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EXCELLENT AND VERY RARE BRASS FRAME VOLCANIC PISTOL CARBINE WITH MATCHING SHOULDER STOCK.
SN 272. Cal. 41. 16-1/2″ bbl. Lovely what looks to be untouched brass. Sharp corners with the bottom carrier fitting well into the receiver. Rear sight is fixed without the adjustable normal sight. Grips are standard American walnut that match the shoulder stock. Buttplate SN “272 which matches the number on the lever. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Bbl has a deep rich plum color. A little deeper color in the fluted area that hasn’t turned as much. Hammer sports a little case color in protected area only. Finish on the grips would rate 90-95% with light impressions, no cracks with a little scuffing on the bottom edge on both sides. The stock itself with light impressions with one long scratch mark going 4-1/2″ from the buttplate forward, just pressed enough to get through the finish and into the wood. Right side has a few impressions but nothing major. Lever is blued that you will find orig finish in protected areas. Frame screws are in good condition with the two bottom screws on receiver are damaged with a screw on the grip area of the pistol definitely is marred up. Cycles correctly. Bore has strong rifling that would rate an 8 or 9 on a scale from 1-10. When found at all, the 16” Volcanic pistol carbine is usually found with no finish. This one, however, #272 is one of the very best of these most prized of all Volcanic pistols. The stock is the very finest of these we have encountered. 53091-13 MS (30,000-40,000) – Lot 2000
RARE AND DESIRABLE BRASS FRAME VOLCANIC RIFLE WITH SCARCE 21 INCH BARREL.
SN 225. Cal. 41. 21″ bbl is one of the rarer bbl lengths that was offered at that time. Sgl line address with some chemical spill on front portion of bbl that has turned a dark patina. Brass has a light mustard color look with sharp edges on both sides. All numbers match with SN on inside of lower tang. Lovely colored brass frame with untouched appearance. Stock is straight grained American walnut. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very fine. Brass frame is extremely fine on both left and right sides of receiver. Retains its sharp edges. Brass looks like it has never been cleaned or polished. A fine example of what the brass should look like after 150 years of being cared for. Wood fit is extremely fine with one chip in stock next to receiver on right side. Gun cycles properly. Lever and hammer are muted with some dark blue on trigger. Follower retains nearly all of its original nitre bluing. Mint bore with very strong rifling. Mechanics are fine. Not many Volcanic rifles can match the condition of number 255’s frame. Obviously, this lovely rifle saw very little use and was tucked away in a drawer to keep it in such very fine condition. 53091-12 MS (40,000-60,000) – Lot 2001
SPECTACULAR SILVER PLATED HOGGSON ENGRAVED VOLCANIC RIFLE WITH THE VERY RARE AND DESIRABLE 25 INCH BARREL AND IN SUPERB CONDITION.
SN 298. Cal. 41. 25″ bbl with 2-line address. Factory engraved silver plated receiver with rare checkered stock. All screws are numbered to gun. Buttplate is engraved en suite. All numbers match. Cartridge plunger in magazine is missing. This one in particular has been in the home of Ray Bentley for many years. The 25″ barrel rifle is the rarest and most desirable Volcanic configuration. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very fine. Very fine finish on stock with strong checkering. Blue on bbl is very fine. Bore will clean to fine condition. Orig case colors on hammer and lever are mostly muted. Finish on buttplate is fine to very fine. A wonderfully preserved Volcanic Arms Company with very little use and has been well preserved. Mechanics are fine and rifle cycles without any problem. The most difficult of all Volcanic rifles is the long 25″ variation, the 16″ being most commonly encountered frequently in fine condition. The 25″ barrel rifles when they appear are almost always well used with no original finish and undersized wood. Number 298 is the very finest of these rarities Ray Bentley could find in his fifty year quest for the best conditioned Winchesters. It is unlikely that a better Volcanic in this barrel length will come to market in the next fifty years. 53091-1 MS (40,000-60,000) – Lot 2002
FANTASTIC AND ULTRA RARE “NO LATCH” HENRY RIFLE IN UNTOUCHED CONDITION.
SN 250. Cal. 44 Henry Rimfire. 24-3/8″ oct bbl. Henry’s patent date of October 16, 1860, manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company, New Haven Connecticut. First model, first variation without latch lever, known by advanced collectors as a “No Latch” Henry. A 1000 yd rear receiver sight. Only the first 300+ rifles were of this variation. Finding one in any condition would be considered a rare find. With no sight in rear bbl dovetail. Matching numbers on all screws. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Brass has turned to pleasing mustard color on both sides. Sharp edges on brass that look to have never been buffed or polished or disassembled. Hammer with dark case colors. Lever is mostly muted color with extremely minor surface oxidation. Action of rifle is stiff due to old dried grease. Two screws on bottom of receiver are damaged, the remaining are fine. Bbl retains 96% orig blue finish. Stock finish has a few compression marks with 95% orig finish. Buttplate has turned to mustard color much like the receiver. Bore exhibits strong rifling consistent with the overall superb condition of this very early Henry. As fine a No Latch Henry as one is likely to encounter. These early Henry’s are highly desirable and rarely encountered in any condition much less in #250’s excellent state of preservation. 53091-3 (75,000-100,000) – Lot 2003
FANTASTIC EARLY HOGGSON ENGRAVED AND SILVER-PLATED HENRY RIFLE WITH DELUXE WOOD.
SN 1215. Cal. 44 RF Henry. 24″ bbl with blue finish and two line barrel address. Rear sight is correct with 900 yd set screw elevator. Receiver with full coverage flowing foliate patterns engraved on each side with punch dot background and finely cut borders, a typical feature of Henry factory engraver Samuel J. Hoggson. Left sideplate has an additional spray of flowers from the junction of primary scroll wheels. Matching foliate patterns are engraved on top of receiver and buttplate as well. Buttplate is engraved on tang with silver plating. Fine finished, well-figured stock mounted with sling swivels low on right side of stock and right side of bbl gullet. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very fine. Receiver retains most of its original silver finish with some thinning at high points and edges. Barrel with strong original blue with balance turning to fine patina. Buttplate retains most of its orig silver plating. Small amount of orig case color on hammer and lever in protected areas. Orig finish on wood would indicate that this rifle saw very little use and handling. Screw heads are mostly untouched with only one damaged screw head. Sharp markings. Bright shiny bore. Mechanics are fine. This splendid example of an early engraved Henry rifle saw little use and was just put away. 53091-5 MS (100,000-150,000) – Lot 2004
SCARCE AND DESIRABLE HOGGSON FACTORY ENGRAVED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH LOVELY DELUXE FIGURED WALNUT STOCK.
SN 4522. Cal. 44 RF Henry. 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine tube, late style square back German silver front sight and 900 yd. Henry ladder rear sight. It is mounted with exceptional, highly figured, uncheckered, American walnut with 1st type brass buttplate with rnd heel & trap with small hole. Left side of buttstock & left side of bbl have factory sling loops. Buttplate screws are matching numbered while two of the tang screws are properly unnumbered. The bottom tang wood screw is a replacement numbered “1947”. Receiver & buttplate tang are engraved by Samuel J. Hoggson in his typical style consisting of a running buck deer surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns on the left side with line & chip pattern borders. Right side of the receiver is engraved in his beautiful matching foliate arabesque patterns with both front side flats engraved in his very identifiable large flower blossoms. Matching foliate arabesque patterns are engraved on top 3 flats of receiver, around rear edges of receiver, on the top tang and buttplate tang. All matching serial numbers are found on the top bbl flat between rear sight & receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Round part of bbl underloading sleeve is marked with the assembly number “630”, which number is also found on rear face of loading sleeve. This rifle was produced in 1864 during the height of the Civil War when virtually all Henry rifles were purchased for use in the war. PROVENANCE: Woody Frey Collection; The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very fine, all orig and all matching, except one tang screw as noted. Bbl & magazine tube retain a silver brown patina with a couple of minor nicks & scratches. Receiver retains 70-75% strong orig silver-plating that has turned black with oxidation. Lever screw and breech block spring screw are both marred up quite a bit. Buttplate retains about 20% silver-plating with all the exposed gun metal a dark brass patina. Stock has a hairline back of the top tang, otherwise is sound with light nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of a protective coating of varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with light to moderate pitting. A beautiful quite early factory engraved Henry and not one of the frequently encountered aftermarket embellished rifles. 53091-83 MS (40,000-60,000) – Lot 2005
SPECTACULAR HOGGSON ENGRAVED AND SILVER PLATED HENRY RIFLE.
SN 7008. Cal. 44RF Henry. Beautiful late Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine tube, late style, square back nickel silver front sight and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight with slide stop screw. Top flat of the bbl has the later large font 2-line Henry’s Patent date and the New Haven Arms Co address. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with fine factory finish. Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel with corresponding sling loop in the left gullet of the bbl. Receiver is silver plated and engraved by Samuel Hoggson with his trademark deer leaping a rail fence on the left sideplate surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns that have pearled background. Right side of the receiver and sideplate, both front side panels, rear edges of the receiver, top 3 flats of the receiver and buttplate tang are engraved to match. Number on stock matches buttplate and lower left side tang “7008” same as SN. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very fine. Oct bbl retains 20-30% blue in protected areas with balance being light to dark patina. Edges are sharp, address is clear with minor dings anywhere on bbl. Receiver retains 85% of plating on left side with 85-90% on right side. Lower tang area retains 90-95% of the silver plating. Bottom of stock has multi impressions with a few scratches and no missing wood or chips present. Hammer and lever are dark patina color with dark case colors on back side of hammer with balance being patina; lever has mostly a dark patina color. Rifle cycles correctly. Bore with strong rifling and some minor pitting. Mechanics are crisp. 53091-6 MS (80,000-100,000) – Lot 2006
MAGNIFICENT HOGGSON DELUXE ENGRAVED HENRY RIFLE WITH FULL SILVER PLATING.
SN 11506. Cal. 44 Henry. Beautiful late full-silver plated Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine tube, late style, square back nickel silver front sight and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight with slide stop screw. Top flat of the bbl has the later large font 2-line Henry’s Patent date and the New Haven Arms Co address. Mounted with very fine, straight grained, uncheckered American walnut. Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel with corresponding sling loop in the left gullet of the bbl. Receiver is silver plated and engraved by Samuel Hoggson with his trademark full-coverage foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch dot background. Left receiver scrolls originate from the mouth of a stylized wolf’s head in center of sideplate. Both front side panels, rear edges of the receiver, top 3 flats of the receiver and buttplate tang are engraved to match. Screws not numbered. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Rifle retains virtually all of its fine original silver finish on all surfaces with only slight losses at carry points and high edges. Wonderful untouched oxidized silver patina on balance. All screw heads are in fine condition with no evidence of marring. Buttplate retains 95% of silver plating and is also engraved. Shiny bore with good strong rifling. Wood finish remains strong and intact with very few mars or impressions. Incredible state of preservation make this specimen worthy of special recognition. 53091-10 MS (100,000-150,000) – Lot 2007
SPECTACULAR ENGRAVED AND IDENTIFIED HENRY RIFLE WITH CIVIL WAR SERVICE IN VERY FINE ORIGINAL CONDITION.
SN 7465. Cal. 44 Henry. 24″ oct bbl. Correct rear bbl sight with 900 yd. The frame engraved during the period of use, the left front side with a large eagle clasping olive branches and flags while standing on the American shield, the rear two thirds of the frame engraved with a border of ferns, the panel engraved “F. Hoch” in highly stylized letters over “C.B. 3rd Regt. U.S.V.V”, the front of the right side engraved with a seven pointed star with the same fern borders, the panel with an emblem with an owl perched on a banner reading ‘GUT HEIL” with two fern branches below. Screws all fit well to the frame and wood without any matching numbers. SN indicates that it is too high to have screws numbered to the gun, as this practice was dropped at around 5000. The bottom tang is marked with a small “w” between the latch lever and wood stock screw. Rifle comes equipped with sling swivels mounted on left side of stock with bump below the mounting of the sling swivel. Sling swivel also mounted on left side of bbl. Complete with the rarely found original Henry rifle dust cover: this is a simple wooden block carved out to fit over the bolt and into the frame. The top is covered with a thin brass plate which is engraved in the same style as the frame. A very similarly engraved Henry rifle credited to Lockwood Sanford is illustrated on pg. 35 of The Winchester Book by George Madis. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl has thinned to about 30-40% with remaining blue turning plum. Ample amount of blue in flute of mag and bbl connection. Blue blends in well with bbl itself. Address is crisp and sharp with a very light age patina around the rear sight. All screw heads show evidence of being removed but are still in serviceable condition. Bright shiny bore, rating a 9 on a scale of 1-10. The frame and buttplate are fine with a clear coat of substance to protect the brass. Hammer is crisp with faint case colors. Lever is mostly dark patina with trigger a slate grey color. Varnish finished walnut stock is very fine with no gouges, cracks or missing slivers of wood. The left wrist has original small block letter marking “A.W.M”. The dust cover is in fine condition with crisp engraving. Buttplate fits extremely well with no gouges in that area. Rifle cycles correctly. Mechanics are fine and bore is bright and shiny. This is a very fine 2nd model Henry that has seen very little use. The 3rd Regiment of U.S. Veteran Volunteers has a rich Civil War history and many were ‘Galvanized Yankees’. Serious research will elevate the already high status of this wonderful Henry. 53091-9 MS (60,000-80,000) – Lot 2008
IMPORTANT SECOND MODEL HENRY RIFLE ID’D to CORPL ISSAC M. MARSHALL, CO. I, 3RD U.S. VET VOLS.
SN 8816. Cal. 44. 24-3/8″ bbl. Bbl marking is sharp and clear and reads “Henry’s Patent October 16, 1860 / Manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co, New Haven CT”. Comes with sling swivels with the (HENRY “BUMP’ PROMINENT) underneath the sling swivel. No SNs on screws as is the usual with later Henry’s. Has a light “H” stamped on the lower tang between the latch lever and the wood screw. Issac M. Marshall, born in Philadelphia, Pa., and first enlisted at age 24. By occupation he was a laborer. He joined the 3rd Vet. Vol. Inf. on March 24, 1865, at Philadelphia, and was appointed 8th Corporal on Apr. 11, 1865 and was Color Corporal from Aug. to Nov., 1865. He was discharged at Springfield, Ill., on March 23, 1866, upon expiration of his term of service. Accompanied by a 1997 Springfield Research Service Letter and archival copies which discuss information on rifle no. 8816 as found in the Company and Regimental books of the 3rd U.S. Vet. Vol. Inf.m which are presently stored in the National Archives under Record Group 94, Entry 112. The particular citation of no. 8816 described above appears in the Order Book for Co. I. A description of the history of his regiment is included; this is Dyer’s Compendium of the War of the Rebellion; a copy of Corpl. Marshall’s Compiled Military Service Record is also enclosed. There is no information on subsequent use or disposal of rifle no. 8816; however, these rifles were issued to the Veteran Volunteers on the proviso that they could retain them without cost upon discharge, provided they kept them in good condition. So it can be assumed that rifle no. 8816 was taken home to Philadelphia by Corpl. Marshall. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world.
CONDITION: Very Fine. Full oct bbl with 80% blue with the balance turning patina. Overall blue slightly darker in the fluted area of the mag. No dings or marks on the bbl to indicate any rough usage. Sharp edges on oct bbl would prove very little use. Receiver has the highly coveted dark mustard color that all Henry collectors love to see. All edges are sharp. All screw heads are in fine to very fine condition with little turning indicated. Finish on the stock is 90% plus on the left side and 95% plus on the right side. Both sides indicate very little impressions and scratches. Wood to metal fit is excellent. There are no cracks in stock, around the tang area on upper and lower tang. No chips or splinters missing as well. Wood to metal fit is very fine. 53091-8 MS (40,000-60,000) – Lot 2009
POSSIBLY CONRAD ULRICH’S GREATEST MASTERPIECE AND A LEGENDARY WINCHESTER COLLECTOR’S ICON FOR NEARLY HALF A CENTURY IS THE MAGNIFICENT GILDED HIGH RELIEF ENGRAVED AND FULLY SIGNED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.
SN 79994. Cal.44 Henry. 24″ octagon bbl with gold plated with blue finish on other metal parts. Uncheckered wood deluxe highly figured walnut stock. This is a extraordinary exhibition Winchester model 1866 lever action rifle manufactured in 1870 and superbly engraved (signed under lever) by the master of the Winchester engraving shop Conrad F. Ulrich. This rifle is shown on the dust jacket and front piece of the 1975 edition of The Book of Winchester Engraving by R.L Wilson. Pages 103-106 of this book contain a full description and eight illustrations of this magnificent work of art rifle, including a multi-page color foldout. The description states that this rifle is considered to be one of Conrad Ulrich’s masterpieces. This most artistic and extraordinary 1866 was the pride of iconic Connecticut collector Jonathan M. Peck and illustrated on pages 30 and 31 of the Texas Arms Manual. The rifle has a very rare blued and engraved octagonal barrel, full-length magazine and lever with a nitre blue loading gate. The hammer and trigger are color case hardened. The brass forearm, nose cap, frame and crescent buttplate have a gold washed finish. The stock and forearm are select fancy grained walnut with high polish piano finish. The barrel is fitted with a globe front sight and the standard model 1866 folding leaf rear sight with 1,000 yard center notch and elevation bar retaining screw at the top of the leaf. A folding leaf peep sight is mounted on the tang. The forearm cap and stock have factory sling swivels. The top of the barrel is roll stamped with the two-line legend “WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT.-KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29.1866, OCTOBER 16.1860.” in an oval panel with engraved borders ahead of the rear sight. The serial number “79994” is located behind the trigger in an engraved panel. The lower tang is stamped “C.F. ULRICH” in a tiny rectangle, with “L.C.”as an overstrike. The rifle frame is profusely relief-engraved. The focus of the engraving are two standing nude female figures in relief panel on either side of the frame and three highly detailed game scenes. R.L. Wilson notes that the engraving on this rifle differs dramatically from the typical Winchester scroll and game scene engraving. He states that nude figures are rarely found on engraved arms from the Victorian era. The archways which frame the nudes and the use of geometric borders are of the greatest rarity. The nudes are based on the most famous sculpture of the mid-19th century, “The Greek Slave” by famed sculptor Hiram powers completed in 1844. This magnificent work of art held symbolic meaning for American abolitionists and inspired innumerable poems and essays. Ulrich’s use of Power’s sculpture to decorate this rifle raises it to the level of high art far above almost any other decorated firearms. The game scene on the left side of the frame depicts five running deer in the forest and in a panel with escalloped borders. The scene captures the fluid lines of animals in motion against a finely detailed forest backdrop of trees and ferns. The right side of the receiver features two game scenes. The first scene depicts a buck, doe and fawn at rest near a forest stream in a circle with escalloped borders. A second smaller scene behind the first depicts a seated hound in a circle with escalloped borders. Six horizontal geometric designs frame the loading gate and six vertical geometric designs separate Ulrich’s version of Power’s “Greek Slave” from the game scene on the left side of the frame. Smaller geometric ovals form part of the border at the front of the receiver and back of the forearm cap. The underside of the tang and the top of the buttplate heel are also engraved with relief scrollwork. The barrel is decorated with flowing scrollwork on a punch dot background. The engraving extends from the receiver along the top and sides of the barrel for six inches, on the sides of the barrel for several inches near the forearm cap and on the top and sides of the barrel for about 4″ behind the muzzle. Conrad Friedrich Ulrich began his engraving career with Colt and served his engraving apprenticeship primarily under the renowned Gustave Young. Serial 79994 is regarded as the finest and best known of all engraved 1866 Winchester rifles. The combination of a relatively early production Model 1866 rifle, special order features, distinctive and flawlessly executed engraving by one of the 19th Century American master engravers. Dramatic bright fire gilt finish and outstanding condition make this rifle one of the finest of all engraved Winchesters. PROVENANCE: Jonathan M. Peck 1971: Arlen L. McCroskie 1975; The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Extremely fine. The rifle is in outstanding original condition and retains 98% of the original blue and gold washed finish. The barrel and magazine retain nearly all of the high polish blue finish. The engraving and barrel legend are extremely crisp. The loading gate has more than 95% of the fiery nitre blue finish intact. Nearly all of the gold washed finish remains on the forearm cap, frame and buttplate with very minor handling wear on high points. The highly detailed engraving on the frame, forearm cap and buttplate is deep and extremely sharp. The highly figured fancy deluxe figured walnut stock and forearm are both excellent; nearly all of the oiled piano finish is present, with few extremely minor handling and storage marks. The hammer and trigger retain nearly all of the muted case colors. Action is excellent. Bore bright and shiny. This magnificent Conrad Ulrich Engraved Model 1866 rifle is the ultimate engraved Model 1866 Winchester rifle, and the finest we have ever offered. It is a collection in itself and one of the most famous of all Winchesters. As a work of 19th Century art it transcends the fact it is a firearms and its interpretation of Power’s “Greek Slave” sculpture makes it worthy of display alongside one of Hiram Powers’ sculptures or the finest American 19th Century paintings. The fortunate purchaser of this splendid rifle will own an ‘American Winchester Legend’. 53091-88 (175,000-275,000) – Lot 2010
SPECTACULAR CONDITIONED ENGRAVED AND SILVER-PLATED HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 RIFLE WITH SPLENDID 3X STYLE FACTORY DELUXE WALNUT STOCK.
SN 18417. Cal. 44 Henry Rimfire. 24-3/8″ full oct bbl with standard two line address and correct 900 yd rear sight. Receiver is masterfully engraved by Samuel J. Hoggson in flowing arabesque scrolls and floral patterns with full factory silver plating. Engraving flourishes on nose cap at buttplate. This rifle comes mounted with highly figured deluxe grade American walnut wood. Fitted with factory sling swivels on stock and nose cap. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very fine. 98% finish remains on bbl and mag tube. 98% of silver plating remains. Hammer has majority of case color. No engraving on hammer or lever. Blue finish on lever with 50% blue remaining. Nose cap is engraved with 40% silver finish remaining. Wood condition is near perfect with just a few compressions, and no cracks or splintering. Stock is deluxe American walnut and fits receiver perfectly, as does buttplate to stock. Two marks in top comb of stock that do not take from value. Screw heads are intact and not marred. Top of buttplate is engraved with 98% oxidized dark silver plating remaining. Rifle cycles perfectly. Mechanics are fine. This is very likely the finest condition and most deluxe factory engraved Henry marked 1866 Winchester rifles known. The elegance of the Henry style engraving and the extreme beauty of the piano varnished figured wood renders #18417 as the finest factory engraved and plated early 1866 rifle it has been our privilege to offer. This one is simply as good as it gets and would be impossible to upgrade. 53091-17 (150,000-200,000) – Lot 2011
EXTRAORDINARY INVESTMENT QUALITY WINCHESTER EARLY SECOND MODEL HENRY MARKED 1866 RIFLE.
SN 14987. Cal. 44. 24″ bbl. Address on bbl reads “Henry’s Patent October 16, 1860 / King’s Patent March 29, 1866”. Late Henry rear sight is original. Brass frame is untouched w/sharp corners. SN is on upper channel of stock and lower left side of tang. SN is the same as the assembly line number. Buttplate matches stock and stock matches to receiver. Superb feather crotch American walnut both on the stock and forearm. Saddle ring and stud in receiver, although it is a rifle with a full crescent buttplate. Case colored hammer and lever are a dark patina as is trigger. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Extraordinarily Fine. Bbl is 60-70% blue with the balance turning a dark patina. Magazine tube is about 40-50% with the balance turning patina. Receiver with wonderful untouched mustard patina. Sharp edges in corners all around on the left side as well as the right side. All screw heads are unmarred and appear unturned. Loading gate is 60% nitre blue with the balance turning patina. Hammer is dark patina with dark case coloring. The lever retains case color in protected areas only with the balance turning patina. Slight crack in the upper tang channel of the stock going down to the bottom of the tang. No wood or chips are missing from stock or the crack. Wood to metal fit is excellent. Buttplate is very good to excellent with a deep mustard color overall, this would indicate a very little used. Small crack on forearm next to the receiver. Front portion of the forearm on the right side has a very fine unobjectionable crack. Finish on left side of stock would rate 96% overall with a few light impressions indicated with the one crack evident that was mentioned. Right side of stock has no cracks and would rate a 96% finish remaining with a few impressions and light scratches. Cycles correctly. Beautiful bore and rifling. A superb and important 1866 rifle from one of the greatest collections of Winchesters ever assembled. 53091-18 MS (65,000-95,000) – Lot 2012
EXTRAORDINARILY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL FACTORY ENGRAVED GILDED FRAME 1866 WINCHESTER RIFLE WITH FACTORY DELUXE 4X WOOD STOCK.
SN 80360. Cal. 44 Henry. 24-3/8″ full oct bbl with full magazine. Mounted with straight grip uncheckered deluxe grade 4X burled American walnut. Sling swivels on bottom of stock and on nose cap. Has crescent rifle buttplate. Equipped with period tang sight. Standard ladder rear bbl sight is marked at 900 yd. with a globe front sight. Engraving on left side depicts two deer and one bear that have been fatally shot. The shooter is standing over the bear with his rifle resting on its head. Right side of the receiver shows Indian on horseback with his bow drawn, attempting to take down the buffalo. This engraved scene is as rare and desirable as the famous maple stocked “On the Rocky Mountains” 1866 formerly in the collection of Robert M. Lee. The engraving is exquisitely executed and depicts a quintessentially American Western scene of an Indian hunting the buffalo making this fantastic rifle a work of American Western art. The beauty and important subject matter of the engraving on this rifle makes it a true Winchester collector’s prize. No assembly line numbers stamped on bottom of tang. SN on inside of buttplate matches gun, instead of having an assembly line number. An exceptional opportunity to acquire an engraved gilded 1866 rifle with magnificent engraving by one of the Ulrich’s depicting a poignant scene from the fast vanishing Western frontier. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Overall fine. Screw heads look untouched. Case color on hammer is 85-90% full, dark but very evident. Lever is mostly patina with no color showing. Trigger is slate color. Right side of receiver retains 50% gold with balance turning patina. Left side has 50% gold with brass not turning quite as dark as on the right side. Highly feather-crotch wood with no slivers or chips missing. A few dings are present, but for the most part, condition is extremely fine. Rifle cycles fine. Mechanics are fine. Bore bright and shiny. Fresh and appearing untouched, the beauty and artistry of this rifle is equal to those which have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Ray Bentley was particularly fond of this 1866 and for good reason. 53091-22 (100,000-200,000) – Lot 2013
VERY FINE WINCHESTER 1866 RIFLE WITH PERIOD BEST QUALITY ENGLISH STYLE ENGRAVING AND DELUXE FIGURED WALNUT STOCK.
SN 110265. Cal. 44RF Henry. 24-3/8″ bbl. English proof marks on bbl with early style 66 rear bbl ladder sight. Stock has sling swivel located correctly on underside of stock, with other located on bottom of forearm cap. Front sight is standard German silver insert. Features American walnut with European style checkering. Engraving is English style with full coverage intermediate scrollwork and stylized Celtic inspired patterns on forward sections of receiver, lifter and tangs. Left sideplate with a stag and two coursing hounds. Right sideplate has Williams and Powell in a rib and surrounded by scroll flourishes. Crescent buttplate is engraved in similar scrollwork including trapdoor. Stock and forearm are English style checkering with fancy grade American walnut. Silver plaque on right side of stock is blank. The first William Powell (d. 1849) and his descendants have built bespoke sporting arms for clients around the world. By the late 19th Century, the demand for sporting guns and rifles in the UK seemed insatiable. Along with England’s growing affluence and the ability to travel quickly by train, this propelled gun sales to new heights. Powell’s guns were being sent to clients, both retail and wholesale, in North America, Australia, Africa, India and the Middle East. Somewhere around this time Winchester must’ve thought that William Powell and Co. could be interested in the purchase of the Model 1866 rifles. Not hard to understand, Powell & Co. were doing a great business in selling their product of fine rifles. So the making of a fine Model 1866 rifle with Williams & Powell’s name engraved on the receiver was just the thing. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very Fine. Oct bbl retains 98-99% bbl blue. Mag tube is 95% blue with balance turning a dark patina. Case color on hammer rates at 90-95% with lever indicating case colors in protected areas but dark patina otherwise. Screw heads look to be unturned. Brass frame has turned a dark mustard color, which shows engraving off handsomely. Cycles correctly. Bore is excellent to very fine. 53091-23 MS (60,000-80,000) – Lot 2014
MAGNIFICENT SILVER PLATED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 FIRST MODEL DELUXE RIFLE FACTORY ENGRAVED WITH PANEL SCENES BY THE MASTER JOHN ULRICH.
SN 18362. Cal. 44. 28″ bbl with equal length magazine tube. Equipped with a thick base long range veneer tang sight. Receiver has set trigger. Rare straight stock is deluxe figured 2X American walnut with early style matching checkered forearm and crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver, side plates, dust cover, forend cap and buttplate tang are beautifully engraved with lovely masterful John Ulrich scrolls. All the panels are surrounded by fine intertwined foliate arabesque patterns that have fine pearled background and light shading. The receiver, dust cover and bottom of the receiver are engraved en suite. Checkered stock and forearm in the early style of the first model range. Profusely scroll engraved with wolf heads on left and right side of receiver unusually elaborate for Ulrich. Silver plated receiver engraved with an elk in circle on the left and right side. Comes with thumb print dust cover and set trigger. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Records Office search document confirming configuration with special order features: Set Trigger, Checkered Stock, Casehardened, Silver Finish, Engraved. Shipped May 6, 1878. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains most of its orig finish to about 95% and 90 to 95% on magazine tube. Finish on left side receiver retains 98% original Winchester factory silver plating with the right side equally excellent. Lever with muted case colors on the side and bottom and strong colors in protected area. Hammer has 90% plus colors remaining indicating this magnificent rifle has seen little or no use and was cared for throughout more than 125 years. Buttplate has 90% original factory silver plating. Stock is with some minor impressions on the left side, more evident on the bottom than on the side. Stock fit is excellent with no chips or pieces missing. Forearm has a very light crack on the upper left side. Silver plating is starting to turn a most attractive bluish color indicating that it has not been cleaned or polished. Action is crisp and bore has strong rifling of the early style five land/groove. Serial number 18362 is a well known example of some of John Ulrich’s best engraving and is suitable for the most advanced Winchester collection or collector of deluxe engraved American firearms. Using the words of the immortal R.L. Wilson this lovely rifle is truly a ‘steel canvas’. 53091-46 MS (60,000-90,000) – Lot 2015
FANTASTIC WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.
SN 149908. Cal. .44. 20″ rnd bbl comes equipped with full mag, two bbl bands. Front sight is integrated with bbl band, rear sight is standard. Brass frame has untouched dark mustard color. Brass buttplate houses a 3pc cleaning rod in butt. Saddle ring stud and ring are in place. No cal markings are present. Hammer and lever are case colored. Bbl is marked “WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS NEW HAVEN CT. / KINGS IMPROVEMENT PATENT MARCH 29, 1866 OCTOBER 16, 1866” has a “s” stamped between receiver and rear sight. Walnut stock features straight grain American walnut as does the forearm. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very Fine. Bbl has 96-97% strong blue with matching full length mag tube rated the same. Bbl bands with 60% blue with high spots turned to a pewter color. Rear bbl band is 70% blue with high spots turning to patina with pewter color. Left side of receiver with very few light scratches, sharp edges in corners on both left and ride side. All screw heads appear to be unturned and in very fine condition. Stock has a few impressions and dings, both on left and right sides. Right side of stock fits receiver very well, left side showing a gap between receiver and stock indicating possible wood shrinkage. Few slivers of wood on top channel of stock and very fine crack on right side of the tang screw. Finish on wood would indicate very little use and would rate 90% finish. Forend has light impressions, a few scratches on left and right side. Rear bbl band indicates that it has never been removed. Brass receiver has an untouched look with sideplates in place and have never been removed. Loading gate retains 96% vivid niter blue. Buttplate fits stock as well as one can imagine with no gaps or pieces of wood missing. Bore is bright and shiny. Mechanics are fine, cycles correctly. An 1866 SRC in excellent condition is a rarity as most were heavily used and one in this superb original condition represents an opportunity for the collector to upgrade. 53091-16 MS (25,000-35,000) – Lot 2016
Please Note: This lot is accompanied by a 2018 Winchester factory letter confirming 30″ barrel and “1 of 1000” configuration, with ship date of Sept. 17, 1877.
ONE OF THE FINEST “ONE OF ONE THOUSAND” MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLES EVER OFFERED FOR SALE WITH ROCK SOLID PROVENANCE AND ALL FEATURES VERIFIED BY FACTORY LETTER.
SN 27141. Cal. 44. 30″ full oct. bbl. Full mag. Beautifully and masterfully engraved “One of One Thousand” in script on top of bbl in between rear sight and receiver with the characteristic scrolls and darkened silver band. First model case colored receiver. Case colored first model thumbprint mortise type dust cover. Loading gate is nitre blued. Rifle with case colored hammer, lever and dark colored set trigger. Period thin-based tang sight. Lower tang on the left side marked “27141 XXX 292”. Wood marked with matching “292” assembly number in upper channel of the stock. Fancy feather crotch XXX grade wood. Early style coarse checkering that Winchester put on straight grip stocks, wraps around the bottom from one side to the other. Lovely Ulrich engraving on muzzle of bbl around front sight with a silver band that circles end of the bbl. With Rocky Mountain front sight. Serial 27141 One of One Thousand is in the most desirable configuration, full magazine, octagonal barrel, rifle butt with crescent buttplate, 44-40. Additionally, it was one of the first rifles to be identified as a result of the search for these ultra rare and desirable rifles by Universal Pictures as publicity for their iconic Western film ‘Winchester 73’ starring Jimmy Stewart. In a press release from Winchester PR head, Steve Hannagan, this “rifle is one of the first thus far reported of the approximately 130 of this rare version of the Model 1873.”…”Being among the first twenty persons in the United States to report satisfactorily his ownership of one of the rare ‘One of One Thousand’ rifles, Mr. Louis Ostendorp qualified to win a new Model 94 lever action. Accompanied by a rich archive of correspondence From Winchester/Olin Sales and Public Relations departments to Ostendorp regarding his ownership of 27141 and his participation in the 1 of 1000 promotion. Also a copy of a 1979 Winchester Factory Letter confirming the rifle’s configuration and ship date of Sept 17, 1877. PROVENANCE: Multiple letters of correspondence between Mr.Louis Ostendorp, William Depperman of the NRA and Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Ex-collection of Louis Ostendorp. The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Extremely Fine. This splendid rifle has not been cleaned or molested in any way. The screws are haloed by old dried oil which appears in recesses around the lever and other protected areas. The screw-heads under the frame are filled with ancient dried oil. The right sideplate has much original casehardening with some vivid rainbow color mixed with pleasing fading as does right side of frame. Old dried oil halos the sideplate which has not been removed for decades if ever. Hammer has almost all the case color remaining with vivid rainbow color. The left sideplate displays magnificent case colors with bright rainbow effect throughout. The left side of frame is faded toward the front but has spectacular beautiful rainbow colors at rear. The lever retains much faded casehardening with vivid color where it meets the frame. The loading gate has most of the factory nitre blue somewhat obscured by old dried oil. The ‘thumbprint’ dustcover is truly splendid displaying nearly all its bright vivid casehardening. The lifter is a lovely untouched butterscotch and has never been polished. The barrel and magazine tube have most of their blue mixing with age spotting and the beautiful Ulrich engraving is sharp and crisp as it left the Winchester factory in 1877. The silver barrel bands are a deep blue black having never been polished. The vernier rear sight is very fine throughout. Crescent buttplate retains considerable faded case colors. The 3x x ultra deluxe American walnut wood stock has magnificent flame grain, nearly perfect unworn checkering, and much original varnish finish. The action mechanics are fine as is bore. As stated, this One of One Thousand is in completely untouched excellent original condition and in the most desirable configuration. Superlatives are entirely appropriate applied to this incredibly beautiful rifle and it is one of the very best ever offered for sale. 53091-45 (250,000-350,000) – Lot 2017
SUPERIOR ULRICH ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 TAKEDOWN RIFLE WITH FIGURED DELUXE WOOD.
SN 158192. Cal. 22 Long. 24-3/8″ oct bbl in a takedown factory engraved rifle. Left and right sides have classic Ulrich scroll-work on left and right sides of receiver. Nose cap is engraved on both sides with case colors darkened somewhat. Top of receiver also engraved front and back, as well as engraved on dust cover. Burl walnut pistol grip checkered with ebony inlay in pistol grip. Stock and forearm are of figured deluxe American walnut checkered in “H” style pattern. Accompanied by Cody Firearms Records office research sheet confirming special order features: Checkered PG stock, Shotgun butt, Casehardened, Engraved and shipped Sept 8, 1884. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Fine. Left and right sides of receiver have 60% case color in hidden areas, with balance of case colors somewhat silvered out. Forearm good to very good with strong checkering. Wood with some later added finish does not detract. Stock with much orig finish. Chip of wood missing on left side of receiver. Two tang screw holes are empty with no fillers. Hammer has ample amount of case color present with trigger toning out to silver and lever turning to darker patina color. No finish remains on buttplate. Extractor is intact. Carrier lifter has toned to light mustard color where 22 cal long is located, along with numerous dings. Bore bright and excellent. Mechanically excellent. 53091-137 MS (45,000-55,000) – Lot 2018
A WINCHESTER ICON: FANTASTIC DELUXE FACTORY ENGRAVED SILVER PLATED WINCHESTER 1873 RIMFIRE RIFLE MADE FOR GEORGE D. SNYDER. WITH FACTORY LETTER.
SN 472556. Cal. 22 Short. 24-3/8″ half rnd, half oct bbl. Scroll engraved on flats of bbl w/caliber designation. Muzzle is likewise engr. Silver-plated mag tube with engr guide ring.Silver sporting rear sight w/period replacement Lyman patent ivory bead front sight. Nose cap is silver-plated and engr, as is buttplate. Dust cover is relief engraved “GEO.D.SNYDER”. Superb deluxe factory engraving, likely by one or more of the Ulrich’s, in flowing foliate scrolls and punch dot background with large panel portraits of a buffalo on right side and panel scene of a grand bull elk on left. Bottom of receiver is similarly engraved with lifter showing “22 Cal Short”. Rare checkered trigger is case hardened. Fancy straight grip stocks w/fine “H” Style checkering and deluxe piano finish. Extremely rare full coverage engraving on barrel, hammer and lever as found on only the most elaborately decorated 1873 rifles. This exact rifle is illustrated in R.L. Wilson’s book “Steel Canvas” on p. 170. Accompanied by a 1997 Winchester Factory Letter confirming the rifle configuration with special features: Half octagon barrel, Plain trigger, Engraving of a Buffalo head on left side plate, Engraving of a “Antelope” head on right side plate, Shipped on Feb 3, 1894. Also accompanied by a 1991 notarized letter from Bernie Braverman chronicling his purchase of the rifle from Ed Startzman in 1958, and a two page letter from noted historian, R.L. Wilson describing the Snyder rifle and its importance. PROVENANCE: Ex Ed Startzman Coll; Ex Bernie Braverman Coll; Gregg Martin, San Francisco, 1995; The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall condition. Left side of receiver is very fine with some of copper plating showing through silver. Balance is a nice shiny silver that has yet to oxidize to a darker color. Right side of receiver has small amounts of copper showing through sideplate, otherwise balance of silver in intact. Lever is case colored and has turned to mellow patina. Forearm retains 40% orig finish with a couple of heavy dings forward of forearm. Stock retains ample amount of orig finish with no cracks, repairs or missing wood. A few surface impressions that are not very deep. Stock fit to gun near perfect with no splits or cracks. Bright shiny bore. Rifle cycles properly. Mechanically excellent. The George Snyder 1873 Winchester is likely unique as the most deluxe and highly engraved .22 rifle extant. Truly one of a kind and impossible to upgrade. George D. Snyder was a very prominent civil engineer for the city of Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1895 and it is probably he who ordered this magnificent rifle and rarely if ever used it. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Please read the Conditions of Sale, section 15, for more information regarding the Endangered Species Act, and your responsibilities as a buyer. 53091-38 (60,000-90,000) ESA – Lot 2019
ULTRA RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH FACTORY LETTER.
SN 192665. Cal. 44-40. 20″ rnd bbl. Standard carbine sights and buttplate. Caliber marking stamped on bottom of carrier lifter. Saddle ring and stud mounted to left side of receiver and in place. Fancy straight grip XXX American walnut with fine checkering on stock and forearm. Accompanied by a Winchester factory Letter confirming carbine configuration, checkered stock, casehardened and shipped October 19, 1885. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very fine condition overall. Case color on right side and left sides of receiver are vivid in protected areas with balance showing softer colors. All screw heads appear untouched with no marring present. Lower tang represents 95% of case colors. Buttplate shows strong case colors, showing 95%+. Wood fits receiver about perfectly with no splits or slivers in stock. Rifle cycles beautifully. Brilliant bright shiny bore. Mechanics are fine. Factory Deluxe 1873 Winchester SRCs are exceedingly rare and this one in superb condition, is most desirable. 53091-35 MS (35,000-45,000) – Lot 2020
VERY FINE AND RARE FULL NICKEL PLATED AND ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 CARBINE.
SN 22736. Cal. 44-40. 20″ bbl. w/address reads “Winchester Repeating Arms New Haven CT / Kings Improvement Patent October 29, 1866 October 16, 1860”. Early style of magazine plug and bbl bands characteristic of the First Model carbine. Full nickel plating, buttplate, receiver, bbl and bbl bands. Lever is nickel plated. Thumbprint oval dust cover. Tasteful “Two Dollar” style engraving on frame, top of receiver, dust cover, and underside of receiver may be Winchester Factory work. Lower tang is marked “3118” and the bottom of toe is also marked “3118”. No markings on stock to indicate that it is of the same assembly line numbers but this buttplate and stock fit the gun perfectly and are original to this lovely carbine. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Excellent. Nickel plating on bbl remains 98% intact with no bubbling. Nickel on mag tube remains 98-99% intact. Forward and rear bbl bands are about 60% nickel. Standard sight on front bbl band with the rear sight dovetailed in place. Plating on left side remains 96% with the right side 98%. Majority of the niter blue on loading gate turning a deep plum color. Engraving on loading block retains 96% nickel. Buttplate has no engraving but retains 80-85% nickel. Checkering on stock is very good to fine along with condition of wood with numerous impressions and light scratches on both left and right side. Rifling very shiny. Rifle functions and cycles correctly. Forearm has band removal scratches up the wood. 53091-33 MS (30,000-37,500) – Lot 2021
EXCELLENT WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE PISTOL GRIP RIFLE.
SN 279792. Cal. .38-40. 24-3/8″ bbl. Rnd bbl, Rocky Mountain front sight, standard bbl rear sight. Dust cover is blue with a full case colored receiver, full mag. Cal marking on bottom of carrier lifter. Case colored buttplate with trapdoor. Lower tang is marked on left side “2024” with “XXX”. H-style checkering with stock marked “615” in top channel of stock which indicates that butt has been changed at some point possibly by the Winchester factory during the period. Extra finish has been applied to stock over the existing finish though wood is full dimension and has not been sanded. Stock retains ebony insert in pistol grip. Forearm has added protective finish as well. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Records Office research sheet which confirms deluxe features and listing “Plain” Checkered PG Stock which has been upgraded, as noted above. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl retains 95% blue, mag is 50-60% blue with balance turning patina, forearm cap is cased color and has 95% color remaining, left side receiver has 96% vivid colors as does the right side of receiver with same amount of case colors. Loading gate retains 97-98% nitre blue. Hammer has 95%+ case colors with no drag lines evident. Lever has 70-80% case colors turning to patina on the high points on bottom of lever. Lower tang retains 95%+ case colors. Upper tang maybe 30-40% colors, remaining turning to nickel-type finish. Standard checkering is excellent to very fine with no cracks or missing wood on stock or forearm. All screw heads, but one appear to be unturned. The sideplate screw is the only one appearing to be slightly used. Bright shiny bore, rifle cycles properly. Mechanics are excellent. 53091-139 MS (25,000-35,000) – Lot 2022
FANTASTIC CONDITION MODEL 1873 SADDLE-RING CARBINE IN FULL NICKEL WITH CLEANING ROD.
SN 122188. Cal. 44-40. 20″ rnd bbl with “Winchester Repeating Arms, New Haven, Connecticut” over “Kings Patent March.29.1966, October.16.1880”. No caliber markings on bbl or carrier lifter. Saddle ring and stud in place. Nicely figured walnut stocks. Assembly line no. on stock matches lower tang. Buttplate matches stock. Rear bbl band has been removed by evidence of scratch on wood from sliding bbl band forward. This rifle is in full nickel with no bubbling of nickel noted anywhere. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Extremely fine overall condition. Retains 95%+ nickel finish overall with some saddle ring shadowing on receiver. Strong 98% factory finish remains on stock. Mechanics are fine. Good bore with strong rifling and some light scattered pitting. Full nickel 1873’s are hard to find with this much factory original finish. This lovely and rare nickel 1873 carbine will please the most discerning Winchester collector. 53091-147 MS (25,000-35,000) – Lot 2023
BEAUTIFUL WINCHESTER RIFLE MODEL 1873 WITH 2X DELUXE STRAIGHT GRIP WOOD AND FACTORY LETTER.
SN 35015. Cal. 44. 24-3/8″ full octagon bbl. Standard two line address and caliber marking on top flat. Caliber marking is stamped on the carrier lifter “44 Cal”. Lovely case hardened receiver. Case colored hammer and lever with a case colored buttplate. Fabulous highly figured uncheckered XX grade wood with a “999” assembly number on the lower tang with the same number on the toe of the buttplate and in the upper channel of the wood. Serial number engraving looks faint indicating possible Winchester factory refresh as factory letter records rifle as having been returned and repaired. The barrel may well have been exchanged at that time. This is an early second model no caliber markings would have been put on bbl or on carrier lifter. Winchester factory letter confirming all of the features of this rifle and showing shipped May 26, 1879. Letter also states Repaired and returned: 12/30/81 which account for caliber markings and faint SN. PROVENANCE: The spectacular collections of Ray Bentley featuring the finest and rarest deluxe antique Winchesters in the world. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 95-96% of the orig blue. All edges are sharp with very little wear. Forend cap has 96-97% case color. Receiver on the left side is 95% strong if not vivid case colors with only minor fading in the forward portion of the receiver. Right side of the receiver virtually the same way. Slightly fading on the forward portion of the receiver. All screw heads look to be unturned with the exception of one screw for the loading gate that is slightly marred. Action is excellent and bore is mirror bright. Dust cover is the original style of dust cover for this model it is an oval thumbprint, 50% blue with the balance turning patina. Wood on the right side with few impressions with one deeper scratch mark running from top to bottom running about a 2″ length. A very fine crack showing at the back of the upper tang only along grain line and stops. No cracks are evident any place else on the rifle and buttplate fits the stock very fine. Overall finish on both left and right would rate about 96% piano varnished finish. Crisp mechanics. Bright bore. 53091-144 (20,000-30,000) – Lot 2024