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Extraordinary Firearms Auction, Day 1

by James D. Julia


400 lots | 399 with images

March 10, 2014

Live Auction

203 Skowhegan Road

Fairfield, ME, 04937 USA

Phone: 207 453 7125

Fax: 207 453 2502

Email: loakes@jamesdjulia.com

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RARE ENGRAVED & INSCRIBED NEW HAVEN ARMS VOLCANIC CARBINE.

Lot 1000: RARE ENGRAVED & INSCRIBED NEW HAVEN ARMS VOLCANIC CARBINE.

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Description: SN 11. Cal. 41. Usual configuration with 21" oct bbl, integral magazine, German silver front sight and an orig adjustable Volcanic rear sight in the top flat of receiver. Top flat of bbl has the New Haven address and "1854" patent date. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut buttstock that has straight grip and crescent brass buttplate. Receiver & buttplate tang are engraved in early Volcanic style with light foliate arabesque patterns and a ribbon on the left sideplate engraved "T.R. Phelps / NEW YORK". Left side of lower tang has the SN "11" which number is also found on left side of lever loop, inside top tang channel of buttstock, on heel of buttstock and inside buttplate tang. No additional disassembly was effected to check for other matching numbers. Magazine follower is a replacement. The engraving patterns and the inscription are very unusual but undoubtedly are authentic and orig to this carbine. An identically engraved Volcanic pistol is pictured on p. 23 of the book The Henry Rifle, Quick. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good, all matching. No orig finish remains with the steel parts a mottled medium brown patina; receiver & buttplate retain a medium to dark mustard patina with a few light nicks & scratches. Buttstock is sound with usual light handling nicks & scratches, some oil staining around the tangs and retains most of an old applied finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine & scattered pitting. 4-50742 JR1

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SUPERB HOGGSON ENGRAVED MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1001: SUPERB HOGGSON ENGRAVED MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 6065. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 24-1/4" oct bbl that has integral magazine and late style, square back German silver front sight with fixed sight in rear seat and no dovetail on receiver. Mounted with very highly figured, uncheckered American walnut buttstock with late style brass buttplate that has pointed heel and small trap containing an orig 4-pc brass & steel cleaning rod. Buttstock has a deluxe high gloss finish. Receiver and buttplate tang are engraved by Samuel Hoggson in his typical patterns with a bird dog on point on left sideplate and excellent foliate arabesque scrolls elsewhere with a fine stippled background. Both front side flats are engraved with Mr. Hoggson's distinctive large flower blossom and the engraving is all surrounded by a double border. Engraving patterns extend over the top of the receiver, around rear edge of receiver, top tang and buttplate tang. SN is found in usual places, top flat of bbl between rear sight & receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Round portion of bbl, under the loading sleeve is marked with assembly number "789" with matching number on rear face of loading sleeve. This exact rifle, identified by SN, is pictured on pg 30 of The Henry Rifle, Quick with credit to the Tommy Rholes Collection. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 75-80% strong orig blue with the balance a blue/gray patina; receiver & buttplate retain strong edges showing only light wear around bottom of receiver and overall retains a medium to dark mustard patina; hammer retains moderately faded case colors; lever is mostly a gray to brown metal patina. Buttstock is sound with light nicks & scratches and overall retains about 95% bright varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with scattered light pitting. 4-50617 JR5

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EXTREMELY RARE IRON FRAME MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1002: EXTREMELY RARE IRON FRAME MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 90. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Fine iron frame Henry with 24-1/4" oct bbl that has integral magazine, early round top German silver front sight and an orig 1000 yard Henry ladder rear sight without stop screw. Top flat of receiver has an additional sight seat. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut buttstock that has straight grip and first type iron buttplate with round heel and large trap containing a 4-pc iron & hickory cleaning rod. This rifle has all the attributes of early Henrys with the first type round top German silver front sight, small bbl address, sharp radius on top rear edge of receiver, deep radius on bottom front edge of receiver, small loop finger lever without latch, small trigger pin, a slight perch belly stock and the round heel on the buttplate. According to the book The Henry Rifle, Quick, there were fewer than 400 iron frame Henrys produced with the highest number known being "355". At the writing of this book, March 2008, Mr. Quick reported that there were only 89 known iron frame rifles, 16 of which had duplicate serial numbers with brass frames. SN was observed in the usual places, on top bbl flat between rear sight & receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside buttplate tang. Round part of bbl under loading sleeve has assembly number "183" with matching number on rear face of loading sleeve. This exact rifle, identified by SN, is pictured on pg 30 of The Henry Rifle, Quick with credit to the Tommy Rholes Collection. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching including all stock & buttplate screws. Bbl & magazine tube retain 75-80% glossy orig blue with sharp edge wear on oct part with some scattered chemical spotting and wear on magazine tube at the carry point; receiver retains about 10% flaked orig blue with the balance having flaked to a medium gray/brown patina; hammer retains moderately faded case colors and the lever mostly a gray patina. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and overall retains about 90% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Cleaning rod has had the jag tip altered, otherwise is fine. 4-50616 JR7

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RARE ENGRAVED EARLY HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1003: RARE ENGRAVED EARLY HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 1633. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Early rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl that has integral magazine, altered orig German silver front sight and fixed rear sight in the bbl seat with an empty seat in the top flat of the receiver. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut buttstock with straight grip and early style brass buttplate with round heel and large trap with a corresponding large recess underneath to accommodate a 4-pc hickory cleaning rod, which is not present. Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel with corresponding loop on bbl. This rifle has early features including the perch belly stock, round heel on the buttplate, small tab cartridge follower, small finger loop on the lever and small trigger pin. Left side of buttstock, between sling swivel & buttplate is branded with the large intertwined initials "PS". SN is found in the usual places on the top flat of the bbl between the rear sight and receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, top tang channel of the buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. All of the receiver & buttplate screws are also matching numbered. Round portion of the bbl under the loading sleeve has the assembly number "408" with matching number on rear face of loading sleeve. Receiver & buttplate tang are most unusually engraved in a style like known factory engraved Volcanic pistols & carbines. Engraving consists of extremely well-executed foliate arabesque patterns with very detailed shading and square & dot patterns on the raised area forward of the sideplates. Engraving extends over the top of the receiver, top tang and buttplate tang with a foliate type pattern on each side of the receiver at the rear edges. A Volcanic pistol with nearly identical engraved patterns is pictured on p. 23 of The Henry Rifle, Quick. There are numerous other examples of identical engraving on Volcanic arms found in several other publications including The Winchester Book, Madis, Winchester Engraving and The Book of Winchester Engraving, Wilson. No examples of this engraving pattern have ever been previously seen by this cataloger on a Henry rifle. This rifle was produced in about 1862 or 1863, during the height of the Civil War when few engraved rifles were ordered, and in fact special ordered rifle were discouraged. The Henry factory was having trouble keeping up with demand for standard model orders. In addition, by this time the majority of known engraved Henry rifles were engraved by Samuel Hoggson, L.D. Nimschke or one of the Ulrichs, all of whose work was much finer and more detailed. Therefore it seems likely that this rifle may have been for an employee or someone of lesser importance. It is also a possibility that the engraving was applied at a later date. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain small amounts of bright orig blue in the gullets with the balance having turned to a smooth, even plum patina; receiver shows light sharp edge wear around the bottom edges with the other edges sharp & crisp and overall retains a dark mustard patina; buttplate has a matching patina; lever & hammer are a dark plum patina. Buttstock is sound with nicks, dings & scratches and retains 85-90% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with fine frosty pitting. 4-50652 JR4

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LATE CONTRACT MARTIALLY MARKED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1004: LATE CONTRACT MARTIALLY MARKED HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 9250. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard late Henry rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl that has integral magazine, late style square back German silver front sight and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight. Top flat of receiver is without dovetail. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured American walnut buttstock that has straight grip and late style crescent brass buttplate with pointed heel and small trap containing an orig 4-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Left side of wrist is stamped with the tiny inspector initials "A.W.M.". Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel with corresponding sling loop on the bbl. SN is found in usual place on top flat of the bbl between rear sight & receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Screws are all orig type Henry screws. Round section of bbl, under loading sleeve, is marked with assembly number "2255", with matching number on rear face of loading sleeve. Accompanied by a Springfield Research Service letter which identifies this rifle, by SN, as having been issued to Pvt. John W. Williamson of Company H, 3rd U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry. Pvt. Williamson re-enlisted in the 3rd Veteran Volunteer Infantry on March 14, 1865 at Philadelphia and was discharged at Springfield, IL on March 13, 1866. His prior service was with the 29th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry from July 1861 - July 1864. The 3rd Veteran Volunteer Infantry was organized in early 1865 with the intention that they would become "shock troops" armed with breech-loading repeaters. The surrender of the Confederacy in April of 1865 left them with little to do except garrison & guard duty around Washington, D.C. until they were mustered out of service. A condition of enlistment in this unit was that at the expiration of honorable service the individual troops could retain their arms & accouterments. Most of them apparently did so and these Henry rifles are usually found showing heavy wear with little orig condition. Pvt. Williamson was born in Philadelphia, PA. According to The Henry Rifle, Quick, the U.S. military purchased 1,731 Henry rifles in two different batches with the second type falling generally within the 7000-9000 serial range and it is believed that there were about 600 rifles in this order. These late martial Henrys are usually overlooked by collectors as the only identifying martial feature were the tiny initials on left side of the wrist. These initials were usually lightly struck, were very tiny and most often are worn away. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain strong blue in the gullets and sheltered areas with the balance a strong blue/brown patina; receiver & sideplates show lightly worn edges with a few nicks & scratches and retain a dark mustard patina; buttplate is matching patina. Buttstock is sound with a hand worn patina and traces of orig finish showing through, possibly cleaned a long time ago. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-50573 JR2

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FINE LATE CIVIL WAR ERA HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1005: FINE LATE CIVIL WAR ERA HENRY MODEL 1860 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 8612. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard Henry rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl that has integral magazine, late style square back German silver front sight and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight. Receiver is without dovetail in the top flat. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut buttstock that has straight grip and crescent brass buttplate with pointed heel and small trap containing an orig brass & iron 4-pc cleaning rod. Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel with corresponding loop on left side of bbl. SN is found in usual places, top flat of bbl between rear sight & receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Round section of bbl, under the loading sleeve, is marked with assembly number "1755" with matching number on rear face of loading sleeve. All screws are orig Henry type screws. There were about 11,000 Henry rifles produced between 1860 and the end of the Civil War, the vast majority of which saw service during the war. The U.S. military purchased 1,731 of them with the others being privately purchased. Regardless of their martial status these rifles that fall within the Civil War era SN ranges are rarely ever found with high orig finish. Subsequent to the Civil War the Henry rifle was extremely popular on the American frontier and continued in service in equally harsh circumstances. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 30-40% strong orig blue with the balance turned to plum color; receiver & sideplates retain strong edges, showing only light wear and only a couple of very tiny nicks & scratches and retain a wonderful dark mustard patina; buttplate is matching patina; hammer retains faded case colors; lever is a plum patina. Buttstock is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains about 70% orig finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-50560 JR3

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MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1006: MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 8010. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl that has integral magazine, modified orig square back German silver front sight and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight with no seat on receiver. Bbl has five lands & grooves. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut buttstock that has straight grip and brass buttplate with sharp heel and small trap. Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel with corresponding loop on the bbl. Buttstock shows a very pronounced "Henry bump" below the sling swivel and another bump on left side of wrist. SN is found in usual places, on top bbl flat between rear sight & receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Round portion of the bbl, under the loading sleeve is marked with assembly number "718" with matching number on rear face of loading sleeve. Majority of the approx. 11,000 Henry rifles produced during the Civil War saw extensive service throughout the war and later on the American frontier, usually under very harsh circumstances with limited maintenance and are rarely found today in orig configuration with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain thin blue in sheltered areas of the gullets with the balance of the bbl & magazine tube a mottled blue/gray patina; receiver & buttplate show moderate wear with light scratches on sideplates and a couple of small dings on top edge of each sideplate and overall retain a medium to dark mustard patina; hammer retains faint, dark case colors and the lever is a gray metal patina. Stock has a hairline back of the top tang, otherwise is sound with light nicks & scratches and a few bruises around the toe with a series of small gouges on right side and overall retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with fine pitting. 4-50543 JR6

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SECOND MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1007: SECOND MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 2838. Cal.44 RF Henry. Usual configuration with 24-1/4" oct bbl, integral magazine, slightly altered German silver front sight and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight without retaining screw for the slide. Receiver has a dovetail for rear sight in top flat. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & first type brass buttplate with rnd heel & large trap, containing 3-pcs of an orig 4-pc hickory cleaning rod. SN is found in the usual place on top flat of bbl between rear sight & receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Rnd section of the bbl, under loading sleeve has the assembly #"537". Rear face of loading sleeve has only the numbers "53", obviously an assemblers mistake. The 2 bevel head buttplate screws are matching numbered to this rifle. Top tang wood screw is a replacement and the other 2 tang screws are unnumbered. This rifle has several early features, including the sharp radius at top rear frame, small trigger pin, small bbl address, small finger loop in the lever & round heel buttplate. It has the larger follower tab with milled flat section in the receiver. About 13,000 Henry rifles produced during the Civil War period of which the Union Army purchased 1,731 which are marked with inspector initials. The vast majority of the remaining rifles were either private purchase or state purchased to arm individual units. Regardless, these rifles usually saw hard and continuous service throughout the Civil War and later on the American frontier until they were supplanted by the advent of the more efficient repeating center fire arms which used easily reloadable cartridges. These rifles are rarely found today in completely orig configuration with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good, all matching except screws as noted, although they are orig Henry screws. Bbl & magazine tube retain thin blue in the gullets, stronger toward the muzzle with the balance of the steel parts a blue, gray patina. Loading sleeve has several small dings on each side. Receiver & sideplates show light edge wear with a few fine nicks & scratches and retain a medium to dark mustard patina, buttplate has a matching patina. Stock is sound with nicks, scrapes and dings and retains about 75% of an old refinish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-50571 JR55

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VERY RARE WINCHESTER CUSTOM ENGRAVED 1ST MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1008: VERY RARE WINCHESTER CUSTOM ENGRAVED 1ST MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 13284. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Very early 1st model '66 carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, integral front band/sight & 500 yard 2-position flip rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple, missing the saddle ring. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent rifle buttplate with trap containing an orig 3-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Bottom of the stock & forearm band have tiny European sling loops. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is stamped with the SN along with a tiny assembly number "788". Matching SN is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe buttplate. Rear face of buttplate is stamped "HB / 5". Top flat of receiver is engraved "WEBER = RUESCH IN ZURICH." Receiver & side plates are wonderfully engraved in intertwined foliate, leaf & vine patterns with spectacular herringbone borders. Receiver ring is engraved in a beautiful flower blossom. Engraving patterns extend over the top tang. Receiver & buttplate are wonderfully silver plated. Screws are all Henry type with thick, square heads. This carbine is the very early type with flat front side panels on the receiver and has the Henry & King's patent bbl address. According to The Henry Rifle, Quick, the highest numbered Henry rifle known was "14312" and the lowest numbered Winchester model 1866 known is "12476". This carbine has a number of Henry features including the sloping radius at the top rear of the frame, 2-screw top tang, Henry style screws, small loop finger lever and the Henry bbl address. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain a thin brown patina with no trace of blue which indicates they may have orig been brown finished. Bbl bands retain 30-40% blue. Receiver & buttplate retain 75-80% strong silver plating which was applied after the engraving. Stock is sound with a few light nicks & scratches, a small gouge by the left heel and overall retains about 95% orig varnish. Top front wood tang screw hole is stripped. Mechanics are fine. Bright, shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-50619 JR57

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EARLY HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE

Lot 1009: EARLY HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE

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Description: SN 21016. Cal. 44 CF. Standard grade rifle with 24 1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, standard front sight and Henry-style 900 yd ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent brass buttplate with trap. Top flat of bbl has the Henry & King's patent markings. Buttstock & forend cap have factory sling swivels. Top tang channel of buttstock is marked with the last three digits of the SN, which number is also found inside toe of buttplate. This rifle is one of the early examples with the SN on the face of the lower tang instead of concealed under the wood. This feature is usually found on slightly later production 66's. It is unusual to find one of these early '66 rifles with any orig finish. They immediately succeeded the Henry rifles of Civil War fame and given the great demand for repeating firearms on the American frontier usually saw continuous very hard service under very adverse conditions, usually with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with any original finish. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 85% original blue turning plum. Receiver retains sharp edges with small vice marks on the front side flats and overall shows a wonderful, even medium to dark mustard patina with a couple of small scratches and a battered screw. Buttplate & forend cap are matching patina. Wood is sound with nicks and scratches and a small gouge on the forearm and overall retains a light added finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with good shine and fine pitting in the groves. 4-50618 JR15

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SCARCE EARLY WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1010: SCARCE EARLY WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 19331. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard grade carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, integral front band/sight and two position carbine flip rear sight; left side of receiver has a staple end ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent brass rifle buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the serial number and the inspector initials "CC". Top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe buttplate have matching SN to the rifle. Bbl address contains Henry's and King's patents and is completely legible. These early '66 carbines were the first repeating short arms available to the American public and were in great demand on the American frontier during the Great Westward Expansion. They saw continuous hard service under extreme conditions usually with little or no maintenance and are rarely found today with any original finish. They are especially difficult to find with a fully legible bbl address. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl and magazine tube retain traces of original blue in the most sheltered areas, being mostly a smooth, even, dark plummy chocolate patina; receiver & side plates retain strong edges, showing only light wear and retain a wonderful, smooth dark mustard patina. Screw heads retain generous amounts of orig blue; receiver & side plates also show only two or three small scratches on each side; buttplate is a matching patina. Stock has a saddle ring wear halo on the left wrist with a few small chips in the same area. Wood is sound with light nicks and scratches and retains a dark hand worn patina with light added finish. Mechanics are fine. Strong, sharp, dark bore with moderate pitting. 4-50651 JR18

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LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1011: LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 167411. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard grade carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and 1873-marked carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and steel carbine buttplate with trap containing an orig three piece brass & steel cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number "849", which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this carbine as having been received in the warehouse Jan. 8, 1889 and shipped Sept. 7, 1889 to Order number 1669. This carbine is somewhat a rarity in that by the time it was shipped in 1889 in rimfire caliber there was a great variety of center fire arms available on the market. It is believed that the vast majority of these late rimfire caliber rifles & carbines were sold to Mexico, Central & South America where the cartridge was still popular. In addition, most of these late production 66's were either produced as, or converted to, center fire. Those '66 rifles and carbines shipped south of the border that have been repatriated are usually in deplorable, relic condition so to find one of these late 66's with high original finish is quite a rarity. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching except buttplate which is original to this carbine; Bbl and magazine tube retain traces of orig blue in sheltered areas being in overall smooth, plummy brown patina; Receiver & side plates have a few small dings & light scratches and overall retain a wonderful medium mustard patina; Lever & hammer retain traces of silvered case colors; Buttplate is a dark patina. Wood is sound with light nicks and scratches and a couple of small bruises and retains a worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with moderate fine pitting. 4-50620 JR16

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LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1012: LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 164762. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard grade carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and 1873-marked carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and steel carbine buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number "22", which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe buttplate. Top of barrel, over chamber area is marked "44 R.F." and carrier is marked "44 CAL". Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this carbine as having been received in the warehouse Aug. 26, 1887 and shipped April 6, 1888 to Order number 6539. The letter additionally states that there is a "2nd gun with this serial number -- Musket, received in warehouse on December 18, 1891, Shipped from warehouse on December 18,1891, Order number 17095". This carbine is somewhat a rarity in that by the time it was shipped in 1888 in rimfire caliber there was a great variety of center fire arms available on the market, rendering this cartridge obsolete. It is believed that the vast majority of these late rimfire caliber rifles & carbines were sold to Mexico, Central & South America where the cartridge was still popular. In addition, most of these late production 66's were either produced as, or converted to, center fire. Those '66 rifles and carbines shipped south of the border that have been repatriated are usually in deplorable, relic condition, so to find one of these late 66's with high original finish is quite a rarity. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Bbl and magazine tube retain 75-80% original finish turning plum with strong blue in sheltered areas; receiver and side plates retain sharp edges with a few light scratches and a series of small nicks on the left side plate and overall retain a fine medium mustard patina; lever, hammer and buttplate retain a dark patina. Wood is sound with numerous light nicks, dings and scratches, a few small bruises and overall retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bright bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-50531 JR17

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE TAKEDOWN SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1013: EXTRAORDINARILY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE TAKEDOWN SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 186221. Cal. 22 Short. Exceedingly rare rifle, one of only a few known, with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is color case hardened and has sgl set trigger with the tapered pin takedown feature. Mounted with 2-3X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and horn fleur-de-lis insert serpentine grip buttstock that has crescent buttplate without trap, although the buttstock is drilled for a trap. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number "481", "XXX" and "22". Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 22 with oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip and case hardened, received in warehouse July 29, 1885 and shipped same day to Order #19471. Although the takedown feature is not mentioned in the letter there is no doubt that this is an authentic takedown rifle. According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 19,552 of these scarce small bore '73 rifles produced in the period 1884-1904. Deluxe versions of this rifle are so rare that they are not even mentioned by Mr. Flayderman and The Winchester Book, Madis, only briefly mentions deluxe & takedown versions. It is this cataloger's contention that there are only a small handful of deluxe color case hardened takedown '73 small bore rifles extant. The '73 rifles in caliber 22, being rare to begin with, were, in their period of use, considered to be a lady's or boy's rifle and usually saw very hard service with little care or maintenance and are rarely found today with any orig finish or shootable bore. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and some minor spots of surface discoloration; inside magazine tube is extremely fine and appears to be original; receiver retains about 80-85% orig case colors, moderately faded on sides with some light chemical spotting, strong colors in sheltered areas especially on left side; top & bottom edges have turned dark; hammer retains strong, bright case colors and the lever faded colors on sides, turned silver to dark on outer faces; buttplate retains mottled silver patina. Stock has a hairline in the wrist adjacent to the tang screw, otherwise wood is sound with numerous small nicks & scratches, a couple of small bruises in the checkering and overall retains most of its orig piano varnish finish, turned dark from hand wear at carry point on forearm. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. These small bore '73s are rarely ever found with bright bores. This rifle is suited for the most advanced collection or museum exhibit. 4-50548 JR22

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1014: SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 252817. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Beautiful deluxe '73 with special order 26" oct bbl, full magazine, rocky mountain front sight and flat top altered semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is color case hardened and has single set trigger. Mounted with 3X flame grain burl American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and black insert, serpentine grip buttstock that has crescent buttplate with trap containing a reproduction 5-pc brass and iron cleaning rod. Buttstock and forend cap have factory sling swivels. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number "1069" and "XXX". Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in cal 44 with 26" oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip and case hardened, received in warehouse May 28,1888 and shipped the next day to Order number 8200. It is unusual to find a rifle of this era with high orig finish. They were usually exposed continuously to the harsh elements with little or no maintenance. In addition long exposure to the ultra-violet rays of the sun rapidly fades case colors. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl and magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue with the magazine tube turning a little plum; receiver and side plates retain most of their orig case colors, lightly to moderately faded, very bright in sheltered areas; lever & hammer retain strong case colors moderately to heavily faded on outer faces of lever; Buttplate retains 30-40% faded case colors, mostly on the tang with the faces turned silver. Wood is sound with a series of small gouges on left side of forearm, otherwise just a few nicks and scratches and overall retains about 90% bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp. Bright shiny bore. 4-50519 JR29

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FINE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1015: FINE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 170637. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Third model deluxe '73 with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with beautiful 3X, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and black horn fleur-de-lis insert serpentine grip buttstock that has crescent buttplate with trap containing an orig 4-pc brass and iron cleaning rod. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip and case hardened, received in warehouse April 29, 1885 and shipped May 2, 1885 "with one other arm to Order number 20386". Left side of lower tang is marked with the assembly number "215" and "XXX". Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. This rifle was produced during the period of the Great Western Expansion when hunting and self-protection arms were an absolute necessity and were working tools. Arms of this period usually saw continuous hard service under extreme conditions and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 90% strong orig blue mixed with scattered patina, fine sharp edge wear and some light, fine scrapes on the bbl; receiver retains about all of its orig case colors, lightly to moderately faded, bright in sheltered areas, thinner on top & bottom edges with two small scratches and some fine pinpricks of surface rust. Lever and hammer retain strong case colors, bright to brilliant in sheltered areas, turned silver on outer faces of lever; buttplate retains moderately faded case colors; dust cover is orig and retains 85-90% bright orig blue. Wood is sound with light nicks and scratches, a few chipped diamonds in the checkering and overall retains most of its orig piano varnish finish with some dark hand wear on the wrist and carry point of the forearm. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-50587 JR19

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER 2ND MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1016: SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER 2ND MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 30863. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Fine deluxe '73 with 24-1/4 oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, ivory bead Beach's combination front sight, short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges and a thick base sporting tang sight with 4" staff. Mounted with highly figured, flame grain, center crotch American walnut that has early style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver is 2nd type with attached rail mounting and impressed thumbprint dust cover. Left side of lower tang under the wood is marked with the assembly number "105" which number is also found, in pencil in the top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with 1/2 oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock, peep & Beach sights, 1/2 magazine and case hardened, received in warehouse Sept. 28, 1878 and shipped June 27, 1879 to Order number 15979. There is another ship date of Oct.2, 1878, Order #13242 which is crossed out. This rifle was produced at a time when business or pleasure was conducted from the back of a horse, wagon or buggy which exposed these firearms to the harsh elements usually with little maintenance. Firearms of this era are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 85-88% orig blue showing sharp edge wear on the oct section and thinning on the rnd section. Receiver and side plates retain about 80% orig case colors, moderately to heavily faded, stronger on the left side, turned silver on the bottom; lever & hammer retain strong case colors, faded to silver on outer faces of lever. Forearm has about a 3" repaired crack by the bbl channel at the left front end, otherwise wood is sound with light nicks and scratches. Buttstock retains about 95% strong, orig piano varnish finish and forearm retains most of a restored finish. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-50521 JR28

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE 1ST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1017: RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE 1ST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 19029. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). 1st Model '73 that has mortised receiver with 2nd type impressed thumbprint dust cover, 26" heavy oct bbl, 1" across the flats, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight and very rare Freund Bros.-type full buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is color case hardened and has sgl set trigger. Top tang has a thick target base combination tang sight with spiral knurled barrel. Mounted with beautiful 2-3X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with early style coarse checkered forearm and straight stock that has crescent buttplate with trap. Buttstock & forend cap have factory sling swivels. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number "79" and "XXX". Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Winchester Gun Museum letter addressed to renowned collector & dealer, the late Paul Sorrell, of Beaumont, TX. Letter states that the records list this rifle with 26" heavy oct bbl, case hardened, checkered stock and set trigger, shipped July 12, 1876, no other information listed. 1st Model '73s in and of themselves are rare, deluxe specimens are extremely rare and special order features as found on this rifle are exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: Paul Sorell; Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain blue in sheltered areas being mostly a smooth, even, plummy patina; receiver retains traces of case colors in sheltered areas, mostly having faded to silver; lever & hammer also retain traces of case colors. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains about all of a very old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-50640 JR21

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1018: SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 148059. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Special order deluxe '73 with rare 28" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is color case hardened and has sgl set trigger. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and black horn fleur-de-lis insert, serpentine grip buttstock that has crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with the assembly number "5380", "XXX" and an "R". It also is marked "38" which apparently indicates the caliber and the "R" represents the crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 38 with 28" oct bbl, set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock and case hardened, received in warehouse May 7, 1884 and shipped same day to Order #12250. This rifle was produced during the height of the great westward expansion when repeating firearms were in great demand. Hunting and self protection firearms were necessary tools and most all business and pleasure were conducted from the back of a horse, wagon or buggy which exposed these firearms continuously to harsh elements, usually with little maintenance. Few of them are found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig blue turning a little plum with wear only on the very sharp edges and outer radius of the magazine tube; receiver & sideplates retain most of their orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas, fading elsewhere; lever & hammer retain strong case colors, turned silver on outer faces of lever; buttplate retains 50-60% faded case colors with pitting on heel & toe. Wood is sound with a couple of bruises on forearm and light nicks & scratches elsewhere and overall retains nearly all of its orig bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-50642 JR20

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RARE 1ST MODEL 1ST TYPE WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1019: RARE 1ST MODEL 1ST TYPE WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 1612. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and short, semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver is 1st type with mortised 1st type, raised thumbprint dust cover and has a single set trigger. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap that contains an orig brass and iron four piece cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang is marked with the assembly number "108", which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with 24" oct bbl and set trigger, received in warehouse July 30, 1874 and shipped Aug. 3, 1874. 1st model 1st type '73 rifles are in and of themselves very rare and those with high orig finish are exceedingly rare. They were the first successful center fire repeating rifles, produced in the era of the Great American Westward Expansion when any repeating firearm was in great demand. They were the successor to the rimfire Henry & Model 1866 Winchesters and were substantially more efficient with re-loadable cartridges cases. They usually saw continuous service under extreme conditions usually with little or no maintenance and are almost never found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 92-94% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and some scattered fine surface etching; there are also a series of four small circles etched in the finish toward the muzzle along with a couple of other wear spots, all of which show medium patina; magazine tube retains about 95% orig blue turning plum; receiver and side plates retain 80-85% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas with fine spots of surface rust and a cleaned area on the left front side flat; lever & hammer retain faded case colors. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches on the buttstock and a series of long scratches on the forearm; buttstock retains 70-80% orig finish showing heavy heat crazing; forearm is a hand worn patina. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine. Brilliant shiny bore. 4-50767 JR27

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RARE 1ST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1020: RARE 1ST MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 21853. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4" rnd bbl with half nickel front sight and short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver is first type with mortised impressed thumbprint dust cover. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood has the assembly number "1068" with matching number in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with rnd bbl and plain trigger, received in warehouse Oct. 5, 1877 and shipped Dec. 3, 1877 to Order #10763. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl and magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig blue with a few small scattered spots of surface discoloration and a few light scratches on the bbl; Receiver and side plates retain 60-65% orig blue with the balance having flaked, not worn, to a light patina. Hammer retains strong, bright case colors and the lever strong colors on the sides, faded on the outer faces; buttplate is a mottled silver brown patina. Stock has a series of bruises on the left wrist, otherwise with normal nicks and scratches and overall retains 95-97% strong orig finish. Forend cap retains 95-96% glossy orig blue, as does the dust cover. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore with one or two spots of surface rust. 4-50549 JR26

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*RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING TRAPPER CARBINE.

Lot 1021: *RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING TRAPPER CARBINE.

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Description: SN 579080. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade carbine with rare 15" bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight & 900 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with nicely figured, slab sawed American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate with trap. Left side of the buttstock heel is stamped "WF R 40", no indication of the meaning of this mark. Receiver is 3rd type with integral rail & 3rd type dust cover. Accompanied by a Buffalo Bill Historical Center Museum letter, which identifies this carbine in 44 cal with 15" bbl, shipped on June 1, 1904. Also accompanied by a Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms letter which exempts this carbine from the purview of the National Firearms Act which allows it to be sold as a curio under the laws & regulations governing such sales. It is rare to find a trapper carbine in completely orig, serviceable condition. Most of them were sold to Central & South American users where they saw hard & continuous service in jungle conditions, some are still in use today. Generally those trapper carbines which have been repatriated to the U.S. show their extreme hard use and are usually in near relic condition. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, bbl & magazine tube retain 10-15% orig blue in the most sheltered areas with the balance a plummy brown patina. Receiver also retains blue in sheltered areas with the balance a plummy brown patina & a halo from the saddle ring. Forearm has a hairline on the right side below the bbl channel at the receiver, otherwise wood is sound with light nicks & scratches, some oil staining around the receiver & tangs and overall retains about 90% of a fine, old restored finish. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with decent shine & moderate pitting. Cleaning rod is fine. 4-50753 JR58

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*WINCHESTER 3RD MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1022: *WINCHESTER 3RD MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 611744. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and 2000 yd carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple and ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and carbine buttplate that has a trap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this carbine in cal 44, received in warehouse Oct. 12, 1906 and shipped Oct. 16, 1906 to Order number 77863. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain 97-98% crisp orig blue; receiver retains about 95% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear, some minor flaking and a halo from the saddle ring; lever & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant orig case colors; buttplate retains virtually all of its orig case colors, brilliant on the tang, lightly faded on the face, showing wear on the heel. Stock has a small bruise and a couple small scratches and retains about 98% strong orig finish; forearm has a few light scratches and a couple of nicks and retains most of its orig finish with a raised grain appearance on all the wood. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore; may be unfired. 4-50506 JR30

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WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1023: WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: Please Note (3/7/14): The caliber is 44 WCF not mentioned in the catalog. SN 270779. Standard grade carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight & "1873" marked carbine ladder rear sight. Receiver is third type with milled rail and third type dust cover. It has a staple and ring in the left side. Mounted with very highly figured, streaky, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and carbine buttplate that has a trap. This carbine was produced in about 1888 when the west was still wild and these carbines were extremely popular. They usually saw continuous hard service in a saddle scabbard or wagon box under very harsh circumstances and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 92-93% strong orig blue with some plum overtones; receiver retains 93-95% strong orig blue with light edge wear and a few small spots of surface rust; the area behind the hammer slot has some very fine pitting; hammer retains moderately faded case colors and the lever is a brown patina; stock has a couple scratches on the left wrist, otherwise wood is sound with light handling and storage nicks and scratches and overall retains most of its orig oil finish; mechanics are crisp; strong bright bore with light pitting. 4-50544 JR268

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RARE FULL NICKEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1024: RARE FULL NICKEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 189964. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight & 1873 marked carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with highly figured, uncheckered, shell grain American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate with trap containing an orig 3-pc nickel plated brass & steel cleaning rod. Full nickel finish guns such as this were usually for wild west showmen or trick shot artists. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 80% strong orig nickel showing wear around the rear sight at the carry point. Magazine tube retains about 95% strong orig nickel with some very minor flaking. Receiver & side plates overall retain about 75-80% orig nickel with fine flaking & two cleaned areas on the left side with the balance of the nickel strong & bright. Buttplate retains about 75% orig nickel. Mechanics are fine. Bright shiny bore. 4-50746 JR46

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RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 OPEN TOP LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1025: RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 OPEN TOP LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 27687. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full 1st type magazine with threaded flush cap, Rocky Mountain front sight & orig short, semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver is one of the rare rifles without a dust cover and has single set trigger. Left side of lower tang has the assembly number "405", which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Tangs also have a sub-assembly number "67". About the time this rifle was produced there appeared to have been a problem with burst primers & ruptured cartridge cases. If such an incident occurred with the dust cover closed the escaping gasses would bulge or rupture the side plates, disabling the rifle. For a couple of years Winchester made 1873 & 1876 rifles without dust covers so that should a cartridge rupture the gasses would escape upward and not damage the rifle. Apparently there was an improvement in cartridge design, along with complaints from customers about trash & dirt in the receivers so Winchester resumed standard practice of installing dust covers. During the years when dust covers were not standard, a dust cover could be special ordered and installed at the factory. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, have assembly numbers "405" top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate have matching assembly number. The Model 1873 was Winchester's first repeating center fire rifle and was introduced during the height of the great westward expansion of Manifest Destiny when any repeating firearm was in great demand, especially the much more reliable center fire arms. The '73, along with its companion Colt Single Action Army revolver, were credited with winning the west. These early rifles were virtually all sold for use on the western frontier and almost universally saw very hard service. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching. Bbl retains 40-50% mottled silver blue; magazine tube retains 40-50% strong blue with the balance a brown patina; receiver retains 50-60% thin orig blue, mostly on the sides with the top & bottom a mottled silver brown patina; lever, hammer & buttplate are a grey metal patina; stock has a short crack in the wrist at the receiver, otherwise wood is sound with usual nicks, dings & scratches, a series of bruises by the buttplate tang, a gouge in the comb & a chip out of the forearm with a couple gouges in the forearm and overall retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine; strong, dark bore with sharp rifling. 4-50638 JR297

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RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1026: RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 188205. Cal. 22 Short. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, silver bead express front sight and replacement Marlin-style semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock that has crescent buttplate without trap. Buttstock appears to be an old replacement as the condition does not match the rest of the rifle and there appears to have been an assembly number removed from the top tang channel. Buttplate is also a replacement that has an assembly number in the toe while no assembly number is on the lower tang. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in 22 caliber with oct bbl & plain trigger, received in warehouse July 29, 1885 and shipped Aug. 3, 1885 to Order #22288. According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 19,552 of these scarce small bore '73 rifles produced in the period 1884-1904. The '73 rifles in caliber 22, being rare to begin with and during their period of use, were considered to be a lady's or boy's rifle and usually saw very hard service with little care or maintenance and are rarely found today with any orig finish or shootable bore. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine plus. Bbl retains about 90% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear, turning plum in a few areas; magazine tube retains blue in sheltered areas with the balance being a smooth, even, plummy brown patina; inside magazine tube is fine and may have some replacement parts; receiver & sideplates retain 85-88% glossy orig blue, thin and turning gray on top & bottom front edges with sharp edge wear and candy striping on right side; lever & hammer retain faded case colors. Buttstock is sound with a few small gouges on left side and a black stain down right side and overall retains a dark worn patina; forearm is sound with a couple of small nicks & scratches and retains about 60% orig varnish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with a ring about mid-point. 4-50556 JR23

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RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH ATLANTA POLICE MARKING.

Lot 1027: RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH ATLANTA POLICE MARKING.

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Description: SN 286762. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine with half nickle front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is third type with milled rail and third type dust cover. Left side plate is engraved "24 / Atlanta Police". Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Buttstock and forend cap have factory sling swivels. A brief internet search disclosed a site which stated there were 125 of these rifles purchased by the Atlanta Police Department and that they are the only known Winchester rifles that will letter as having been engraved for a police department. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 88-90% orig blue turning plum; magazine tube retains about 96-97% plummy blue finish and the forend cap about 85% orig blue; receiver retains 80-85% orig blue, strong and bright in the more sheltered areas, dull and turning plum on the more exposed areas; hammer retains strong case colors and the lever faded case colors, mostly a silver/brown patina; stock has a cracked toe with light nicks and dings and shows 75-80% orig varnish with a hand worn patina; mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore with only a couple spots of light pitting. 4-50639 JR261

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RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 OPEN TOP LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1028: RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 OPEN TOP LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 27807. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full 1st type magazine with threaded flush cap, half nickel front sight & orig short, semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver is one of the rare rifles without a dust cover and has single set trigger. About the time this rifle was produced there appeared to have been a problem with burst primers & ruptured cartridge cases. If such an incident occurred with the dust cover closed the escaping gasses would bulge or rupture the side plates, disabling the rifle. For a couple of years Winchester made 1873 & 1876 rifles without dust covers so that should a cartridge rupture the gasses would escape upward and not damage the rifle. Apparently there was an improvement in cartridge design, along with complaints from customers about trash & dirt in the receivers so Winchester resumed standard practice of installing dust covers. During the years when dust covers were not standard, a dust cover could be special ordered and installed at the factory. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of upper and lower tang, under the wood, have assembly numbers "442" & lower tang has assembly number "661". Buttstock, apparently a period of use replacement is without assembly number. Buttplate has a third assembly number not matching any of the previously listed numbers. The Model 1873 was Winchester's first repeating center fire rifle and was introduced during the height of the great westward expansion of Manifest Destiny when any repeating firearm was in great demand, especially the much more reliable center fire arms. The '73, along with its companion Colt Single Action Army revolver, were credited with winning the west. These early rifles were virtually all sold for use on the western frontier and almost universally saw very hard service. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with oct bbl and set trigger received in warehouse Jan. 21, 1878 and shipped Jul. 15, 1878 to order number "12405". PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains being an overall smooth brown patina. Stock has a filled gouge on each side of the comb, a couple small bruises by the toe & a chip out of the forearm; stock also has a small crack in the toe, otherwise wood is sound and retains a light refinish on the buttstock & a dark hand worn patina on the forearm; set trigger needs adjusting, otherwise mechanics are fine; strong dark bore with sharp rifling. 4-50581 JR296

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RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH COLOR CASE HARDENED RECEIVER.

Lot 1029: RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH COLOR CASE HARDENED RECEIVER.

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Description: SN 344299. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, gold washed Beach's style combination front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is color case hardened, small bore type with stepped receiver ring. Receiver retains 50-60% orig shellac. Mounted with "extra finish" uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate without trap. Standard bbl length for model 1873 rifles was 24" and very few cal 32 rifles were made with color case hardened receivers. By the time this rifle was made, Winchester had pretty well standardized with blued receivers and color case hardened receivers were special order. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig blue with only sharp edge wear and a couple of small nicks in the edges; receiver & sideplates retain about all of their orig case colors, stronger and brighter on the right side, a little more faded on the right front & left side; hammer retains bright case colors as does the lever on the sides, fading on the faces. Wood is sound with a few light handling and storage nicks with some dulling on the forearm about the carry point and overall retains about 96-97% orig finish on the buttstock and about 60% on the forearm. Mechanics are crisp; strong bright bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-50586 JR266

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WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1030: WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 248055. Cal 38 WCF (38-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, button magazine, half nickle front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is small bore style with a stepped receiver ring and has milled rail with 3rd type dust cover. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate that has a trap. This rifle was produced in about 1887 during the height of the Indian wars and the great westward migration of Manifest Destiny when any repeating arm, especially center fire rifles were in great demand. The model 1873 was the first successful center fire repeating rifle to gain popularity and widespread distribution. These rifles were daily use working tools and usually saw extensive hard service under extreme conditions and are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 93-95% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and some light losses around the muzzle. The loss areas are a dark patina. Receiver and sideplates retain about 70% thinning orig blue mixed with medium patina; lever and hammer retain faded case colors, being mostly a brown patina on the outer faces; wood is sound with usual handling and use nicks and dings, a bruise on the forearm and small gouge on the stock and overall retains 80-90% orig varnish; mechanics are crisp; bright shiny bore with some light orange peel pitting. 4-50523 JR265

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SCARCE 1ST MODEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1031: SCARCE 1ST MODEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 15008. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Scarce 1st model carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, integral front band/front sight and Lyman 6A two leaf folding rear sight. Receiver is 1st type with mortised top containing a 2nd type dust cover with impressed thumbprint. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate with trap. These early 1873s, upon introduction were immediately purchased and put into service on the American frontier by the frontiersman & pioneers moving west during the great westward expansion of Manifest Destiny. This was a time of major Indian fighting when saddle guns were most in demand, especially center fire repeaters. They usually saw continuous hard service and tremendous inclement weather on a daily basis and are rarely found today in orig configuration with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains with the metal overall being an even, smooth dark brown patina. Stock has a hairline on the back of the top tang; some minor grain checks near the buttplate and shows considerable battering & saddle bow wear on the forearm, otherwise wood is sound with a dark hand worn patina; a few of the receiver screws are replacements. Mechanics are fine; strong dark bore with good rifling. 4-50527 JR298

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1032: RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 201503. Cal. 22 Short. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4" rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Inside magazine tube appears to be original. Left side of bbl & receiver have small British proofs. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Bottom of stock is branded with the large initials "PHC". Under the buttplate is a small rectangular piece of paper inscribed "Property of A Entwistle" with identifying information about the rifle. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 22 with rnd bbl, plain trigger, received in warehouse April 14, 1886, converted to shotgun butt May 25, 1886 and shipped same day to Order #6750. According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 19,552 of these scarce small bore '73 rifles produced in the period 1884-1904. The '73 rifles in caliber 22, being rare to begin with, were, during their period of use, considered to be a lady's or boy's rifle and usually saw very hard service with little care or maintenance and are rarely found today with any orig finish or shootable bore. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good. Bbl & magazine tube retain a smooth, even plum patina with traces of orig blue in sheltered areas with scattered light surface rust; right side of chamber area of bbl has two small dings; receiver & sideplates retain 50-60% thin orig blue with fine surface etching; hammer retains dark case colors; lever & buttplate are a blue/brown patina. Wood is sound with the buttstock having a series of light scratches on both sides and overall retains about 70% orig varnish; forearm shows light nicks & scratches with a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore with visible rifling. 4-50545 JR24

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SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1033: SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 112091. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4 bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight & semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is small bore type with stepped receiver ring and has a single set trigger. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with the assembly number "1276" & an "S". There is also an obliterated assembly number. Top tang channel of the buttstock has the matching "1276" assembly number & "38". Matching assembly number is also found inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in Cal. 38 with 26" oct bbl and set trigger, received in warehouse Feb. 23, 1883 and shipped April 7, 1883 to order number "3541". This rifle was produced at a time when the west was still pretty wild and repeating arms were daily working tools. Arms of that era are rarely found today with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 90-92% strong orig blue with only sharp edge wear & a couple small dings on the edges; magazine tube retains blue in sheltered areas, being an overall plummy brown patina; receiver & side plates retain 60-70% thin orig blue, mostly from flaking not wear; lever & hammer retain faded & darkened case colors; wood is sound having been lightly cleaned and retains a light oiled finish; hammer will not hold in the half cock notch, otherwise the mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore. 4-50525 JR299

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*SCARCE WINCHESTER SMALL BORE MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1034: *SCARCE WINCHESTER SMALL BORE MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 601564. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, barley corn front sight and 900 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Receiver is small bore third type with stepped receiver ring and machined rail with a third type dust cover. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and carbine buttplate without trap. Very few 1873 carbines were made in cal 32. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains about 70% orig blue turning plum with some chemical streaking on the left side about mid-point; magazine tube retains about 95% orig blue with some light surface spotting; receiver and side plates retain 60-70% dull orig blue with light surface spotting and edge wear, turning brown on the bottom; lever and hammer retain traces of case color, stronger on the hammer; wood is sound with a few light nicks and scratches, a couple small gouges on the forearm and retains about 95% orig finish; mechanics are crisp; strong bore with moderate pitting. 4-50580 JR269

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SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1035: SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 56891. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 28" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight & orig short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver is 2nd type with attached rail and 3rd type dust cover. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter that shows this rifle with 28" oct bbl & plain trigger, received in warehouse Aug. 26, 1880, shipped Oct. 8, 1880 to order number 22362. This rifle was produced during the height of the Indian wars when outdoorsmen & hunters ordered the extra length bbl because of their inherent accuracy with the black powder cartridges. Firearms of that era usually saw extensive hard service under very harsh circumstances and are rarely found today with any orig finish. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain traces of orig blue, being an overall smooth dark brown patina; left side of the receiver & left side plate have a couple spots of scattered pitting; wood is sound with usual nicks & scratches and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine; strong bore with light to moderate pitting. 4-50601 JR300

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RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1036: RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 341829. Cal. 22 Short. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mtn. front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut that has straight stock & crescent buttplate without trap. According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms there were only 19,552 of these scarce small bore '73 rifles produced in the period 1884-1904. The '73 rifles in caliber 22, being rare to begin with, were considered to be a lady's or boy's rifle and usually saw very hard service with little care or maintenance and are rarely found today with any orig finish or shootable bore. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fair to good. Only traces of orig finish remain on the receiver with the balance of the metal a cleaned gray metal patina; side flats of bbl forward of the forend cap have vice marks. Wood is sound showing considerable battering & heavy wear and retains an old refinish. Hammer is not solid in safety notch, otherwise mechanics are fine, worn dark bore with traces of rifling. 4-50535 JR25

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*VERY LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1037: *VERY LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 702589. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, square base front sight and three leaf express rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and carbine buttplate with trap. This is a very late production carbine from the late 1920's or early 1930's. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fair to good. Bbl & magazine tube retain blue in sheltered areas with the balance of the metal a dark brown patina with fine frosty pitting over the receiver & side plates; stock has several grain checks and a nail in the comb, shows heavy and hard use with an old restored finish; forearm has a crack on the left side and shows hard use with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine; strong bore, dark in the grooves. 4-50505 JR301

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SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1038: SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 205201. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and 1873 marked carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Receiver, lever, hammer, buttplate, magazine tube and bbl bands appear to have been nickel finish and the bbl blue. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate with trap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this carbine with nickel finish, received in warehouse May 1, 1886 and shipped May 6, 1887 to order number 17923. A note in the records states "May 3, 1887, all nickel except barrel". With the nickel finish it is very unlikely that this carbine would not have been ordered or purchased by a working cowboy or anyone in law enforcement. It probably was a gift to someone for a special occasion or perhaps by a wild west showman. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fair to good. Receiver retains 10-15% orig nickel, mostly on the bottom tang & left side; lever & hammer retain traces of nickel with the balance of the metal a gray metal patina with light to moderate pitting, heavy on right side of receiver; wood shows nicks & scratches with three small filled holes on left side of the buttstock & forearm, a bruise on the buttstock, a filled area on the forearm where it meets the receiver and a hairline in the wrist and overall retains a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine; worn dark bore. 4-50529 JR302

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EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE MODEL WINCHESTER 1876 SADDLE RING CARBINE INSCRIBED TO ANTONIO C. HESING/CHICAGO/E.U.A.

Lot 1039: EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE MODEL WINCHESTER 1876 SADDLE RING CARBINE INSCRIBED TO ANTONIO C. HESING/CHICAGO/E.U.A.

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Description: SN 22581. Cal. 45-75. Rare nickel trim 2nd model '76 carbine with 22" bbl, full length forearm, barleycorn front sight & orig reverse mounted, 1000 yard ladder rear sight. Receiver is 2nd type with attached rail & 3rd type dust cover. Left side plate is engraved "ANTONIO C. HESING / CHICAGO / E.U.A." Receiver, bbl band, fore end cap and buttplate are nickel finish. Mounted with exceptional 3-4X, center crotch, flame & burl grain American walnut with H-style fine checkered forearm & horn fleur-de-lis insert serpentine grip buttstock that has carbine buttplate without trap. Buttstock has a recess under the buttplate but not sufficiently deep for a cleaning rod. Left side of receiver has a stud & ring. Left side of lower tang under the wood is marked with the assembly number "1482", "XXX" & a "C". Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe buttplate. The "C" indicates carbine. Accompanied by a Winchester Gun Museum postcard dated April 18, 1972 over the signature of T.E. Hall, Curator, which identifies this carbine in Cal. 45-75 with checkered pistol grip stock & nickel trim, shipped March 15, 1882, no additional information listed. Also accompanied by a letter on Chicago Historial Society letterhead over the signature of Herbert G. Houze, Curator of Weapons & Military History. Mr. Houze states that there is very little information regarding Mr. Hesing other than that he was mentioned as the publisher of "The Staats Zeitung". In the second paragraph Mr. Houze states "There is evidence (largely unsubstantiated) that he was a strong supporter of Mexican President Porfiro (sic) Diaz. This hypothesis is supported by the inscription on the rifle "E.U.A." which is Spanish for "Estados Unidos de AmÈrica" which is translated to "United States of America". PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl retains a thin blue/gray patina with a few scattered spots of light surface discoloration; receiver, side plates & carrier retain 65-70% orig nickel with most of the losses from flaking, not wear; right front side flat has a small spot of wear; hammer retains strong, bright case colors; lever retains traces of case colors being mostly a brown patina; buttplate retains 30-40% orig nickel with the balance flaked. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig fine hand rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant, shiny bore. 4-50621 JR59

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SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1040: SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 43285. Cal. 45-75. Standard grade carbine with 22" bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and 1876 marked carbine ladder rear sight. Receiver is 3rd type with milled rail and 3rd type dust cover. It has a stud and ring in the left sid. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with full length forearm, steel nose cap and single band. Buttstock has straight grip and carbine buttplate. Although this carbine was not purchased by the Canadian Northwest Mounted Police, it is very close to those serial ranges. This was a very popular carbine in its day, being the first carbine to handle the large bore cartridges. They usually saw very hard service and are rarely found with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 65-70% orig blue, strong in sheltered areas; receiver sideplates and dust cover retain 65-70% orig blue, strong and bright in sheltered areas showing heavy flaking on the left sideplate and right front flat; lever and hammer retain strong case colors, turned a little dark and faded to silver on outer faces of lever; stock is missing a sliver by the top tang, otherwise wood is sound and retains an old restored finish; mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore. 4-50679 JR264

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SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876

Lot 1041: SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 "BIG 50" LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 8649. Cal. 50-95 Express. Standard grade rifle with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, combination front sight, short, orig semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges and a thick base sporting rear sight that has 4" staff. Receiver is second type with attached rail and second type dust cover with impressed thumb print. Dust cover is engraved "WINCHESTER EXPRESS / .50 CAL. 95 GRS." Chamber area of the bbl on the top flat is marked ".50 CAL. EXPRESS". Receiver also has sgl set trigger. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate that has trap containing an orig 5-pc brass and steel cleaning rod. Buttstock and forend cap have factory sling loops. Standard bbl length for 1876 rifles was 28" except for the 50-95 which was standard with 26" bbls. Rifles in this caliber were very popular with north woods and Rocky Mountain hunters for moose and bear and anything else that crossed their paths. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. bbl and magazine tube retain 75-80% orig blue with fine surface etching over the top 3 and 2 side flats; magazine tube also has some fine surface etching; receiver, sideplates and dust cover retain about 80% orig blue, thin on the front side flats; hammer retains strong case colors and the lever faded case colors on the sides, faded and turned dark on the outer faces; wood is sound with a few nicks and scratches and retains about all of its original oil finish; mechanics are crisp; brilliant shiny bore. Cleaning rod is fine. 4-50641 JR267

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WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1042: WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 11395. Cal. 45-75. Standard grade rifle with 28" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and 1876 marked ladder rear sight. Receiver is 2nd type with attached dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 45-75 with oct bbl and plain trigger, received in warehouse Oct. 7, 1880 and shipped Apr. 11, 1881 to order number "25107". This rifle was produced and shipped during the height of the Indian wars on the western frontier and likely would have seen service out there under extreme conditions probably with minimal maintenance. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains about 50% thin orig blue with the balance a brown patina; magazine tube is mostly a brown patina; receiver & side plates retain 50-60% thin orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas; lever & hammer retain traces of faded case colors; stock has a series of small dings on the left wrist along with a larger bruise, otherwise is sound with a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine; very bright shiny bore. 4-50592 JR382

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WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1043: WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 18574. Cal. 45-60. Standard grade rifle with 28" oct bbl, full magazine, replacement ivory or bone front sight and a replacement Kentucky rifle-style, fine "V" notch, long rear sight and a thick base, spiral knurled, combination tang sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver is 2nd type with 3rd type dust cover. This rifle appears to have been manufactured in about 1881 during the height of the Great Westward Expansion and the Indian wars. Very likely this rifle would have seen frontier service under harsh circumstances with little maintenance. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains 60-65% dull orig blue with the balance a brown patina; magazine tube and forend cap are mostly a brown patina; receiver retains 30-40% thin, dull blue with the balance a brown patina; stock has two cracks near the buttplate and a gouge in the left wrist, otherwise wood is sound and retains 50-60% orig finish and a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore, would make a good shooter. 4-50597 JR384

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WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1044: WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 10743. Cal. 45-60. Standard grade rifle with 28" rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with screw and an 1876 marked ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver is 2nd type with attached dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms museum letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 45-60 with rnd bbl & plain trigger, received in warehouse Oct.1, 1880 and shipped Nov.2, 1881 to order number "22717". This rifle also was produced during the height of the Indian wars and likely would have seen hard service on the American frontier, probably with little maintenance. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl & magazine tube retain blue in sheltered areas being mostly a mottled plummy patina with some fine pitting on the magazine tube; receiver & side plates retain 50-60% thin orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas; stock has a chip at the receiver with nicks, dings & scratches and retains a fine hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine; strong bore with good shine. 4-50593 JR383

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WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1045: WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 7247. Cal. 45-60. Standard grade rifle with 28" oct bbl, full magazine, replacement bone or ivory front sight and 1876 marked ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver is 2nd type with attached dust cover rail and 3rd type dust cover. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with rnd bbl, plain trigger, "lid" (which means dust cover), received in warehouse Jan. 21, 1879, changed to "45-60 octagon" and shipped April 5, 1880 to order number 19528. Apparently this rifle had been manufactured in a less desirable caliber which did not sell immediately so when the order for a cal. 45-60 rifle came in they simply changed the bbl & carrier and shipped it. This rifle was produced during the height of the Great Westward Expansion and Indian wars and undoubtedly saw service on the frontier. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains with the bbl and magazine tube a smooth chocolate brown patina; receiver & side plates are a matching patina with some fine pitting on the left side plate; wood is sound showing moderate to heavy wear with nicks, dings, scratches & a few gouges and overall retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine; strong dark bore with very fine pitting. 4-50585 JR385

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EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER DELUXE MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE.

Lot 1046: EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER DELUXE MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE.

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Description: SN 106787. Cal. 45-90. Very rare short rifle with extremely rare 23" oct bbl, 5-cartridge magazine, Lyman ivory bead sporting front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with about 3X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol gripped stock that has smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked with the assembly number "846" and an "S". The "S" indicates shotgun butt. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock & inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in cal 45-90 with 23" oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, Lyman front and rear sights, 5 cartridge magazine and shotgun butt "As per sketch", received in warehouse Oct. 30, 1895 and shipped the same day to Order number 23424. Also accompanied by a copy of the shipping records book page with the entry for this rifle highlighted. Deluxe '86 rifles are not uncommon however those with the special order features of this rifle are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear, a couple of small nicks and a few tiny scattered spots of surface discoloration; magazine tube retains about 99% strong orig blue and the magazine cap about 60% orig case colors; receiver retains 60-70% orig case colors, lightly to moderately faded on the sides, more heavily faded on the top and mostly turned silver on the bottom; hammer retains bright case colors and the lever faded case colors, bright in sheltered areas; buttplate retains about 75% thin blue. Stock has a tiny hairline back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with a few light nicks and scratches and overall retains about 98% bright, orig piano varnish finish on the buttstock and about 90% on the forearm, showing wear only at the carry point. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore, show very little, if any use. 4-50532 JR38

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SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1047: SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 48446. Cal. 50 Express (50-110). Standard grade carbine with 22" round bbl, full magazine, square base front sight and a 3-leaf platinum line carbine rear sight. Receiver has a stud & ring in left side. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this carbine in caliber 50-110 with Winchester Express rear sight, received in warehouse Oct. 17, 1890 and shipped same day. Order # not indicated. Any 1886 saddle ring carbine is to be considered scarce but those with color case hardened receivers in caliber 50 Express are very rare. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain most of their orig finish with strong blue in sheltered areas and the balance turned plum; receiver retains most of its orig case colors on the sides & top, brilliant in sheltered areas, especially around the saddle ring stud and right rear gullet, moderately to heavily faded elsewhere; bottom is a dark patina; lever retains strong colors on sides & inside the loops, faded to brown on outer faces; hammer retains dark case colors; wood is sound with some oil staining around top tang, a few light nicks & scratches and retains a fine, professionally restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting. 4-50623 JR10

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EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE.

Lot 1048: EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE.

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Description: SN 10897. Cal. 45-70. Wonderful half nickel deluxe '86 with rare 22" heavy oct bbl, full magazine, gold washed Beach's combination front sight, "1876" marked ladder rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Top flat of bbl is fully matted with caliber marking on left top flat. Receiver, forend cap & buttplate are factory nickel finish. Mounted with 2-3X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with 8-3/8" H-style checkered forearm and black insert serpentine grip buttstock that has smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number "2890" and "XXX" with an "S". The "S" signifies shotgun buttplate. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-70 with 22" matted oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Lyman sporting sights, shotgun butt and half nickel. Received in warehouse Dec. 3, 1887 and shipped two days later to Order #1874. Early 1886 rifles with this many and unusual special order features are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 85-88% orig blue mixed with light patina; magazine tube has a small cleaned spot and retains about 90% orig blue; receiver, overall retains 65-70% orig nickel turning milky; forend cap retains about 85% orig nickel and the buttplate is mostly polished metal with light pitting on the heel. Stock has a hairline back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound and retains a restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered light pitting and a light ring about 1" from muzzle. Altogether an extremely rare and desirable '86 rifle. 4-50538 JR11

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SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1049: SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 77399. Cal. 50 Express (50-110). Standard grade carbine with 22" round bbl, full magazine, square base front sight and 2000 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Receiver has a stud & ring in left side. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate. Left side of buttstock is hand inscribed "J.S.L." / "1893". Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this carbine in caliber 50-110, received in warehouse June 16, 1893 and shipped same day to Order #19791. Any 1886 saddle ring carbine is to be considered scarce but those with color case hardened receivers in caliber 50 Express are very rare. PROVENANCE: Tommy Rholes Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 95% strong orig blue, turning a little plum; receiver retains most of its orig case colors lightly to moderately faded on sides and top, turned silver on bottom; lever & hammer retain faded case colors turned very dark on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound with a few light scratches and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a couple of small scattered spots of pitting. 4-50517 JR9

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