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SN 6055. Cal. 44. This is a very fine example of a rarely encountered orig and deluxe Samuel Hoggson engraved gold plated Henry rifle made in 1864. Matching SNs are found on the top flat of bbl, left side of lower tang under the wood, top tang channel of buttstock and inside heel of buttplate. Upper tang is stamped with letter “G” and lower tang has “F” found after SN. “Engraved Henry rifles are among the most sought after antique firearms in the world. The quality of hand embellishment used during the mid-19th Century in America literally transformed an ordinary firearm into a work of art…special ordered pieces display expert craftsmanship…featured stocks of select grain woods… The soft metal receivers of brass frame Henry rifles easily lent themselves to engraving and inscriptions, both yesterday and today.” Les Quick’s The Henry Rifle, pgs 149-150. Factory engraved Henry’s are exceptionally rare and Mr. Quick showcases this gun in a double pg spread showing Samuel Hoggson’s engraving and Henry’s choice of select wood for such deluxe Henry arms. This gun has outstanding provenance and collection history being in several of the finest Winchester collections over the past 50 years. Usual configuration with 24-1/2″ oct bbl that has integral magazine with square back nickel silver front sight and 900 yd Henry ladder sight with stop screw. Mounted with very rare orig deluxe burled walnut buttstock with fiery grain. Left side of buttstock and left bbl are mounted with factory sling swivel and sling loop. This is among the finest Samuel Hoggson factory engraved Henry’s you will encounter with excellent provenance and collection history. PROVENANCE: Ex-Ivan Hart Collection; Ex-Elmer Taylor Collection; pictured pg 22 of The Book of Winchester Engraving, R. L. Wilson, 1975; Ex-Doug Beneck Collection; pictured on pgs 156-157 of The Henry Rifle, Les Quick, 2008. CONDITION: Very fine overall. Bbl retains about 30% thinning blue finish turning plum, especially bright in protected areas. Bbl markings and address all crisp. Overall patina to bbl and magazine tube are a pleasing blue/plum, worn to bright where handled forward of receiver. Engraved receiver and buttplate retain strong traces of gold plate in protected areas which enhance engraving details. Lever and hammer show traces of case color, but overall silver/grey with staining and light pitting on bottom of lever. Stock is fine with a polished oil surface with a few light dings and dents; one about a 1/2″ in center of left side. Mechanics are fine. Crisp bore with strong rifling. 50412-14 JS (75,000-125,000) – Lot 4007

Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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