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 CONDITION: Fine. 30% original blue finish remains on the barrel and magazine tube, 70% original blue finish remains on the frame, and strong traces of original blue remains on the
dust over with the overall balance a smooth brown patina. 60% blue remains on the forend
cap. 25% of original niter blue remain on the loading gate. 40% original case colors remain
on the hammer and lever, and patterns of original case colors remain on the buttplate. The refinished wood is fine with a barely noticeable long hairline crack on the buttstock (left side) and half moon ding near the toe, otherwise some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000
 LOT 1017
Rare Antique Presentation Case for a Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle - The case has German silver corner protectors and a plaque on the top inscribed
“Presented to /H.F. Odenkirchen/by his Father/April 27th, 1875.” The interior is French fitted for a 24 inch barreled Winchester Model 1873 lever action rifle with a straight
wrist stock and standard rifle buttplate and has purple lining, four wooden lidded compartments, and a section fitted to the included golden screwdriver. Notes included
with the case indicates the rifle that originally accompanied the case was serial number 9201 and that it was sold separately in 1994. Henry F. Odenkirchen ( d. Jan. 29, 1930)
of New Haven, Connecticut, was evidently an innovator and was assigned several patents throughout his life, including: a package for tea and coffee (1870); box machine
and gluing machine (1906), and “valve-push-rod mechanism” for an engine (1909). 1870s New Haven directories list H. Odenkirchen as the proprietor of a printing and paper
box company. The business was later incorporated as the Odenkirchen Box Co. Given his company and engineering skills, it is possible he manufactured ammunition or rifle
boxes for Winchester or had another business relationship with the company.
CONDITION: The case is very good. The exterior has some mild scratches and storage wear. The interior has some mostly minor edge wear and pressure marks on the interior lining and small marks on the wood. The screw driver and German silver fittings display attractive aged patinas. This is a very attractive presentation case perfect for a fine Winchester Model 1873 rifle. Provenance: The Robert M. Lee Collection; Property of a Gentleman.
Estimate: 9,500 - 15,000

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