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      LOT 1047
Antique Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter - Serial no. 474401B, 44-40 WCF cal., 24 3/8 inch octagon bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. This included factory letter lists this standard rifle in .44 caliber with an octagon barrel and plain trigger and as received in the warehouse on August 6, 1894, and as
shipped on March 13, 1895, with 299 other Model 1873s in order 8993. It has the standard markings and features but is anything but standard when it comes to its condition. It is in truly remarkable condition for a rifle over 125 years old! The Model 1873 was one of the
most popular firearms of the late 19th century and generally show signed of their use, but this rifle appears to have remained nearly unfired since it left the factory.
CONDITION: Exceptionally fine with 85% plus original blue finish with only some minor age related fading mainly on the frame, 97% of the vibrant original niter blue finish on the loading gate, 75% plus of the lightly fading original case colors, dark brown patina on the heel, and minor marks
and scratches. The wood is very fine and has a few scratches and dings, minor flaking at the toe, and nearly all of the original finish. Mechanically excellent. This rifle is a
great example of a standard Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle! Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000
LOT 1048
Attractive Winchester Deluxe Style Model 1895 Lever Action Rifle in Desirable .405 W.C.F. - Serial no. 43105, 405 WCF cal., 24 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. Manufactured in
1903, this is a very attractively configured Model 1895 rifle. While the .405 W.C.F. cartridge was introduced the same year this rifle was made, there are factory oval proofs on the barrel and receiver at the breech which began in 1905, the two-line nickel steel marking on the upper left
of the barrel which began in 1905, and a “J.P.P.” marking on the left side of the upper tang for James P. Parker, a Winchester factory worker that did barrel work. It
is the writer’s belief that this rifle was returned to the factory sometime after 1905, where it was upgraded to its current, desirable configuration. The barrel also has the “405
W.C.F.” caliber marking on the upper left and is fitted with a Lyman beaded blade front sight and elevation adjustable notch rear sight. The left side of the receiver has the standard two-line
address and patents dates, and it is fitted with a Lyman peep sight. It is mounted with a very finely figured, H-pattern checkered, Schnabel tip forearm with ebony insert and straight grip stock
with a checkered hard rubber shotgun buttplate.
CONDITION: Very fine, retains 90% plus of the factory refinished blue finish and vibrant case colors on the hammer. The markings on the left of the receiver are slightly softened while the markings on the barrel are
crisp. The refinished wood is also very fine with some scattered minor dings and dents, with otherwise crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 3,000 - 4,500
LOT 1049
Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter and N. Flayderman Co. Letter - Serial no. 61421, 40-60 WCF cal., 24 inch octagon bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. The included factory letter states the rifle was received in the warehouse on August 7, 1889 and shipped the same day with an octagon barrel in .40-60 caliber, plain trigger, and half magazine. It is a Third
Model with integral dust cover guide and dust cover with grip serrations at the rear. The Winchester Model
1876 found popularity among those who viewed the Model 1873 as underpowered and were looking for something capable of stopping anything
they might encounter. It has a shortened 24 inch octagon barrel and a button magazine. The top barrel flat has the standard two-line address/King’s patent marking and the “40-60 W.C.F.” caliber marking at the breech, which is repeated on the bottom of the cartridge elevator. The model designation is marked on the upper tang and the serial number is on the lower tang. It
is fitted with a gold plated combination front sight, “1876” marked folding ladder rear sight, and a tang mounted peep sight. It is mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with
a crescent buttplate. Includes an N. Flayderman Co. Inc. letter stating that a rifle with these specifications had been previously purchased from them.
CONDITION: Fine as modified (see above), retains 70% of the original blue finish, 30% of the vibrant original case colors, and 20% of the original nitre blue with the balance mostly a plum-brown
patina. The reoiled wood is also very fine with some scattered minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 2,750 - 4,250

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