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3015
$6,325.00

RARE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

SN 54949. Cal 40-60. Fine deluxe “Centennial” Winchester Model 1876 rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, combination front sight & 1876 marked ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl has the Winchester & King address & patent dates and caliber marking over the chamber area. Mounted with 2-3X deluxe shell & flame grain American walnut with “H” style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock that has ebony inlay in grip cap & crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver has single set trigger. Left side of lower tang, under the wood has the assembly number “2694” and “XX”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. According to Blue Book of Antique American Firearms & Values, Fjelstad & Allen there were 63,871 Model 1876 rifles & carbines produced in the period 1876-1897 in 4 different calibers and a variety of bbl lengths, both standard grade and deluxe plus muskets. Deluxe features on this model were special order only and are rarely encountered today. The Model 1876 was the first big bore repeating rifle offered on the American market. It was a favorite on the western frontier where the larger & heavier caliber bullets were capable of taking the very largest North American big game including Grizzly Bears, Moose, Elk & Buffalo. This model was a favorite of President Theodore Roosevelt which he carried on many hunting expeditions around the world. Deluxe versions of this rifle are quite rare with few encountered today. The extra cost of ordering such a rifle was generally prohibitive to the working man of that era and so few were ordered. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Overall the rifle retains 98-99% strong, early Turnbull style restored finish with bright blue on the bbl & magazine tube and bright case colors on the receiver, side plates, lever, hammer & buttplate. Forend cap colors have faded. There is a hair-line back of the top tang, otherwise wood is sound and retains about all of a fine professionally restored Winchester style finish with freshened checkering. Set trigger needs adjusting, otherwise mechanics are crisp. Bright bore with good shine and scattered fine pitting. 52327-2 (6,500-8,500) – Lot 3015

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Auction: Firearms - October 2017
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