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Auction Description for Rock Island: Premiere Firearms Auction - Day 3
Viewing Notes:
Viewing Times:
Thursday, April 18th -10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, April 19th - 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
(full day preview on items being sold Saturday & Sunday)
Saturday, April 20th - 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
(Full day preview on items being sold Sunday)
Sunday, April 21th - 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
(on items being sold Sunday)
Sale Notes:
Our offering for this April Premiere sale picks right back up from where we left off in December of 2012. This auction features an exceptionally diverse and stellar assortment of firearms, edged weapons and, let's not forget, armor from a number of high caliber, very well-known collections which include: The William Ashby Collection, The Chuck Lindley Collection, The Anthony Urbanoski Collection, and The Gary Cote Collection. Compounding the importance of this sale are numerous unnamed collections as well as many significant single gun consignments.
• The William Ashby Collection of Arms & Armor
• Chuck Lindley's Extraordinary German Military Collection
• Part II of The Anthony Urbanowski Collection with Over 70 Quality Smith & Wessons
• Award Winning Display of Winchester Model 1894 Longarms from the Collection of Gary Cote
• Historic Milestones in Winchester Firearms - Over 400
• Impressive Colt Firearms - Over 550
• Civil War Arms
• An outstanding variety of European and American sporting arms

Premiere Firearms Auction - Day 3

by Rock Island Auction Company


861 lots | 860 with images

April 21, 2013

7819 42nd Street West

Rock Island, IL, 61201 USA

Phone: 800-238-8022

Fax: 309-797-1655

Email: info@rockislandauction.com

Extremely Rare Documented Special Order Deluxe Full Nickel-Plated Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Lot 3000: Extremely Rare Documented Special Order Deluxe Full Nickel-Plated Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $55000 - 75000 Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1876 This is an exceptional original example of a Special Order Deluxe Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle that was manufactured in 1881. The rifle has a special order full nickel plated finish, half-round barrel with full-length magazine and fancy grain walnut forearm and pistol grip stock with "Style H" checkering. The barrel has a dovetail mounted "Rocky Mountain" front sight with half-moon blade and a folding leaf rear sight graduated to 1,000 yards. The receiver has an integral dust cover rail and a dust cover with serrated edges. The crescent buttplate has a sliding trap door. The stock pistol grip has an ebony inlay. The top barrel flat 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 upper tang is roll-stamped "{ MODEL. 1876.}" in fancy letters with foliate devices at either end. The serial number "27479" is stamped across the lower tang between the lever latch and the tang screw. The barrel and the cartridge elevator are correctly not marked with a caliber designation. The included factory letter confirms the 1/2 octagon barrel, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock with casehardened finish mentioned and nickel finish confirmed. The rifle received in the warehouse on October 17 1882 and shipped on October 19, 1882 on order number 35825. BBL: 28 inch half octagon Stock: walnut checkered Gauge: 45-75 Finish: nickel Grips: Serial Number: 27479 Condition: Extremely fine. The rifle retains 95% of the untouched original nickel plated finish. There are small spots of flaking on the muzzle and on the lever and scattered minor flecks of age spotting on the barrel, magazine, receiver, lever and buttplate. The fancy grain burl walnut stock and forearm are both in fine condition and most of the oiled piano finish is intact. There is a small chip in the ebony inlay of the stock pistol grip. The checkered panels are sharp. Wear is limited to a few very minor handling marks. This is an extraordinary example of a an extremely rare Special Order Nickel Finish Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle.

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Highly Desirable Early Production Winchester Second Model 1866 Rifle with Henry's Patent Barrel Marking

Lot 3001: Highly Desirable Early Production Winchester Second Model 1866 Rifle with Henry's Patent Barrel Marking

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Description: Estimate: $12000 - 17000 Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1866 This is an example of an early Model 1866 rifle manufactured in 1868 that is serialized internally on the tang (like a Henry Rifle). The Model 1866 Winchester Rifle was essentially a Henry Rifle with improvements invented and patented by Winchester shop superintendent Nelson King in 1865-66. These improvements; the side loading gate and modified magazine, combined with the addition of a walnut forearm eliminated the primary defects in the Henry rifle and created the lever action rifle associated with the name "Winchester". This Model 1866 Rifle features the early two line making "HENRY'S PATENT OCT. 16. 1860/KING'S-PATENT-MARCH 29. 1866" on the top barrel flat ahead of the rear sight. The rifle has the desirable early features that include a threaded magazine cap, recessed chamber, Henry style round top folding leaf rear sight, indented loading gate retained by a single screw, squared brass forend tip secured by a single screw, coarsely knurled hammer and the small size loading lever. The Second Pattern brass receiver is flared at the junction with the forearm, single upper tang screw and straight face on the front of the ejection port. The serial number is marked on the left side of the lower tang under the stock and the matching number is stamped on the upper tang slot of the stock. Blade front sight, full magazine tube, blue barrel and magazine, casehardened hammer and lever, brass frame and mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with a brass forend cap, sling swivels and brass crescent buttplate with a buttstock compartment containing a four piece cleaning rod. The Model 1866 Rifle was popular world-wide but is mostly closely associated with the post-Civil War West. More than any other long-arm, the brass-frame Model 1866 Winchester is the classic rifle of the Frontier West. BBL: 24 inch octagon Stock: walnut Gauge: 44 RF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 16265 Condition: Very good plus. The barrel retains 20% blue finish mixed with a smooth mottled brown patina and the magazine tube has a smooth mottled brown patina. The hammer and lever have a smooth mottled gray patina. The brass components have a very pleasant aged patina. The side plates fit tightly and show no signs of having been removed. The ladder sight has been filed down during period of usage. The wood is also very good with a couple of small shallow gouges and overall scattered minor dents, dings and scratches associated with a gun of this age. The markings are clear. The action functions fine but the lever drops when not secured by catch. This is a nice example of an extremely early production Winchester Model 1866 rifle. These rifles were working guns and usually saw hard use.

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Extremely Fine Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Lot 3002: Extremely Fine Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

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Description: Estimate: $5500 - 7500 Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1873 Manufactured in 1890, this Third Model production features the dust cover guide rail integral to the top of the receiver and dust cover has the serrated finger grip on the rear. Blade front and adjustable buck horn rear sights. The top of the barrel is marked with the two line address/King's improvement patent dates ahead of the rear sight and "38 W.C.F." at the breech. The upper tang is marked "MODEL. 1873" flanked by the decorative foliate design, the serial number is at the rear of the lower tang and the bottom of the brass cartridge elevator is marked "38 CAL.". Full length magazine, and mounted with a smooth walnut forearm with a steel forend cap and straight grip stock with crescent buttplate with compartment containing a four piece cleaning rod. BBL: 24 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 38 WCF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 345337B Condition: Extremely fine. The rifle retains 85% original blue finish with some edge wear and scattered areas that have thinned to a smooth plum patina. There is a small area on the right side of the receiver that shows evidence of having been cleaned. The wood is excellent with almost all of the original varnish remaining and showing some scattered minor dents and light scratches. The markings are clear. The action is fine.

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Very Fine Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Lot 3003: Very Fine Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

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Description: Estimate: $5500 - 7500 Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1892-Rifle This carbine was manufactured in 1919 and has a blade front sight and a flip up ladder rear sight. The left side of the barrel is marked with the two line address/patent date ahead of the rear sight and "44 W.C.F." at the breech. The Winchester "W/P" oval proofmark is stamped on top of the barrel and receiver at the breech. The upper tang is stamped with the three line marking and the serial number is stamped on the bottom of the receiver. Has a full length magazine tube and a staple mounted saddle ring on the left side of the receiver. Mounted with original Winchester gumwood forearm and straight grip stock with a steel crescent buttplate. BBL: 20 inch round Stock: gumwood Gauge: 44 WCF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 878605 Condition: Extremely fine, 85% plus original blue finish remains with scattered scratches, some minor freckling, some small areas of pin prick pitting, some saddle ring wear and some high edge wear with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The forearm and buttstock are both very fine with much of the original varnish remaining, scattered minor scratches and scattered pressure dents. Mechanically excellent.

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Civil War Production New Haven Arms Company Henry Lever Action Rifle

Lot 3004: Civil War Production New Haven Arms Company Henry Lever Action Rifle

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Description: Estimate: $22500 - 32500 Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co. Model: Henry Rifle This is an example of a Henry lever action rifle that was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company in late 1863 or early 1864. The rifle serial number, "3864" is close to the serial number range of the approximately 900, (3000-3900), Ordnance Department inspected Henry rifles purchased to arm the 1st D.C. Cavalry regiment in late 1863. Experts believe that most of the Henry rifles manufactured between 1862 and 1865 were purchased by individual Federal soldiers who wanted the obvious advantages of a 15-shot repeating rifle. Henry rifles were especially popular with soldiers from Midwestern regiments. By 1864 at least two Illinois regiments (7th and 66th Illinois Volunteer Infantry) were armed primarily with privately purchased Henry rifles. The rifle has the distinctive octagon barrel with integral 15-shot magazine, brass receiver and crescent buttplate. The barrel was blue, and the hammer and loading lever casehardened. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend "HENRY'S PATENT. OCT.16.1860/MANUFACT'D BY THE NEWHAVEN ARMS CO.NEWHAVEN.CT" with all serifed letters. The barrel has a nickel-silver front sight blade and a dovetail mounted, folding leaf rear sight. The rear sight has a 1,000 yard center notch. The Second Style receiver lacks the rear sight dovetail found on Henry rifles with serial numbers below 3,000. The First Style brass buttplate has a rounded heel and a spring loaded brass trap door. The left side of the straight grain walnut stock and the left side of the barrel are not fitted with the sling swivel and sling loop which were special order items until 1864. The brass magazine follower is the larger Second Style and the rifle has the Second Style loading lever with spur to engage the half moon shaped loading lever latch on the lower tang. The serial number, "3864", is stamped on the top barrel flat behind the rear sight, on the left side of the lower receiver tang, in the upper receiver tang inlet of the stock, on the inside of the buttplate and on the shank of both hand-fitted buttplate screws. All of the visible serial numbers match. The later style cap-head tang screws are correctly not serial numbered. BBL: 24 inch octagon Stock: walnut Gauge: 44 Henry RF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 3864 Condition: Very good. The barrel has a very attractive plum brown patina with sharp edges and smooth metal surfaces showing a few scattered small dents along both sides. The receiver and buttplate have a very attractive unpolished patina. The receiver shows typical handling wear on the edges and side joints, and shows some scattered minor dents and scratches. Overall the rifle shows the typical wear of a Civil War weapon having seen battle. The hammer and loading lever have a mottled silver brown patina. The markings are crisp. The stock has been light sanded and re-oiled but remain good. The cartridge follower and spring are both period replacements. This is a solid example of a Civil War production Henry lever action rifle.

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