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LOT 3012
Magnificent Factory Engraved Deluxe Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle - Serial no. 38058, 44 RF cal., 24 inch octagon bbl., blue finish, highly figured walnut stock. This is an exceptional original example of a factory engraved Winchester Model 1866 lever action rifle that was manufactured in 1869. The rifle features style two engraving with open panels on both side plates and scrollwork on the forearm cap and buttplate heel. The engraving on the receiver features flowing scrollwork on a punch- dot background. The engraving was executed in the style used by Conrad and John Ulrich although the receiver engraving lacks the borders typically associated with the Ulrichs’ work. The initials “JF” are neatly engraved on the lower left side of the tang immediately behind the edge of the receiver. These
initials may be the engraver’s signature. The stock and forearm are “XX” fancy grain walnut
with a high polish piano finish. The lower left side of the receiver is stamped “B”
followed by “O X X”. The barrel and magazine are blued, and the
hammer, lever and trigger are color casehardened.

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