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4025
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SPECTACULAR CASED ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 38056. Cal. 44 RF. Fabulous “66” rifle with 24″ oct bbl and full magazine. German Silver Rocky Mountain front sight with 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight and an early style tang sight with 3-1/2″ staff. Rifle is mounted in highly figured 3X center crotch cut flame grain walnut, uncheckered with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap for containing four piece iron and brass wiping rod. Receiver, forend, cap and buttplate tang are spectacularly engraved by John Ulrich with left side of receiver having a large oval vignette of a dog chasing a leaping stag in a field scene with hills and trees in the background. Surrounded by full coverage of spectacular intertwined foliate and floral arabesque patterns with a very fine punch dot background. Front flats have similar but somewhat different Moorish engraved patterns with lots of open space and fine punched dot background. Right side of receiver has a large unusual Moorish style presentation panel surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns. Top of receiver has foliate spray just forward of ejection port and a Moorish pattern with dot punch backgrounds behind. Borders around the two sides is typical Ulrich. Forend cap has trademark medallions and flower blossoms on each side. Buttplate tang has a deep incise foliate and geometric pattern. This rifle originally had gold wash over silver plate with most of the gold wash now missing. Large vignette and portions of the left side have strong gold remaining with strong gold on the front sling swivel and traces of gold on lever pivot. Left side of tang is engraved “J. U.” and has 3 “X” and a small “S” on side of bottom tang last four digits of serial number are stamped in top tang channel of buttstock and appear again at toe under buttplate. Rifle is housed in a period case that is of a veneered English walnut type with bound corners, sliding latches, triangular key escutcheon and German silver shield shaped presentation plaque on lid. Case contains 3 boxes of Stetson’s Patent 44-100 rim-fire cartridges. Boxes are sealed. 2 boxes feel full, one is empty. All boxes have green Winchester Repeating Rifle labels. Empty box has been opened, 1 other box has also been open and has a good label, 3rd box appears unopened and has some damage to label. Box also contains a wooden handle screwdriver, a small cleaning brush, a 4-pc steel cleaning rod, 8 loose cartridges in a cellophane bag, interior of case is felt-lined with partitions. This rifle and case were found by a famous Winchester Collector who split up the set. Our consignor purchased the rifle and went back to the collector that owned the case and purchased that directly from him reuniting the set. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains about 93-95% strong bright blue with fine edge wear and some light nicks and scratches with one small chemical spot on the right flat. Magazine tube retains about 85% orig blue turning slightly plum with with a chemical spot on the left side. Forend cap, receiver and buttplate retain about all of their wonderful silver plating with the aforementioned strong gold wash on the left sideplate. Trigger and hammer retain about 90% strong case colors. Wood is sound with usual handling and use marks, a long scratch on the right side of the buttstock and a couple of lighter scratches on the forearm and overall retains most of the orig oil finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered spots of light pitting. 50695-3 (80,000-120,000) – Lot 4025

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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