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Auction Description for Rock Island: Premiere Firearms Auction - Day 2
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 2

by Rock Island Auction Company


983 lots | 971 with images

April 20, 2013

7819 42nd Street West

Rock Island, IL, 61201 USA

Phone: 800-238-8022

Fax: 309-797-1655

Email: info@rockislandauction.com

Unique and Rare Documented Special Order Deluxe Factory Engraved J. Ulrich Signed Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with Maple Stock and Factory Letter

Lot 1000: Unique and Rare Documented Special Order Deluxe Factory Engraved J. Ulrich Signed Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with Maple Stock and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $40000 - 60000 Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1886 Rare Deluxe Winchester Model 1886 Rifle with signed factory engraving and numerous special order features. The rifle is accompanied by a letter from the Cody Firearms Museum that describes the rifle features as: "Caliber 45/90, Barrel Type: 1/2 Octagon, Trigger: Plain, Checkered stock with pistol grip, Cheek piece, Made from Maple - Party sent" and "Engraved: $5.00-receiver only". The rifle has a blue barrel and magazine, color casehardened receiver, hammer, lever, forearm cap and buttplate and checkered, tiger striped, maple forearm and pistol grip stock. The sides, top and bottom of the receiver and upper tang are factory engraved by master engraver John Ulrich. The engraving features delicate scrollwork and borders with distinctive interlinked rectangular motif (a similar design is on the John Ulrich engraved rifle illustrated on page 152 of THE BOOK OF WINCHESTER ENGRAVING by R.L. Wilson). The signature "J.ULRICH" is stamped in tiny letters on the lower tang behind the trigger. The rifle has a rarely encountered fancy grain XX maple stock with "Style H" checkering on the forearm and pistol grip and a carved cheekpiece. In addition to the factory engraving and rare stock wood and configuration, the rifle has the rare combination of half round/half octagon barrel with full length magazine; part round barrels usually were fitted with short magazines. The barrel has a special order Lyman "Hunting" front sight with ivory insert and special order "Winchester Express" rear sight with three folding leaves and platinum sight lines. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend "-MANUFACTURED BY THE-/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN.CONN. U.S.A.-" ahead of the rear sight. The caliber designation "45-90 W.C.F." is stamped on the top barrel flat immediately in front of the receiver. "-MODEL 1886-" is roll-stamped on the upper receiver tang surrounded by an engraved single line border. In addition to the "J. ULRICH" signature, the bottom of the lower tang is stamped with the 1884 and 1885 patent dates behind the trigger and the script serial number "50121" ahead of the tang screw. The left side of the lower tang is stamped with the assembly number "333" followed by "XX" and "CM". "333" is also stamped in the upper tang inlet of the stock. All Winchester Model 1886 rifles with special order features are highly desirable - this rifle has several very rare features including signed factory engraving, maple stock and forearm with carved cheekpiece and half-round barrel and full length magazine. BBL: 26 inch part octagon Stock: checkered maple Gauge: 45-90 WCF Finish: blue/case-hardened Grips: Serial Number: 50121 Condition: Very fine. The barrel and magazine have 95% of the blue finish; wear is limited to some thinning on the bottom of the magazine near the forearm. The markings are crisp and the bore is bright. The bolt has nearly all of the blue finish intact while the loading gate has faded to a blue-gray patina. The forearm cap, receiver, hammer, lever and crescent buttplate retain 75% of the period refinished casehardened finish. The case colors are slightly faded and the high points on the receiver, upper tang, lever and buttplate show traces of silver patina. There is some very fine and nearly undetectable handling pitting on contact points on the receiver, upper tang and lever. The delicate and flawlessly executed engraving is sharp. The stock and forearm are in very good condition with light handling wear and finish loss on contact points. The diamonds on the checkered panels are slightly flattened and both the stock and forearm have some scattered and very minor handling marks. This is an outstanding fully documented Deluxe Winchester Model 1886 rifle with J. Ulrich signed factory engraving and an unusual number of rare and significant special order features including maple stock.

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Historic Deluxe Factory Engraved Presentation Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Lot 1001: Historic Deluxe Factory Engraved Presentation Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

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Description: Estimate: $40000 - 60000 Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1866 This is a fine example of a Factory Engraved and Inscribed Winchester Model 1866 rifle that was manufactured c. 1869. The rifle has a blue octagon barrel, full-length magazine, casehardened hammer and lever and gold plated brass receiver, forearm cap and crescent buttplate. The stock and forearm are highly figured "3X" fancy grain walnut. The barrel has a dovetail mounted front sight with replacement ivory blade and a Henry style folding leaf rear sight with 900 yard center notch. Factory sling swivels are mounted on the forearm cap and stock. The butt trap has the original four-piece jointed iron cleaning rod. The forearm cap, receiver and buttplate are factory engraved with bold Germanic style scrollwork on a stippled background. The engraving fully covers the receiver sides, side plates and extends to the top of receiver, upper tang, bottom of the cartridge elevator, lower receiver and lower tang. The engraved panels on the receiver have single and double-line scalloped borders. The left side plate features an engraved scroll inscribed "MONTGOMERY/GUARD". An urn-shaped panel on the right side plate is inscribed "From/a Friend". Smaller un-inscribed urn-shaped panels are located on the forward portions of both sides of the receiver. The engraving is not signed but style is similar to work attributed to Master Engraver Conrad F. Ulrich (see Model 1866 Rifle serial no. 35969 illustrated on page 60 of "THE BOOK OF WINCHESTER ENGRAVING" by R.L. Wilson). The top of the barrel is roll-stamped "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEWHAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29.1866. OCTOBER 16.1860". The serial number "36050" is stamped on the lower tang behind the trigger and on the inside of the buttplate. "6050" is stamped in the top tang inlet of the stock. All of the visible serial numbers match. The left side of the lower tang is stamped "XXX" beneath the stock. The Montgomery Guard was part of the California State Militia and was named for Gen. William Reading Montgomery who was an 1825 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and served in the 3rd Infantry. Montgomery fought in the Mexican War and was twice wounded but remained at the head of his regiment until the capture of Mexico City. Montgomery served in the Civil War and was commissioned Brig. General of U.S. Volunteers in 1861. The Montgomery Guard was mustered out of service in 1866 but returned to duty in 1868 as Company A 1st Infantry Battalion, California National Guard. BBL: 24 inch octagon Stock: fancy walnut Gauge: 44 rimfire Finish: blue/gold plated Grips: Serial Number: 36050 Condition: Fine. The rifle retains 40% of the original blue and gold plated finish. The blue finish on the barrel is faded and shows light edge wear with some scattered pitting and finish loss on the forward edges of the barrel and magazine near the muzzle. The factory legend on the top of the barrel is sharp. The receiver, forearm cap and buttplate retain considerable amounts of gold plated finish in protected areas. The case colors on the lever have aged to a gray-brown patina. Most of the case colors are present on the hammer. The engraving on the forearm cap, receiver and buttplate is very sharp. The stock and forearm retain most of the high polish "piano" finish with scattered minor handling marks. The stock has an old crack in the wrist that was period repaired with rectangular metal plates on either side of the wrist secured by screws. A modern professional restoration removed the plates, replaced the screws with wooden plugs and refinished this portion of the stock. This is an attractive example of a Rare and Historic Deluxe Presentation Factory Engraved Winchester Model 1866 rifle.

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Rare Documented Deluxe Special Order Winchester Model 1892 Takedown Rifle with Factory Letter

Lot 1002: Rare Documented Deluxe Special Order Winchester Model 1892 Takedown Rifle with Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $12000 - 18000 Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1892 Deluxe Winchester Model 1892 Takedown Rifle with numerous special order features. The rifle is accompanied by a letter from the Cody Firearms Museum that states it was shipped from the Winchester warehouse on February 29, 1908. The letter lists the rifle features as caliber "25/20", "22-inch, 1/2 octagon barrel", "Plain trigger", Checkered stock", "Pistol grip", "Rocky Mountain front sight", "1/2-magazine", "Takedown", "Nickel steel barrel" and "Smokeless". The rifle has a blue finish on the barrel and half-magazine, forearm cap and receiver. The hammer and lever are color casehardened. The forearm and pistol grip stock are fancy grain walnut with "Style H" checkering and oiled piano finish. The stock pistol grip has a black hard rubber cap embossed "WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS". The buttplate is brass. The half-round/half-octagon barrel has a Rocky Mountain front sight with blued steel blade and Marble sporting sight with folding leaf. The top of the sight is marked: "M.S.A.CO." and stamped with the Marble logo. A Marble combination rear sight with locking button on the hinge is mounted on the receiver tang. The top of the half-octagon barrel is roll-stamped "MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED. OCTOBER 14. 1884." ahead of the rear sight. "NICKEL STEEL" is stamped on the left barrel flat behind the rear sight. The caliber, ".25-20 W.C.F.", is stamped on the top of the barrel in front of the receiver. Oval Winchester "W/P" proof marks are stamped on the top of the barrel and receiver. The serial number, "275046" is stamped across the bottom of the receiver. The rifle is complete with two sealed, period, cartons of 50 Winchester .25-20 cartridges. BBL: 22 Inch Stock: walnut checkered Gauge: 25 WCF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 275046 Condition: Excellent. The rifle retains nearly 95% of the original blue and case-hardened finish. The barrel and half-magazine have nearly all of the blue finish intact. The only significant wear are some traces of surface discoloration on the right side of the barrel. The blue finish on the forearm cap and takedown collar shows some thinning on contact points. The bolt and receiver have nearly 95% of the blue finish with some minor edge wear on the top of the receiver and some thinning on the bottom of the receiver ahead of the lever. The loading gate has about 80% of the niter blue finish. The hammer and the sides of the lever have strong case colors. The case colors on the bottom of the lever have faded to a silver patina. The buttplate has a mellow patina. All of the markings are crisp and the bore is bright. The stock and forearm are in excellent condition with no significant handling marks. The oiled finish on the forearm has some light handling wear and the checkering on the forearm and pistol grip is slightly flattened from handling. This is an excellent example of a deluxe, special order, Winchester Model 1892 Takedown Rifle with many special order features. This excellent rifle would be a stand-out piece in the most advanced Winchester collection.

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Exceptional Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

Lot 1003: Exceptional Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

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Description: Estimate: $7500 - 9500 Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1873 This is an exceptional example of a Winchester Model 1873 Rifle that was manufactured in 1887. This rifle has the Third Model receiver with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated edges. The rifle has a 24-inch round barrel with full-length magazine. The barrel has a standard dovetail mounted sporting style front sight with nickel-silver blade and a sporting style buckhorn rear sight. The upper receiver tang is factory drilled and tapped. The stock has a solid crescent buttplate. The barrel, magazine, forearm cap receiver and dust cover have the Winchester commercial blue finish. The loading gate is niter blue. The hammer, loading lever and buttplate are color case-hardened. The walnut stock and forearm have a high polish oil 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." in two lines ahead of the rear sight. The caliber designation "32 W.C.F." is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. "32 CAL" is stamped in script letters on the bottom of the brass cartridge elevator. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped "{ MODEL. 1873.}" in fancy letters with foliate devices at either end. The serial number, "230814B", is stamped in script letters on the lower tang between the lever latch and the tang screw. BBL: 24 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 32 WCF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 230814 Condition: Excellent. The barrel, magazine and forearm cap retain 95% plus of the original blue finish. The top, sides and bottom of the receiver retains 97% of the blue finish intact. The sideplates shows slightly more handling wear; both sideplates have light finish wear on the edges and the right sideplate has some minor scratches and handling marks. The dust cover retains nearly all of the blue finish. The loading gate has about 90% of the niter blue finish intact. The hammer, lever and crescent buttplate retain about 95% of the color case-hardened finish with strong case colors. Wear is limited to some browning on contact points on the bottom of the lever and toe of the buttplate. The barrel and receiver markings are extremely sharp. The stock and forearm are in excellent condition and retain more than 95% of the polished oil finish; wear is limited to several scattered and very minor storage or handling marks. This is an excellent example of a Winchester Third Model 1873 Rifle.

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Excellent Documented Deluxe Winchester Model 1885 Rifle with Malcolm Telescopic Sight and Factory Letter

Lot 1004: Excellent Documented Deluxe Winchester Model 1885 Rifle with Malcolm Telescopic Sight and Factory Letter

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Description: Estimate: $11000 - 16000 Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1885-Rifle Winchester Model 1885 "High Wall" single shot target rifle manufactured in 1887. The rifle is accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter that lists the rifle features as: "32/40. #3, 30-inch, 1/2 octagon barrel, Set trigger. Checkered stock, Pistol grip, Lyman and Beach sight" and Rod in butt". The letter states that the rifle was shipped from the Winchester warehouse on April 11, 1887. The rifle has a blued barrel and color casehardened receiver, breechblock, hammer, lever and crescent buttplate. The forearm and pistol grip stock are fancy grain highly figured walnut with "Style H" checkering and high polish "piano" finish. The pistol grip and forearm tip have ebony inlays. The rifle has a thinside receiver and hammer with the early style milled knurling. A Malcolm telescopic sight is mounted on the barrel using the front sight dovetail and a second dovetail behind the rear sight. The telescopic sight has a 33 1/4-inch blue tube marked: "WM MALCOLM/SYRACUSE/NY". The 30 inch 1/2-round/1/2-octagon No. 3 barrel has the original Beach front sight replaced with the Malcolm front sight base and has a dovetail mounted sporting style rear sight. The upper receiver tang is factory drilled and tapped for a rear sight and appears to have originally been fitted with a Lyman folding combination rear sight referenced in the factory letter. The buttplate has a sliding brass trap door and the trap contains a five-piece jointed steel cleaning rod with brass tip. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the two-line legend "-MANUFACTURED BY THE-/-WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.-" ahead of the rear sight. The caliber designation "32-40" is stamped on the top barrel flat between the telescopic sight mount dovetail and the receiver. The lower receiver tang is stamped with the serial number "9183" in script numerals. The Model 1885 Rifle was the first John M. Browning designed firearm manufactured by Winchester and launched the long and historical association between Winchester and firearms genius John Browning. BBL: 30 inch half octagon Stock: walnut checkered Gauge: 32-40 Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: Serial Number: 9183 Condition: Excellent. The barrel retains 85% plus of the original blue finish and shows only very minor wear at the muzzle and the edges of flats. The Winchester markings are crisp. The receiver, breechblock, hammer, lever and buttplate have 95% plus of the vivid case colors intact. The stock and forearm are excellent plus and retain nearly all of the original piano finish. The checkering on the stock and forearm is sharp. Wear is limited to a few very insignificant handling marks. The telescopic sight is excellent; the scope tube retains 97% plus of the original blue finish and most of the case colors are present on the mounts. This is an excellent example of a deluxe Winchester Model 1885 "High-Wall" target rifle with scarce Malcolm telescopic sight.

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