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Lot 1009: Desirable and Very Fine Winchester Model 1876 Special Order Short Rifle

Day 2 - Premiere Collector's Firearms Auction

by Rock Island Auction Company

December 1, 2012

Rock Island, IL, USA

Live Auction
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  • Desirable and Very Fine Winchester Model 1876 Special Order Short Rifle
  • Desirable and Very Fine Winchester Model 1876 Special Order Short Rifle
  • Desirable and Very Fine Winchester Model 1876 Special Order Short Rifle
  • Desirable and Very Fine Winchester Model 1876 Special Order Short Rifle
  • Desirable and Very Fine Winchester Model 1876 Special Order Short Rifle
  • Desirable and Very Fine Winchester Model 1876 Special Order Short Rifle
  • Desirable and Very Fine Winchester Model 1876 Special Order Short Rifle
  • Desirable and Very Fine Winchester Model 1876 Special Order Short Rifle
   
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Description:
Estimate: $15000 - 25000
This Winchester Model 1876 "Short Rifle" was manufactured in 1883. The rifle has a special order 22-inch full octagon barrel and steel shotgun buttplate. This is a Third Model rifle which has the integral dust cover rail on the receiver and dust cover with serrated edges. The barrel has a standard sporting style front sight with nickel-silver blade and a folding leaf rear sight marked "1876" at the top of the leaf. The rifle has a full blue finish with the exception of the color casehardened hammer and loading lever. The walnut stock and forearm have a varnish finish. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860."ahead of the rear sight. The caliber "45-75", is stamped on the top barrel flat between the rear sight and the receiver with the London "Crown/V" and "Crown/GP" proof and inspection marks along with "450" a punch mark and a third British proofmark are stamped on the left side of the barrel below the rear sight. A "Crown/V" inspection mark is also stamped on the top of the receiver. The bottom of the brass cartridge elevator is stamped with the caliber designation "45-75" in script numerals. "{MODEl 1876}" is stamped on the upper tang in fancy letters. The serial number "51730" is stamped in script numerals on the lower tang between the lever latch and the tang screw.
BBL: 22 inch octagon
Stock: walnut
Gauge: 45-75
Finish: blue
Grips:
Serial Number: 51730
Condition: Extremely fine. The rifle retains 85% plus of the original blue finish overall. The forearm cap and buttplate retain 70% of the blue finish. The loading gate retains 70% niter blue. The hammer and lever have 75% of the casehardened finish intact with strong case colors.The barrel and receiver markings are crisp. The stock and forearm are both excellent and retain nearly all of the original varnish finish; wear is limited to several, very minor, storage and handling marks. This is an excellent example of a Winchester Model 1876 "Centennial" rifle in the very scarce special order "Short Rifle" configuration.

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