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 As rifles that saw use during the Civil War, the great majority of the Henry rifles under serial number 7,500 show moderate to heavy wear. It is not often that surviving Henry rifles are encountered with original blue finish as found on this example. The condition of this rifle was summarized by noted firearms dealer and collector Herb Glass, Jr., stating that the rifle is β€œa crisp and unusually nice example. It has seen use, but has obviously been well cared for...and generous amounts of blue are retained on the barrel assembly. Perhaps most important, the brass and wood are untouched and in lovely condition overall.”
CONDITION: Fine. The barrel assembly retains 20% original blue finish in the protected areas, otherwise a pleasant smooth brown-gray patina. The fine brass has a very attractive mellow appearance. The receiver has tight fitting side plates. The wood is also fine with minor dings and scratches associated with a lifetime of use. Mechanically excellent. In his letter Herb Glass, Jr. said it best, β€œIt is a handsome Henry and the icing on the cake is that it is the more desirable early version.”
Estimate: 35,000 - 50,000

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