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4029
$15,525.00

VERY RARE LOUIS D. NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER FIRST MODEL FLAT SIDE 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE WITH MEXICAN EAGLE MOTIF AND GOLD PLATED RECEIVER.

SN 13182. Cal. 44RF. 20″ bbl. Full magazine. Carbine sights. Blue and gold finish. Nicely figured American walnut stocks with crescent butt. Receiver is engraved in the Nimschke style with intertwining scroll work overall and a Mexican eagle motif on left sideplate. Right sideplate shows a floral motif surrounded by scroll work. Top of receiver shows a starburst in front of ejector port and intertwining line and dot engraving to rear of port, with a scroll accent. Upper tang shows a leafy scroll around forward screw, with border work and a scroll accent around rear screw. Buttplate shows scroll work on tang with a border. Bbl has been cleaned and shows no address. Standard carbine sights. Receiver is of the flat side type with no stock bolsters at forward end and a sharp “Henry” drop at the rear near hammer. Receiver shows SN stamped on lower left tang under stock with assembly no. “197” stamped in small letters to front of SN. No. “8234” is stamped on bottom of receiver to rear of elevator with 3 punch marks to the left side, which could be numbers, but are not legible. Buttstock has SN stamped in upper tang mortise. There are remnants of another number that are stamped below the SN in upper tang mortise. The last 4-digits of SN is stamped on inner toe of buttplate. CONDITION: Very good, for this model. Bbl was cleaned long ago and now shows a dark brown-red patina overall and shallow pitting overall. Magazine is also the same dark brown-red patina. Sights are good. Bore is dark with visible rifling. There is a small ring on inside of bbl at about mid-point. Receiver is a mustard-brown patina overall with traces of gold plating under lever and under saddle ring. Engraving has not been polished and shows a clear eagle motif. Receiver has numerous scratches and dents overall. Loading gate is stuck in closed position. Elevator is a plumb-brown patina with a few dents. Tang markings are sharp. Lower tang has a transverse file mark behind lever latch. Stocks are very good with bruises and dents overall and retain most of a varnish finish. Stocks appear to be of Winchester manufacture, but are not orig to this carbine. Buttstock has a filled repair on inside of upper tang of buttplate. Stocks have a heavy coat of varnish finish overall. 50506-32 (20,000-28,000) – Lot 4029

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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