped same day on order #21515. Returned and repaired Dec. 9, 1898 on order #13501, presumably to restock with crescent butt and remove sling swivels. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly #775 that can also be found in top tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. CONDITION: As new from restoration. Bbl and mag tube retain all of their fine factory quality restored blue finish. Forend cap, receiver, lever, hammer, buttplate retain virtually all of their fine factory quality restored case colors. Likewise wood retains all of its fine factory quality restored deluxe finish. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore and a few minor scattered pits. 4-37217 BDT150 (12,000-15,000)

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OUTSTANDING TURNBULL RESTORATION WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 36790. Cal. 38-56WCF. 26″ half round bbl with blade front sight with set screw and serrated side sporting rear. Mounted with XX walnut, checkered pistol grip with ebony insert, crescent butt, H-style deluxe checkered forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly number 83XX and matching 83 number can be found in upper tang channel of stock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied with Cody Firearm Museum fact sheet identifying as 38-56 rifle, half octagon with checkered stock and pistol grip. Received in warehouse Oct. 25, 1889, shipped same day on order #4374. CONDITION: As new from restoration. Bbl and magazine tube retain all of their fine factory quality restored blue. Forend cap, receiver, lever, hammer and buttplate retain virtually all of their brilliant factory quality restored case colors. Wood has sharp, crisp checkering and virtually all of its fine factory quality restored deluxe finish. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore and some minor scattered shallow pitting. 4-37219 BDT151 (10,000-13,000)

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TURNBULL RESTORED WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 67362. Cal. 38-56 WCF. 26″ rnd bbl, button magazine, modified half-nickel front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Bbl is stamped “FN1 PAR L CHOBERT AROR 16 R LAFAYETTE PARIS”. Also 5 gold windage adjustment lines in front of rear sight. Standard receiver with sgl set trigger. Mounted with “XX” walnut, deluxe checkered pistol grip, with ebony insert, crescent butt & H-style checkered forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “207 XX”. Matching no. can be found in top tang channel of stock & inside toe of butt plate. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying gun as 38-56 rnd bbl rifle, set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, half-magazine; received in warehouse May 27, 1892; shipped June 2, 1892, on order no. 24429. CONDITION: Very fine, as partially restored. Bbl retains 90% orig blue with some muzzle wear & light thinning. Forend cap, receiver, hammer, lever & butt plate retain 98-99% restored case colors. Stock is solid with some minor scratches, dings, bumps & bruises; some wear at sharp edges but retains 90-95% orig finish. Forend is sound with handling marks & minor nicks & scrapes, a couple of minor dents on bottom near receiver & 85-90% orig finish blended with hand-worn patina across bottom. Mechanics are crisp, including set trigger, & nice shiny bore. 4-37218 BDT180 (10,000-13,000)

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TURNBULL RESTORED WINCHESTER 1886 STANDARD GRADE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 29640. Cal. 45-70. 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, modified half-nickel front sight, blank in rear seat & coarse knurled post tang-mounted peep. Mounted with straight grain walnut with uncheckered straight grip, crescent butt & standard rifle forearm. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, as restored. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% fine restored blue with some minor sharp edge wear. Forend cap, receiver, hammer, lever & butt plate retain nearly all of their fine restored case colors. Wood is sound with only a few light handling marks & retain nearly all of fine restored finish. Caliber designation appears to be a re-stamp. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-35882 BDT176 (5,000-7,000)

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*RESTORED WINCHESTER 1886 EXTRA LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 134837. Cal. 45-70. 22″ rnd bbl, half magazine takedown, front pedestal base with Marbles No. 2 ivory bead front, Marbles blank and rear seat and Lyman 56 receiver sight. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, Winchester checkered logo, hard rubber shotgun buttplate, standard forend and added close loop swivels to stock and forend cap. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine as restored. Bbl, mag tube, forend cap and receiver retain nearly all of their fine restored blue with just a couple minor nicks and handling marks. Hammer and lever retain nearly all of their fine restored case colors. Stock is sound with a minor chip repair at toe, a few minor light handling marks and retains most of its fine restored oil finish. Forend is sound with a couple of filled dents and a few minor handling marks and retains most of it fine restored oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, shiny bore with some minor scattered pits. 4-35706 BDT142 (2,500-3,500)

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INCREDIBLE WINCHESTER MODEL 1890 2ND MODEL DELUXE PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN 47544. Cal. 22short. 24-1/2″ oct bbl. Combination front sight, fixed blade standing rear, coarse knurl post tang sight. Mounted with three x deluxe walnut, fine checkered pistol grip with Winchester hard rubber grip cap, crescent steel butt and twelve ring forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly #3756XXX and an interesting fact that the upper tang was stamped “WRF” and scratched out and a symbol that looks like a three-ring bullseye target stamped in front of it. This three-ring target mark can also be found on the front of the receiver. Rear of butt stock and inside toe of buttplate are stamped with the matching “3756” number. CONDITION: Extremely fine! Bbl retains 98-99% original blue with some faint wear at muzzle and a little flaking about 1-1/2″ back on left side. There are a couple of small spots of flake finish. Mag tube retains nearly all of its original blue, there is wear on the slide bar with silver mixed with some original blue. Cased hardened 2nd Model receiver has 98-99% original case colors. There is a small area on front of trigger plate that has color missing, blended with silver patina. Bolt has nearly all of its fine original blue. Hammer has nearly all of its original case colors. Grip area shows strong original case colors. Stock is sound with a few minor nicks and scratches in its fine original deluxe finish. Buttplate has 95-98% original case colors with some minor silvering at toe. Forearm is sound with slight wear on bottom to its original finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. This is one of the highest condition 2nd Model 1890 Deluxe that this cataloger has ever viewed. 4-35819 BDT149 (15,000-20,000)

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Additional Information: It is common knowledge that M1892 guns in this serial range and later were assembled using left-over parts and were frequently found with case-colored levers and assorted other parts from earlier production.

*EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER SEMI-DELUXE SMOOTH BORE WINCHESTER MODEL 92 CARBINE. SN 992168. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Extremely unusual carbine with 20″ rnd, smooth-bore bbl, full mag with square base carbine front sight and carbine ladder rear sight. It is mounted with very nicely figured, straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with capped pistol grip stock and crescent rifle buttplate. Receiver and buttplate are nickel plated. Undoubtedly this carbine was built especially for a wild west showman or woman. This carbine appears to have been built in 1928 but it has a case colored lever with blued hammer. CONDITION: Extremely fine. The bbl and mag tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue and bbl bands about 95% strong orig blue, stronger on the forearm band. The receiver and buttplate retain virtually all of strong orig factory nickel with light freckling on the receiver and one small spot of wear by the hammer. The lever retains 75-80% bright case colors on the sides, mostly turned silver on the outer face. The hammer retains most of its orig factory blue. The stock has a hairline by the top tang, otherwise wood is sound with minor handling and use marks and retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with very minor roughness. A truly rare and desirable Winchester. 4-36202 JR85 (15,000-20,000)

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FACTORY RESTORED WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 56827. Cal. 25-20. 24″ oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman white bead front sight, sporting rear with set screw, standard receiver. Mounted with fancy nicely figured walnut, H-style checkered forend, H-style checkered pistol grip with Winchester hard rubber grip cap, serrated steel butt plate. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying rifle as 25-20 oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, shotgun butt; received in warehouse Jan. 8, 1896, shipped same day on order no. 11988; returned & repaired April 22, 1912, order no. 41664. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “526 XXX S” & several other numbers that have been crossed out. Upper tang is stamped “78 JPP”. CONDITION: Very fine as restored. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% blue with some minor sharp edge wear & a couple of spots of very fine surface oxidation. Model designation & proof mark are clear & sharp. Receiver retains 97-98% fine restored blue with sharp crisp proof mark, some minor scratches & some minor fine spots of surface oxidation. Lever & hammer retain most of their restored blue finish. Stock is sound, with excellent checkering, a few minor nicks & dings, retaining most of its piano varnish finish. Forend is sound with fine checkering, some minor nicks & bruises & retains most of its piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp with a bright shiny bore. 4-37236 BDT257 (8,000-12,000)

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SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1892 SEMI-DELUXE TAKE-DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 140732. Cal. 25-20 WCF. 24″ half-rnd bbl, half-magazine take-down, combination front sight, 2-leaf Lyman flip-up rear, standard receiver with tang-mounted coarse knurled post peep sight. Mounted with select straight grain walnut with I-style checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester logo shotgun style hard rubber butt plate & I-style checkered forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “10052 CF S RB”. Same assembly no. can be found written in pencil in top tang channel of stock & stamped on rear of stock. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying gun as 25-20 rifle, half-oct 24″ bbl, plain trigger, plain checkered pistol grip, Lyman combination front, leaf & rear sights, half magazine, take-down, shotgun butt; received in warehouse June 2, 1900; shipped June 4, 1900, on order no. 59419. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 95-98% orig blue with minor muzzle wear, faint sharp edge wear, a few minor scratches & the usual markings from take-down. Receiver retains 90-95% orig blue with some minor scratching & starting to thin across bottom mixed with some brown patina. Hammer retains most of its dark orig case colors as well as lever; starting to blend & thin with silver patina across bottom. Stock is sound with good checkering; a few light scratches & handling marks, retaining most of its orig finish. Forend is sound with light nicks & scratches, good checkering, 80% orig finish, with hand-worn patina on bottom. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore & a few minor scattered pits. 4-35888 BDT178 (4,000-6,000)

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*SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 92 DELUXE TAKE-DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 193908. Cal. 32 WCF. Special order 24″ half rnd bbl & half magazine take-down with ivory bead front sight, flat top sporting rear & coarse knurled post Lyman tang sight. Mounted with fancy XXX walnut with checkered pistol grip, hard rubber grip cap & nickel-plated Swiss butt. H style checkered deluxe forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “14252” & “XXX” with matching numbers on inside toe of butt plate & rear of butt stock. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90% orig blue with slight muzzle wear & usual marks from take-down lever. Receiver ring has traces of orig blue, but mostly a light brown patina with some minor pitting on left side. Receiver retains 35-45% orig blue, strong on sides, with wear on bottom & sharp edges with some minor pitting on left side; some minor scratches & cleaned areas on both sides of receiver; left side has 2 extra holes with filler screws. Stock is sound with numerous scratches & wear to the orig shiny finish. Butt plate retains most of its orig nickel. Forend is solid with the usual nicks & dings, with 70% orig finish with wear to bottom. Forend cap has some orig blue with balance a light patina & some shallow pitting. Shiny bore with only some light minor scattered pitting. Mechanics are crisp. 4-33443 BDT36 (4,000-6,000)

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*SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 92 SEMI-DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 591856. Cal. 25-20. Standard 24″ oct bbl with button magazine. Half-nickel front sight with set screw, sporting rear with set screw. Mounted with straight grain walnut, I-checkered pistol grip, hard rubber grip cap & Winchester logo hard rubber shotgun style butt plate. I style checkered forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “9573” & “R”. Matching number in top tang channel of stock. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 85% orig blue with sharp edge wear, minor nicks & dings & a few spots of very minor light oxidation. Front sight has slightly battered edges. Receiver has some orig blue, mostly on right side in protected areas; balance a mix of silver & brown patina. Dark brown area of discoloration on upper rear portion of left side of receiver. Stock is sound with a few minor nicks & dings, nice hand-rubbed restored oil finish & nicely repointed checkering. Forend is solid with minor nicks & dings, matching restored finish & repointed checkering. Bore is somewhat dark with some light moderate pitting. Mechanics are crisp. 4-33444 BDT35 (3,000-5,000)

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RARE WINCHESTER 1892 SEMI-DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 60651. Cal. 38 WCF. 24″ oct bbl & full magazine, half-nickel front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Mounted with straight grain walnut, I-style checkered pistol grip with Winchester hard rubber grip cap, crescent butt plate & I-style checkered forend. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying gun as 38 caliber oct bbl rifle with plain trigger & plain pistol grip, shipped Sept. 17, 1897, on order no. 16332. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl & magazine tube have strong orig blue in protected areas, with balance turning a blue/brown patina. There are a few minor spots of oxidation & wear to silver on sharp edges. Receiver has very good orig blue on sides with top, bottom & sharp edges worn to a silver & brown patina. Hammer & lever have visible orig case colors mixed with a gray patina. Stock is sound with only a couple minor nicks & dings, moderately worn checkering & retains most of a fine restored oil finish. Forend is solid with normal amount of nicks & dings, showing some orig varnish in forward area, with hand-worn patina finish in belly area. Mechanics are crisp, bore is shiny. 4-35389 BDT55 (5,000-7,000)

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*EXCELLENT WINCHESTER 1892 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 833188. Cal. 25-20. 24″ round bbl, half magazine takedown, fine bead front sight with set screw, flat top sporting rear, standard receiver mounted with nicely figured straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent butt, and standard rifle forend. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl has 97-98% original blue with a few minor light handling nicks and dings and faint rub mark from takedown lever. Receiver has 97-98% original blue with a couple minor scrapes and some faint sharp edge wear in places. Hammer has 85-90% original blue with wear on left side. Lever has 95-98% original blue with a couple of minor nicks and some sharp edge wear. Stock is solid with a few nicks and bruises. A series of four tiny holes on upper rear portion on right side arranged in a square. Retains most of its original finish. Buttplate has 95-98% original blue with minor wear at sharp edges. Receiver has a few minor nicks and scrapes and a dark spot at rear on left side and retains most of its original finish. Forend cap and screws have most of their original blue. Mechanics are crisp. Bore is bright and shiny as gun has seen little use. 4-35711 BDT129 (4,000-7,000)

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*FINE WINCHESTER 1892 STANDARD GRADE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 374455. Cal. 25-20 WCF. 24″ round bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with set screw, serrated side sporting rear with set screw, standard receiver, mounted with straight grain uncheckered straight grip stock with crescent buttplate and standard rifle forend. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl and mag tube has 97-98% original blue, faint muzzle wear and a few light minor nicks and scratches. Receiver has 96-97% original blue with faint sharp edge wear, a few tiny spots of oxidation on left side of receiver, a group of minor scratches on right side. Loading gate retains virtually all of its nitre, hammer has strong original case colors with some striation worn to silver on left side, lever has most of its original case colors with some slight thinning across bottom. Stock is solid with a few minor nicks and dings and two minor depressions on right side and most of its original finish. Buttplate has fading original colors mixed with gray patina. Forend is sound with minor light nicks and dings and a few insignificant scratches, most of its original finish with a small area of wear on bottom. Forend cap and screws have most of their original finish. Mechanics are crisp and bore is bright and shiny as gun has seen little to no use. 4-35712 BDT126 (3,000-5,000)

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2203

*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 475105. Cal. 25-20. 24″ rnd bbl with button magazine, fine bead front sight & sporting rear sight with set screw. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt plate. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90% orig blue with minor muzzle wear, the usual nicks & dings & a couple of small areas of fine shallow oxidation. Receiver has 80% orig blue with wear at sharp edges & across bottom that are turning a blend of brown & silver patina. Lever & hammer show traces of color, mostly turning a dark gray patina. Stock is solid with very minor sliver at forward left side of tang, has normal amount of nicks & dings, & a couple of scratches; some orig varnish with areas that are worn or flaked and have darkened over the years from handling and oils from cleaning. Forend is solid with the usual light nicks & dings and carries a fair amount of orig varnish. Forend cap has flaked & turned to brown mixed with silver patina. Mechanics are good; dark bore with strong rifling & some light scattered pitting. 4-35158 BDT56 (1,300-1,800)

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2204

*UNUSUAL WINCHESTER MODEL 92 SRC MADE FOR PARAMOUNT STUDIOS. SN 981114. Cal. 44 WCF. 20″ oct bbl, full magazine, fixed blade front sight, sporting rear marked “PAT. FEB. 22, 27” with circle “WP” proof & oval “P” proof on top flap adjacent to receiver. Left side receiver mounted with staple & saddle ring. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip & carbine butt. Accompanied by George Madis letter discussing this gun as part of an order of less than 100 carbines for Paramount Studios & to sell at a price of $12.00 each. Letter goes on to say that because of the many parts on hand, they used the remaining stock of take-down bbls on hand that resulted in this unusual & rare carbine. Take-down bbls were shortened to 20″ length & dovetail for the forend tip retainer is visible in front of forend. Standard magazine retaining bands were used & rear bbl bands are of carbine style specially made to fit oct bbl. Mr. Madis goes on to say that many of these guns had the forends removed in an attempt to make them look older. The majority of these hybrids have seen much abuse & bad storage, and that most of these special guns are found near this SN range. He states that no. 981114 is in unusually good condition, having most of its orig blue on steel parts & high degree of orig oil finish on stock & forearm. It’s simply a testament of “Never say never” about Winchester on what it may have made to stay afloat in the late 1920’s. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95% orig blue with just some sharp edge wear & a few minor nicks & dings. Receiver blue is good, mixed with brown patina & usual saddle ring marking on left side. Lever & hammer have majority of their orig blue. Stock is sound with minor nicks & dings & retains most of its oil finish. Forend is solid with minor nicks & dings & hand-worn patina in belly area, with remainder orig oil finish. Forend band has turned to gray patina. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. 4-35390 BDT85 (6,500-8,500)

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*STUNNING WINCHESTER 1892 SRC WITH SCABBARD. SN 627521. Cal. 44 WCF. 20″ rnd bbl with full magazine, square base with pinned German silver blade, standard 92 carbine ladder sight, left side staple & saddle ring. Mounted with outstanding piece of highly figured American walnut, uncheckered straight grip & carbine butt plate. Accompanying leather scabbard is stamped with “B20” & has attached brass plaque that reads: “MARSHALL D MATHERS PIMA CO.”. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 90-95% orig blue with a little muzzle wear & a couple minor nicks & dings. Couple spots of light oxidation between rear bbl band & rear sight. Receiver retains 80-85% orig blue with thinning at bottom & sharp edges; left side has characteristic saddle ring marks. Lever & hammer are dark gray patina mixed with some silver. Outstanding stock would rate at least “XXX” & is sound with tiny hairline crack on upper right side of tang & tiny sliver gone on opposite left. There are a few typical light nicks & dings in the fine hand-rubbed oil finish. Forend is solid with the expected amount of nicks & dings, showing a little wear on bottom, with fine hand-rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are crisp; bore is bright & shiny. 4-37207 BDT53 (6,000-8,000)

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*FINE WINCHESTER 92 SRC LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 941144. Cal. 32 WCF. Standard carbine with 20″ rnd bbl, square base front sight & replacement flip-up rear. Staple with ring on left side of receiver. Mounted with straight grain uncheckered walnut with straight grip & steel carbine butt plate. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 90-95% orig blue with slight muzzle wear, a few minor nicks & scratches & thinning in a couple of spots. Small 1/4″ oval of missing finish a little over an inch behind rear sight. Receiver has 90-95% orig blue with some flaking across bottom & turning a brown patina. Little bit of sharp edge wear & light characteristic saddle ring mark. Stock is sound with only a few light nicks & dings & retains most of its fine open-grain orig finish. Butt plate has 70% orig blue with balance flaked to silver patina. Forend has only minor nicks & dings with a scratch forward of band & shows to have most of its orig finish. Bore shiny, mechanics crisp. 4-33445 BDT34 (3,000-5,000)

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*WINCHESTER 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 927927. Cal. 25-20WCF. 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base with pin front sight, standard 92 carbine ladder rear; missing retaining screw, standard receiver with staple and ring on left side, mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, carbine buttplate and standard carbine forend with bbl band. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 93-95% original blue with slight muzzle wear, some very fine surface oxidation and a couple of minor scratches. Receiver has flaked and blended with brown patina to retain about 50% original blue, some minor wear across bottom and expected saddle ring mark. Stock is solid with just a few light handling marks and retains most of its original finish. Buttplate has lots of original blue worn to silver at heel and toe. Forend is sound with only minor nicks and handling marks and retains most of its original finish. Mechanics are crisp, bore is bright and shiny. A really strong gun with flaked receiver. 4-35713 BDT143 (2,500-4,000)

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*BEAUTIFUL FACTORY ENGRAVED TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LIGHT WEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 109921. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Beautifully engraved 94 with special order 24″ extra light, tapered octagon bbl, half magazine, takedown with Lyman ivory bead front sight, Lyman #6A folding bbl sight, and a Lyman loop tang sight. The top flat of the bbl has the rare feature of full length matting. Is mounted with highly figured, H-style checkered shell and flame grain American walnut with straight stock and Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Receiver is beautifully engraved, probably by John Ulrich, in number 6 style with the number 9 vignette of a walking bull moose in a forest scene on the left side and an alert white tail buck in a forest scene on the right side, all surrounded by Mr. Ulrich’s distinctive borders and foliate arabesque patterns. The top of the receiver, top tang, bottom of receiver, forend cap, and flats of the bbl over the chamber area are engraved to match. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which fully identifies this rifle, as found, in 30 cal. with 24″ matted octagon bbl, plain trigger, fancy checkered stock, Lyman rear, leaf and front sights, 1/2 magazine, shotgun butt, rubber buttplate, takedown, extra light, engraving style #6, vignette #9 on the left side, received in the warehouse May 25, 1901 and shipped May 27, 1901 to order #95930. CONDITION: Fine. The bbl retains about 95% original blue with sharp edge wear and some thinning over the forend area. The bottom flat of the bbl has marks from the takedown lever. The receiver retains about 40% thin original blue, stronger on the left side, being mostly a silver patina on the right side. The lever retains 35-40% case colors, strong in sheltered areas, faded elsewhere, and the hammer retains about 75% faded case colors. The wood is sound with forearm retaining 60-70% orig piano varnish finish showing moderate wear. The buttstock retains 70% strong orig varnish with light surface nicks and scratches and flaking and shows moderate to heavy wear on the wrist. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-33756 JR84 (22,500-37,500)

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*EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 152631. Cal. 32-40. Fine special order dlx in a rare configuration with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine with Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, a Lyman 6A 2-leaf folding rear sight & a Lyman loop tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured, feather, crotch cut, flame grain, checkered, American walnut with H-style checkered forearm & capped pistol grip stock with nickel-plated brass Swiss buttplate. The assembly number “14609” and “XX” were observed on left side of lower tang under the wood, which number is also found on the buttstock under the buttplate. Buttplate does not have a stamped number although there is a partially legible pencil number about mid-point which appears to be “19941”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum yellow sheet which identifies this rifle with half oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock & with Lyman combination front sight, flat top rear sight & tang sight, shipped Oct. 6, 1902 to order #158951. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig factory blue with only faint muzzle & sharp edge wear. Receiver retains 95-96% strong orig factory blue, slightly thinned on upper rear edge and on right side by the trigger. Lever & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, strong & bright on left side of lever & in sheltered areas, moderately faded on hammer. Stock has a small chip by right lower tang, otherwise wood is sound with minor handling & use marks and retains most of its bright piano varnish finish with some thinning at carry point on bottom of forearm. Buttplate retains about 95% strong orig nickel. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-35788 (30,000-40,000)

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RARE DELUXE WINCHESTER 1894 EXTRA LIGHTWEIGHT TAKE-DOWN RIFLE. SN 54160. Cal. 30 WCF. 22″ extra lightweight rnd bbl, half magazine take-down, pedestal front sight with Marble no. 3 ivory white bead, blank in rear seat & Redfield receiver sight. Mounted in nicely figured walnut with deluxe checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester logo hard rubber butt plate & deluxe H style checkered forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no.”7021″, “RB” & “OH”. Top tang channel of stock reveals matching no.”7021″ & “94”. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying gun as 30 caliber rifle, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip & oil finish, half magazine, take-down, extra light, shotgun butt, rubber butt plate; received in warehouse Sept. 8, 1899; shipped from warehouse Sept. 9, 1899, on order no. 37702; returned & repaired Jan. 6, 1900, work order no. 50151; returned & repaired April 26, 1901, work order no. 96348. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue with a few minor nicks & scratches, marks on bottom from take-down & minor rub spot behind dovetail for rear sight. Receiver has 90-95% orig blue with some sharp edge wear & thinning on bottom. Loading gate shows considerable amount of its fine nitre blue. Hammer & lever have strong visible case coloring, slightly thinning on loop of lever. Stock is sound with only minor nicks & dings and retains most of its orig factory oil finish. Forend is solid & retains most of its orig factory oil finish, with a little wear through the belly. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-35362 BDT47 (11,000-15,000)

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*DESIRABLE WINCHESTER 1894 DELUXE TAKE-DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 880928. Cal. 30 WCF. 26″ oct bbl & full magazine take-down, with half-nickel front sight & Winchester Express rear. Mounted with “XX” to “XXX” quality American walnut with H-checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, Winchester logo hard rubber shotgun style butt plate & H-style checkered deluxe forend. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue with slight wear on sharp edges & a few minor areas of fine oxidation. Magazine tube worn bright behind retaining ring, thinning from there back to magazine cap. Take-down ring has turned a dark brown patina, with receiver retaining 90+% orig blue with a few minor scratches & wear on sharp edges & across bottom. Hammer shows nearly all of its orig case colors. Lever has strong orig colors on side & silver patina on bottom. Deluxe stock has a few nicks & dings with wear to varnish in grip area and may have had a very light coat of finish added; checkering is very nice. Forend is strong with usual nicks & dings with small spot that has been filled & shows red; forward part shows to have orig varnish with rear portion & belly mostly worn through; checkering is good with a couple of minor areas that are bruised & flat. Mechanics are crisp. Bore is dark with strong rifling & some light scattered pitting. 4-35523 BDT57 (5,500-7,500)

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FINE CUSTOM ENGRAVED TAKEDOWN DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. . SN 117530. Cal. 32-40. Beautiful custom engraved rifle by the renowned Cody Wyoming engraver Joseph. It has 26″ light weight tapered octagon bbl, full mag with a Marbles style ivory bead front sight and slightly altered semi-buckhorn rear sight. It is mounted with very highly figured flame and shell grain, H-styled, checkered American walnut with straight stock and smooth steel shotgun buttplate. The receiver and forend cap are silver plated with the balance of the metal blued. Receiver engraved in Bulino style with the large vignette of a western hunter in the center holding a Winchester rifle aimed at a bull elk in the left foreground and a crouching cougar in the right background, all set in a very detailed mountain scene on the left side. The right side also has a very large vignette of a treed cougar with two hounds, all set in a wonderfully detailed mountain scene. The top of the receiver ring has a simple but beautiful spread-winged eagle with the balance of the receiver covered with foliate and floral arabesque patterns, all with a very fine stippled background. The small flat on the bottom of the receiver just forward of the floorplate opening has the engraver’s signature in script “By Joseph”. The forearm cap is engraved to match. The sides of the lever and the takedown ring have very tasteful foliate gold wire inlays. The buttplate is blued with engraving patterns at the heel and toe with a wonderful gold wire inlay outline of a snarling cougar head and the silhouette of a mountain range with five gold stars above. The mag band and muzzle have gold bands and the caliber marking is in gold. Several of the screw heads are nicely engraved. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its beautiful custom finish to both metal and wood and appears to be unfired since finishing. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-33470 JR83 (6,000-10,000)

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*SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 437118. Cal. 32-40. 26″ half rnd bbl & full magazine, fine bead front sight, sporting rear sight with set screw, tang mounted peep & dbl set triggers. Mounted with “X” walnut, I-checkered pistol grip with hard rubber grip cap, crescent butt plate & I-checkered forend. Inspection of lower tang reveals assembly no. “3126 SX”. Removal of butt plate, back of stock stamped “94” & “6842” and written in pencil “3126”. Inside toe of butt plate is stamped “6842”. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-98% orig blue with a few minor scratches & slight muzzle wear. Receiver retains 75-80% orig blue with balance flaked to a brown patina & slight bit of wear across bottom of receiver. Hammer & lever show good color and turning a little dark. Wood is sound with a few minor nicks & dings, good checkering & most of its orig finish. Butt plate is mostly gray with some visible color. Forend is sound with a few minor nicks & dings and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with functioning dbl set triggers & shiny bore. 4-35407 BDT44 (4,500-7,500)

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ANTIQUE WINCHESTER 1894 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 20041. Cal. 38-55. 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, Marble No. 2 fine bead front sight, 2-leaf Lyman rear sight, standard receiver with tang-mounted coarse knurled post peep sight. Mounted with deluxe “XXX” walnut, fine checkered pistol grip with Winchester hard rubber grip cap, crescent butt & H-style checkered forend. Investigation of lower tang reveals assembly no. “3653” & “XXX”. Same assembly no. can be found stamped on rear of stock & inside toe of butt plate. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying gun as 38-55 rifle, oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, Lyman rear sight; received in warehouse Mar. 11, 1897, & shipped same day on order no. 4803. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 65-70% orig blue with carrying wear across chamber area, sharp edge wear & a few nicks & scrapes. Magazine tube has blue in protected areas with balance blended with silver gray patina. Receiver has 40-50% orig blue mixed with some brown patina & silvered across bottom & top. Hammer shows orig case colors mixed with dark patina. Lever has traces of orig color mixed with silver & brown patina. Stock is sound, with crack in toe originating from lower butt plate screw; finish is nicked, cracked & chipped with dark hand-worn patina. Butt plate is silver mixed with brown patina. Forend is sound with moderately flat checkering & retains dark hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp with gray bore & scattered pitting. 4-35887 BDT177 (3,000-5,000)

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FINE EARLY FIRST MODEL WINCHESTER 1894 TAKE-DOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 5047. Cal. 38-55. 26″ oct bbl, full magazine take-down, Beech’s combination front sight, & Lyman 2-leaf folding rear. Tang is mounted with coarse knurled post tang sight. Forend cap & butt stock equipped with sling eyes. This early receiver is the variety with external cartridge guide screws. Mounted with select grade walnut with uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet identifying gun as 38-55 oct bbl rifle with plain trigger, take-down & screw eyes; into warehouse Sept. 6, 1895; no ship date or order no. CONDITION: Very fine bbl retains most of its orig finish, turning towards brown, with minor sharp edge wear & a few minor scratches. Magazine tube is similar color & orig with bright spot behind ring from take-down. Receiver has 75-80% orig blue with wear to sharp edges, turning silver, and wear across bottom blending blue with brown patina. Loading gate shows good nitre blue worn to silver in the flute. Hammer has most of its dark orig case colors. Lever shows good orig color on side & silvered across bottom. Stock is sound with only a few minor nicks & dings & carries most of its orig finish, with some hand-worn patina in wrist area. Forend is solid with a couple of minor nicks & dings, with hand-worn patina finish in back half & through belly, with orig finish in forward half. Mechanics are crisp with good bore, strong rifling & some minor scattered pitting. 4-35388 (12,000-14,000)

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*FINE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 801106. Cal. 38-55. 26″ octagon bbl, button magazine, fixed blade front sight with set screw, flat top sporting rear, standard receiver, mounted in nicely figured straight grain walnut with uncheckered straight grip, crescent butt, and standard rifle forend. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95-98% original blue with minor sharp edge wear, a little thinning at muzzle and a few minor nicks and scrapes. Receiver has 95-98% original blue with some minor nicks and scrapes on both sides, a small area of flaking on right side, a small rub mark front right side and just starting to thin at sharp edges. Hammer has most of its original blue. Lever has most of its original blue thinning at sharp edges. Stock is sound with usual light nicks and scrapes, a quarter size mar center of right side, small chip in front of buttplate, and retains most of its original finish. Buttplate has 80% original blue with thinning on sharp edges. Forend has typical nicks and scratches and a light mar center of left side with most of its original finish. Forend cap and screws have 85-90% original blue, slightly flaked and mixed, with brown patina. Mechanics are crisp. Shiny bore with some scattered minor pits. 4-35710 BDT128 (3,000-5,000)

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ANTIQUE WINCHESTER 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 44587. Cal. 38-55. 26″ oct bbl, button magazine with half-nickel front sight, serrated side sporting rear with set screw, mounted in nicely streaked walnut with uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 90-95% orig blue with minor wear on some of the sharp edges, a few minor nicks & dings and a couple minor areas of discoloration. Receiver has 90% orig blue with sharp edge wear & some thinning at top of receiver on each side. Some minor scratches on left side near hammer screw. Lever & hammer both retain most of their bright case colors, with lever thinning & silvering on bottom. Stock is solid with a few nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Butt plate shows faint case colors, mostly a gray silver patina mixed with brown. Forend is solid with typical nicks & dings and about 70% of its orig finish, worn in the belly area. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-35408 BDT46 (2,500-3,500)

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ANTIQUE WINCHESTER 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 5413. Cal. 38-55. 26″ octagon bbl, full magazine, Lyman fine bead front sight, sporting rear, standard 2nd Model receiver, mounted with straight grain uncheckered straight grip, crescent butt, and standard rifle forend. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl and magazine tube are blue in protected areas with balance a blue/brown patina with some faint sharp edge wear with very sharp bbl markings. Receiver has 75-80% original blue mixed with brown patina and minor sharp edge wear. Hammer has dark original colors with a small wear spot on left side. Lever carries strong original case colors on side and silvery patina across bottom. Stock is solid with a repaired sliver on left side of upper tang. A couple of minor chips behind upper tang and carries numerous nicks and dings and typical wear with a coat of added finish. Buttplate is mostly a smooth gray patina. Forend has numerous nicks and dings, a light coat of added finish that has been hand worn through the bottom. Forend cap has nice original blue mixed with some brown patina. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore with some light scattered pitting. 4-35709 BDT127 (3,000-5,000)

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*GIFTED AD TOPPERWEIN TO ERNIE LIND WINCHESTER 1894 SRC. SN 991811. Cal. 30 WCF. 20″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base with pinned front sight & Winchester carbine ladder rear sight. Right side receiver mounted with stud & saddle ring. Mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip & carbine butt plate. Accompanied by packet of information about Ad Topperwein & Ernie Lind, with copy of typed letter on Ernie Lind’s stationery written March 22, 1992, identifying this gun as a gift from Ad to Ernie, signed “Mrs. Ernie Lind”; handwritten at bottom of this copy is notary Nancy Methe notarizing the statement: “Mrs. Ernie Lind personally appeared before me this the 9th day of April, 1996”. Also included in packet is undated handwritten receipt signed “Robert E. Johnson” identifying this gun as being sold to Don Grove, that he had purchased it from the second Mrs. Ernie Lind, stating it was given to Ernie Lind by Ad Topperwein, price $5,000.00. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 90-95% orig blue with muzzle wear, a little thinning behind front sight & common nicks & scratches. Receiver has 70-80% orig blue with wear to silver at bottom & sharp edges, a few minor scratches & typical light saddle ring mark. Hammer has 70-80% orig blue with some areas worn to silver. Lever has flaked to mostly silver & brown patina. Wood is sound with some minor nicks & scratches & much of its orig varnish finish. Forend is sound with minor nicks & scratches, some orig varnish & hand-worn patina. Mechanics are crisp & nice shiny bore. 4-35393 BDT86 (4,500-6,500)

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ANTIQUE WINCHESTER 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 7441. Cal. 38-55. 23″ oct bbl & full magazine, fine bead front sight with set screw & serrated side sporting rear with set screw. Mounted in straight grain walnut with uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt. Right side of stock has relief-carved circle with portrait of an Indian with full headdress. CONDITION: Good. Shortened bbl & magazine tube are void of orig finish and retain a silver mixed with brown patina finish. Likewise receiver has a silver mixed with brown patina. Stock is solid with slivers of wood missing on both left & right side of upper tang, numerous nicks & dings and carries hand-worn patina finish. Forend shows some minor battering, numerous nicks & dings and carries hand-worn patina finish. Mechanics are good, with a reasonable bore with moderate scattered pitting. 4-35156 BDT48 (750-1,200)

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*OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER MODEL 1895 LEVER ACTION SADDLE RING CARBINE. SN 401167. Cal. 30 Army. Standard 22″ round bbl, pedestal pin blade front sight, with military style ladder rear sight. Left side mounted with stud and ring. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut, straight grip with carbine buttplate. Accompanied with what appears to be most of the orig. hanging tag, identifying this M-95 carbine cal. 30 Army with 22″ round bbl. CONDITION: Extremely fine, probably unfired as the bbl is full of what appears to be orig. packing grease. Bluing is 98-99% with only a couple of flaked spots on the receiver and minor wear on the lever from being worked a couple of times. Wood is sound with only a few of the very lightest storage marks. Buttplate retains 97-98% of its orig. blue with a small spot of rust at the toe from storage. Mechanics are as new, and bore, as stated above, appears filled with factory grease. Truly one of the finest examples of the M-95 carbine to be found today. 4-59908 BDT75 (7,000-9,000)

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*FINE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1895 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 34843. Cal. 30-40. Special order 22″ bbl pedestal with pinned blade fine bead front sight, and flat top sporting rear sight. Receiver is mounted with Lyman lever side mount. Mounted with “XXX” walnut with checkered forend, black tip insert, and mounted with a sling swivel, checkered straight grip stock with Jostam vented recoil pad, and toe line mounted with sling swivel. Rifle is accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum Winchester letter identifying this as a .30 caliber rifle with 22″ bbl, fancy checkered stocks, flat top sporting rear, Lyman front, shotgun butt with rubber butt-plate, oil finish, and shipped from warehouse April 9, 1902 on order #137137. Inspection shows left inside of lower tang with assembly #13889 “XXX” and “OHS”. No other numbers were observed. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 95-98% orig blue with some minor muzzle wear and a few light handling marks. Receiver and mag-box retain 95-98% orig blue with usual wear on mag-box from levering, sharp edge wear to silver on receiver and a few small areas of flaking, and a few minor scratches. Stocks are solid with usual minor handling marks and retain virtually all of its fine factory oil finish with good checkering. Mechanics are crisp and bore is shiny on this very fine special order deluxe ’95. 4-33719 JDJ (6,000-10,000)

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*SCARCE WINCHESTER 1895 SEMI-DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 67990. Cal. 405 WCF. 24″ rnd bbl, pedestal front with Lyman hunting blade, flat top sporting rear & Lyman side lever sight. Mounted with nicely streaked walnut with checkered straight grip & Winchester solid red recoil pad. I-style checkered forend with ebony insert tip. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 90-95% orig blue with slight muzzle wear & a little thinning just behind front sight. Receiver has 90% orig blue with thinning at sharp edges and some wear across top & down front right side. Magazine box shows a little wear on bottom & typical wear from the lever. Lever has strong orig blue, turned to gray patina on bottom. Stock is sound with only a few minor nicks & dings. Orig varnish finish has been knocked down & retains a smooth oiled look. Forend is solid & likewise has had its orig varnish finish knocked down, leaving a smooth oiled look. Mechanics are crisp with nice shiny bore. 4-33775 BDT52 (5,500-7,500)

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*FINE WINCHESTER 1895 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 52898. Cal. 30 US. 28″ rnd bbl, pedestal front with pinned brass blade & sporting rear sight. Mounted with straight grain walnut with uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95% orig blue with moderate amount of muzzle wear & a few minor scratches. Receiver has 75% orig blue, stronger on sides, thinned to gray patina on top & slightly down front of left side. Lever & magazine box have considerable blue with wear from lever on magazine box & a little thinning across bottom of lever. Stock is sound with minor sliver of wood missing on upper right side & only a couple minor light handling dings; has most of a professionally added light coat of oil. Butt plate is mostly a gray patina. Forend with ebony tip insert has a few minor nicks & dings and most of a professionally added light coat of oil. Mechanics are crisp, bore is shiny. 4-33776 BDT51 (3,500-5,000)

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*WINCHESTER 1895 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 62532. Cal. 405 WCF. 24″ rnd bbl, pedestal front sight with half-nickel blade, serrated side sporting rear with set screw; muzzle end of bbl is threaded. Mounted in straight grain walnut with uncheckered straight grip & checkered steel shotgun butt. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 80-85% orig blue with some thinning at chamber area. Entire length of bbl has a coat of very fine oxidation. Receiver has very good blue, especially on left side; right side has similar fine coat of oxidation on top half. Magazine box has nearly all of its orig blue. Lever has good blue mixed with patina from flaking finish. Stock is solid with just a few minor nicks & dings and retains most of its orig finish. Forend is solid with the usual nicks & dings and most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore. Gun has only seen a little use. 4-35409 BDT45 (3,500-4,500)

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*RARE & DESIRABLE WINCHESTER 1895 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 58466. Cal. 405 WCF. 24″ rnd bbl, pedestal front with Lyman fine bead sight & Winchester 2-Leaf Express rear. Bbl is factory inscribed “MANTON & CO. CALCUTTA”. Inscribed Model 95’s are extremely rare. Mounted with straight grain American walnut, uncheckered straight grip & crescent butt. Installed with sling eye-loop & matching loop in place of forend screw. Schnable forend with ebony insert tip. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying gun as 40 caliber rifle, Lyman front, Winchester Express rear, shotgun butt, “Martin & Company, Calcutta”; received in warehouse May 24, 1907, & shipped from warehouse June 1, 1907, on order no. 95513. Also accompanying is photocopy of factory ledger with guns numbered 58450 – 58469 and showing Manton Co. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 95-98% orig blue with muzzle wear & a couple of small spots of thinning blue. Receiver has 20-30% orig blue blended with a gray/brown/silver patina, some from flaking & some from wear. Stock is sound, with tiny hairline behind top tang & tiny sliver missing upper left side of tang; has some usual nicks & dings & a few bruises on right side with 70% orig finish & hand-worn patina through grip area. Butt plate has turned a soft gray patina. Forend has numerous nicks & dings but is sound & carries a hand-worn patina finish. Mechanics are crisp with shiny bore & slight bulge not quite 1″ from muzzle. 4-35387 (3,500-5,500)

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*WINCHESTER 1895 SRC LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 417227. Cal. 30-06. Pedestal front with pinned fine bead sight, standard military style ladder rear sight, Lyman lever sight & stud with saddle ring on left side of receiver. Mounted in “streaky” walnut with uncheckered straight grip & carbine butt plate with trapdoor. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl has 20-30% orig blue mixed with thinning to silver patina. Receiver has 30-40% orig blue, mostly in protected areas, mixed with a brown patina. Magazine box has about 50% orig blue mixed with silver & brown patina. Lever is mostly brown patina. Stock is solid with sliver of wood missing by upper left tang, a few minor nicks & scratches & retains most of a restored shiny finish. Forend & hand guard are sound with repaired crack in hand guard, minor nicks & dings, and have most of their restored shiny finish. Mechanics are good; bore is shiny with some very minor scattered shallow pitting. 4-35153 BDT49 (1,200-1,600)

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*WINCHESTER 1895 RUSSIAN CONTRACT MUSKET. SN 229842. Cal. 7.62 mm. 28″ rnd bbl pedestal front with pinned blade & military style graduated rear sight. Receiver mounted with clip guides, front bbl band equipped with bayonet lug & stacking swivel, middle band has integral sling swivel. Mounted with replacement stock with uncheckered straight grip & steel serrated butt plate. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl retains 85-90% orig blue with a little thinning & slight muzzle wear. Receiver has flaked to gray mixed with brown patina, with series of shallow rust marks on right side. Magazine box & lever retain 40-50% orig blue with flaking & mixed with brown & silver patina. Replacement stock is sound with a couple of minor chips near receiver, only a few light handling marks & most of its fine finish. Forend is sound with numerous light nicks & dings & retains 70% of its orig finish. Hand guard is solid with only a minor nick here & there and is probably a replacement as it is a much darker color than forend; retains most of its oil finish. Mechanics are good. Bore is shiny with some light scattered pitting. 4-35152 BDT50 (1,100-1,600)

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*AS NEW WITH ORIGINAL BOX WINCHESTER 71 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 47146. Cal. 348 WIN. 24″ rnd bbl with integral stippled ramp, silver bead front sight & hood, sporting rear sight with set screw. Mounted with select grade American walnut, checkered pistol grip with hard rubber Winchester grip cap, checkered steel butt plate & deluxe sling swivel mounts. Accompanied by orig Winchester box with proper end label & matching SN. Inside of box contains instruction manual for Model 71, the “10 Commandments of Safety” flyer, hanging tag for Winchester time-payment plan, Winchester yellow & red Model 71 hanging tag, orig sling with swivels, wooden block for end of box, some tattered wax paper & 4 pieces of distinctive shaped cardboard for filler & protection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, as new. Metal finish is typical late-1950’s factory blue & virtually all there with just some very minor insignificant handling marks. Stock is solid with very fine hairline crack on right side of tang & shallow impressed dent just behind flute on right side; wood finish is all there with tiny nick at toe. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore, as one would expect from a gun that appears test-fired only. 4-35043 BDT73 (4,000-6,000)

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*OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER MODEL 71 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 38293. Cal. 348. 24″ rnd bbl with integral stippled ramp, silver bead front sight & hood, blank in rear seat with Lyman 56 receiver sight. Mounted in nicely figured straight grain American walnut with checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, checkered steel butt plate & factory sling swivel mounts. One swivel is accompanying forend cap. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 98-99% orig blue with slight muzzle wear & a couple of minor faint scratches. Receiver retains 97-98% orig blue with a couple of minor faint scratches & slight sharp edge wear. Hammer retains 85-90% orig blue worn to silver on each side. Lever has 90+% orig blue with a little flaking on bottom. Stock is sound with only a few minor nicks & dings and retains nearly all of its professionally freshened, factory style finish. Forend is sound with just a few very minor nicks & with virtually all of its professionally freshened, factory style finish. Mechanics are crisp, bore is bright & shiny. 4-35391 BDT64 (3,500-5,500)

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*WINCHESTER 64 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 1887592. Cal. 30-30. 24″ rnd bbl, 2/3 magazine, integral stippled ramp, Redfield gold bead front sight with hood, flip-up rear and Redfield receiver sight. Mounted with streaky straight grain walnut with checkered pistol grip and Winchester hard rubber grip cap, checkered steel Winchester buttplate, checkered forend and Deluxe 1-1/4″ sling swivels. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 97-98% original blue with some slight muzzle wear and a few minor nicks and dings. Receiver has 95-97% original blue with some sharp edge wear and thinning across bottom. Stock is solid with few minor nicks and dings and some scratches in the finish that is a thin coat of added finish. Buttplate has most of its blue with some minor wear in the usual areas. Forend is solid with some hand worn patina on bottom, remainder is original with a thin coat of added finish. Mechanics are crisp with a good shiny bore. 4-35660 BDT141 (1,500-2,500)

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*RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 03 DELUXE SEMI-AUTO RIMFIRE RIFLE. SN 122347. Cal. 22 Winchester Auto. 20″ rnd bbl with fine bead front sight, blank in rear seat and Lyman side mounted receiver sight. Mounted with two to three X fancy walnut checkered pistol grip with Winchester hard rubber grip cap, smooth curved steel Model 03 buttplate and H-style deluxe checkered forend. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 95-97% original blue with a few minor scuffs and scratches and a couple minor spots of surface oxidation. Receiver has 97-98% original blue with some very minor sharp edge wear. Stock is sound with a few minor light nicks and dings. It has been cleaned and a light coat of finish applied. Forend is sound with good checkering, minor nicks and dings with a thin coat of added finish. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore. 4-35745 BDT145 (3,000-5,000)

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*OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER MODEL 07 SEMI-AUTO RIFLE. SN 52636. Cal. 351 SL. 20″ rnd bbl with integral pedestal base with blade front sight & sporting rear sight with set screw. Gun has both 5-shot & 10-shot magazine. Mounted with “streaky” American walnut with uncheckered pistol grip, checkered steel butt plate & factory mounted sling swivels. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retain 98-99% orig blue with only a minor scratch about 4″ from muzzle. Likewise, receiver has 98-99% orig blue with a couple of marks on left side & faint scratch across top. Stock is sound with only 1 or 2 minor nicks & faint scratch on left side with virtually all of its orig finish. Forend likewise has just a couple of minor nicks & dings and shallow 1″ depression on left side, retaining virtually all of its orig finish. Gun has seen little to no use & probably not more than test-fired only. Mechanics are crisp, bore is bright & shiny. 4-35392 BDT61 (1,000-1,250)

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2234

RARE & OUTSTANDING WINCHESTER “INVERTED V” 1888 CARTRIDGE BOARD. This is a superb example of the 1888 model. It depicts 3 vignettes; one with moose hunters, one with bear hunter & dogs and one with 2 cowboys with a steer, all surrounded by various examples of Winchester cartridges. The lithograph cardboard image is in its orig frame and retains the brown paper cover on the reverse. Added to the surface of the orig oak frame, probably during the period of receipt, is a chestnut molding into which a sheet of glass was framed to protect the cartridge board. Subsequently the cartridges, the image & the lithograph are in particularly strong & vibrant condition. Many of the cartridges still have a fair amount of luster to the casings, and the lithographs are very strong in coloring as well as the lettering. Printed by, and so marked at the bottom of the image, “GILES LITH. CO / NEW YORK & BOSTON”. This was the fifth Winchester designed cartridge board that was used and appeared for only a short duration of time and thus is very scarce. SIZE: 47-1/2” wide x 36-1/2” high. CONDITION: As noted above. Also please note that the litho cardboard still retains its orig paper on the back, but at one time nails were applied to the outer edge of the cardboard image to re-attach it to its orig stretcher. Also the orig oak frame has metal “L” braces screwed on the reverse to reinforce the orig frame. Altogether a truly outstanding example of this very desirable board and recently from a most prestigious collection. 4-35139 JDJ2 (22,000-28,000)

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2235

OUTSTANDING 1897 WINCHESTER “DOUBLE W” BOARD. This is one of the best examples of this board we’ve had in many years. From an old-time collection, features a central vignette by A.B. Frost of 2 bear hunters with dead bear. Retains all the orig cartridges & shot shells. This board is the largest that Winchester was known to have produced and the last of the 19th C. examples. It is without a doubt the most famous of all of their boards. This one exhibits strong colors and orig untouched brown paper backing still affixed and with the orig compliments card. Old note applied at the back indicates this was from the R.D. Keene, Lexington, Massachusetts, collection. Came from old-time gun collection, Cape Neddick, Maine, 1947, and originally was in an old hardware store in Biddeford. Printed by, and so noted in lower right hand corner, “FORBES COMPANY / BOSTON”. SIZE: Approx. 57-1/2” wide. x 40” high. including orig oak frame. CONDITION: Generally very good to excellent. Some wear marks or losses on the Frost vignette, and a couple of small scrapes, scratches & other minor imperfections. A couple of the paper wraps on some of the board ends of cartridges have paper loss. Generally an outstanding board. 4-35074 JDJ200 (20,000-30,000)

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2236

ATTIC-FOUND WINCHESTER CARTRIDGE BOARD. This cartridge board started out as an 1897 Winchester “Double W” cartridge board. At some point in time all the cartridges were removed, and the advertising was painted out with the exception of the bear hunter vignette in the center, the moose head & the duck. Then the cartridges were very nicely arranged in an altogether different fashion on the board, along with a few additions not normally found on this board. The orig Winchester banner at top can still just barely be seen peeking through the old green paint. Cartridge board still framed in its orig oak frame. SIZE: Approx. 57-1/2” wide x 40” high. CONDITION: Top section of frame in poor condition & has been attacked by worms at some time. Image, as indicated earlier, painted over and now with some small paper losses, primarily in the lower left-hand corner. Back still retains the Winchester Repeating Arms Company’s “PLEASE HANG IN A PROMINENT PLACE” notice. Very decorative piece for someone who doesn’t want to spend the $15,000-$25,000 for a complete orig model. 4-35035 JDJ (1,500-2,500)

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2237

RARE ORIGINAL WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS COMPANY BROADSIDE. This b&w printed broadside dated 1881 features numerous illustrations of cartridges and guns. Included is a price list of cartridges, etc. Penned at the top in period ink “FEB 1881”. This poster was reproduced at one time, but this exact example is a genuine orig old one and guaranteed as such. It was orig in the famous John Hintlian and later Richard Labowskie collections. SIZE: 25-1/2″w x 35″h. CONDITION: Professionally framed with acid free materials. Various fold marks and restoration to a crease or separation at the top, just above the top series of cartridges. Also a restored vertical crease through “repeating”. 4-32889 (2,500-3,500)

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2238

SCARCE AND DESIRABLE HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON ARMS CO. 1908 PAPER CALENDAR. This outstanding example features the Philip Goodwin image of the portaging caribou hunter. Blazed “HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON ARMS CO.” advertisement just above the calendar pad which still retains December. Calendar was copyright in 1907 by Harrington & Richardson Arms Co. and so noted in the lower left-hand corner. SIZE: 14” wide x 26-3/4” high. CONDITION: Colors are strong & bright. Calendar still retains its orig brass bands at bottom & top and is generally in very good condition. 4-35492 JDJ4 (4,000-5,000)

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2239

VERY RARE MISSOURI PACIFIC RAILWAY MARKED WHITNEY-KENNEDY LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN D919. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). This is the light frame sporting rifle with blue finish, 24″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight & semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Top flat of bbl in front of rear sight is marked “WHITNEYVILLE ARMORY, CT, U.S.A.” and then spaced a little further away in a different lettering, “KENNEDY” and has the caliber marking over chamber area. Receiver is fitted with dbl set triggers and Whitney serpentine lever. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain, nicely figured American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of buttstock is stamped, in 1/4″ letters, “No 12 / Mo. PAC. RY.”. Tang of buttplate is stamped “Mo. PAC. RY.” and again upside down with the number “15” at the heel. A very fine, well made rifle of which only about 15,000 were made in period 1879-1886 in four different styles, making this, indeed, a rather rare find. Then with the railway markings makes it even more rare. CONDITION: Exceedingly fine. Appears to be new & unfired retaining most of its strong, bright orig factory finish on all metal with only slight sharp edge wear and some flaking on receiver. Flaked areas are a blue/gray patina. Hammer retains about all of its brilliant orig case colors. Rear sight has been broken & repaired. Forearm has a small crack on right side with small nicks, dings & scratches on both stock & forearm and retains most of its strong, orig factory varnish. Hammer will hold at full cock manually but not when the action is worked and when it is fired will not strike firing pin so the mechanics need attention, probably something to do with the dbl set triggers. Brilliant shiny bore. 4-35146 JR513 (12,500-17,500)

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2240

STUNNING & RARE WHITNEY ARMS CO. LARGE FRAME SRC. SN M787. Cal. 45-60. 22″ rnd bbl, full magazine, square base front sight, reversed ladder-type carbine rear sight, standard receiver with stud & ring mounted on left side. Mounted with select straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent butt with trapdoor, 10-1/2″ carbine forend with bbl band. As taken from Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms…And Their Values, estimated production was less than 1,000 of these rare carbines, with most of the production apparently sent to South & Central America. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-98% orig blue, a couple of minor cleaned spots toning to brown & some minor nicks & dings. Front bbl band retains 60-70% orig blue with wear to high spots. Rear bbl band has 30-40% orig blue, flaked & blended with brown patina. Receiver has 90-95% orig blue with thinning & blending with brown across bottom & front side, a few minor scratches, some faint surface oxidation, silvered on sharp edges & faint left side saddle ring mark. Hammer retains virtually all of its orig dark case colors. Lever has 70-80% orig blue blended with brown on bottom of finger loop. Stock is sound with some nicks, dings & typical handling marks, retaining most of its orig varnish. Butt plate has strong orig blue on tang, flaked through curve & blending with brown patina. Forend is sound with typical minor light nicks & dings, retaining most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp with bright shiny bore, as gun has seen very little use. 4-35147 BDT280 (16,500-20,000)

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EXCEEDINGLY RARE EARLY BURGESS PATENT PROTOTYPE 1872 CARBINE. SN NSN. Cal.44RF. Round 22 7/8″ bbl, full magazine, w/ bbl band integral front sight and 3 leaf folding L-shaped carbine rear sight graduated for 100,300 and 700 yds. Right side receiver is marked “BURGESS PAT.” without dates above the elongated loading gate. There are no other visible markings or serial numbers observed inside or out. The elongated loading gate has a retractable cover. The mortised top cover is rectangular in shape and is directly connected to the lever, functioning in either direction. Mounted with straight grained uncheckered walnut, straight grip and crescent buttplate without trap. Although similar to images on pp.18-21 of Lever Action Magazine Rifles by Maxwell, this example differs in the front barrel band and sight design, the inclusion of the retractable loading gate cover, and the general absence of SN and Patent dates. Maxwell goes on to state “To the collector, the 1872 Burgess Carbine is one of the most appealing and rarest lever action magazine rifle in existence and the prototype of several generations of Burgess patented lever action magazine firearms that followed”. The 1872 Burgess Carbine is also the subject of the Sept. 1963 Gun Report article by Bish. This is likely an early Oswego, NY 1872 prototype suitable for the advanced collector. CONDITION: Very Good. Over all gun is a grey patina mixed with brown and traces of original nickel in protected areas. Wood is solid with crack in forend ahead of band. Stock is very nice with minor chips behind top tang, some minor dings, with an old oil finish. Mechanics are sound and works quit well, with a surprisingly good bore. 4-35856 BDT (30,000-50,000)

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2242
Revised: 10/5/2008

Additional Information: We have recently receive a Colt Factory Letter on this Rare Colt which states: “25-1/2″ bbl shipped to Hartley & Graham 12-31-1883 in a shipment of 10 guns”. Also notes: “Blue Wood”. According to knowledgeable Colt Burgess people, it is not unusual for factory records to be lacking complete information. We are also told that from time to time these Deluxe rifles are found with serial numbers on stock and gun not and not matching. ( Stock SN 3327). Wood is definately COlt and contemporaneous with production of gun.

EXTREMELY SCARCE DELUXE COLT BURGESS LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 4105. Cal. 44-40. 25-1/2″ octagon bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight, serrated side sporting rear, standard receiver with Rampant Colt on left side, mounted with deluxe fancy walnut, multi-point deluxe checkered straight grip, crescent butt with trapdoor, and multi-point deluxe checkered forend. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain 70-75% original blue with muzzle wear and some shallow corrosion, thinning on sharp edges and mixed with some brown patina. Receiver has traces of original blue, mostly in protected areas, and blending with a brown and silver patina. There are some shallow faint scratches on both sides of receiver. Stock is sound with numerous handling marks, nicks and dings, good checkering and has original finish mixed with a hand worn patina. Forend is sound with handling marks and minor nicks and dings, good checkering, original finish mixed with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bore has moderate scattered pits. 4-35370 BDT249 (25,000-30,000)

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2243

RARE COLT BURGESS RIFLE WITH HALF-OCTAGON BARREL. SN 5763. Cal. 44-40. 25-1/2″ half-round/half-octagon bbl, full magazine, modified Rocky Mountain front sight, serrated side sporting rear, mounted with straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent butt with trapdoor and standard rifle forend. Accompanying gun is a Colt letter identifying it as a half-octagon bbl gun shipped to J.C. Grubb & Co. Philadelphia, Pa., March 12, 1884. Data from page 49 of “The Colt Burgess Magazine Rifle” by Samuel L. Maxwell, Sr., shows 32 special order half-octagon bbl guns, 26 U.S. shipment and 6 to the London agency, making this one of the rarest variations of the Burgess rifle. CONDITION: Good. Bbl and receiver are a combination of silver and brown patina with nicks and dings and evidence of heavy use. Screws on left side of receiver show considerable battering and modification. Stock is sound with some minor chips missing around tang, numerous nicks and dings, a small hole behind lower tang, and carries a hand worn patina finish. Forend has slivers of wood missing on both sides running back from forend cap, nicks and dings, a minor hairline crack and a hand worn patina finish. Mechanics are good with a weak lever retaining spring, dark bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-33817 BDT247 (3,000-5,000)

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COLT LIGHTNING LARGE FRAME PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN 4969. Cal. 45-85-285. 28″ octagon bbl, full magazine, fine bead front sight, spirit level in rear seat, course knurled post, tang mounted sight. Large frame with Rampant Colt on left side, mounted with nicely figured walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent butt, and checkered two-piece forend. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain 85-90% original blue with carry wear between forend and receiver. Bead is missing from front sight and bubble from spirit level. Receiver has 75-80% original blue with top right side silvered with balance mixed with some fine brown patina. Stock is solid with a small chip repair on upper right side, moderate nicks and dings and some crinkling apparently caused by heat. Appears to be original finish with possibly a coat of added finish. Forend is sound with good checkering and most of its original finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-33426 BDT248 (5,000-7,000)

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2245

INCREDIBLE MEDIUM FRAME COLT LIGHTNING PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN 51877. Cal. 38-40. 26″ octagon bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight, serrated side sporting rear, standard receiver with Rampant Colt on left side, mounted with select straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, oval plaque on left side of stock, crescent butt, and checkered two-piece forend. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain 98-99% original blue with a few minor handling marks. Receiver has 95-98% original blue with a small area of flaking turned to brown patina and some thinning on sharp edges. Hammer retains virtually all of its original case colors. Stock is sound with a few minor handling marks and retains virtually all of its original finish. Plaque on left side is engraved “CF Dellinger 122 West 43Rd N.Y.”. Buttplate retains 40-50% original blue, flaked and mixed with silver and brown patina. Forend is sound with crisp checkering, a few minor handling marks and virtually all of its original finish. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-35485 BDT250 (5,000-7,000)

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2246

*FINE MEDIUM-FRAME COLT LIGHTNING PUMP ACTION RIFLE. SN 42955. Cal. 44-40. 26″ rnd bbl, full mag, nickel Rocky Mountain front sight, sporting rear. Usual bbl markings and “44 CAL” over chamber. Medium frame w/Rampant Colt logo on left side. Mounted w/select straight grain walnut, uncheckered straight grip, crescent butt and checkered two-piece forend. PROVENANCE: Dr. Frank Miller Estate Collection CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% orig blue w/minor muzzle wear and a small ding about center of left side. Mag tube retains 75-80% orig blue w/a 9″ area of clean shallow oxidation blending w/silver patina. Receiver has 95% orig blue, thinning at sharp edges and a lightly cleaned area on left side below Rampant Colt. There are a few spots of minor surface oxidation. Hammer retains nearly all of its orig case colors. Stock is sound w/minor nicks and dents w/orig finish that has slightly raised from heat. Forend is sound w/minor nicks and dings, nice sharp checkering and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp w/bright, shiny bore. 4-35687 BDT246 (3,000-5,000)

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2247

HISTORICAL COLT 1883 FACTORY ENGRAVED SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN. SN 1799. Cal. 12 ga. 28″ Damascus bbls, tapered concave rib with dual ivory sighting beads, 2-3/4″ chambers, choked MOD / FULL, dbl triggers & extractors. Top of rib is marked “COLT’S PT. F. A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”. Factory engraved receiver with pointing setter & 2 woodcock on left side and 2 pointers & 2 quail on right side. “PATENTED / AUG 22 1882 SEP 19.” across trigger plate. Balance of receiver in accenting foliate arabesque scroll with shaded background. Trigger guard has geometric engraving around oval with game bird. Mounted with colorful highly figured walnut, checkered side panels with dropper points, checkered rnd knob pistol grip, gold initial shield, rampant Colt & checkered hard rubber butt plate, checkered splinter forend with ebony tip insert. Bore diameter: left -.727, right -.729. Bore restrictions: left -.030, right -.020. Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.034. Drop at heel: 3-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-7/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 14 oz. LOP 14″. Accompanied by Colt factory letter identifying gun as 1883 hammerless dbl bbl shotgun, 12 ga. 28″ blue finish with wood stock, weight 8 lbs., factory engraved, valued at $10.00, no. 2 grade, shipped to C. H. Colt, Nov. 14, 1888, 1 gun in shipment. Under remarks: “It is historically significant to note that C. H. (Caldwell Hart) Colt was the son of Sam & Elizabeth Colt. He was born Nov. 24, 1858, & died prematurely Jan. 21, 1894, at the age of 36.” CONDITION: Fine. Bbls show good brown Damascus pattern with slight muzzle wear & thinning in forearm area. Receiver shows traces of case colors in protected areas, blended with silver hardening & gray patina. Trigger guard has traces of orig blue across bow mixed with brown & silver patina; worn to silver through grip area. Stock is sound with nice checkering, a few minor nicks & scratches and retains most of a fine hand-rubbed finish. Forend is sound with good checkering, minor nicks & scratches and carries a fine hand-worn patina finish. Mechanics are crisp with automatic safety, shiny bores with some minor shallow scattered pits. 4-35418 BDT181 (7,500-12,500)

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OUTSTANDING COLT 1878 SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN. SN 12396. Cal. 12 ga. 28″ Damascus bbls, tapered concave rib with sgl brass sighting bead, 2-3/4″ chambers, choked IMP-CYL / IMP-CYL, dbl triggers & extractors. Receiver is marked “Colt’s Pt. F A MFG. Co.” on each lock plate. Mounted with straight grain walnut, checkered rnd pistol grip, smooth steel butt plate & checkered forearm with ebony tip insert. Bore diameter: left -.736, right -.738. Bore restrictions: left -.010, right -.010. Wall thickness: left -.048, right -.042. Drop at heel: N/A, drop at comb: N/A. Weight: 8 lbs. 3 oz. LOP 14-1/8″. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbls retain most of fine brown & silver Damascus pattern with minor wear at muzzles & a few light handling marks. Receiver retains 90% orig case colors, strong & bright on lock plates, thinning & blending with gray patina across bottom. Stock is sound with good checkering & a few minor nicks & dings, retaining most of its orig finish. Butt plate is a smooth silver gray patina. Forend is sound with good checkering, a few minor dents with a smooth hand-worn patina finish. This gun has seen only a little use as standing breech still retains good case colors. Crisp mechanics & bright shiny bores. 4-33473 BDT182 (2,500-4,500)

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2249
Revised: 9/17/2008

Correction. The correct serial number is 122.

VERY RARE COLT MODEL 1839 PATERSON CARBINE. SN 722. Cal. 525 Smoothbore. Rare carbine with only approx. 950 produced in the period 1838-1841. This is the standard model with 24-1/4″ multi-faceted to rnd bbl with pin front sight and a tiny fixed rear sight. Right side of bbl lug has the attachment holes & bracket for the rammer which is missing and has been for many years. Right side of lug also is marked with the standard Paterson marking. It has 6-shot 2-1/2″ cylinder with rnd shoulder and line decorations around circumference. Mounted with uncheckered walnut with straight stock, serpentine shaped trigger guard with a long curved finger rest and a smooth crescent buttplate with stepped tang. CONDITION: Fair. No orig finish remains with the metal being overall a very dark undisturbed patina with heavy pitting around the cylinder end of the bbl lug. Cylinder is also a smooth even patina with no scene remaining and no serial number visible. Partial serial number was observed on rear face of bbl lug and a complete serial number on the buttplate. No further disassembly was affected to check for other numbered parts. Wedge is a replacement bearing serial number “150” and is loose & sloppy in the slot but it is an orig Paterson carbine wedge. Mechanics are a little sloppy but functional, good bore with some shine & scattered pitting. 4-35436 (22,500-27,500)

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2250

RARE COLT MODEL 1855 1ST MODEL SPORTING RIFLE. SN 1038. Cal. 36. Colt’s first successful sporting rifle in the root sidehammer configuration with 30″ oct to rnd bbl, dovetailed German front sight with mouse ear rear sight mounted on the top strap of the receiver. It has the Colt oiler mounted on the left side of the bbl lug & the orig Colt iron cleaning rod with knurled head also mounted on left side. It has the ball & detent rammer lever and 6-shot cylinder with the rare cylinder scene of a hunter shooting at five running deer with two apparently shot and on the ground. Cyl has the etched panel “COLT’S PATENT / SPORTING RIFLE” and on the center bar “ENGRAVED BY W.L. ORMSBY N.Y.”. Rifle is made without forearm and has a straight grain, uncheckered walnut stock with crescent steel buttplate. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 1,000 of these rare rifles were made in period 1856-1859 and this rifle is fitted with the longest bbl offered. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 30-40% orig blue, stronger on the oct section and around the rammer handle and front sight with balance a thin blue/gray patina. There is a cleaned section on right side with some scattered very fine pitting. Rammer pivot retains strong case colors as does the hammer. Receiver retains about 60-65% strong orig factory blue, mostly on left side with right side worn & flaked to a blue/gray patina. Top & bottom tangs are also a smooth blue/gray patina. Stock is sound with a few very light handling & storage marks and retains virtually all of its bright orig factory varnish. Buttplate retains dark case colors. Cyl retains 15-20% orig blue with balance a silver/brown patina and shows about 90% orig cyl scene. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-35180 JR500 (17,500-27,500)

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2251

RARE COLT MODEL 1855 REVOLVING MILITARY RIFLED MUSKET. SN 163. Cal. 56. Rare rifled musket with 37-1/2″ rnd bbl with octagonal breech area. It has square base barleycorn front sight/bayonet lug and a 3-leaf rear sight with two folding & one standing leaf. Top strap has the Col. Colt Hartford address and it has a 5-shot full fluted cylinder. Mounted with a full length uncheckered walnut forestock with two bands and a brass nosecap with its orig knurled head ramrod. Buttstock is straight grain uncheckered American walnut with straight grip & musket style buttplate with trap containing the orig brass cleaning rod extension. It has a brass trigger guard & bottom tang with creeping style rammer. The serial number was observed on the side of cylinder in one of the flutes, left side of top tang under the wood, on rear of buttstock under buttplate. The number “7450” appears on the cylinder pin and the number “7555” appears on the toe of the buttplate, with heavy rust. CONDITION: Fine. The steel parts all retain a smooth even dark brown patina and the brass parts a very dark blackish patina, slightly thinned just behind the trigger guard. Cylinder also has fine pitting. Buttstock is sound showing heavy wear with a couple of gouges above the toe and retains a heavy dark oiled patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with some roughness in the grooves. A rare complete rifled musket in decent condition. 4-33772 JR503 (10,000-15,000)

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2252
Revised: 10/10/2008

Additional Information: Right grip has a hand-carved “K”, undoubtedly for John Reese Kenly. Item is accompanied by a Statement of Authenticity by Bobby Vance, Briggs, TX.

RARE AND HISTORIC COLT WHITNEYVILLE-WALKER PISTOL “A COMPANY # 210” AND ORIGINAL FLASK ISSUED AT VERA CRUZ IN 1847 TO PRIVATE SAM WILSON (TEXAS RANGER), LATER OBTAINED BY BREVET MAJOR GENERAL JOHN REESE KENLY OF MARYLAND AND BELIEVED TO BE THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF A MARTIAL WALKER EXTANT. SN A Co. 210. The Wilson-Kenly Walker is one of the most exciting Colt discoveries in many years. This magnificent Colt Walker Revolver, SN A Co. 210, has been the subject of much research proving it to be a well documented firearm from the Mexican War that is related to both a Texas volunteer private and one of the Maryland’s most respected officers in both the Mexican War and Civil War. Moreover, this revolver retains an extraordinary amount of orig finish that is a rarity in and of itself. Until now this historic treasure has been almost unknown and never photographed or offered at public sale. At the annual Meeting of the National Rifle Association in 1972 in Portland, Oregon, the current owner did exhibit it . As a result the firearm won a prestigious Certificate of Recognition for its “…outstanding historical value, or beauty, or rarity…” and the NRA Silver Medallion #127 as one of the ten best arms at the show. The Colt Walker was officially designated a pistol as it was the first revolver ever purchased by the Army Ordnance Department. Many men familiar with single shot percussion muzzle loading pistols had never seen a revolver, much less used one, resulting in many burst cylinders and the accidental firing of all six chambers. The Walker pistols were manufactured during a short production run in 1847 and were named after Capt. Samuel Hamilton Walker, a renowned national hero who fought in the Texas-Mexico wars. Capt. Walker approached Samuel Colt, a leading firearms designer, to create a stronger and more reliable revolver suitable for the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Dragoons. The new weapon was designed by both Colt and Walker, based on the Colt Paterson revolver, but clearly an improvement. It proved to be a revolver of such size, weight, and heft that Colt was reputed to have said, “It would take a Texan to shoot it”. Walker wrote in 1847 that the gun was “as effective as a common rifle at 100 yards and superior to a musket even at 200”. Far more powerful than the earlier Patersons, this gun quickly became legendary. In fact at the time it was made it was the most powerful handgun in the world and remained so until the advent of the .44 Magnum in about 1954. For those who could afford it, the Walker Colt was a symbol of strength, authority and great financial means. While the revolver was a financial success for Colt, Capt. Walker met a tragic end. Fighting at the front in the Mexican War, he was killed by a lance in the Battle of Juamantla in early October 1847. At the time of his death, Walker was carrying a pair of Walker revolvers–gifts from Colt which had just arrived a few days before. The spectacular condition and rarity of this revolver certainly qualifies it as a special treasure, but also of equal importance is its impeccable provenance and history. This revolver has descended through the family of Bvt. Maj. Gen. John Reese Kenly of Maryland and this is the first time that this revolver and flask have been offered for sale outside of Kenly’s family descendants. Research in published materials, Colt Factory records and Federal documents show that this Colt-Walker revolver was part of the second shipment of 280 revolvers that were received from Eli Whitney’s factory at the New York Ordnance Depot on August 6, 1847. Three days later, this shipment of Colts was forwarded to the United States Ordnance Depot in Vera Cruz Mexico. All 220 of the revolvers designated for “A Company” (and so marked) were in this shipment along with 60 others marked for “B Company”. The revolvers arrived in Vera Cruz on October 22, 1847. On the 26th of October, Lt. Josiah Gorgas (the future Confederate Brig. Gen. and Chief of the Ordnance Bureau) issued 180 of these Colts to Col. John Coffee Hays, Commander for the First Regiment, Texas Mounted Vols. This revolver, serial number 210 was part of that issue. At the time of issue, the First Regiment was stationed at Vergara, just three miles from the Depot at Vera Cruz on the road to Jalapa. One of the privates in Company I, named Samuel Wilson, received this Colt, confirmed and attested to by his presence on the regimental roster and the crudely scratched name “Samuel Wilson” on the trigger guard. Wilson is listed in the records of Texas Veterans in the Mexican War as “died at Jalapa, Mexico” at age 33. The cause of death is unknown. It is, however, known that John Kenly was in Jalapa at that time. The circumstances under which Sam Wilson’s Colt-Walker revolver was acquired by Kenly are unknown. In Kenly’s published work, Memoirs of A Maryland Volunteer: War With Mexico, in the Years 1846-8, on page 366, Kenly states, “Nov 30 I was this day appointed by Colonel Hughes the military commandant of the garrison at Jalapa”. On page 374, he further states, as part of his duties he was “to inspect the company drills, the company quarters, and the hospitals…”. There are many mentions of his contact with Texas volunteer regiments, his duty in and around Vera Cruz and Jalapa and there is a mention that he picked up “interesting” firearms. Kenly’s memoirs also mention interactions with Col. Hays, Commander of the First Regiment Texas Mounted Vols, where Samuel Wilson served. As military commandant and being in charge of the hospital (likely when Wilson died), Kenly was ideally positioned to acquire the revolver from the dying Wilson. One thing for certain is the fact that Kenly somehow acquired Sam Wilson’s Walker Colt and not only kept it throughout his lifetime (together with various other accouterments and memorabilia acquired in the Mexican War, which were sold on the private market by the same consignor prior to his meeting with Julia’s), but also passed the Walker (and his collection of memorabilia) onto his descendants. The revolver eventually descended to the consignor’s mother to whom John Reese Kenly was her great uncle. In the consignor’s sworn affidavit, which accompanies this lot, he states that in the late spring or summer of 1941 he, together with his mother and brother visited the old Kenly home for the last time. At that time, the consignor himself discovered a powder flask in a trunk in the same house, which later proved to be the orig flask for this Colt Walker. The revolver has been in his mother’s possession and eventually passed to him until the time that it was consigned to Julia’s. John Reese Kenly was born in Baltimore, Maryland on January 11, 1818. He was schooled in Baltimore, studied law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1845. Like all good socialites, Kenly joined one of the City’s elite militia units “The Eagle Artillery”. With the opening of the Mexican War, Kenly attempted to enter the United States Regulars but was told that the War Department needed companies of volunteers from Maryland and Washington D.C. and that he could achieve a higher rank by starting a company of his own to respond to the crisis. In Baltimore, in 36 hours, he had raised the necessary officers and men for the company and shortly thereafter reported for duty in Washington D.C.. Thus, now as Capt, Kenly had become attached to the Battalion of Baltimore and Washington Volunteers. During the Battle of Monterey, Kenly distinguished himself for gallantry under fire and received a formal resolution of thanks from the Maryland legislature. Upon the expiration of his term he returned to Baltimore, raised yet another company of volunteers named the Maryland and District of Columbia Volunteers and returned to Mexico in the rank of Major where he remained through various campaigns in and around Vera Cruz until the end of the war. Following the War with Mexico, John Kenly returned to Baltimore to resume his law practice, remaining in the local militia. With the outbreak of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln commissioned Kenly as Col. of the First Maryland (Union) Infantry. During Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign, Kenly was wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Front Royal Virginia. In this action, at the cost of nearly 600 casualties and many prisoners, Kenly’s heroism was reported to have saved Gen. Nathanial Banks’ army. Kenly was paroled and exchanged on August 15, 1862. Within days he received notice of his promotion and commissioning as Brig. Gen. With his new rank he was assigned to command “The Maryland Brigade” which was a consolidation of the 1st, 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th Maryland Infantry Regiments. Following the Antietam Campaign, the Maryland Brigade was assigned to Western Maryland providing protection against the constant attacks on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. In the fall of 1863, Kenly received command of the 3rd Division, 1st Army Corps in the Bristoe, Virginia Campaign. Leaving the Army of the Potomac at the outset of Grant’s Richmond Campaign, Kenly was sent to Wilmington, Delaware to command the District of Delaware. In the course of Confederate Gen. Jubal Early’s campaign on Washington D.C., Kenly pursued the Confederates out of Monocacy Junction, Maryland with a band of local home guards and militia. The end of Kenly’s battlefield career came with the destruction of a supply train in Winchester, VA by Confederates under his watch that resulted in a board of inquiry. While the results were inconclusive, Kenly was sent off to command the District of the Eastern Shore of Maryland for the remainder of the War. On March 13, 1865, Kenly received a commission as Bvt. Maj. Gen. of Vols and was mustered out of service in August of the same year. He returned to Baltimore to practice law, received, yet another resolution of thanks from the Maryland State Legislature and a presentation sword from the City of Baltimore. He died on December 20, 1891. This is a rare Whitneyville-Walker Colt Revolver along with its orig flask in extraordinary condition and believed to be the finest conditioned, martial Walker in existence. The impeccable provenance, and being identified to a prominent Mexican War and Civil War officer of note, makes it the most important and orig martial Walker known to us to exist. Opportunities to acquire rare firearms with important and documented histories do not come along very often. Of particular interest is the fact that this revolver and flask have both a documented history to Pvt. Samuel Wilson, First Texas Mounted Volunteers (including his name on the revolver) and undisputed family connections to Bvt. Maj. Gen. John Reese Kenly being a part of a magnificent collection of Kenly artifacts that have been in descendants’ hands since Kenly’s death. This is the first time that this revolver has ever been offered for sale. In this day and age, the sale of this revolver and flask will represent its first possession outside of the family. This fine revolver is described as having a 9″ oct to rnd bbl with German silver front sight and address reading from cyl to muzzle, with a tiny “P” proof on the top flat just above the forcing cone. It has bayonet style rammer latch that is broken. Left side of bbl lug has the full serial number and right side has a small “US” over “1847” just above the wedge screw. Wedge is not numbered but appears to be the orig item. Frame has the three screws on the left side of which only the hammer screw extends through the right side and has full serial number on the left front side. It has its orig square back brass trigger guard with orig short trigger with rounded front edge on the trigger slot. Bottom front flat of the trigger guard has the abbreviated serial number with a small “H” proof at the rear edge of the trigger bow. The trigger bow has the crudely scratched name “Samuel Wilson”. Back strap is blued steel with full serial number on the butt strap reading from heel to toe and has a small “H” proof about centered on the back. Mounted with a smooth, straight grain, 1-pc walnut grip with legible cartouches on each side & a small “P” proof on the left bottom edge. Right side of the front strap, under the grip, is stamped “210” which number is also stamped inside the front strap channel of the grip. It has its orig U-shaped hammer spring with no additional visible numbers under the grip. Front end of the frame, between frame pins and bottom of the cylinder arbor are also stamped “210”. The cylinder, which is in the white, has its full rolled Ranger/Indian fight scene with a fine strong pressure ridge toward the rear edge. It also has the abbreviated serial number on the panel between “MODEL U.S.M.R.” and “COLT’S PATENT”, with fine stippled, checkered background. It has oval cylinder stop notches with a single safety pin on the rear face and the number “430” on the opposite land between nipple recesses. “430” is the sequential number of Walker revolvers produced. Bore has seven lands & grooves of about equal width with a right hand twist. It is the contention of this cataloger and numerous historians & researchers that Walker cylinders were never finished blue but were left “in the white”, as this one remains today. Accompanied by its orig “COLTS PATENT”, brass Walker flask with dbl sided repoussed stand of flags & trophy of arms with a mortar on the left side, a stack of cannonballs at the far left edge & a single large cannonball below the field carriage wheel. Right side has drum that is tilted well behind the other field carriage wheel. Below this scene are crossed Paterson rifles & a pair of crossed Walker style revolvers over the ribbon embossed with “COLTS PATENT”. See The Powder Flask Book, Riling, No. 826, which he refers to this flask as the “later Walker” type. Also accompanied by an orig National Rifle Association of America sterling silver medallion serial number “127” which was awarded to this revolver as previously noted. PROVENANCE: Pvt. Samuel Wilson, Company I, 1st Regiment Texas Mounted Volunteers; Brevet Maj. Gen. John Reese Kenly; descendants of Brevet Maj. Gen. John Reese Kenly. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine. The bbl retains 60-70% strong orig Colt factory blue, glossy & bright in sheltered areas and strong on right side of the lug. Bbl is flaked & slightly worn with left side cleaned to a blue/gray patina. Right side retains thinning orig blue. Rammer & rammer handle retain case colors turned silver with about 60% faded colors on the pivot. Wedge retains about 80% orig blue. Frame retains 30-40% faded case colors with the balance turned to a silver/gray patina. Trigger guard has lightly worn edges with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains a light mustard patina, having been cleaned a long time ago and now beginning to regain a patina. Cyl, in the white & never finished blue, has a few minor nicks around the front edge with strong clean nipples and about half of the orig safety pin. Overall, the cyl has a few minor scratches and some extremely fine pin prick pitting and retains about 85-90% strong Ranger/Indian fight scene with the fine shaded background mostly still present. Fine shading on the horses & figures is also mostly still present. Back strap retains about 50% orig blue, glossy & strong toward the top and on the shoulders. Butt strap retains about 75% thinning orig blue. Grip has a minuscule chip on the right toe with four or five dings on the right side and retains a fine hand worn patina with both cartouches legible. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with one spot of pitting and a few minor light spots of discoloration. Flask shows small nicks & dings and a couple of minor dents and retains a dark mustard patina. Spout is functional. 4-33737 JR493 (500,000-1,000,000)

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2253

VERY RARE CASED COLT NO. 2 BELT MODEL PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 185. Cal. 36. Rare little Paterson with 4-1/2″ oct bbl, tiny German silver front sight & bbl markings “Patent Arms M’g Co Paterson N-J Colt’s Pt” with dbl arrowhead markings at each end. It has a flared bbl lug with two matching numbered square shoulder 5-shot cylinders that have the centaur motif scene including “COLT” within the 4-horsehead logo. It has usual folding trigger & 1-pc smooth walnut grip. Only about 850 of these rare little revolvers were made which numbers also include the No. 3 Model which is virtually identical but with flared bottom grip. The serial number was observed on back face of bbl lug, on wedge, on rear face of both cylinders, on left side of trigger, on cylinder plate in trigger slot & on bottom right edge of grip. No further disassembly was affected to check for additional matching numbered parts. Accompanied by an orig No. 2 Colt walnut casing with fluted lid & a scalloped corner rectangular silver plate in the lid. Interior is lined with ribbed brown velvet with recesses in bottom for revolver, an orig No. 2 sized Paterson charger bearing serial number “54”, an orig single cavity wood handled bullet mold, a wood handled brass cleaning rod & an orig Paterson charging tool with nipple pick in handle. Right rear corner has a dowel to hold the spare cylinder. Left front corner has wire clip for a capper which is missing making this a nearly complete set. Paterson revolver is one of the Holy Grails of Colt collecting & are rarely every encountered. Cased examples are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: Tom Wibberly Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all visible numbers are matching. Bbl retains 80-85% glossy factory blue with flaked, not worn areas a medium patina. Both cylinders retain about 50% orig centaur scenes with one cylinder retaining about 90% glossy factory blue & other about 75%. Frame & front strap retain 70-75% glossy factory blue with balance flaked to a light patina. Hammer retains about 90% factory blue. Back strap is a gray patina with traces of blue near top. Grip is sound with a few small gouges on left side & light handling & use marks elsewhere and retains most of its fine factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. This finish, while not completely orig is an early factory restoration. Case is sound with some old varnish wiped on lid. Interior is moderately soiled showing wear from various parts. Accessories are all very fine with charger complete & orig and retains a dark mustard patina. A fine set suitable for anyone’s collection. 4-35433 JR294 (125,000-200,000)

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2254

EXTREMELY RARE BRASS & HORN POWDER FLASK ASSOCIATED WITH THE COLT PATERSON SHOTGUN. Fine medium sized flask, 7-1/2″ high (tip of spout to bottom of bulbous flask) x approx. 3″ wide & 1-1/4″ thick with a molded edge brass frame completely around what is presumed to be a 2-pc greenish cow horn body. Top of body has a brass collar with transverse, spring-loaded, Dixon style charger graduated to five positions and a 1″ tapered spout of shotgun or large rifle bore size. Brass frame around body has two brass studs & rings with two more at base of collar. Top of collar where the charger is threaded into the collar, has the number “3”. See The Powder Flask Book, Riling, No. 821. In his written description of this flask Mr. Riling shows a photograph of the charger side of Fig. 821 which has the “PATENT ARMS” marking and the spout has light turned decorations, none of which is found on our specimen. Although the button on the end of the charger appears to have been cleaned & filed and has the remnants of some lettering that is indecipherable. These horn flasks, like flintlock & percussion powder horns, rarely survive in orig condition. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Horn body is extremely fine with its greenish orig color on one side and shades of brown & green on the other. There are two small bug bites on one side but no holes and the body is completely intact. Brass frame has some light dents & dings but also is completely intact. Collar & charger are sound & functional retaining a medium mustard patina with the aforementioned cleaning & filing on charger button. 4-35449 (1,750-2,500)

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VERY EARLY PRESUMED COPY OF A COLT NO. 5 HOLSTER MODEL TEXAS PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 112. Cal. 36. Wonderful early Paterson copy, one of the finest we have offered, with 9″ oct bbl, large letter bbl address “Patent Arms M’g. Co. Paterson, N.J.-Colt’s, Pt.” with an asterisk & snake at each end. It has a 5-shot square-shoulder cylinder with stagecoach hold-up scene. Mounted with 1-pc ivory grip made in the Colt fashion with two plates of ivory glued to a walnut block. Serial number was observed on rear face of bbl lug, on wedge, on cylinder pin, rear face of cylinder & on butt strap. No further disassembly was affected to check for other matching numbers. Frame appears to have been made in two pieces and forged together with front grip strap attached. A partial “s” is visible on rear cylinder face & buttstrap Bore has eleven lands & grooves in nearly straight rifling with only a slight left hand twist. Front grip strap has been repaired at joint with frame. CONDITION: Fine. Overall retains a smooth mottled silver/brown cleaned patina. There is light surface etching over most of metal but no deep pitting. Cylinder has identical condition with some fine pitting and retains about 60-70% stagecoach holdup scene. Grip is sound with an age line on left side and retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Broken front sight. Mechanics are fine, strong sharp bore with fine pitting. 4-35578 (15,000-35,000)

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2256

RARE & EXCITING DOCUMENTED & IDENTIFIED COLT WALKER PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN D COMPANY 13. Cal. 44. Fine Walker with 9″ bbl, very worn German silver front sight with serial number marking on left side of bbl lug above wedge slot. Bbl address is worn away on top flat and right side of bbl lug has had “US / 1847” removed apparently in fear of confiscation and return to the government. Serial number is also found on left side of frame, trigger guard & butt strap. Cylinder number is not visible. Cylinder pin bears the number “13”, which number is also found in grip underneath front strap. Wedge is a severely battered replacement. It has brass trigger guard & iron back strap with orig 1-pc walnut grip. Rammer is a period of use replacement with horizontal latching system made of finely wrought steel with tapered rammer & handle with latching stud in a dovetail below muzzle. This rare revolver was originally the property of John Zirvas Lyendecker.(Leyendecker) Mr. Lyendecker was born in 1827 in Mallmerod, Germany and emigrated to the U.S. at age 18 arriving in Galveston, TX and moved to Laredo in 1847. He fought in the War with Mexico where he apparently obtained this revolver. Family history says that he was a hunting buddy of Sam Houston. In 1857 he married Andrea Benavides, sister of Santos Benavides. Mr. Lyendecker fought in the Civil War for the Confederacy as the Assistant Quartermaster for Santos Benavides of the Benavides Regiment of Texas Cavalry. He enlisted as a Lieutenant and was discharged in 1866 as a Captain. At the end of the war he was captured by Union forces and worked as Quartermaster for the Union Army for a short period of time. His wife, Andrea, died and sometime thereafter, August 1865, married her sister Julianna with whom he had ten children. He died in August 1902 in Laredo. John Lyendecker became a naturalized citizen in 1856 and was appointed Postmaster of Laredo in 1858. In about 1847 John Z. Lyendecker moved to a section of land about eight miles northwest of Laredo and founded the small town of Lyendecker, Texas which today is basically a ghost town. This rare Colt was discovered in the possession of a direct descendant of John Z. Lyendecker in about 1981 in the Denver area and purchased by the late, well-known historian & author, Frank M. Sellers. Mr. Sellers apparently sold it to well-known collector Don Fraser of Nutting Lake, Mass. and in a December 1982 letter details its condition and limited known history. In the last paragraph of the letter he states that the Lyendecker descendant who sold him the revolver stated that he “was living with his grandfather in the early 1930’s and remembered playing with the ‘big gun’ during that period. He later inherited it from his grandfather and sold it to Mr. Sellers. Apparently in Feb. 1991 renowned antique arms dealer & noted firearms authority, Eric Value, owned this fine Walker revolver and advertised it in the Feb. 1991 Gun Report. He notes in his advertisement that the descendant of John Lyendecker (who sold it to Frank Sellers) stated “that when he had been a kid he and his friends used to play with it, loading it with dust and then snapping the gun forward with a ‘Bang’, the dust creating the needed ‘smoke’ for real action.”. This would certainly explain the missing corners of bottom of bbl lug. After that it appears that this fine Walker revolver has graced a number of fine collections and at least one auction. It also appeared in the Texas Gun Collectors’ The Parade of Walkers 2003 and a certificate of participation is included with this lot. Also accompany this lot is a large packet of information and a number of photographs & copies of photographs of John Z. Lyendecker & the Lyendecker Family. One image shows John Z. Lyendecker in Confederate uniform with three other Confederate officers. Also included in this packet of information is a 5-page letter from noted historian & author, R.L. Wilson, detailing a lot of the above information. PROVENANCE: John Lyendecker & descendants 1847-about 1981; Frank Sellers; Don Fraser; Eric Vaule; John Gangle; J.W. Bates; Paul Sorrell; Frank Singer, private collection. CONDITION: Fine, as found. All visible numbered parts are matching. Overall retains a very dark even brown patina with scattered light spots of surface rust. Rammer & lever, as previously noted, are period of use replacements as is the wedge screw & rammer screw. Wedge may also be a very old replacement. Revolver has a matching patina with one area of moderate to heavy pitting. Right side of bbl lug has a stress crack at point of loading groove cutout. Grip is heavily worn with chipped toes & a replaced wedge at left toe and is severely shrunken but absolutely orig to this revolver. Trigger guard retains a medium dark mustard patina and back strap matches the finish on remainder of revolver. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with scattered heavy pitting. This is an extraordinary and original documented & historic Walker revolver which saw fighting during the War with Mexico and probably in the Civil War also, worthy of any fine collection or museum exhibit. 4-35472 JR368 (100,000-200,000)

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2257

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE COLT WHITNEYVILLE HARTFORD DRAGOON CONVERSION REVOLVER. SN 1190. Cal. 44 CF. Extremely rare revolver with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, replacement steel front sight with brass square back trigger guard & iron back strap containing a Walker style 1-pc walnut grip with rnd top edges at joint of the grip, back strap, trigger guard & frame. It has the early style vertical rammer latch with rammer pivot screw from right side. Frame rammer screw has been replaced during period of use with a pin. Wedge screw is a replacement & wedge spring is missing with a tiny screw in place to prevent over-travel. Cylinder appears to be an orig Whitneyville Walker cylinder with oval stop notches. Rear 3/8″ of cylinder has been machined away and a plate fastened to face of recoil shields with no provision for a loading notch on right side. This rare revolver undoubtedly saw storage in an outbuilding, attic or cellar and is coated with heavy crusty brown rust. There was no attempt at disassembly. Only about 240 of these rare revolvers were ever made and very few of those are known to have been converted for self-contained cartridges. CONDITION: About good. Bbl lug, frame, trigger guard & back strap are matching numbered. There is no visible number on cylinder & no other parts were checked to determine any other matching numbers. Overall retains a heavy crusted brown rusty patina with a few light clean spots. Most of screws are battered and probably not removable. Trigger appears to have been broken & repaired. Left side of squareback trigger guard has a filed notch. Trigger guard & front strap retain a very deep black oxidized patina and one trigger guard screw is missing. Grip has chipped toes, otherwise is sound retaining a very dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are functional, worn dark bore. 4-35443 (25,000-27,500)

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2258

SCARCE COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 7582. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight & 1-line address reading from cylinder to muzzle. It has its orig vertical latch rammer & 6-shot cylinder with oval notches & “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” on left side of frame. It has square back brass trigger guard & back strap with a 1-pc walnut grip. Back strap is scratched with initials “HH” and butt strap has crude scratched initials “MWK”. Only about 7,000 of these rare revolvers were produced 1848-1850 and most saw hard service on the Western frontier and into the Civil War. CONDITION: Fair to good. No orig finish remains being an overall mottled gray/brown patina with fine pitting over most surfaces & heavy wear on left side of muzzle. Bottom of bbl lug is missing small pieces of metal over frame pin holes & wedge spring is missing. Cylinder has one area of moderate pitting with light pitting elsewhere & retains 25-30% orig Ranger/Indian fight scene. Serial number on cylinder is not visible. Hammer nose has a large deep pit with other pitting on both sides. Trigger guard & back strap are a cleaned bright yellow brass finish. Grip has a chipped right toe & shows heavy wear with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate to heavy pitting. 4-35447 (13,500-15,500)

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2259

SCARCE 1ST MODEL COLT DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 3417. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight & 1-line address reading from cylinder to muzzle. It has its orig vertical latch rammer & 6-shot cylinder with rnd notches & “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” on left side of frame. It has square back, silver finish, brass trigger guard & back strap with a 1-pc walnut grip. Only about 7,000 of these rare revolvers were produced 1848-1850 and most saw hard service on the Western frontier and into the Civil War. CONDITION: About fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered, grip was not checked. No orig finish remains being overall a smooth medium brown patina on bbl, rammer & cylinder with cylinder retaining about 30% dragoon Indian fight scene. Frame & hammer are a gray/brown patina with some minor pitting on left bottom edge of frame. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of silver finish with balance a light mustard patina. Grip has chipped toes & shows heavy wear with a smooth hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, very strong clean bore with scattered pitting. 4-35042 JR359 (10,000-15,000)

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2260

RARE COLT 1ST MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 1878. Cal. 44. Fine 1st model dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight & 1-line address reading from cylinder to muzzle. There has been a small semi-buckhorn sight dovetailed into top flat just in front of forcing cone. It has a vertical latch rammer & round cylinder stop notches. Wedge is a homemade replacement. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. It has square back brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms, About 7,000 of these earliest dragoons were made in period 1848-1850. Virtually all were issued & saw hard service even through the Civil War. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl & cylinder retain a smooth even dark brown patina with some light pitting on left side of bbl. Cylinder retains traces of Ranger/Indian fight scene with a good strong pressure line. Frame retains 35-40% silvered case colors. Trigger screw & cylinder stop screw are battered. Trigger guard & back strap retain small amounts of orig silver in most sheltered areas, balance being a medium mustard patina. Grip has chipped toes and a crack on left side at frame and shows heavy wear with a dark hand worn patina. Wedge screw is broken. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore with moderate to heavy spots of pitting. 4-35976 JR471 (12,500-17,500)

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2261

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE COLT PROTOTYPE DRAGOON REVOLVER WITH FLUTED CYLINDER REFERRED TO AS 4TH MODEL. SN 60. Cal. 44. Extraordinarily rare prototype dragoon built from 1st model dragoon parts with 7-1/2″ full rnd bbl, the octagonal section having been rounded with a slight shoulder where the bbl joins the lug. Bore has seven lands & grooves with right hand gain twist. The bbl forcing cone extends 3/8″ behind the lug, substantially longer than normal. It has an odd shaped brass front sight with New York City address & a ’51 Navy style horizontal rammer latch. Rammer handle has small number “3184” obviously from a much later revolver. Rammer handle is built in a separate piece, apparently fitted over a stud from face of pivot instead of usual practice of a solid single piece. There is a small split at joint between handle & pivot. Bottom edges of bbl lug are scalloped & thinned on bottom sides with small inserts forged into recesses where orig dual frame pin holes were exposed when lightning cuts were made. Currently there is a sgl frame pin in center. Frame has stepped sides with tapered front half, narrowed to match the bbl lug & there is no “COLT’S PATENT” marking. Recoil shields also have an unusual shallow scallop across top edges. Cylinder is of full fluted design with oval cylinder stops & made without safety pin. Length is about 2-3/16″ from front face to rear face, not including the ratchet. It has serial number in one of the flutes. Trigger guard & back strap are of brass with square back trigger guard & early style, U-shaped mainspring. Fitted with 1-pc walnut grip of the early design with narrow wrist. Wedge & cylinder pin are unnumbered. This exact revolver is pictured on p. 55 of the book The Colt Revolver, Haven & Belden. It is identified as found. Pictured on p. 77 of The Book of Colt Firearms, Sutherland & Wilson, is another fluted cylinder dragoon with identical lightning cuts but with a severe removal of metal around bullet loading area of bbl lug. Accompanying this revolver is a 6-page letter from R.L. Wilson, noted author & historian, wherein he details much of the information as listed above & documents a few other similar dragoons, stating that there were probably no more than a dozen & probably less than ten of these fluted lightweight dragoons ever produced. He speculates that this revolver was probably the first one of its type ever made with the others following along & all were made in the 1850’s & became predecessor to the venerable Model 1860. Also accompanying is a copy of p. 8 from the catalogue of the exhibition organized by John E. Parsons for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1942) titled A Loan Exhibition of Percussion Colt Revolvers. Item #26 in this catalogue is another fluted dragoon with flat mainspring, serial number “8191”. Most of these fluted dragoons are extremely well documented from the Colt Collection & directly from Col. Colt’s office. Mr. Wilson states, and this cataloguer concurs, that “serial no. 60 is a museum piece of rare quality and importance”. PROVENANCE: J.C. Harvey Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all numbered parts are matching & appear to be unfired. Bbl retains about 70% thin orig blue, strong in sheltered areas. Rammer, pivot & handle retain most of their lightly faded orig case colors. Cylinder retains about 90% orig glossy blue, strong in flutes, thin on raised areas. Frame retains mottled faded case colors on left side & left recoil shield with strong case colors on right side. Hammer retains about all of its orig faded case colors. Trigger guard & back strap are a medium mustard patina. Grip has slightly chipped toes with a few light nicks, dings & scratches and retains about 85% orig varnish. An extraordinarily rare & important Colt revolver in the evolution of the dragoon to the Model 1860. 4-35422 JR344 (17,500-22,500)

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RARE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT 2ND MODEL DRAGOON REVOLVER. SN 9207. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight & usual address reading from muzzle to cylinder with orig vertical latch rammer. Frame has “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.” on left side of frame along with “M” inspector initial. It has a brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip bearing legible cartouches on each side and has usual 6-shot cylinder with Ranger/Indian fight scene. The several parts including trigger guard, back strap, cylinder, frame & rammer have small inspector initials. This is the most rare of all dragoons with only about 2,700 produced in period 1850-1851 and like their predecessors saw hard service on the Western frontier and then in the Civil War. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 30-35% thin orig blue, strong & dark under rammer. Cylinder is a medium gray patina with scattered pitting & retains about 75% Ranger/Indian fight scene. Frame & hammer retain traces of orig case colors being mostly a smooth silvery patina with light surface etching. Grip frame is a light mustard patina. Grip is sound with some light battering on bottom and retains traces of orig finish with a fine, smooth hand worn patina with legible cartouches. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light to moderate pitting. A truly fine example of a 2nd Model Dragoon. 4-35087 JR361 (20,000-35,000)

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SCARCE MASSACHUSETTS MARKED COLT 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 10189. Cal. 44. Scarce martially marked dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight with usual 1-line address on top flat. Rammer has vertical latch & left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. It has square back brass trigger guard & back strap with large “MS” just in front of trigger bow, which represents the Massachusetts Militia. It has 1-pc walnut grip having a crisp “JCB” (Joseph C. Bragg) cartouche on left side and “WAT” (William A. Thornton) cartouche on right side. Various parts have small inspector initials. Cylinder has usual markings with the Ranger/Indian fight scene. According Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only a few hundred of these rare revolvers were ever made and few are known today. The 2nd Model dragoon is the most rare of all the dragoons with a total production of only about 2,700 in the period 1850-51. They were just about all issued and used, even through the Civil War, leaving few with much orig finish. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “288”. Bbl, cylinder, frame & hammer overall retain a very dark brown patina with light surface rust on right side of bbl. Cylinder retains 60-70% strong orig Ranger/Indian fight scene & four of six safety pins are fine. Trigger guard & back strap are a medium to dark mustard patina. Grips are crisp with minor nicks & scratches and a bruise on right edge with some scratches on right bottom edge and light handling & use marks elsewhere and retains about 75-80% orig finish. Timing is a little bit off, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. 4-35974 JR470 (15,000-20,000)

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SCARCE 3RD MODEL DRAGOON WITH MATCHING NUMBERED SHOULDER STOCK. SN 16008. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, slightly altered German silver front sight with 1-line New York City address & vertical rammer latch. It has 4-screw frame cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw & extended stock screws with “COLT’S PATENT” on left front side. It also has brass trigger guard & back strap with varnished 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by its matching numbered shoulder stock, made of nicely figured, straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight grip, iron yoke with stud & swivel in bottom tang and a steel carbine buttplate. Yoke & buttplate are both stamped with serial numbers “16008” & “16009”. The yoke attaching hook is numbererd “10791” on left side. Buttplate has heavy rust on inside which has stained the wood. The butt of stock, under buttplate, is marked in pencil “16008”. It appears that the yoke screw & two buttplate screws are replacements. Only about 10,500 of these revolvers were built in period 1851-1861 with a few issued as sets with two consecutive numbered revolvers & one stock which bore both serial numbers. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains being a cleaned & artificially aged patina over bbl & cylinder. Cylinder has either been renumbered or is a replacement. Frame & hammer retain traces of orig case colors being mostly a cleaned blue/gray patina. Trigger guard retains a medium mustard patina while front strap & back strap are a cleaned bright brass patina. Grip has a chipped right toe & a repaired left toe and retains 70-75% restored varnish with light nicks & scratches. Wedge is a replacement and cylinder needs timing, otherwise mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. Stock is sound retaining most of an old refinish with dark staining around buttplate. Yoke & buttplate retain a cleaned metal patina with light pitting inside yoke & heavy inside stock. Buttplate tang has a few welded spots, probably old filled rust pits. 4-35448 (47,500-50,000)

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FINE CASED COLT LONDON 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 206. Cal. 44. Wonderful early 3rd model London dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, full German silver front sight and 1-line address reading from muzzle to cylinder with vertical rammer latch. Left side of bbl lug has British proofs. Has usual 6-shot cylinder with British proofs on lands between nipple recesses & all six safety pins are crisp. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” and it is fitted with silver plated trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig blue velvet lined English oak casing with rnd brass disc in lid. Case is compartmented in bottom for revolver, a rare orig brass 2-cavity dragoon mold with iron “COLT’S PATENT” sprue cutter, a Dixon bag shaped flask with 3-position adjustable spout, an L-shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver and a laquered 500 pack tin of Eley’s caps. Right rear has a covered compartment with ivory pull. Also has an empty compartment in center and, unusually, is made without provision for a cleaning rod. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 700 of these fine revolvers were produced in period 1853-1857. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge, grip back strap channel was too dark to determine the number. Bbl retains 70-75% glossy orig factory blue with loss areas flaked, not worn, to medium patina with a few minor spots of pitting and some hammer marks around wedge slot. Rammer pivot retains faded case colors, primarily on right side. Cylinder is a blue/gray patina with a few light nicks around front edges & fine pitting on front face and retains 80-85% orig Ranger/Indian fight scene with all six safety pins crisp. Frame & hammer retain most of their orig faded case colors with some very fine pitting on hammer nose, primarily on left side. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 40% thin orig silver plate with balance a medium mustard patina. Grip appears to be orig to this revolver and is sound with light handling & use marks and a couple of dings on left side and overall retains most of its strong orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is very fine and completely sound. Retains most of an old refinish. Interior is lightly faded & soiled with some minor water stains around both ends of the top. Bottom shows wear from revolver and other contents. Mold is very fine with light, fine pitting on sprue cutter. Flask has a couple of minor dents & retains 60-70% orig finish. 4-35187 JR367 (12,500-22,500)

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COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 17097. Cal. 44. Late 3rd model dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, slightly altered German silver front sight & 1-line address reading muzzle to cylinder with 2-leaf 3-position rear sight dovetailed into top flat. It has the late horizontal style rammer latch. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. It has a 4-screw frame cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw & extended stock screws. It has a brass trigger guard & an iron backstrap with fine 1-pc ivory grip. Grip is not as old as revolver but appears to be Colt-made with two pieces of ivory glued to a wooden block. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching except wedge & grips which are unnumbered. Bbl retains 75-80% thin factory style restored blue, thin on round part of bbl. Rammer & lever retain strong, factory-style restored case colors. Frame & hammer also retain most of their thin factory-style restored case colors. Trigger guard is a cleaned medium mustard patina & back strap is a gray patina with thin blue at top & on butt strap. Cylinder is a thin blue/gray patina that has been polished, removing all of the Ranger/Indian fight scene. Grip has a scratch on right side, otherwise is sound with only a few minor age lines & retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with only a couple of small spots of pitting. A fine solid, crisp & good looking 3rd model dragoon. 4-35446 (13,500-15,500)

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RARE COLT NEW HAMPSHIRE MARKED 2ND MODEL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 10712. Cal. 44. Scarce martially marked dragoon with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, German silver front sight with usual 1-line address on top flat and “NEW HAMPSHIRE” on left side of round section. Rammer has vertical latch & left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. It has square back brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc grip having a legible “JCB” (Joseph C. Bragg) cartouche on left side and “WAT” (William A. Thornton) cartouche on right side. Various parts have small inspector initials. Cylinder has usual markings with the Ranger/Indian fight scene. According Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only a few hundred of these rare revolvers were ever made and few are known today. The 2nd Model dragoon is the most rare of all the dragoons with a total production of only about 2,700 revolvers in the period 1850-51. They were just about all issued and used, even through Civil War, leaving few with much orig finish. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Overall metal retains a smooth even light brown patina with some minor dings around muzzle. Cylinder retains 60-70% Ranger/Indian fight scene and all six safety pins are functional. Trigger guard & back strap retain a medium mustard patina. Grip is sound with a minor chipped right toe and some light battering on bottom edge with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains a smooth hand worn patina with both legible cartouches. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine and minor light pitting. 4-35975 JR469 (15,000-25,000)

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EARLY MARTIAL COLT 3RD MODEL DRAGOON REVOLVER. SN 10758. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct to rnd bbl, slightly altered German front sight and 1-line address reading from muzzle to chamber. It has early vertical style rammer latch & brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Grip has outline of cartouches on each side & various small parts have military inspector initials. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching including wedge, back strap channel in grip was too dark to determine number. No orig finish remains being a medium gray/brown patina on bbl, rammer & cylinder with light to moderate pitting on cylinder, light on bbl. Frame is a gray/brown patina with fine pitting & one spot a little heavier. Trigger guard & back strap retain a light mustard patina. Grip has a chipped right toe & shows heavy wear with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-35445 (10,500-12,500)

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RARE LATE COLT 3RD MODEL COMMERCIAL DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 19421. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with the very rare 8″ oct to rnd bbl, with altered German silver front sight, 1-line New York City address reading from muzzle to cylinder & horizontal lever latch. It has “COLT’S PATENT” on left side of frame with brass trigger guard & back strap containing a varnished 1-pc walnut grip. Altogether there were about 10,500 of the 3rd model dragoon produced in period 1851-1861 with extremely few made with the rare 8″ bbl late in production. Accompanied by an orig “COLT’S PATENT”, iron, 2-cavity bullet mold with sprue cutter. Also accompanied by an orig 5″X7″ photograph depicting two young boys, probably early teenagers, dressed in 1920’s costume, standing in front of a house with a variety of firearms, knives & rope including what is probably this revolver. A notation on back says that this is William in 1924. Also accompanying is a chronology of provenance on this revolver. It shows Rasmus Wibbert of Racine, Wisconsin acquired it in 1865. In 1899 it was handed down to William J. Wibbert also of Racine, WI. In 1958 it passed to another William J. Wibbert of Del Rio, Texas and in 1999 to Darryl J. Wibbert of Mesquite, TX, the consignor to this auction. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge, grip was not checked. All metal retains a dark brown attic patina with fine surface rust & light pitting, heavier on right side of muzzle. Cylinder has matching finish with a few scattered spots of deeper pitting. Trigger guard & back strap retain a dark mustard patina with lighter areas from handling. Grip has chipped toes & chipped left edge, otherwise is sound with light handling & use marks and retains about 85% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with light to moderate pitting. Mold has a matching, very dark patina with light surface rust & a replaced sprue cutter screw. 4-33800 JR365 (10,000-15,000)

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE CASED EARLY COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 55. Cal. 31. Fabulously rare baby dragoon with 3″ oct bbl, 2-line New York City address reading from cylinder to muzzle and made without rammer. It has 5-shot cylinder with Ranger/Indian fight scene & round cylinder stop notches with a single safety pin on rear. It has silver plated brass square back trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by its equally rare fluted top walnut case with dark brown velvet lining recessed in bottom for the revolver cylinder, a tiny orig “COLTS PATENT” dbl sided flask, a brass 2-cavity “COLTS PATENT” mold without sprue cutter & an L-shaped nipple wrench that fits into its own hole near front. Right rear corner has a recess containing a small lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. Also accompanying is a small business sized card bearing, what appears to be, Samuel Colt’s authentic signature. Few of these rare short barreled baby dragoons survive today and cased examples are virtually unknown. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including wedge. Bbl retains 92-93% strong, lightly thinned, orig blue with a still mostly bright muzzle. Cylinder also retains a thin orig blue with some slight dings around front edge & overall retains about 95% orig Ranger/Indian fight scene. Single safety pin is crisp. Frame & hammer retain about all of their orig case colors, bright & strong on left side of frame, brilliant around screws. Recoil shields retain thin case colors as does right side of frame. Trigger guard & back strap retain about all of their oxidized silver plating. Grip is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting. Case is sound and retains most of an old restored finish with a few light handling & storage marks. Interior is lightly faded with light to moderate soil in bottom & some fading over cylinder area in lid lining with some slight damage to lining in cylinder recess. Flask is near mint with only some slight discoloration on collar. Mold has a few dings on top, otherwise is crisp. An extraordinary near new set. Card is oil soaked with a few spots, however signature is crisp & clear. 4-35911 (20,000-30,000)

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RARE CASED COLT BABY DRAGOON PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 11015. Cal. 31. Very rare baby dragoon with 4″ oct bbl, pin front sight & 2-line New York City address with dashes. It has 5-shot cylinder with oval stop notches, the stagecoach holdup scene & a single safety pin. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” and it has a square back silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig baby dragoon walnut Colt casing with burgundy velvet lining compartmented in bottom for revolver, an early dbl sided eagle flask, brass 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold & a small steel,, brass & wood cleaning rod. Also in the case is a packet of five combustible cartridges and a small tin of Eley Bros. caps. Right rear compartment divider is missing. Baby dragoons in any configuration are rare and cased ones are very rare. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “949”. Bbl retains about 85-88% strong orig factory blue. Frame & hammer retain faded case colors being mostly a cleaned gray/brown patina. Cylinder retains traces of orig blue, being mostly a silver/gray patina and retains about 90% stagecoach holdup scene with crisp single safety pin. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 96-97% strong, tarnished, orig silver plate. Grip has a chipped right toe with minor nicks & scratches and retains about 85% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case has a couple of grain checks in bottom, otherwise is completely sound with minor storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its bright orig varnish. Left front corner in lid is loose. Interior of lid is moderately to heavily faded with light soil & slight damage at cylinder impression & fading at muzzle impression. Bottom, with its missing partition, is moderately soiled with wear from grip, cylinder & muzzle and damage from front sight & hammer spur. Flask is fine, mold is crisp & clean, other accessories are also fine. 4-35917 JR467 (6,000-8,000)

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EXCEPTIONAL & EXTRAORDINARY CASED FLUTED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER WITH MATCHING SHOULDER STOCK. SN 893. Cal. 44. In our opinion, this is the single finest fluted Army Colt Model 1860 in the world. This revolver has 7-1/2″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight, 1-line Hartford address, 6-shot full fluted cylinder with serial number in one flute, a 4-screw frame with flat head hammer screw & extended stock screws. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” in tiny letters. It also has a brass trigger guard & iron back strap with 1-pc oil finish walnut grip. Accompanied by its orig walnut casing with brass corner reinforcements & a blank scalloped rectangular plate in lid. Interior is red velvet lined & compartmented in bottom for revolver, matching numbered oil finished walnut stock with brass yoke & buttplate, a sgl sided, angle spout “COLT’S PATENT” Army sized flask & a 44 caliber iron 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter marked “44H” on right side. Left rear compartment contains a sealed tin of Eley’s caps & four orig packets of combustible cartridges, all of which are open, two are empty & two remain full. Model 1860 fluted Army revolvers are rare with an estimated total production of only about 4,000 revolvers, a large number of which were shipped to southern distributors just prior to outbreak of the Civil War and thus are considered secondary Confederate arms. These very rare revolvers alone are seldom encountered and almost never with high condition. Matching numbered shoulder stocks are nearly unheard of and a complete cased set is the ultimate in rarity for the Model 1860. This very gun is pictured on p.170 of “Col. Sam Colt Presents” and is suited for the ultimate, most discerning high level Collector or Museum. PROVENANCE: Wadsworth Athenium Coll.,Colt Factory Coll., CT State Lib. Coll., Warren Anderson Collection; Butterfield & Butterfield Lot 4044, March 1992. CONDITION: Revolver is exceptionally fine and virtually as new, all numbered parts are matching with bbl & cylinder retaining 99%+ glossy deep orig factory blue with one small scratch & a couple of small dings on bbl. Cylinder has dried oil in flutes and retains all six crisp safety pins. Rammer & handle retain virtually all of their brilliant case colors as does frame & hammer. Trigger guard has extremely crisp edges with a medium mustard patina. Back strap & butt strap retain virtually all of their glossy orig factory blue with only very faint heel wear from case. Grip is equally new with a few minor nicks & scratches with some slight bruising from stock iron and retains about all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case has a small grain check at left rear corner and pry marks around lock with broken lock trunions and the shield shaped escutcheon is missing, otherwise case is sound with minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Interior is lightly faded in bottom showing wear from cylinder, front sight & hammer spur. Flask is virtually new retaining about 99% orig finish. Matching numbered stock is also new retaining a fine medium mustard patina on yoke & buttplate with beautiful fire blue on screws, sling stud, ring & lug with wood retaining all of its orig oil finish. Mold is also new & unused. Cap tin paper covering shows wear with some crackling & minor losses but is basically intact. As previously noted two of cartridge packets are open & empty with other two open but remain full. Altogether the single most extraordinary complete set, and believed to be the finest condition set in the world today. 4-35783 (350,000-450,000)

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VERY RARE DOUBLE CASED SET OF COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVERS. SN 185221 & 185323. Cal. 44. Nickel finish with 8″ bbls, full front sights with usual bbl address & 3-screw frames with “COLT’S PATENT” on left front sides & caliber marking on left shoulders of trigger guards. They have nickel plated brass trigger guards with nickel plated iron back straps & are fitted with matching deep relief carved Mexican eagle 1-pc ivory grips. Accompanied by an extremely rare, orig, Colt burgundy velvet lined mahogany twin casing with an oval brass plate mortised & screwed into lid, engraved in period script “Augustin Bustamante”. Interior is compartmented for two revolvers, a dbl sided Colt eagle Navy flask with angle spout, a “COLT’S PATENT” 2-cavity blued steel mold with sprue cutter and caliber marking & inspector initial on right side. Also accompanied by a very rare early, orig soft packet of Hazard Powder Co. combustible cartridges & two lacquered tins of Eley caps, one of which is still in its orig paper wrap. There are also two other cap tins and an L-shaped nipple wrench. CONDITION: Revolvers are very good to fine with both retaining most of their restored nickel finishes. Both are all matching except wedges which are unnumbered. No. 185221 retains about 95% strong nickel finish with some flaking on bbl & cylinder and some bubbling on right side of frame. Hammer nose has been dressed. Wedge screw is missing. Grip has several age lines and overall retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. No. 185325 retains about 92% nickel with flaking on bbl, cylinder & frame. Hammer retains about 50% case colors. Trigger guard shows wear through trigger area. Grip is fine with several age lines & a crack running from right heel and overall retains a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics on both are fine with strong bores & light to moderate pitting. Case has a couple of cracks in lid & three grain checks in bottom. Lining is moderately faded & soiled with several loose partitions some of which are detached but most appear to be still present. Flask is fine with one small dent on one side and overall retains about 90% strong orig finish. Mold retains about 80% orig blue. Other accessories are fine with rare orig cartridge packet yellowed with one small tear but complete. 4-35972 JR479 (30,000-40,000)

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SCARCE CASED COLT FLUTED ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 5324. Cal. 44. Fine early model 1860 with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight & 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Frame is 4-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw & round head stock screws. Left front side of frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT”. Cylinder is full fluted type with serial number on two of lands, between nipple recesses, on rear face. All six safety pins are present. It has silver plated brass trigger guard & blued steel back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. A large number of these fluted Armies were shipped to southern distributors just before outbreak of the Civil War and are usually considered to be secondary Confederate Arms. Accompanied by an orig Colt red felt lined mahogany casing, compartmented in bottom for revolver, a dbl sided “COLT’S PATENT” angle spout flask, a 2-cavity blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, marked on right side “44H” with inspector initials “AHK”. Also accompanying is a packet of six combustible cartridges, an L-shaped nipple wrench & a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps. CONDITION: Revolver is very fine, all matching including wedge, grip was not checked. Bbl retains 70-75% thin orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas. Rammer handle retains faded case colors on pivot. Frame retains about 80% strong orig case colors, bright on sides, more faded on recoil shields & hammer. Cylinder retains blue/brown patina, thin on outer radii of the chambers. All six safety pins are crisp. Trigger guard retains most of its orig silver-plating under a cover of old dried oil. Back strap retains 65-70% thinning orig blue. Grip is sound with chipped edges & a gouge in bottom right side and light scratches & nicks elsewhere and retains about 80% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. Case has a few grain checks in lid and some slight shrinkage in bottom with storage & handling nicks & scratches and retains strong orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded with moderate soil, primarily in bottom. Partitions are all solid. Flask retains finish in decorative areas, otherwise is a smooth medium mustard patina. Mold is fine retaining thin flaked blue. Other accessories are also fine. 4-35934 (8,000-12,000)

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SCARCE MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 42740. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight & 1-line “New York” address. It has usual rebated 6-shot cylinder with Ormsby Naval battle scene. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT”. Frame is 3-screw type with flat head hammer screw & cut for shoulder stock. It has brass trigger guard & steel back strap with 1-pc walnut grip having legible cartouches on each side. Various parts have small inspector initials. This revolver with 3-screw frame cut for shoulder stock is a little out of the ordinary, having been produced in a period when the 4-screw frame was pre-eminent. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “3160”. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig factory blue with feathers around front sight and rammer lug. Fluting on bbl lug is extremely well defined with a feathery appearance and a sharp delineation line. Rammer & handle retain faded case colors, strong on pivot area. Frame retains strong bright case colors on right side with left side fading to gray, with visible case colors. Hammer retains about all of its orig strong case colors. Cylinder retains about 50% thin orig factory blue & about 80% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard was never silver plated & retains crisp edges with a light brass patina. Back strap with its distinctive polish lines retains 96-97% strong orig factory blue with some slight surface etching toward heel. Grip shows moderate edge wear with a small gouge on right side & a circle impression on left side near frame. Cartouches on each side are completely legible, crisp on right side. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-35781 JR378 (22,500-27,500)

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FINE COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 173883. Cal. 44. Blue & case colored with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight with New York address. It has “COLT’S PATENT” on left side of frame with caliber on left shoulder of trigger guard. Trigger guard is silver plated brass with a blued steel back strap & varnished 1-pc walnut grip. This is a rather late piece in the production and likely was produced after the end of Civil War hostilities. A total of about 200,500 were made in period 1860-1873. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including grip, wedge is unnumbered. Bbl retains about 75% strong, glossy, orig, factory blue with loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer & rammer handle retain most of their orig factory case colors, strong & bright on pivot area. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig factory case colors, slightly faded, brilliant on right side. Cylinder retains traces of orig blue in sheltered areas with all six safety pins crisp & retains about 90% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard retains traces of orig silver plating being mostly a light mustard patina. Back strap & butt strap retain about 80% glossy orig blue with flaked areas a gray metal color. Grip is sound with minor light edge wear and a few minor handling & use marks and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-35165 JR380 (12,500-17,500)

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CASED MARTIALLY MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 33314. Cal. 44. Blue & case colored with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight with 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. Frame is 4-screw style cut for should stock with flat head hammer screw & rnd head stock screws. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” and it has brass trigger guard with blued steel back strap & 1-pc walnut grip. Left side of grip has a partially legible cartouche & various parts have small inspector initials. Accompanied by an orig burgundy velvet lined, Colt mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for revolver, a beautiful”COLT’S PATENT” 1-sided angle spout flask, a blued steel 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter and inspector initial & caliber on right side. Also accompanying is a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps, a packet of combustible cartridges, an L-shaped nipple wrench & orig functioning key. CONDITION: Revolver is extremely fine, all matching, grip was not checked. Bbl retains 96-97% strong orig Colt blue and rammer & handle about all of its orig bright case colors. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, brilliant on sides, slightly faded on outer edge of left recoil shield. Cylinder is a blue/brown patina and retains about 85% orig Ormsby Naval battle scene & all six safety pins are crisp. Trigger guard has crisp edges with a dark mustard patina & back strap retains about 90% strong orig factory blue. Grip shows light to moderate wear with a couple of small chips in edges with its partially legible cartouche and retains about 90% orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case is sound with a small gouge & a few light storage marks in lid and retains most of an old re-varnish. Interior is lightly to moderately faded with wear & stains from revolver cylinder & at muzzle area. Flask is extremely fine retaining about 95-97% strong orig finish. Mold is very fine with strong blue. Other accessories are also fine. Two small partitions in right rear corner have been reattached. 4-35935 JR475 (12,500-17,500)

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LOT OF TWO COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY REVOLVERS IDENTIFIED TO CIVIL WAR VERMONT CAVALRY PRIVATE. SN 36998 & 28598. Cal. 44. These two Colt revolvers were recently discovered in an estate sale. A document found with the guns state they were carried by John Hale Powers of Newbury, Vermont during the Civil War. He enlisted on 2 October 1861 and was mustered in as a Private in the 1st Vermont Cavalry on 19 November 1861. The 1st Vermont Cavalry was a very famous & gallant regiment who fought in no less than 75 battles & skirmishes and had the greatest losses of killed & wounded of any Union cavalry unit in the war. Early in the war they fought through the Shenandoah Valley, Orange Courthouse, 2nd Bull Run, Fairfax Courthouse, Hanover, Penn. and at Gettysburg made a famous flanking attack on the right flank of the Confederate lines helping contain the Confederate advance and preventing the Union Infantry from being overrun. After Gettysburg they fought at the Battle of The Wilderness, Yellow Cabin, Shaws Shop, then back through the Shenandoah Valley under Sheridan and at Richmond. Pvt. Powers was mustered out on 18 November 1864 and little is known of his life after that. Records do show that he had a son named Hale Powers, who apparently became a doctor. The provenance for this lot is hand written in ink on an old prescription form with Dr. Powers’ name at the top and was found rolled up in the bbl of one of the revolvers. 1) SN 36998. Usual configuration with 7-13/16″ rnd bbl, obviously having been reduced in length during period of use. It has a professionally installed, extra-height, German silver post front sight with 3-screw frame cut for shoulder stock & “COLT’S PATENT” on left front side. It has brass trigger guard & steel back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. 2) SN 28598. Unusual hideout gun with bbl reduced to 4-3/4″ with a tall German silver front sight. Rammer handle was reduced commensurately in a very professional job with the latch lug very professionally relocated. It has a 4-screw frame cut for shoulder stock with “COLT’S PATENT” on left front edge with round head screws. Fitted with brass trigger guard & blued steel back strap with shoulder stock notch in heel & a 1-pc walnut grip. Hammer spring is missing. CONDITION: 1) Fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered, grip was not checked. Guns remain in as found attic condition and have not been cleaned or altered. Bbl, as noted, retains thin blue in the most sheltered areas being a light plum/brown patina with scattered chemical spotting & light rust over top. Rammer pivot & handle retain dark case colors. Frame retains 30-35% faded case colors with balance a gray/brown patina with light chemical spotting on left side. Hammer retains about 50% dark case colors. Trigger guard was never silver plated and retains sharp edges with a medium mustard patina. Back strap has blue at top & on butt strap with balance a plum/blue patina. Cylinder retains about 50% thin orig finish with traces of orig Naval battle scene. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 2) Fine, all matching including grip, wedge is unnumbered. Bbl, cut as noted, retains about 85% of a fine old restored blue with a couple of spots of pitting on left side & fine surface rust. Cylinder retains about 75% fine restored finish with four of six safety pins functional, two are mashed and traces of naval battle scene remain. Frame retains about 30-40% faded case colors, bright in the most sheltered areas. Hammer retains strong bright case colors. Grip has chipped toes and shows light wear with minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory oil finish. Back strap retains thin orig blue mixed with brown patina, strong blue at top and at butt strap with rust around butt strap screw hole. Hammer spring missing as noted, otherwise mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-35177 JR379 (7,500-12,500)

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FINE COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 192759. Cal. 44. Nickel finish with 8” rnd bbl with German silver front sight and “NEW YORK U.S. AMERICA” address. It has usual 6-shot rebated cylinder and “COLTS PATENT” on left side of frame with the caliber on the left shoulder of trigger guard. It has brass trigger guard & iron back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Few of these orig nickeled Armys were made and even fewer survive today. CONDITION: CONDITION: Very fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered. Bbl & rammer retain about 95% strong orig nickel with muzzle edge wear & some very fine pitting with some staining around forcing cone area. Cyl has been fired, but very little and retains 92-95% strong orig nickel with losses on front & rear edges and retains about 97-98% Ormsby naval battle scene. All six of safety pins are present with one slightly mashed. Frame, hammer & grip frame retain about 90-95% orig nickel with some minor flaking & bubbling. Grip has only very light wear on edges with some minor chipping in varnish & overall retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few spots of light pitting. 4-37275 JAL2 (9,000-12,000)

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2279

RARE UNIT MARKED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 66534. Cal. 44. Genuine American frontier used Colt. This fine Civil War era Model 1860 has 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight & New York bbl address. It has a tiny “COLT’S PATENT” on left front of frame. Frame is 3-screw type cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. It has brass trigger guard with steel back strap & 1-pc walnut grip. Both sides of grip are stamped “Co E 8TH CAV.” The 8th Cavalry was a very famous Indian fighting regiment organized September 1866 at Camp Reynolds, Angel Island, California & staffed with an all volunteer enlisted force with officers from the Civil War. E Company, to which this revolver belonged, was originally assigned to Fort Lapwai, Idaho under 1st Lt. J.H. Gallagher. Over the ensuing years they participated in the Snake Indian Wars but apparently were eventually moved with their headquarters to the great Southwest where they fought Comanches & Apaches until about May 1888 when the regiment marched to Fort Meade, South Dakota with some of the companies going on to Fort Keough, Montana. In December 1890 the 8th participated in the last major Indian campaign to put down the uprising at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. After that they returned tothe Southwest for simple patrol & garrison duty. The 8th remained in the Southwest until 1898 when they were reassigned to Cuba for a 4-year tour securing the peace there. They returned to U.S. in 1902 and in 1905 were reassigned to the Philippines on the islands of Luzon & Jolo protecting supply & communication lines and sources of water. In 1907 they returned to the U.S. to Fort Robinson, Nebraska with Troops E & H stationed at Fort Russell, Wyoming and two other Troops at Fort Yellowstone, Wyoming with still others stationed in Arizona. In 1910 they returned to the Philippines and members of Troop H participated in a violent battle with Moro warriors on Jolo wherein about 300 Moros were killed with the U.S. forces suffering only light losses. They returned to the U.S. in 1915 to Fort Bliss, Texas and participated in the expedition led by GEn.John Pershing into Mexico after Pancho Vila’s raid on Columbus, New Mexico in 1916. Since that time the 8th Cavalry has had an active part in WWII, Korea, Vietnam & Iraq. This revolver is from a very storied & historic unit who helped settle the great American West and undoubtedly during its active frontier time participated in a number of battles. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains 40-50% thin blue, probably an old restoration. Frame retains 75-80% of this restored blue with cylinder having traces of blue and retaining about 50% Naval engagement scene. Trigger guard is a bright brass patina. Back strap has a crack behind left ear & retains about 40% thin blue. Grip has chipped toes & battered bottom with nicks, dings & scratches showing heavy wear and a fine hand worn patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with a few spots of heavy pitting. 4-35440 (3,500-7,500)

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SCARCE IDENTIFIED COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 121634. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight, 1-line New York address & 3-screw frame cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw & “COLT’S PATENT” on left front side. It has brass trigger guard & steel back strap with 1-pc walnut grip that has a partially legible cartouche on each side. Bottom of left side of grip has crude carved initials “AB”. According to family legend when this revolver was purchased, along with a sword & LeMat revolver, this Colt revolver belonged to Andrew Bibber. Bibber was a Captain in the 1st Maine Cavalry. According to archive records he was mustered in on Oct. 19, 1861 as 1st Sergeant of Company D & mustered out & discharged on April 22, 1865 to accept appointment as Captain & Assistant Adjutant General of volunteers. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in October 1862 which apparently was made permanent in March of 1863. He was then promoted to Adjutant & Captain of the 1st Maine Cavalry in June 1864. After becoming Asst. Adjutant General he was appointed aide-de-camp to Gen. Crook and it was during this tenure that he somehow became responsible for a captured Confederate Brig. Gen. William C. Payne who was wounded in the cavalry fight at Five Forks & captured on March 30, 1865. Information is a little confusing as family legend has it that Capt. Bibber personally captured Gen. Payne but records actually show he was captured by an Illinois unit & turned over to Gen. Crook’s command. Regardless, Bibber & Payne apparently became closely acquainted during the latter & family legend has it that Gen. Payne died as a result of his wounds but as he lay dying asked Bibber to look after his wife & seven children. Records actually show that Gen. Payne survived the war & returned home to his wife & family in Warrenton, Virginia. Surely the truth lies somewhere in between & likely will never be known. Regardless, Capt. Bibber was apparently a valiant soldier & well enough respected to become Adjutant & the ADC to Gen. Crook. Accompanying is a large volume of material relating to Capt. Bibber & his military service including the parchment presidential commission of Capt. Bibber on 10 March 1866 & signed Andrew Johnson. No additional history is known regarding Capt. Bibber after the war beyond family legend which states that he returned to Maine after the war & married a local girl. CONDITION: Fine. Traces of orig finish remain in the most sheltered areas being overall a smooth medium brown patina. Cylinder has matching patina & retains 40-50% Ormsby Naval engagement scene. Trigger guard retains a medium mustard patina with the backstrap a smooth light patina. Grip has chipped toes with some battering on bottom & light nicks & scratches with a hand worn patina & partially legible cartouches. Hand spring is broken, otherwise mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with light pitting. 4-35834 (7,500-8,500)

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EARLY COLT MODEL 1860 ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 15678. Cal. 44. Usual configuration with 8″ rnd bbl, German silver front sight & New York address. It has 4-screw frame cut for shoulder stock with flat head hammer screw. Trigger guard is brass with steel back strap and 1-pc walnut grip. CONDITION: Very good, all matching including wedge, grip was not checked. Bbl retains a smooth, even, medium plum/brown patina and rammer & handle retain strong dark colors on pivot. Frame is a smooth gray/brown patina with traces of case colors & hammer retains about 75% strong case colors. Cylinder is a smooth gray/brown patina with no cylinder scene remaining. Trigger guard shows moderate wear & retains a light mustard patina. Back strap is a blue/gray patina. Grip is sound showing light edge wear with a small chip in right toe with bruises from a shoulder stock and retains most of its orig factory oil finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with fine dark pitting. 4-35849 JR382 (2,000-4,000)

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Revised: 10/6/2008

Correction: We do not guarantee the serial numbers on this stock. The stock is genuine-the lug is broken and has been repaired.

EXTREMELY RARE CANTEEN SHOULDER STOCK FOR COLT 1860 ARMY REVOLVER. SN 11707 & 11708. Extremely rare martially marked Colt canteen stock for Model 1860 Army with brass yoke & carbine style buttplate on a nicely figured uncheckered walnut stock with integral canteen, with spout in the comb. Bottom tang behind the attaching arm has serial numbers “11707” & “11708” and it has a stud & ring in bottom tang. Left side of wrist has outline of a cartouche & it has small inspector initial “H” on buttplate tang & bottom tang of yoke. Not many of these canteen stocks were produced and rarely are they ever found being sold separately. CONDITION: Very fine. Wood is sound with a slight separation in the two halves of stock at heel, otherwise completely sound with minor handling & use marks and retains a smooth hand worn patina. Yoke has a crack by left ear, otherwise metal is sound & retains a medium mustard patina. Canteen plug is orig & intact, missing small retaining chain. 4-35851 JR381 (4,000-6,000)

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2283
Revised: 10/5/2008

Correction: Serial Number should read “117964” not 117904″. This means the pair are within 8 serial numbers apart, not 54 serial numbers apart.

EXCEEDINGLY RARE CASED PAIR OF PRESENTATION COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY REVOLVERS. SN 117904 & 117958. Cal. 36. Exceptional & exceedingly rare cased pair of Civil War presentation Colt Model 1851 percussion revolvers. This pair is identical in all respects with 7-1/2″ oct bbls, brass pin front sights, “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” addresses and “COLT’S PATENT” on left side of frames. They have silver plated brass trigger guard & back straps with 1-pc walnut grips. Each back strap is identically engraved “PRESENTED TO CAP. A.L. HOUGH BY UNION RIFLES TERRE HAUTE, IND.”. Serial numbers on both revolvers, on frames, trigger guards & butt straps are accompanied by a small number “2”, undoubtedly indicating that they are a pair. Accompanied by their orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany Colt casing with mortised brass lock & diamond shaped escutcheon in front. Bottom is compartmented for the two revolvers, a sgl sided angle spout, “COLT’S PATENT” flask, a “COLT’S PATENT” 2-cavity iron bullet mold with sprue cutter, a laquered tin of 500 Eley’s caps, an L-shaped nipple wrench & a spare, orig, unnumbered cylinder. Right rear corner compartment contains bullets & balls. Also accompanying are four packets of orig combustible cartridges marked “FOR WHITNEY’S OR COLT’S NAVY PISTOL”. Capt. Alfred Lacy Hough was born in New Jersey & enlisted in the 17th Pennsylvania Infantry in April 1861 and mustered out in June 1861 to accept a commission as Captain in the 19th Infantry. It was apparently at this time that he was sent to Indiana as a recruiting officer and apparently became associated with the Union Rifles in Terre Haute. It is unclear exactly what the Union Rifles actually were but a later bit of information disclosed that the Union Rifles, in May of 1864. had opened a recruiting office and raised money & supplies to supply men in the field and relief to the families of the soldiers who were not present to provide for them. The Union Rifles apparently had been formed in April 1861 just for that purpose. There is no indication of the reason for the presentation although it can be assumed that the presentation in some way related to Capt. Hough’s recruiting efforts in the area. Capt. Hought served throughout the entire war and was breveted Major in Sept. 1863 for gallant & meritorious service in the Battle of Chickamauga. He was then promoted to Brevet Lt. Colonel in March 1865 for the mustering of troops and on the same day to Brevet Colonel for gallant & meritorious service during the war. He remained in the 19th Infantry until September 1866 when he was transferred to the 28th Infantry, then was reassigned to the 13th Infantry in 1870 & promoted to the prominent rank of Major in the 22nd Infantry in 1874. He was made permanent Lt. Col. in the 16th Infantry in Feb. 1882 and served on the frontier at Fort Davis, Arizona Territory as Post Commander from May to August 1882. He was promoted to Colonel of the 9th Infantry in 1888 and retired in April 1890, ending a long & distinguished military career served with courage & honor. Included in the lot is a copy of Hough’s book “Soldier in the West, C.W. Letters of Alfred Lacy Hough” a digest of the author’s patriotic feelings about the War, his personal life back on the home front, and his development as a professional soldier. Additional research in the Terre Haute, Indiana area newspaper morgues may disclose the reason for the presentation of this wonderful pair of revolvers to Capt. Hough. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, probably unfired. Both retain virtually all of their strong, bright orig factory finish with glossy Colt blue on bbl & cylinders with some light flaking on both bbls & cylinders. Frames, hammers, rammers & rammer handles all retain about 99%+ of their brilliant orig factory case colors. Trigger guards & back straps retain virtually all of their orig silver finish, slightly thinned on back straps in the engraved areas. Grips are pristine, retaining virtually all of their brilliant orig factory varnish. Both revolvers appear to be unfired with both cylinders retaining all six crisp safety pins. Case is completely sound with minor handling & storage marks & retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Interior is heavily faded in lid and moderately faded in bottom with wear & soil from the front sights & hammer spurs. Flask is fine, probably not orig to this set and retains 75-80% orig finish with several small dents on back side. Mold is crisp & new retaining about 98% orig finish. Spare cylinder is also new. Nipple wrench & cap tin are fine. Two of the cartridge packets are crisp & orig with the other two in slightly soiled condition with an open seam on bottom of each. An extraordinary set in as fine orig condition as one would ever fine anywhere else in the world. 4-35780 JR347 (180,000-225,000)

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SCARCE CASED ENGRAVED 2-GUN SET OF EARLY COLT MODEL 1851 LONDON NAVYS. SN 1100 & 1101. Cal. 36. Cased set of consecutive numbered, very early London Navys with 7-1/2″ oct bbls, pin front sights with London addresses with dashes. Both have small guard silver-plated brass trigger guards & back straps with extraordinary dlx, smooth, French walnut grips. Both are English engraved similarly but not identically with tasteful light coverage of foliate arabesque patterns with “COLT’S PATENT” engraved in a ribbon on each frame. Hammer screws on both revolvers have a flower blossom around hammer screw holes with another flower blossom around rammer pivot screw & rammer screw on No. 1100. No. 1101 does not have rammer screw decorations. Both have light decorations on sides of hammers with dolphin motifs on top edges. Back strap of No. 1100 is inscribed “Honble D. F. Monson / 52nd Lt. Infantry”. Back strap of No. 1101 is inscribed with initials “J.V.B.”. These early London Navies were apparently produced shortly after Colt set up his first operation in London and were assembled mostly from parts sent over from the Hartford factory with only about 2,000 more. There are apparently variations in parts with most of parts being Hartford made, as noted, but some of parts were also made in London and obviously these two were engraved in England with London made grips. Both revolvers have British proofs on bbl lugs & cylinders. Accompanied by a spectacular, mahogany, 2-gun, British casing with brass reinforced corners & a concealed lifting ring in brass inlaid bull’s eye in lid. Interior is rose velvet lined, compartmented in bottom for two revolvers, a Hawksley bag shaped flask, a blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” 2-cavity mold with sprue cutter, marked on bottom “N.J”, signifying that it was part of a shipment to the New Jersey Militia. Case also contains two L-shaped nipple wrenches of different sizes & an early galvanized tin of Eley Bros. caps. Right rear corner has a covered compartment for the cleaning rod, which is missing. Left front corner contains a few balls & bullets and a left center compartment contains spare parts & nipples. Left rear corner compartment is empty. Front of case has a mortised brass lock with two mortised brass latches. CONDITION: SN 1100. Very good to fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered, grip was not checked. Bbl retains traces of blue in the most sheltered areas being overall a gray/brown patina. Rammer pivot retains faded case colors. Frame retains dark case colors in the most sheltered areas and, along with hammer, retains a dark gray/brown patina. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 93-95% strong orig silver plating. Grip is sound with light handling & use marks and retains about 95% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore with heavy pitting. SN 1101. Very good to fine, all matching except wedge which is unnumbered, grip was not checked. Bbl retains about 50% thin orig blue with balance a blue/brown patina & some light surface rust & fine pitting. Rammer pivot retains faded case colors. Frame is mostly a dark silver gray patina with some silvered case colors on right side. Cylinder is a light plum colored patina with scattered pitting and retains about 25% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain about 70-75% orig silver and grip is sound with light nicks & scratches showing light to moderate wear & retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with light to moderate pitting. Case is sound with handling & storage nicks & scratches on lid and overall retains 75-80% orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded with very light soil. Flask appears to be about new. Mold retains about 50% flaked orig blue, other accessories are fine. 4-35973 JR480 (25,000-40,000)

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EXTRAORDINARY CASED GUSTAVE YOUNG ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 51808. Cal. 36. Spectacular new ’51 Navy with 7-1/2″ bbl, brass pin front sight, 1-line New York City address with silver plated brass small trigger guard & back strap & mounted with extraordinary, smooth 1-pc ivory grip. Frame, bbl lug, trigger guard, back strap, hammer & rammer pivot are engraved with Gustave Young’s deluxe patterns consisting of wonderfully executed foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Some of the swirls terminate in his trademark flower blossoms & left side of bbl lug has his trademark dog’s head also with his trademark spray of foliate arabesque patterns emanating from a flower blossom. It additionally has his kidney shaped design around the engraved “COLT’S PATENT” on frame executed in gentle arcs. Hammer has his trademark wolf’s heads on each side of the nose with a dolphin pattern on the top edge of hammer & spur. Top of back strap has his early rendition of a fan. Serial numbers on bbl lug & frame are surrounded by small cross hatch patterns and all of screw heads & screw ends are engraved. Accompanied by its orig burgundy velvet lined mahogany casing compartmented in bottom for revolver, an equally new angle spout, dbl sided Navy size flask, a new blued steel “COLT’S PATENT” 2-cavity bullet mold with sprue cutter, a new “L” shaped nipple wrench/screwdriver, a full laquered tin of Eley Bros. caps, a key, with the angled compartment in right rear containing bullets & balls. Additionally in the flask compartment is an unopened packet of skin cartridges. Also accompanied by several pages of correspondence between Horace Greeley, IV of Cliffside Park, NJ (direct descendant of the famous newspaper editor, Horace Greeley, who coined the phrase “Go West, young man, go West”)& Christie’s Park Avenue Galleries, New York City, regarding items missing from the case, apparently discovered after he purchased it from Christie’s in their Oct. 7, 1981 Auction. Also accompanying is a letter from R.L. Wilson, the noted Colt historian & researcher, who identifies this revolver basically as above and notes that it is from “the renowned collection of Jerry D. Berger”. He further states that this revolver is featured in full color in the “new” Colt Engraving Book. PROVENANCE: Horace Greeley IV; Christie’s Auctions; Butterfield Auctions; Jerry D. Berger Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine and near mint! All numbered parts are matching. No disassembly was affected to check for hidden numbered parts. Appears to be new & unfired retaining about 98% glossy orig blue on bbl & bbl lug with only faint sharp edge wear. Rammer pivot & handle retain about all of their orig case colors, slightly faded on handle. Cylinder retains most of its orig factory blue, slightly thin with about 98% Ormsby Naval battle scene, all six safety pins are crisp. Frame & hammer retain virtually all of their slightly faded orig factory case colors. Trigger guard & back strap retain abut all of their strong orig silver plating. Grip is equally extraordinary with sharp edges & a wonderful mellow ivory patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with a few small spots of pitting. A truly magnificent ’51. Case is also extremely fine with a hairline grain check in lid & a couple of small cracks in bottom and retains most of its orig varnish with minor handling & storage mars. Interior is moderately faded with light soil & wear from front sight & hammer spur with staining from cylinder & edge of grip. Flask, mold & nipple wrench are pristine new & unused. Cap tin is near new, missing its paper wrap. Cartridge box has a partially open seam but is very fine. An extraordinary set, the like of which is likely never be encountered again. 4-35778 JR345 (90,000-125,000)

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FINE MARTIALLY MARKED CASED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 66499. Cal. 36. Third model Navy with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, pin front sight & New York City address with dashes. Left side of frame has small “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. A few of the small parts have inspector initials. It has a small brass trigger guard & back strap with a 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig blue velvet lined Colt mahogany casing, compartment in bottom for revolver, a fine 1-sided “COLT’S PATENT” angle spout flask, a blued steel 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, a lacquered tin of Eley’s caps & orig functioning key. The mortised brass lock in front is loose & escutcheon is missing. CONDITION: Revolver is extraordinarily fine, all matching including wedge, grip was not checked. Overall retains 98-99% strong orig factory finish with only very slight muzzle edge wear on left side and a few minor spots of wear elsewhere. Case colors on right side of frame & hammer are stone brilliant, slightly faded on left side of frame. Cylinder retains 99% of Ormsby Naval battle scene with all six safety pins prominent, five of which are crisp. There are small chatter marks on two of the lands between cylinder recesses. Grip has a chip in right toe, otherwise it is crisp & spectacular retaining about all of its orig oil finish. Trigger guard & back strap are a dark mustard patina. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case has light nicks & scratches in lid & retains most of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly to moderately soiled with heavy lead oxide in right rear corner. Flask is extremely fine retaining 96-97% strong orig finish. Mold retains about 70% glossy orig factory blue with balance flaked, not worn, to light patina. This is an extraordinarily crisp & orig set. 4-35932 JR476 (10,000-15,000)

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FINE CASED HARTFORD LONDON COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 168163. Cal. 36. Fine Hartford London Navy with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, pin front sight with 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address with dashes. Left side of bbl lug has British proofs as does cylinder, alternating on lands between nipple recesses. Frame has “COLT’S PATENT” on left front side and caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. It has silver plated trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc varnished walnut grip. All serial numbers on bbl lug, frame, trigger guard & butt strap have a small “L” stamped either above or below. Accompanied by an orig English Colt mahogany casing with empty brass plate in lid. It has royal blue velvet lining compartmented in bottom for revolver, a Dixon bag shape flask, a “COLT’S PATENT” 2-cavity steel mold with sprue cutter, an L-shaped nipple wrench and in the back an all metal orig cleaning rod. Also accompanying is an open packet of combustible cartridges & a lacquered tin of Eley’s waterproof caps. Case has a mortised brass lock in front with a rnd brass escutcheon. CONDITION: Revolver is very fine to extremely fine, all matching including wedge, grip was not checked. Bbl retains 95-96% strong, glossy, orig blue with slight muzzle & sharp edge wear with some light flaking over top. Rammer & rammer handle retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant on pivot, a little darker on handle. Frame retains most of its orig case colors, moderately faded, stronger in sheltered areas. Hammer retains about 75% case colors. Cylinder retains about 75-80% orig blue with some thin spots & overall retains about 97-98% Ormsby Naval battle scene. Trigger guard & back strap retain silver-plating in the most sheltered areas being primarily a dark mustard patina. Grip is sound with a few scattered light nicks & retains about all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with slight roughness just above forcing cone. Case is sound with some reglued corners & slight shrinkage and overall retains most of an old restored finish. Interior is slightly faded with light soil & light damage from front sight. Accessories are fine. 4-35933 (12,500-17,500)

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FINE CASED COLT MODEL 1851 LONDON NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 23508. Cal. 36. Blue & case colored with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, pin front sight and 1-line London address with spears at each end. Left side of bbl lug has usual British proofs above which is stamped “WD” and part of another stamp that may be part of the broad arrow. The “WD” stands for War Department. It has usual 6-shot cylinder with Naval battle scene and alternating British proofs on lands between nipple recesses. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” and it has large loop iron trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Accompanied by an orig English oak casing with empty plate in top, lined with brown velvet and the Colt loading instructions inside lid. Bottom is compartmented for revolver, a brass 2-cavity “COLT’S PATENT” mold with sprue cutter, a James Dixon & Sons bag flask marked “COLT’S NAVY FLASK”, a tin of Eley’s caps, an L-shaped nipple wrench, an open packet of five combustible cartridges, contents are deteriorating. Right rear corner has a triangular shaped compartment with lid missing and in back has compartment for a cleaning rod with a replacement rod. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including wedge. Bbl retains 80-85% glossy orig blue mixed with flaking & loss areas a medium patina. Rammer & handle retain most of their orig case colors, strong & bright on pivot, faded toward the ends. Frame retains most of its orig case colors, moderately faded on sides & recoil shields, brilliant in sheltered areas. Hammer retains 75-80% strong orig case colors. Cylinder retains 65-70% strong orig blue with one area flaked to a light patina and overall retains 97-98% strong Ormsby Naval battle scene. All six safety pins are present with three of them prominent. Trigger guard & back strap retain blue in sheltered areas with balance a gray/brown patina. Grip shows moderate wear with numerous nicks, dings & scratches and retains about 88-90% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore. Case has a grain check in lid & another in bottom, otherwise is sound and retains most of an old restored finish. Interior is lightly to moderately faded with light soil showing wear from front sight & hammer spur. Flask retains about 80% strong orig finish. Mold is extremely fine. Altogether a very nice set. 4-35936 JR472 (10,000-15,000)

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RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY 3RD MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 23620. Cal. 36. Fabulous Gustave Young deluxe engraved Navy with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, pin front sight and 1-line New York City address. It has engraved “COLT’S PATENT” on left side of frame in a kidney shaped panel that is one of the trademarks of the famous Gustave Young. It has silver plated brass small loop trigger guard & back strap containing varnished deluxe burl walnut grip. Frame, bbl, bbl lug, rammer pivot, hammer, trigger guard & back strap have Mr. Young’s No. 2 style deluxe engraving consisting of wonderful foliate arabesque patterns with very fine punch dot background. Several of the swirls terminate in flower blossoms and he inserted his trademark dog’s head behind & partially under the wedge screw. The bl has about 1-1/2″ matching engraving pattern completely around muzzle with a wavy line border. Both sides of hammer are engraved to match with his wolf’s heads on sides of hammer nose with dolphin motif on top. Top of back strap has his trademark fan with chip & wavy line border. Back strap, butt strap & trigger guard are engraved to match with a wavy line border on each side & front edge of trigger guard. All screw heads are also engraved. Adjacent to serial numbers on bbl lug, butt strap & cylinder is a number “2” and there is a small punch dot beneath serial numbers of frame & trigger guard. Gustave Young was a very prolific engraver & certainly one of the best of his day and even today would be considered a world class engraver. This revolver represents some of the finest, highest quality produced by his shop, probably by the master himself, making it a truly beautiful work of art. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching including wedge & grip. Bbl retains most of its orig factory blue turning plum on non-engraved areas. Rammer & handle retain faded case colors, stronger on pivot. Frame & hammer retain dark case colors with traces of brighter colors in sheltered areas. Cylinder retains 60-70% thin orig blue & about 95% strong Ormsby Naval battle scene. All six safety pins are crisp. Trigger guard & back strap retain 95-96% strong orig factory silver plating with one small wear spot on front strap & at heel of back strap. Butt strap shows some minor battering and the serial number on butt strap is a light strike. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-35162 JR375 (15,000-20,000)

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EXTRAORDINARY COLT LATE 3RD MODEL NAVY ARMY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 56263. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, full brass pin front sight & 1-line New York City address with dashes. It has a tiny “U.S.” under “COLT’S PATENT” on left side of frame with never silver plated, brass trigger guard & back strap, containing a beautiful 1-pc walnut grip with crisp cartouches on each side. Left side has “JH” (James Harris) in a rectangle and right side has “RHKW” (Robert Henry Kirkwood Whitley) in a long oval. Top of back strap has a partial tiny “H” with a variety of other inspector initials on various parts. The 3rd model appears to have been the second highest production in the 1851 series but very few were legitimate Navy Armys, those Navy revolvers made for & issued to the Army instead of the Navy. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all visible numbers are matching including wedge. Overall retains 99%+ strong orig factory finish including bright blue on bbl with only fine sharp edge wear & some slight spots of discoloration. Cylinder retains virtually all of its orig, slightly dulled blue factory finish with one mashed safety pin & the other five pins remaining crisp. Cylinder also retains virtually all of its Ormsby Naval battle scene. Frame & hammer retain all of their crisp brilliant factory orig case colors, slightly faded on left recoil shield. Trigger guard & back strap are crisp with a light mustard patina. Grips are equally crisp with two small dings on right side showing no wear and retaining all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some scattered fine pitting. A truly rare, exceptional & extraordinarily beautiful Colt Navy. 4-35779 JR373 (55,000-65,000)

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FINE COLT MODEL 1851 NAVY LATE 4TH MODEL PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 190646. Cal. 36. Usual configuration with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight with 1-line “NEW-YORK U.S. AMERICA” address with dashes. It has “COLT’S PATENT” on left side of frame with caliber marking on left shoulder of trigger guard. It has silver plated brass trigger guard & back strap with varnished 1-pc walnut grip. Trigger guard is the large type. The “4” in serial number on all four positions on bottom of revolver have been struck over an “0”, obviously a factory error. The late 4th Model falls in the serial range 165,000 – 215,000, the majority of which were produced in the Civil War years. After the Civil War, in 1866, beginning with serial number 185,000, martial contracts were either filled or canceled and only civilian production was pursued. By that time, until cessation of production in 1873 or ’74, the westward expansion was in full swing and most of these revolvers saw hard service well into the 1870’s and even later. They were extremely popular with law enforcement, outlaws & the every day cowboy. Rarely is one found retaining strong orig finish such as this one. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 88-90% glossy orig factory blue with loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina. Rammer, rammer handle & pivot retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant on pivot, darker on handle & faded on rammer. Cylinder retains about 90% glossy orig blue with some thinning around front edge & a few spots of flaking around back edge. All six safety pins are crisp and it retains 98-99% crisp orig Ormsby Naval battle scene. Frame retains about all of its orig case colors, dark on left recoil shield, thin on right recoil shield & lightly faded on right side with a small spot of pitting. Left side is brilliant. Screws retain most of their orig high polish blue. Trigger guard & back strap retain traces of orig silver plating with crisp edges & a medium mustard patina. Grip shows very light wear on edges with a few light nicks & scratches and retains about 97% strong orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-35178 JR374 (17,500-22,500)

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RARE COLT MODEL 1851 ASSEMBLED NAVY NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 61258. Cal. 36. Fine martial Navy with 7-1/2″ bbl, brass pin front sight and 1-line New York City address with dashes. It has large iron trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Left side of frame has “COLT’S PATENT” over a tiny “U.S.”. Butt strap is marked “USN” and bottom left edge of grip has inspector initials “GMR”. It is noted that the frame & cylinder pin are numbered “61258” and wedge is numbered “0123” with bbl, cylinder, trigger guard & back strap numbered “61340”. This mix & match assemblage was undoubtedly perpetrated at an armory or possibly by a field armorer. CONDITION: Fine, serial numbers as noted above. Bbl, rammer & handle and cylinder retain a smooth even medium brown patina. Frame retains about 50% faded case colors and hammer 30% faded case colors with fine pitting around front edge. Trigger guard & front strap are also a smooth gray/brown patina & back strap a mottled gray/brown patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with scattered light to moderate pitting. 4-35167 JR372 (5,500-6,500)

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RARE COLT MODEL 1851 2ND MODEL NAVY PERCUSSION REVOLVER. SN 2007. Cal. 36. Fine Colt Navy with 7-1/2″ oct bbl, brass pin front sight & 1-line New York City address with dashes. It has a tiny “COLT’S PATENT” on left side of frame & small square back brass trigger guard & back strap with 1-pc walnut grip. Of the approx. 215,348 Model 1851’s produced, only a few over 4,000 were produced in this model making it a very rare Navy. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except wedge which is numbered “3787&