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SN 150741. Cal. 44 RF. 24″ rnd bbl. Full magazine. Gun metal receiver with saddle ring staple holes plugged at factory. Straight grain American walnut stocks with crescent steel buttplate and steel forend cap. Badge shaped rose gold presentation plaque, inlaid into left side of stock that reads, “Souvenir A.D.W.L. La Scott Panther Bill from Hon. W.F. Cody Buffalo Bill 1880”. Rifle was manufactured in 1879. Bbl shows 2-line Winchester address rolled in front of rear-sight with no cal mark. German silver blade front-sight, semi buckhorn rear-sight. Gun metal receiver has SN engraved on lower tang behind lever. “P” proof is stamped on lower tang under lever. Lower left tang shows assembly no. “35” stamped on side under stock. “650” is also stamped on lower left tang behind assembly no. Receiver is otherwise unmarked. Upper tang mortise in buttstock has assembly no. 35 stamped, as does the toe of the steel crescent buttplate. Cleaning worm in butt compartment. The rose gold presentation plaque is expertly inlaid into left side of buttstock and shows traces of silver finish. An internet search does not provide any information on La Scott or “Panther Bill”. This exact rifle is pictured on page 505 of the William Locke Collection Book published in 1973. Caption identifies this rifle by SN. A closeup of presentation plaque is also pictured. Captions states “this rifle was obtained from F. Theodore Dexter in March of 1930 for $75.00.” PROVENANCE: A list of known owners was provided by the consignor as follows: W.F. Cody, A.D.W.L. La Scott, Ivan Hart, F. Theodore Dexter, William M. Locke, Tommy Haas Jr., Neil E. Bogan. Also accompanying this rifle is an original ticket from The Antiques Roadshow, that was held at the Tulsa, Oklahoma Convention Center on July 23, 2011, when this rifle was appraised by J. Christopher Mitchell, noted Arms and Militaria Dealer for between $150,000 and $200,000. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain 30-40% blue finish, that has drifted to a smooth plumb-brown patina overall, with bright-blue in protected areas. Bbl address is sharp and clear. Sights are fine. Bore is bright with sharp rifling. Gun metal receiver is fine with an uncleaned mustard-yellow patina that shows some mottling on tangs. Receiver has small handling marks overall with sharp edges. Receiver screws are also fine and retain generous traces of blue finish. Loading gate shows traces of blue with some oil stain around the edges. Elevator has a small dent toward rear. Front edge of elevator at each corner is slightly dented. Bolt shows traces of blue. Hammer shows traces of silvered case color on either side, with generous color on front face. Checkering is very sharp. Lever shows a plumb-blue-brown patina overall with very little roughness. All receiver markings are sharp. Stocks are fine, very slightly undersized, and show handling marks overall under a coat of varnish. This likely occurred when stock was inlaid with presentation plaque. Plaque is very good with clear lettering and some light scratches overall that extend into the wood. Crescent steel buttplate is a smooth mottled silver-brown patina. Buttplate screws show considerable blue finish. Steel forend cap retains 40% blue finish, blending with a smooth plumb-brown patina. Screws are unmolested and show considerable blue. A rare opportunity to obtain a genuine Buffalo Bill presentation Winchester Model 1866 rifle with impeccable provenance. 50937-1 TEP (65,000-75,000) – Lot 4026

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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