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Auction Description for Rock Island: September Collectors Firearms Auction Day 2
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Full preview day September 11, 2014 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Preview also available each day before the auction begins.
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Any time one opens a Rock Island Auction Company Premiere Auction Catalog, they're assured to see the best of the best. The September Premiere Firearms Auction will provide no exception, but will additionally host a myriad of scarcely seen variations and prototypes that collectors are certain to snatch up in an effort to fill the persistent holes in their own collections. With the abundance of beauty and rarity present in the upcoming auction, it's certain to leave many collectors and investors elated with their new found additions. The amount of Colts in this auction dwarfs any other manufacturer at over 550 items. Thanks in part to the Donald Kotecki Collection, the selection is bursting with examples sporting high condition, cases, factory master engravings, attractive finishes, historical significance, gold inlays, special grips, diamond inlays, and several experimental variations. First and foremost to Colt collectors is likely to be the historic Colt Model 1847 C Company Walker revolver, No. 147. Though not far behind will be the rare, documented, factory engraved ("C") and gold inlaid Colt Government Model semi-automatic pistol. The ornate Colts in this auction know no bounds as is seen in the factory engraved, carved pearl grip, diamond inlaid Single Action Army and even a supremely impressive gold Damascene Colt 1851 Navy revolver that must be seen to be believed. Historic Colts include two presentation pistols given by cowboy film star Harry Carey to two distinguished statesmen, as well as an extraordinary "Rough Rider" Colt Artillery Model Single Action Army revolver with its holster and factory letter. Not to mention the exceptional quality, early production Colt 1921 fully automatic Thompson submachine gun complete with its original FBI case, plus its drum & stick magazines, eight experimental Colt revolvers, a near new, factory engraved Colt Woodsman, and a near mint, Colt Burgess lever action rifle - the finest we have ever had the pleasure to offer. To say that RIAC has Colts covered is an understatement.

September Collectors Firearms Auction Day 2

(884 Lots)

by Rock Island Auction Company


884 lots with images

September 13, 2014

Live Auction

7819 42nd Street West

Rock Island, IL, 61201 USA

Phone: 800-238-8022

Fax: 309-797-1655

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Rare First Year Production Winchester Model 1866 Saddle Ring Flat Side Carbine

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Description: Rare First Year Production Winchester Model 1866 Saddle Ring Flat Side Carbine Winchester Model 1866 Carbine manufactured in 1866. The carbine has very desirable early features that include: (1) Henry and King patent dates on the barrel, (2) flat loading port cover, (3) two screw upper tang and (4) Henry style rear receiver profile. The barrel has the first style barrel band with integral front sight blade and early style, hinged leaf, rear sight. The magazine has the early, threaded cap. The left side of the receiver has a staple mounted saddle ring. The hammer has coarse, borderless, knurling on the spur and lacks a half-cock notch. The lever loop is the early small size. The carbine has a Henry style, crescent brass buttplate with pointed spur and brass trap door. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the first style legend: "HENRY'S PATENT-OCT. 16. 1860/KING"S PATENT-MARCH 29. 1866." in two lines between the lower barrel band and the rear sight. The stock was not removed to examine the serial number stamped on the left side of the lower tang but the inside of the buttplate is stamped with the rifle serial number "12979". The butt trap contains a three-piece, jointed cleaning rod with brass tip. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut. The barrel, magazine, barrel bands, and loading gate are blued. The hammer, lever and trigger are casehardened. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1866 BBL: 20 inch Stock: Gauge: 44 RF Finish: blue/brass Grips: Serial Number: 12979 Class: Antique Condition: Very good. The rifle is all original. The barrel, magazine, barrel bands, rear sight and loading gate have a dark, untouched patina. The barrel legend is faint. The case colors on the hammer, trigger and lever have a mottled brown patina. The brass receiver and buttplate are in good overall condition. The receiver has scattered light dents and scratches and the upper edges of the side plates have numerous shallow disassembly marks. There are a number of shallow scratches in the left side of the receiver surrounding the saddle ring. The stock and forearm are in good overall condition with moderate handling wear that consists of shallow dents and scratches. The stock and forearm are solid with no period or modern repairs. All Model 1866 Carbines were working guns that saw hard use but the early carbines; particularly first year production carbines like this example, were used especially hard. Surviving examples are rare in any condition. This is an outstanding example of a very desirable first year production Winchester Model 1866 Carbine with early features. This carbine would be an impressive addition to the most advanced collection of Winchester or Western firearms.

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Stunning Civil War Production New Haven Arms First Model Henry Lever Action Rifle

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Description: Stunning Civil War Production New Haven Arms First Model Henry Lever Action Rifle This is an extraordinary example of a Henry lever action rifle that was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co. of New Haven, Connecticut, in 1863. The rifle has the distinctive brass receiver and crescent buttplate with octagon barrel and integral 15-shot magazine. The rifle has the first style receiver with rear sight dovetail and early style buttplate with rounded heel. The rear sight dovetail on the receiver was discontinued about serial number 3,000 and a buttplate with pointed heel was introduced at about serial number 4,000. The barrel has the second pattern nickel silver front sight blade with tapered front and flat back and third pattern folding leaf rear sight. The third pattern rear sight is distinguished by "900" stamped below the center notch in the top of the leaf elevator bar with rounded ends and lack of the elevator stop screw in the top of the leaf. The magazine has the large diameter brass follower used after serial number 1,900. The receiver has milled flats on either side of the follower slot. The stock and barrel are not fitted with a sling swivel and loop for a sling hook (sling swivels and loops were extra cost, special order items until mid-1863). The buttplate has a hinged brass trapdoor and the butt trap contains a jointed four-piece hickory cleaning rod. The stock is straight grain American walnut with a varnished piano finish. The rifle has a blue barrel and integral magazine. The hammer, trigger and lever are color casehardened. The rear sight components, bolt and receiver, trigger spring and buttplate screws have a fire blue finish. The top barrel flat is roll stamped with the two-line legend "HENRY'S PATENT. OCT. 16. 1860/MANUFACT'D BY THE NEWHAVEN ARMS.CO. NEWHAVEN.CT." The legend is the smaller first style which utilizes Roman (serifed) letters for all of the address except for the second "NEWHAVEN" which is stamped in Gothic (block) letters. The "H" inspection mark of B. Tyler Henry is stamped on the lower tang behind the lever latch. The serial number "2427" is stamped on the top barrel flat between the rear sight and the receiver, the left side of the lower receiver tang beneath the stock, the stock in the upper tang inlet, the inside of the buttplate below the trap, the hand-fitted buttplate screws and the upper and lower tang screws. All of the visible serial numbers match. The period initials "JB" are lightly scratched in the left stock wrist facing the receiver. The initials are 5/16-inch high and 14-16-inch long and are on noticeable on close inspection. Experts believe that most of the 7,500 Henry rifles manufactured between April 1862 and January 1865 were purchased for use in the Civil War and saw some military service. Aside from 900 rifles purchased by the Ordnance Department in 1863-1864 to arm the 1st D.C. Cavalry Regiment, nearly all Henry rifles used in the Civil War were privately purchased by soldiers who wanted to have the most advanced firearm available and take advantage of the sustained firepower of a 15-shot magazine rifle. As a result, the great majority of the Henry rifles under serial number 7,500 show moderate to heavy wear. Henry rifles manufactured during the Civil War with any original finish are very rare. Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co. Model: Henry Rifle BBL: 24 inch octagon Stock: varnished walnut Gauge: 44 Henry RF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 2427 Class: Antique Condition: Extremely fine. This rifle is completely original and retains at least 80% of the original blue finish overall. The blue finish on the barrel and integral magazine is thin but remains at least 80% intact. Significant wear is limited to two small areas of pitting on the right side of the barrel and the magazine near the muzzle. Most of the fire blue finish is present on the bolt, trigger spring and receiver and buttplate screws. The hammer, trigger and lever retain 90% of the subdued casehardened finish. The brass receiver and buttplate are excellent. The brass has a very attractive untouched mustard yellow patina. The side plate joints are perfect and the side plates do not appear to have been removed from the receiver. Receiver wear is limited to several very minor handling marks. The barrel legend, serial numbers, and "H" inspection mark are very sharp. The bore is mirror bright which is very unusual in a Henry rifle. The stock is excellent and retains more than 90% of the original piano finish. Stock wear consists of a few scattered and very minor handling and storage marks, some shallow chips in the toe next to the buttplate and the previously mentioned period initials. This is a stunning example of a Civil War production Henry rifle that retains most of the original finish and shows very little handling wear. It would be extremely difficult to find a better example of a Henry rifle manufactured between 1862 and 1865.

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Exceptional Cased, Special Order Winchester Model 1876 Deluxe Lever Action Rifle

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Description: Exceptional Cased, Special Order Winchester Model 1876 Deluxe Lever Action Rifle This is an outstanding example of a Winchester Model 1876 Deluxe Lever Action Rifle that was manufactured in 1883. The rifle has the Third Model integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated rear edges. The forearm cap, receiver, hammer, lever and crescent buttplate are color casehardened and the barrel and magazine are blued. The dust cover, loading gate, bolt and trigger have a niter blue finish. The rifle has a full octagon 28-inch barrel and full length magazine. The barrel has a 'Hunting Style' front sight with colored insert and adjustable folding leaf rear sight marked "1876" on the top of the leaf. A special order graduated peep sight is mounted on the upper tang. The rifle is fitted with a special order single set-trigger. The forearm and pistol grip stock are highly figured, "Fancy Grain", walnut with "Style H" checkering and a high polish 'piano' finish. The bottom of the pistol grip has an ebony inlay. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the legend: "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860." in two lines ahead of the rear sight. "CAL 40-60" is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. "40-60" is roll-stamped in script across the bottom of the cartridge elevator. The serial number, "45724" is roll-stamped across the bottom of the lower receiver tang between the lever latch and the tang screw. The rifle is accompanied by a period, wooden case that contains a three-piece, jointed wooden cleaning rod. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1876 BBL: 28 inch Stock: deluxe walnut checkered Gauge: 40-60 WCF Finish: blue/case-hardened Grips: Serial Number: 45724 Class: Antique Condition: Excellent. The rifle is all original and is in a remarkable state of preservation. The barrel and magazine have nearly 95% of the original blue finish with some very minor edge wear at the muzzle. The front sight blade is missing the colored insert. The barrel markings are crisp. The forearm cap, receiver, hammer and lever have 85% of the original casehardened finish with strong case colors. The case colors have silvered slightly on the contact points on the bottom of the receiver and lever. The case colors on the buttplate show moderate handling wear and are half intact. The loading gate, dust cover, bolt and trigger retain more the 90% of the delicate, fire blue, finish. The deluxe walnut stock and forearm are both in excellent condition; nearly all of the high polish 'piano' finish remains, the checkering is sharp and wear is limited to a few, scattered, insignificant, handling marks. The wooden case is in fair condition; the exterior has numerous old dents and scratches, the interior has been period re-lined and the handle and closing strap are modern replacements. This is an excellent example of a deluxe, special order Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle.

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Desirable Winchester Fourth Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

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Description: Desirable Winchester Fourth Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle Winchester Model 1866 rifle manufactured in 1881. The rifle has the Fourth Model receiver profile and serial number roll-stamped on the lower tang behind the lever latch. The rifle has a full-octagon barrel and full-length magazine. The barrel has a dove-tail mounted sporting style front sight with rounded blade and a flat top, sporting style, rear sight. The upper tang is factory drilled and tapped for a rear sight. The stock has a crescent steel buttplate with sliding brass trap door. The hammer spur has bordered, impressed, knurling. The barrel, magazine and forearm cap are blued and the hammer, trigger, lever and crescent buttplate are case-hardened. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860." in two lines ahead of the rear sight. The serial number "156270" is stamped in script numerals on the lower tang between the lever latch and the tang screw. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1866 BBL: 24 Inch Stock: walnut Gauge: 44 RF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 156270 Class: Antique Condition: Fine. The rifle is all original and retains crisp traces of the blue finish. The balance of the blue finish on the barrel magazine, forearm cap and loading gate has a deep brown patina with occasional minor spots of surface discoloration. The barrel legend is light but fully legible. The case colors on the hammer, trigger and lever have a mottled, plum brown, patina. The buttplate has a dark patina with some dark surface rust and some scattered pitting at the heel. The brass receiver is in very fine condition with tight side plate joints. The receiver has some light scratches and handling marks. The brass has an attractive age patina. The stock and forearm are in good-very good condition and show moderate handling wear. There is a one-inch, hairline, age crack in the left side of the stock near the toe of the buttplate and the edges of the forearm barrel channel are slightly rounded from handling. This is a good looking, all original, example of the iconic "Yellow Boy". Probably no long arm is more closely associated with the Western Frontier than the Winchester Model 1866 rifle.

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Exceptional and Rare Documented Winchester Model 1886 50-100-450 Express Rifle with Factory Letter

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Description: Exceptional and Rare Documented Winchester Model 1886 50-100-450 Express Rifle with Factory Letter This Winchester Model 1886 Sporting Rifle is chambered for the 50-100-450 Express cartridge. A search record from the Cody Firearms Museum Records Office included with the rifle identifies Model 1886 Rifle serial number 118464 as caliber 50/100/450 with a round barrel and a plain trigger. The record shows that this rifle was received in the Winchester warehouse on November 5, 1898 and shipped October 23, 1901. The rifle has a blued 26-inch round barrel and full length magazine. The receiver, forearm cap, hammer, lever and crescent buttplate are color casehardened. The straight grain walnut stock and forearm have a varnish finish. The rifle has a Winchester Express front sight with gold bead and the rare Winchester Express rear sight with short yardage leaves. The three leaves have platinum sight lines and are graduated for 50, 100 or 200 yards. The Express rear sight was standard only on Model 1886 rifles chambered for the 50-100-450 Express cartridge. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the legend: "-MANUFACTURED BY THE-/- WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. - " in two lines ahead of the rear sight. The caliber designation: "50-100-450" is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. "-MODEL 1886-" is roll-stamped on the upper receiver tang. The lower receiver tang is stamped with the 1884 and 1885 patent dates behind the trigger and the serial number "118464" in script numerals behind the rear tang screw. The powerful 50-100-450 Express cartridge was introduced by Winchester for the Model 1886 rifle in 1895 but was not popular with American hunters and was discontinued in 1910. Model 1886 Express Rifles chambered for the 50-100-450 cartridge are extremely rare. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1886 BBL: 26 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 50-100-450 Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: Serial Number: 118464 Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun Condition: Excellent. The rifle retains 98% of the original blue and 95% plus color casehardened finish. The barrel, magazine and bolt retain nearly all of the factory blue finish. Most of the fiery niter blue finish is present on the loading gate. The case colors on the forearm cap, receiver, hammer and lever are vivid. The case colors on the crescent buttplate have faded slightly but have not silvered. All of the barrel and receiver markings are sharp. The stock and forearm are in excellent overall condition with a few scattered and very minor handling marks. The stock and forearm retain 95% of the original varnish finish. This is an excellent example of a rare and highly desirable Winchester Model 1886 50-100-450 Express Rifle.

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Deluxe Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Co. Volcanic Lever Action Carbine with Rare 25 Inch Barrel and Checkered Stock

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Description: Deluxe Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Co. Volcanic Lever Action Carbine with Rare 25 Inch Barrel and Checkered Stock Factory engraved, silver-plated, Volcanic Lever-Action Carbine manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co. c. 1858. The carbine has the desirable 25-inch blued barrel and integral magazine. The hammer and lever have a casehardened finish. The brass receiver and crescent buttplate are silver plated and are engraved with the large, open, scroll work, typically found on factory engraved Volcanic pistols and carbines. The straight grain American walnut stock has a high polish "piano" finish. The stock wrist has checkered panels on either side that feature well executed, flat top checkering and double line borders. The carbine has a nickel-silver, flat back, front sight blade. The rear sight is mounted on the carbine receiver and has the distinctive elevation wheel. The magazine follower is the lever-shaped type used on Volcanic carbines. The hammer spur has deep, borderless knurling. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the legend "NEW HAVEN CONN./PATENT FEB. 14. 1854". This legend was adopted after Oliver Winchester reorganized the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company into the New Haven Arms Company in April 1857 and eliminates all references to the Volcanic Company. The serial number. "295" is stamped on the right side of the loading lever, the lower right side of the tang beneath the stock, on the top of the stock heel beneath the buttplate, on the inside of the buttplate heel and on the shank of both hand-fitted buttplate screws. All of the visible serial numbers match. The "2941" assembly number is also stamped on the lower right side of the tang behind the serial number. The Volcanic pistols and carbines were revolutionary firearms. The combination of self-cocking lever action combined with an integral spring loaded magazine and self contained, primed cartridges set the Volcanic carbines and pistols apart from contemporary percussion firearms. Although the Volcanic firearms were not technically or commercially successful, the basic design, when combined with a cased rimfire cartridge, evolved into the popular Henry rifles and highly successful Winchester Model 1866, 1873 and 1876 lever action rifles and carbines. Deluxe, factory engraved, silver plated, Volcanic pistols and carbines like this example are scarce, historically significant and key pieces in any advanced collection of Winchester lever-action rifles. The writer knows of only one other deluxe Volcanic 25 inch rifle! Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co. Model: Volcanic BBL: 25 inch Stock: walnut Gauge: 41 Volcanic Finish: blue/silver plated Grips: Serial Number: 295 Class: Antique Condition: Fine. The blue finish on the barrel and magazine has aged to an even plum brown patina. The barrel edges are sharp, and the markings are crisp. There are some scattered rough spots and small areas of light pitting along the edges of the magazine follower slot. The brass receiver and buttplate retain 75% of the original silver plated finish with wear on contact points. The well executed scroll engraving is crisp. The case colors on the hammer and lever have aged to a mottled, gray-brown patina. Traces of fire blue finish are present on the front sight. The stock is in fine condition and retains 80% of the original piano finish. The stock has scattered light superficial handling marks and scratches. The two upper tang screws are replacements; all of the other components appear to be original. This is an extremely fine example of a rare, deluxe, New Haven Arms Company Volcanic Lever Action carbine with factory engraving, silver plated receiver, 25 inch barrel, and deluxe checkered stock.

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Documented Excellent Deluxe Special Order Third Model Winchester 1873 Rifle with Factory Letter

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Description: Documented Excellent Deluxe Special Order Third Model Winchester 1873 Rifle with Factory Letter Deluxe, special order, Winchester Model 1873 rifle with Third Model integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated edges. The rifle is complete with a Cody Firearms Museum letter that describes the rifle features as: "38 caliber", "Barrel Length: 28 inches", "Barrel Shape: Octagon", "Set Trigger", "Checkered stock with pistol grip" and "Casehardened". The special order, 28-inch octagon barrel and full-length magazine have the Winchester commercial blue finish. The dust cover, loading gate and trigger are niter blue. The forearm cap, receiver, hammer, lever and crescent buttplate are color case-hardened. The forearm and pistol grip stock are highly figured, fancy grade walnut with checkered panels and high polish 'piano' finish. The pistol grip has an ebony inlay. The receiver has the stepped profile found on .38 caliber and smaller arms, the upper tang is factory drilled and tapped for a rear sight and the buttplate has a sliding brass trap door. The barrel has a sporting style front sight with nickel-silver blade and a buckhorn, sporting style, rear sight with serrated edges. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860." in two lines ahead of the rear sight. "38-CAL" is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. The brass cartridge elevator is stamped "38 CAL." in script letters. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped: "-MODEL. 1873-" in fancy letters with foliate devices at either end. The serial number: "148059/A" is stamped in script across the lower tang behind the lever latch. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1873 BBL: 28 Inch Stock: walnut checkered Gauge: 38 WCF Finish: blue/case-hardened Grips: Serial Number: 148059 Class: Antique Condition: Excellent. The rifle is all original and retains at least 95% of the blue and 85% plus casehardened finish. Nearly all of the blue is present on the barrel and magazine. The dust cover and loading gate have about 97% of the fire blue finish. The forearm cap, receiver, hammer and lever have at least 95% of the vivid case colors found on deluxe, special order, firearms. The case colors on the buttplate have faded slightly. The stock and forearm are in excellent condition. Nearly all of the high polish piano finish is present and the checkering is sharp. Finish wear is minimal. Handling wear is limited to one small dent on the left side of the forearm near the receiver a several very minor handling or storage marks. This is an excellent example of a deluxe, special order Winchester Model 1873 Rifle with special order 28-inch barrel, single set-trigger and very desirable case-hardened receiver.

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Documented Outstanding First Year 1892  Production Three Digit Number Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

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Description: Documented Outstanding First Year 1892 Production Three Digit Number Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Rifle with Cody Firearms Museum letter that states this rifle was shipped from Winchester on August 11, 1892. The letter describes the rifle features as: "44 caliber, Barrel Shape: Octagon" and "Plain trigger". The rifle has a blued barrel, full-length magazine, forearm cap and receiver. The hammer, lever, trigger and crescent buttplate are color case-hardened. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with a semi-gloss oil finish. The barrel has a standard sporting style front sight with nickel-silver blade and buckhorn, sporting style rear sight with screw-adjustable center piece and serrated edges. The upper tang is factory drilled and tapped for a tang sight. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: " -MANUFACTURED BY THE-/-WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.-" ahead of the rear sight. The caliber designation: "44 W.C.F." is roll-stamped on the top barrel flat between the rear sight and the receiver. The upper tang is roll-stamped: "MODEL 1892./-WINCHESTER-/ PAT. OCT. 14. 1884." in three lines. The serial number, "931" is roll-stamped across the underside of the receiver. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1892 BBL: 24 inch Stock: walnut Gauge: 44 WCF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 931 Class: Antique Condition: Excellent. The rifle is all original and in outstanding condition with minimal finish wear. The barrel and magazine retain nearly all of the blue finish; with some very minor edge wear on the magazine retaining band. The forearm cap has 98% of the high polish blue finish. The receiver has 97% plus of the original blue; finish wear is limited to some thinning on the upper right edge of the receiver. The bolt has 98% of the original finish. The niter blue of the loading gate has faded to a blue brown patina. The hammer, lever, trigger and crescent buttplate retain 98% of the casehardened finish with strong case colors. The barrel and receiver markings are perfect. The stock and forearm are both in excellent condition and retain all of the original oil finish; wear is limited to several very minor storage marks. It would be nearly impossible to find a better example of a first year production Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Rifle.

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Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Co., Volcanic  Lever Action No. 1 Pocket Pistol

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Description: Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Co., Volcanic Lever Action No. 1 Pocket Pistol Volcanic No. 1 Pocket Pistol manufactured c. 1860 by the New Haven Arms Company. The pistol has the distinctive octagon barrel with integral magazine, brass receiver and lever with finger hole. The pistol has a small brass half-moon front sight and dovetail mounted rear sight on the receiver. The barrel has a high polish blue finish, the hammer and lever are case hardened and the receiver has a natural brass finish. The two-piece walnut grips have a high polish 'piano' finish. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the legend: "NEW HAVEN CONN. PATENT FEB. 14. 1854" in one line. The lack of Volcanic markings and the addition of "Patent" before the February 14, 1854 date indicate that the pistol was manufactured after Oliver Winchester reorganized the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company into the New Haven Arms Company in April 1857. The serial number "1381" is stamped on the left side of the butt beneath the grips and on the inside of each grip. The top and sides of the receiver and the back strap are engraved with the large, open, scroll work utilized by the New Haven Arms Co., on factory engraved guns. The New Haven Arms Co., produced an estimated total of 3300 lever action pistols and carbines between 1857 and 1860. This total includes an estimated 850 No. 1 Pocket Pistols. Volcanic pistols and carbines are scarce and historically significant firearms. The Volcanic lever action, integral magazine and self-contained 'rocket ball' cartridges represented a significant advance in firearms design. The basic Volcanic designs evolved into the Henry lever action rifle and the Winchester Model 1866, 1873 and 1876 rifles and carbines. Oliver F. Winchester's investment in the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company and subsequent controlling interest in the New Haven Arms Company eventually led to the establishment of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co. Model: Volcanic BBL: 3 1/2 Inch Stock: Gauge: 31 Volcanic Finish: blue/brass Grips: walnut Serial Number: 1381 Class: Antique Condition: Fine. The pistol is original and untouched with 30% plus of the original high polish blue finish in protected areas of the barrel and magazine and mottled case colors on the hammer and lever. The barrel has a mottled silver-gray patina with patches of age discoloration and scattered traces of light pitting. The legend on the top barrel flat is clear. The receiver is in very fine condition with a very attractive un-polished patina. The surfaces of the receiver and side-plates have minimal handling wear and the factory scroll engraving is sharp. The fine grips retain nearly 90% of the varnished piano finish and scattered handling and storage marks. This is both a fine and attractive example of a scarce and historically significant, factory engraved, New Haven Arms Volcanic No. 1 Pocket Pistol

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Rigby Retailer Marked, British Proofed, Winchester Model 1876 .50 Express Rifle

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Description: Rigby Retailer Marked, British Proofed, Winchester Model 1876 .50 Express Rifle Winchester Model 1876 Express Rifle manufactured in 1879. The rifle is chambered for the Winchester 50-95 Express cartridge and has the Second Model receiver with screw-fastened dust cover rail and dust cover with impressed, checkered, thumbprint. The left side-plate is hand-engraved: "Jno RIGBY & Co/ 72 St. JAMES STt./LONDON" in three lines. London proof and inspection marks are stamped along the left side of the barrel below the rear sight and on the upper left side of the receiver. The rifle has a 22-inch round barrel and half-magazine. The barrel has a Lyman "Hunting" front sight and a buckhorn, sporting style rear sight. A sliding bar safety which engages a notch at the back of the hammer when the hammer is at half-cock has been added to the upper tang. The safety and hammer notch are professionally executed and presumably were added by the Rigby firm prior to sale. The barrel, magazine, forearm tip, receiver and shotgun buttplate are Winchester commercial blue. The loading gate and dust cover have a fire blue finish. The hammer and lever are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with a polished finish. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING"S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29.1865. OCTOBER 16. 1860." in two lines ahead of the rear sight. "50 CAL. EXPRESS" is hand-engraved on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. The top of the dust cover is hand-engraved: "WINCHESTER EXPRESS/50 CAL 95 GRNS" in two lines. "50-95" is engraved on the bottom of the cartridge elevator. "MODEL 1876." is roll-stamped on the upper receiver tang and the serial number "9776" is roll-stamped in script numerals on the lower tang between the lever latch and the tang screw. The powerful Winchester 50-95 Express cartridge and Model 1876 rifle appealed to British sportsmen looking for a repeating rifle suitable for big game in Africa and India. As the premier English gunmaker and retailer, the Rigby firm supplied a limited number of Winchester rifles to British sportsman. Winchester rifles with Rigby markings are scarce and desirable. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1876 BBL: 22 Inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 50-95 Winchester Express Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 9776 Class: Antique Condition: Very fine. The rifle is all original and retains 60% plus of the blue finish. Most of the blue finish is present on the barrel but the barrel has numerous small spots of age discoloration and surface rust. The factory legend is light but legible; the caliber markings and British proofs are sharp. The receiver and dust cover retains about 50% of the original blue finish. There is considerable blue loss on the front sides of the receiver, side plates and receiver top. The dust cover retains about 30% of the blue finish. The dust cover and front half of the receiver have scattered age spotting. The hand-engraved dust cover markings and Rigby markings are crisp. The buttplate has about 75% of the high polish blue finish. The hammer and lever retain about 85% of the original case colors. The stock and forearm are in very good condition with a few minor handling marks. This is a scarce and desirable example of a Winchester Model 1876 Express Rifle sold by one of the premier British gun dealers and makers at the height of the British Empire.

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Winchester Model 1894 Lever Action Rifle with Rare Mounted Telescopic Sight

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Description: Winchester Model 1894 Lever Action Rifle with Rare Mounted Telescopic Sight Winchester Model 1894 Sporting Rifle manufactured in 1896. The rifle has a full octagon barrel and full-length magazine. The barrel has a sporting style front sight with nickel-silver blade and a special order, "Winchester Express", three leaf rear sight with platinum sight lines. The rifle has a blued barrel, magazine, forearm cap and receiver. The hammer, lever, trigger and crescent buttplate have a color case-hardened finish. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut The rifle is fitted with a straight tube telescopic sight with cross-hair reticle in an off-set mount attached to the top of the barrel and right side of the receiver. The off-set mount enables the ejection port to function properly and permits quick use of the barrel mounted rear sight. The telescopic sight has an un-marked, 3/4-inch diameter, steel tube with no provision for external sight adjustment. The scope is low (2X-3X) power. The sight is attached to the right side of the receiver by a sliding bar with large knurled set screw and a dove-tail mounted base/ring combination on the barrel ahead of the rear sight. The receiver set screw permits rough elevation adjustments. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A." ahead of the rear sight. "NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER" is roll-stamped in two lines on the left side of the barrel behind the rear sight. The caliber "25-35 W.C.F." is stamped on the top barrel flat between the rear sight and the receiver. The upper tang is roll-stamped: "MODEL 1894/-WINCHESTER-/PAT. AUG. 21. 1884" in three lines. The serial number, "1041701" is roll-stamped across the bottom of the receiver. The telescopic sight is professionally mounted and appears to be contemporary to the rifle. Nineteenth Century Winchester lever-action rifles with telescopic sights are extremely rare Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1894 BBL: 26 Inch octagon Stock: walnut Gauge: 25-35 WCF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 104701 Class: Antique Condition: Very fine. The barrel, magazine, forearm cap and receiver retain 85% plus of the original blue finish. The hammer, lever and crescent buttplate have strong case colors. The barrel and receiver markings are sharp. The stock and forearm are in very fine condition with most of the original and a few minor handling marks. The telescopic sight has a silver-blue finish. The optics are very good. This is a unique example of a Winchester Model 1894 Sporting Rifle with rarely encountered telescopic sight.

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Extraordinary Exhibition Quality John Ulrich Signed Relief Engraved Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

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Description: Extraordinary Exhibition Quality John Ulrich Signed Relief Engraved Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle Exhibition Grade Third Model Winchester 1866 rifle engraved and signed by John Ulrich. This exceptional rifle has a gold-plated, engraved, receiver, forearm cap and buttplate. The receiver is engraved with two highly detailed, semi-relief, game scenes on each side of the receiver. The scenes are surrounded by profuse scrollwork with restrained borders. The flawlessly executed engraving has a three-dimensional, relief, quality and represents some of John Ulrich's best and most elaborate work. The engraving covers the forearm cap, the receiver including the upper and lower tangs and the buttplate heel. "J. ULRICH" is stamped in tiny letters on the lower tang behind the trigger. The serial number, "103671" is enclosed in an engraved ribbon on the lower tang behind the lever latch and stamped on the inside of the buttplate. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the two-line Winchester Repeating Arms legend with King's Patent marking ahead of the rear sight. The rifle has a blued octagon barrel and full-length magazine. The barrel has a sporting style front sight with nickel-silver blade and Henry style, folding leaf rear sight with rounded top. Factory sling swivels are fitted to the forearm cap and stock. The trigger is sharply pointed with a rounded front face. The hammer and lever are color casehardened. The crescent buttplate has a hinged trap door and the butt trap contains a four-piece jointed steel cleaning rod with brass tip. The stock and forearm are 3X fancy grain walnut with a high polish piano finish. "3X" is stamped on the left side of the tang underneath the stock. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1866 BBL: 24 Inch Stock: walnut Gauge: 44 RF Finish: blue/gold-plated Grips: Serial Number: 103671 Class: Antique Condition: Very good. The rifle is completely original and has not been altered or improved. The blue finish on the barrel and magazine has aged to a smooth, plum brown, patina. The barrel legend is faint. The hammer retains most of the faded case colors while the casehardened finish on the lever has a brown patina. The loading gate has mottled, silver-gray, patina. The forearm cap, receiver and buttplate retain 30% of the gold-plated finish in protected areas. The semi-relief engraved game scenes and intricate scrollwork are sharp. The tiny "J. ULRICH" signature is clear. The 3X, fancy grain, stock and forearm are in fine condition and retain most of the original piano finish. The finish has dulled somewhat from age and both the stock and forearm have scattered, minor handling marks. This extraordinary, Exhibition Grade, Model 1866 Winchester rifle displays some of the finest and most detailed engraving executed by John Ulrich, one of the finest of the Winchester factory engravers.

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Exceptional Winchester Third Model 1866 Lever Action Carbine

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Description: Exceptional Winchester Third Model 1866 Lever Action Carbine This Third Model Winchester 1866 carbine that was manufactured in 1869 has the distinctive brass receiver and crescent buttplate with blue barrel, magazine, barrel bands and loading gate. The hammer, trigger and lever are casehardened. The stock and forearm are oil-finished straight grain American walnut. The carbine has the Third Model features which consist of a moderately curved receiver profile and serial number located on the lower tang behind the trigger. The front sight blade is an integral part of the upper barrel band. The barrel has an un-crowned muzzle and a dovetail mounted two-leaf rear sight with "1, 3," and "5" yard markings. The magazine tube has the earlier style threaded cap. A staple mounted saddle ring is located on the left side of the receiver. The upper receiver tang has a single stock screw. The hammer has coarse borderless knurling on the spur. The brass buttplate has a sharply pointed heel. The top of the barrel is roll stamped with the legend "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860." ahead of the rear sight. The serial number "45534" is stamped in block numerals on the lower tang. A "B" Winchester inspection mark is stamped behind the serial number. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1866 BBL: 20 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 44 RF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 45534 Class: Antique Condition: Excellent. The carbine is all original and exhibits minimal handling and storage wear. Nearly 95% of the original blue and casehardened finish remains. Wear is limited to some slight finish loss on the sides of the barrel bands and some very minor surface discoloration on the end of the barrel and magazine. The loading gate retains 80% of the niter blue finish. The brass frame and buttplate are excellent. The brass has a deep untouched patina and shows only very minor handling wear. The side plate joints are perfect. The receiver screws are excellent. The case colors on the hammer, trigger and lever have aged to a smooth mottled brown patina. The barrel legend and serial number are crisp. The stock and forearm are excellent. Wear on the forearm is limited to several shallow dents behind the barrel band and one or two small insignificant scratches. The stock has a shallow bruise on the left wrist from contact with the saddle ring and several nearly unnoticeable storage marks on the left side near the buttplate. Early production Winchester 1866 carbines nearly always display the effects of hard use. Carbines in excellent original condition like this exceptional carbine are very rare.

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New Haven Arms Co. Henry Lever Action Rifle

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Description: New Haven Arms Co. Henry Lever Action Rifle This Henry lever-action rifle was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co. c. 1865. The rifle has the distinctive brass "gunmetal" frame, crescent buttplate and octagon barrel with integral 15-shot magazine. The barrel/magazine were originally blue, the hammer and lever are casehardened and the straight grain black walnut stock has a varnished "piano" finish. The barrel has the late folding leaf rear sight with 900 yard center notch and screw-stop for the elevation bar at the top of the leaf. The magazine has the large late pattern brass follower. The second style frame has the late style wide follower cut-out and lacks the alternate rear sight dovetail eliminated at about serial number 3,000. The buttplate has the late pattern sharp profile heel with hinged trap. The buttplate screws are the correct cap head machine screws rather than the hand-fitted serial numbered buttplate screws used on earlier production rifles. The left side of the stock and barrel are fitted with a sling swivel and loop for a sling hook which were standard features on later production Henry rifles. The top barrel flat is die-stamped with the second style legend "HENRY'S PATENT. OCT. 16.1860/MANUFACT'D BY THE NEWHAVEN ARMS CO. NEWHAVEN CT." in two lines. The second style legend is slightly larger than the marking used on Henry rifles thru about serial number 4,000 and utilizes all serifed (Roman) letters rather than the combination of serifed and block (Gothic) letters in the first style legend. The "H" inspection mark of B. Tyler Henry is stamped on the lower tang between the lever latch and tang screw. The serial number "10332" is located on the top of the barrel between the rear sight dovetail and the frame, on the lower left side of the tang beneath the stock, in the upper tang inlet of the stock and on the inside of the buttplate. All of the visible serial numbers match. The buttplate screws and tang screws are correctly not serial numbered like the screws on early production Henry rifles. The Henry rifle was the most advanced firearm available in the American Civil War. The 15-round magazine and robust self-cocking action made Henry rifles popular with Federal soldiers who were willing to spend their pay or re-enlistment bounty for the best rifle available. Although fewer than 1,500 Henry rifles were purchased by the Ordnance Department for issue to Federal troops, experts believe that most of the Henry rifles manufactured before April 1865 were privately purchased by individual soldiers. Henry rifles were equally popular on the frontier following the war. A substantial number of Henry rifles were used by Native American warriors at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co. Model: Henry Rifle BBL: 24 inch octagon Stock: Gauge: 44 Henry RF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 10332 Class: Antique Condition: Good. The rifle presents a very attractive appearance. The barrel and magazine have an even dark brown patina. The edges of the barrel are sharp and the factory legend and serial number are deep and clear. The rear sight is original to the rifle. Both sides of the barrel and magazine have extensive scattered moderate to deep pitting which is mostly contained to the forward third of the barrel. The original nickel-silver front sight has been replaced with a period half-moon brass sight. The brass frame and crescent buttplate have an even and very good looking patina. The frame has a few minor scratches and handling marks and the upper edge of the right side plate has some minor disassembly marks. The frame and buttplate are in very good condition. The hammer, lever and trigger have a mottled brown patina with scattered shallow pitting. The loading lever is loose but the action functions properly. The stock has an old professional refinish and is very good with a few insignificant handling marks. This is a good looking example of an important and historic Henry lever action rifle.

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Scarce Vintage Box of 50 44/100 Winchester Repeating Rifle Marked 44RF Cartridges

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Description: Scarce Vintage Box of 50 44/100 Winchester Repeating Rifle Marked 44RF Cartridges This is a tan box with a green picture label on the lid marked in the upper left corner "Trade Mark/H" followed by "50 CARTRIDGES 44/100" over "STETSON'S PATENT OCT. 24th 1871/FOR THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING RIFLE" with the Winchester address and a depiction of a Flat Nose round at the bottom. Manufacturer: None Model: None BBL: Stock: Gauge: Finish: Grips: Serial Number: Class: Other Condition: The right side of the box has a loose section, but it is otherwise in good shape with a complete and legible label. The ammunition has a powdery lead carbonate and some aging to the brass. Overall, a nice, complete package of vintage Winchester ammunition that would be great for a cartridge collection or for display with a compatible Henry or Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Longarm.

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Excellent Deluxe Antique Winchester Model 1894 Takedown Fancy Lever Action Rifle with Factory Documentation

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Description: Excellent Deluxe Antique Winchester Model 1894 Takedown Fancy Lever Action Rifle with Factory Documentation This is an excellent totally original Deluxe Winchester Model 1894 Takedown Sporting Rifle is documented with a Cody Firearms Museum letter. The letter describes the rifle as: "Takedown, 30 caliber," with round barrel, "Plain trigger, Fancy checkered stock, 1/2 magazine and Shotgun butt". The letter states that this rifle was shipped from the Winchester warehouse on April 3, 1899. (The rifle however is antique as the receiver was produced prior to 1898) The rifle has a blue finish on the barrel, half-magazine, forearm cap, receiver and steel shotgun buttplate. The hammer and lever are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are highly figured "fancy grain" walnut with "Style H" checkered panels and high gloss oil finish. The barrel has a standard dovetail mounted sporting style front sight with nickel silver blade and adjustment screw on the right side of the base, and a special order three-leaf "Winchester Express" rear sight. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "-MANUFACTURED BY THE-/-WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.- in two lines ahead of the rear sight. "NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER" is roll-stamped on the left side of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. The caliber designation, "30 W.C.F." is stamped on the top of the barrel in front of the receiver. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped: "MODEL 1894/-WINCHESTER-/PAT AUG 21 1894" in three lines. The serial number, "59617" is stamped across the bottom of the receiver ahead of the lever. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1894 BBL: Stock: walnut checkered Gauge: 30 WCF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 59617 Class: Antique Condition: Excellent. The rifle retains 95% plus of the original blue finish overall. The barrel has nearly all of the blue finish with wear limited to several minor takedown marks on the underside in front of the magazine. Nearly all of the blue finish is present on the forearm cap; the finish on the takedown collar on the rear the forearm is thin. The receiver has most of the high polish blue finish. Wear is limited to some minor finish loss on the lower edges. The blue on the buttplate is 60% present and has faded to a silver-gray patina. The hammer and lever have strong case colors. The fancy grain walnut stock and forearm are both in excellent condition and retain over 95% of the high polish oil finish, with some handling wear on the rear and bottom of the forearm. The stock and forearm have minimal handling marks. The fine checkering remains sharp. All of the markings are crisp. This is an excellent original example of a fully documented, Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Fancy Takedown Sporting Rifle.

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Outstanding Near New Winchester Model 92 Sporting Rifle

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Description: Outstanding Near New Winchester Model 92 Sporting Rifle Late production, standard grade, Winchester Model 92 Sporting Rifle manufactured c.1927. The rifle has a full blue finish with straight grain, American walnut stock and forearm. The rifle has a octagon barrel with full-length magazine. The barrel has a standard, fixed blade, front sight with tinned face and sporting style rear sight with serrated elevator thumb-piece and small adjusting screw. The front of the sight is marked: "PAT. FEB.22.'27". The forearm has a blued end cap and the stock has a blued, crescent buttplate. The upper receiver tang is drilled and tapped for a rear sight. The left side of the barrel is roll-stamped: "-MODEL 92-WINCHESTER-38 W.C.F.-/-TRADE MARK-" in two lines below the rear sight. The opposite side of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "MADE IN U.S.A. WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN". The oval Winchester "W/P" proof mark is stamped on the top barrel flat and the top of the receiver. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped: "MODEL 92/-WINCHESTER-/ TRADE MARK REG. U.S PAT. OFF & FGN" in three lines. The serial number "960629" is roll-stamped across the bottom of the receiver at the junction with the forearm. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 92 BBL: 24 Inch Stock: walnut Gauge: 38 WCF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 960629 Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun Condition: Near new. The rifle appears to be unfired with very minimal handling and retains 99% plus of the original blue finish. The stock and forearm are in the same untouched condition as the steel components and retain nearly 100% of the original finish. The barrel and receiver markings are near perfect. This is a nearly new example of a late production, standard grade, Winchester Model 92 Sporting Rifle that would be extremely difficult to upgrade.

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Winchester Model 1886 Sporting Rifle with Desirable Casehardened Receiver

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Description: Winchester Model 1886 Sporting Rifle with Desirable Casehardened Receiver This Winchester Model 1886 rifle was manufactured c. 1889. The rifle has a 26-inch full-octagon barrel and full length magazine. The barrel has a standard, sporting style, front sight with nickel-silver blade and buckhorn, sporting style, rear sight with screw-adjustable center piece and serrated edges. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut and the stock has a crescent steel buttplate. The barrel, magazine, loading gate and bolt are blued. The receiver, forearm cap, hammer, trigger, lever and buttplate are color casehardened. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "-MANUFACTURED BY THE- / -WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.-" ahead of the rear sight. The caliber: "40-65 W.C.F." is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. "- MODEL 1886-" is roll-stamped on the upper tang. The lower tang is stamped with the 1884 and 1885 patent dates behind the trigger. The serial number "43266" is stamped between the lower tang screws in script numerals. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1886 BBL: 26 Inch Stock: walnut Gauge: 40-65 WCF Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: Serial Number: 43266 Class: Antique Condition: Very fine. The rifle retains nearly 75% plus of the blue and color casehardened finish. Nearly all the blue finish is present on the barrel and magazine with some finish loss on the barrel edges and high points. The barrel markings are crisp. The bore is bright. The bolt retains nearly all of the blue finish. About 70% of the blue is present on the loading gate. The sides and top of the receiver have most of the casehardened finish intact with strong case colors. The case colors on the bottom of the receiver and lower tang show handling wear and have faded to a silver-gray patina. The hammer and sides of the loading lever have strong case colors. The bottom of the lever has a silver patina. The case colors on the buttplate have faded to a silver-gray patina with patches of age discoloration. The stock is in very fine overall condition with light scratches and handling marks. There is a deep gouge in the middle of the right side of the otherwise fine forearm. This is a nice example of a Winchester Model 1886 rifle with very desirable casehardened receiver.

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Desirable Winchester Third Model 1866 Musket with Bayonet

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Description: Desirable Winchester Third Model 1866 Musket with Bayonet Winchester Third Model 1866 Musket manufactured in 1869. The rifle has the distinctive 27-inch round barrel with 24-inch magazine, 17-inch forearm and three barrel bands. Factory sling swivels are mounted on the middle barrel band and stock. The stock has a brass carbine style buttplate with sliding trap door. The barrel has a block mounted steel front sight that serves as a base for the socket bayonet and a Henry style folding leaf rear sight with 900 yard center notch and elevation bar stop screw. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING-ARMS NEWHAVEN CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER .16. 1860" between the lower barrel band and the rear sight. The brass receiver is flared at the junction with the forearm and has the Third Model profile. The serial number, "32732" stamped in block letters on the lower tang behind the trigger. The hammer spur has the early borderless knurling. The barrel, magazine, barrel bands and loading gate are blued. The hammer, trigger and lever are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut. The rifle is complete with a blued socket bayonet with 15 1/2-inch angular blade. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1866 BBL: 27 Inch Stock: walnut Gauge: 44 RF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 32732 Class: Antique Condition: Good. The musket retains 40% of the blue finish. Most of the blue is on the barrel and magazine, there is some finish loss on the muzzle from the bayonet and some thinning along the top of the barrel. The barrel legend is clear. The blue finish on the barrel bands has faded to a brown patina. The sling swivels have a mottled gray patina. The loading gate retains 30% of the nitre blue finish. The hammer retains most of the mottled gray case colors. The case colors on the trigger and lever have faded to a brown patina. The brass receiver and buttplate have an attractive, untouched patina. The receiver sideplate joints are tight and there is no indication that the sideplates have been removed from the receiver. The receiver has minimal handling marks and is in very fine overall condition. The slighty undersize, period reoiled stock and forearm are both in very good overall condition with scattered and very minor handling and storage marks. The bayonet is in good overall condition with about 60% of the blue finish. There is some pitting on the bayonet socket and patches of surface rust on the underside of the blade. This is a very good example of a Third Model Winchester 1866 Musket with original bayonet.

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Excellent Winchester Model 1873 Musket

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Description: Excellent Winchester Model 1873 Musket Winchester Third Model 1873 Musket manufactured c. 1903. The musket has the distinctive 30 inch barrel with full-length forearm, three barrel bands, block front sight base that serves as a lug for a socket bayonet, military style folding leaf rear sight and carbine buttplate. The middle barrel band and stock are fitted with sling swivels. The frame has the Third Model integral dust cover rail and a dust cover with serrated edges. The buttplate has a sliding brass trapdoor. The barrel, magazine, barrel bands and frame have the Winchester commercial blue finish. The hammer, loading lever and buttplate are casehardened. The straight grain, American walnut stock and forearm are oil finished. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend "WINCHESTER'S REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860." between the lower barrel band and the rear sight. The caliber "44 W.C.F" is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel at the breech. "44 Cal." is roll-stamped in script letters on the bottom of the brass cartridge elevator. "{MODEL 1873}" is roll-stamped on the upper tang in fancy letters with foliate devices at either end. The serial number "571127B" is stamped in script numerals on the lower tang between the lever latch and the upper tang screw. This musket is one of approximately 700 Model 1873 Muskets shipped to Nicaragua in September 1903. Some of these muskets were apparently never uncrated. During the 1950s these muskets were discovered in the original crates in un-issued condition and were returned to the United States for re-sale. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1873 BBL: 30 Inch Stock: walnut Gauge: 44-40 WCF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 571127B Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun Condition: Excellent. The musket is in original, as-issued, condition and shows only storage wear. There are four small spots of pitting on the right side of the receiver near the junction with the forearm and two smaller pitted spots on the lower left edge of the receiver at the forearm. There are two scuff marks on the top of the receiver near the dust cover rail and several light scratches on the left side of the receiver behind the sideplate. The stock and forearm have several light storage marks but remain in excellent condition. This is an excellent, unissued example of a Third Model Winchester 1873 Musket.

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Antique Winchester Model 1894 Sporting Rifle in Scarce 25-35 WCF

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Description: Antique Winchester Model 1894 Sporting Rifle in Scarce 25-35 WCF Winchester Model 1894 Sporting Rifle manufactured in 1895. The rifle has a 26-inch round barrel, full-length magazine and steel shotgun buttplate. The barrel has a "Winchester Express" front sight with bright bead and buckhorn, sporting style, rear sight with screw-adjustable center-piece. The upper tang is factory drilled and tapped for a tang sight. The barrel, magazine, forearm cap, receiver, bolt and buttplate have the Winchester blue finish. The loading gate is niter blue, and the hammer, trigger and lever are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with a polished oil finish. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "MANUFACTURED BY THE/-WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.-" ahead of the rear sight. The caliber designation: "25-35 W.C.F." is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. Three British proof and inspection marks are stamped on the left side of the barrel just ahead of the receiver. A "Crown/V" London view mark is stamped on the left side of the receiver. The upper tang is roll-stamped: "MODEL 1894/-WINCHESTER-/PAT. AUG. 21 1894" in three lines. The serial number, "14742" is stamped across the bottom of the receiver. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1894-Rifle BBL: 26 Inch Stock: walnut Gauge: 25-35 WCF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 14742 Class: Antique Condition: Very fine. The rifle retains nearly 95% of the original blue and casehardened finish. Nearly all of the blue finish is present on the barrel, magazine and forearm cap. The blue finish on the magazine retaining band has faded to a plum patina. The receiver has close to 95% of the blue finish; wear is limited to some finish loss on high points and several very minor scratches. The blue finish on the upper tang shows handling wear and has faded to a plum brown patina. The loading gate retains more than 90% of the fire blue finish. The bolt has all of the high polish blue. The blue finish on the shotgun buttplate has scattered light patches of surface rust and is about 85%. The hammer, trigger and lever retain more than 95% of the subdued case colors. The revarnished stock and forearm are in very fine overall condition; there are several minor dents and scratches along the bottom edge of the stock but the remainder of the stock and forearm show very little handling wear. The barrel and receiver markings are crisp. This is an attractive example of an early production Model 1894 Sporting Rifle with British proof marks chambered for the .25-35 W.C.F. cartridge.

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Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

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Description: Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle This is a fine example of a Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action rifle, documented with a Cody Firearms Museum search report. The Cody report describes the rifle as .44 caliber with octagon barrel and plain trigger, and indicates that it was shipped from Winchester on April 18, 1896, and returned for repair on July 25, 1903. The rifle has the Third Model receiver with integral dust cover rail, and dust cover with serrated rear edges. The 24-inch octagon barrel has a Lyman "Jack" front sight with colored bead and a sporting style rear sight with serrated edges and screw-adjustable center piece. A Lyman folding combination sight is mounted on the receiver tang. The crescent buttplate has a sliding brass trap door. The barrel, full-length magazine, forearm cap, dust cover and receiver have the Winchester commercial blue finish. The loading gate is niter blue. The hammer, trigger, loading lever and buttplate are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with an oiled finish. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "WINCHESTER'S REPEATING ARMS.NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A./- KING'S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29.1866 OCTOBER 16. 1860-" ahead of the rear sight. The caliber designation: "44 W.C.F." is roll stamped on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. "44 CAL" is stamped in script across the bottom of the brass cartridge elevator. The serial number, "489755B" is stamped in script numerals on the lower tang. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1873 BBL: 24 Inch Stock: walnut Gauge: 44 WCF Finish: blue/case-hardened Grips: Serial Number: 489755 Class: Antique Condition: Fine. The rifle retains 75% plus of the blue finish. Most the blue finish is present on the barrel. There are spots of finish loss and age discoloration along the bottom of the magazine. The forearm cap shows moderate handling wear and has a brown patina. The receiver retains most of the blue finish; wear is limited to some finish loss on contact points at the junction with the forearm and edges of the receiver and side plates. The dust cover has most of the blue finish intact. Nearly all of the fire blue finish is present on the loading gate. The hammer, trigger and sides of the lever have most of the subdued case colors intact. The bottom of the lever shows handling wear and the case colors have faded to a silver patina. The buttplate shows typical contact wear and the case colors have aged to a mottled silver-gray patina. The front sight is missing the colored bead and the lever latch has been removed from the lower tang. The stock and forearm are both in very good condition with a protective overcoat of applied varnish, light-moderate handling wear. The stock has a few minor handling marks. The left side and bottom of the forearm show slightly more finish wear than the stock but the forearm has very few handling marks. This is a fine example of a Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

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Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

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Description: Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle Manufactured in 1888, this is a Third Model with the dust cover guide rail integrally machined to the receiver. Blade front sight and two leaf folding rear sight. The top of the barrel ahead of the rear sight is marked with the two line address/King's Improvement patent dates and "45-60 W.C.F." at the breech. The upper tang is marked "{MODEL 1876}", the serial number is on the lower tang and the cartridge elevator is marked "45-60". Blue finish with casehardened hammer, lever, forend cap and buttplate. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm with an iron forend cap, and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate with compartment (cleaning rod not included). Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1876 BBL: 28 inch octagon Stock: walnut Gauge: 45-60 WCF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 62668 Class: Antique Condition: Very good. The metal surfaces have a smooth brown and gray patina with traces of thin original blue finish on the receiver. The wood is also very good with a few minor gouges, and scattered minor dings and dents. The action needs a little work, the cartridge elevator hangs up. The markings are clear.

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Late Production Winchester Model 1866 Saddle Ring Carbine in 44 RF

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Description: Late Production Winchester Model 1866 Saddle Ring Carbine in 44 RF This is a very nice example of a late production Winchester Model 1866 Fourth Model saddle ring carbine that was manufactured in 1889. There were only 300 rifles and carbines actually manufactured that year. The 20 inch round barrel has two barrel bands with a block iron front sight and folding leaf rear sight. The left side of the receiver has a staple-mounted saddle ring. The top of the barrel is marked "WINCHESTER-REPEATING-ARMS NEW HAVEN CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866.OCTOBER 16. 1860", between the barrel band and the rear sight. The top of the rear section of the barrel is marked "44 RF". The serial number is located on the lower receiver tang behind the loading lever latch. Blue barrel and magazine tube, casehardened hammer and lever. It is fitted with a standard walnut buttstock with a steel buttplate, usually found on later production Model 1866 rifles and carbines along with a standard forearm. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1866 BBL: 20 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 44 RF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 167224 Class: Antique Condition: Good. The receiver and side plates have a nice even mustard patina. The barrel and magazine tube have an even brown patina with scattered light pitting. The markings are clear and distinct. The wood is good with a nice dark matching finish showing minimal handling marks with the stock having been lightly sanded and restained years ago. There is a small wood fill repair on the heel of the stock. The markings are clear. A good example of a late production Winchester Model 1866 saddle ring carbine.

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Rare ATF Exempted Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Trapper SRC with 14 Inch Barrel and Scabbard

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Description: Rare ATF Exempted Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Trapper SRC with 14 Inch Barrel and Scabbard Manufactured in 1915, this is a rare Trapper carbine with a rarer 14 inch barrel. It features a full magazine with a single barrel band, square base pinned front sight and folding leaf rear sight graduated to 200 yards. There is a staple and saddle ring (with homemade leather tong) on the left side of receiver. Casehardened lever and hammer with remaining surfaces blue. Smooth, straight grain American walnut with straight grip stock and steel carbine buttplate. It has the very rare extra short 7-7/8" forearm and the barrel address is properly placed on the left side between the rear sight and barrel band. The carbine comes with a leather scabbard and a copy of December 2007 BATF Firearms Curios or Relic List. This carbines serial number is listed on page 40 as having been removed from the NFA. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1892-Carbine BBL: 14 inch round Stock: gumwood Gauge: 38-40 Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 667950 Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun Condition: Fine. The carbine retains 40% of the original blue finish on the barrel and magazine, with a smooth mottled brown and gray patina on the remaining metal surfaces. There is 20% original blue finish remaining on the receiver in the protected area around the saddle ring staple. The wood is very good with numerous scattered minor dents, dings and scratches. The markings are clear. Mechanically excellent. The scabbard is good with a hole through the top layer of leather, a couple of cuts and scattered minor/moderate flex cracking.

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Scarce Winchester Model 1873 Trapper's Saddle Ring Lever Action Carbine with 16 Inch Barrel

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Description: Scarce Winchester Model 1873 Trapper's Saddle Ring Lever Action Carbine with 16 Inch Barrel Manufactured in 1888, the Model 1873 was one of the most popular lever actions that Winchester ever produced. This is the "Gun that Won the West". Three additional cartridges were available, however none as popular as the .44. Solid iron block front sight and adjustable folding leaf rear sight marked "1873" and graduated to 900 yards. This is a Third Model with the dust cover guide rail integral to the receiver. The top of the barrel is marked "WINCHESTER'S REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN, CT./ KING'S IMPROVEMENT - PATENTED MARCH 29, 1866 OCTOBER 16 1860" in front of the barrel band. The upper tang is marked with the model designation and the lower tang is stamped with the serial number. The bottom of the cartridge carrier is marked "44 CAL". Saddle ring and staple on the left side of the receiver. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with an iron carbine buttplate. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1873 BBL: 16 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 44-40 Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 274541B Class: Antique Condition: Good. The carbine has an even, dark patina with some scattered minor spotting. The wood is also good with a minor gouge on both sides of the front of the forearm, and overall some scattered minor dents, dings and scratches. The markings are clear. The action is fine.

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Scarce Winchester Model 1894 Trappers Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

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Description: Scarce Winchester Model 1894 Trappers Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine Manufactured in 1911. Pinned blade front sight and folding leaf rear sight graduated to 200 yards. The two line Winchester address/patent date is marked on the left side of the sixteen inch barrel ahead of the barrel band, the nickel steel/smokeless powder marking is left of the rear sight and "30 W.C.F." at the breech. The Winchester oval proof is marked on top of the barrel and receiver at the breech. The upper tang has the three line model, maker, patent information and the serial number is marked on the bottom of the receiver. Saddle ring and stud on the left side of the receiver and mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with a steel carbine buttplate. Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1894 BBL: 16 1/8 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 30 WCF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 554454 Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun Condition: Fine as partially refinished. The carbine retains 90% refinished blue finish on the barrel and magazine tube with areas thinned to a smooth plum. The receiver retains 30% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The wood is also very fine with a few minor dings and dents in the stock. The markings remain crisp and clear. The action is fine.

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Excellent Whitney-Kennedy Light Frame Lever Action Rifle

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Description: Excellent Whitney-Kennedy Light Frame Lever Action Rifle Whitney-Kennedy lever action repeating rifle manufactured by the Whitney Arms Company circa 1885. The rifle has the late pattern, full loop, lever adopted in 1883 with full octagon barrel and full-length magazine. The forearm and stock are straight grain American walnut with a varnish finish. The stock has a crescent buttplate with sliding brass trap door. The butt trap contains a four-piece, jointed, steel cleaning rod with brass tip. The barrel has a nickel-silver, "Rocky Mountain" style front sight and buckhorn, sporting style rear sight. The barrel, magazine, forearm cap, receiver, lever and buttplate have a high polish blue finish. The loading gate is a fiery niter blue and the hammer is casehardened with knurled spur. The upper receiver tang is factory drilled and tapped for a tang sight. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "WHITNEY KENNEDY MF'D. BY/WHITNEY ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CT. U.S.A." ahead of the rear sight. The caliber designation "44 CAL" is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped: "PAT'D JANY. 7-73/AP.(1) MAY 13 & AUG. 12-79" in two-lines. The serial number "R15" is stamped on the lower receiver tang. The Whitney-Kennedy rifle was essentially an improved Whitney-Burgess-Morse lever action rifle. Total production was approximately 15,000 rifles between 1879 and 1886. Manufacturer: Whitney Arms Company Model: Kennedy-Rifle BBL: 24 Inch Stock: varnished walnut Gauge: 44-40 Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: R15 Class: Antique Condition: Excellent. The rifle is all original and retains 95% of the original blue finish. Nearly all of the high polish blue is present on the barrel, magazine and forearm cap. The sides of the receiver have some minor storage and handling wear with a few scattered scratches and several small spots of flaking near the loading gate. Nearly all of the blue finish is present on the top of the receiver, upper and lower tang and lever. The buttplate has about 85% of the blue finish with some minor edge wear. The loading gate retains 95% of the fire blue finish and the hammer has strong case colors. The stock and forearm are in excellent condition with minimal handling wear; nearly all of the finish is intact. The action functions perfectly. This is an excellent example of a Whitney-Kennedy Light Frame Lever Action Rifle.

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Scarce Bullard Large Frame Lever Action Sporting Rifle

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Description: Scarce Bullard Large Frame Lever Action Sporting Rifle Large frame, lever action rifle manufactured by the Bullard Repeating Arms Company of Springfield, Massachusetts circa 1886. The rifle has a 28-inch round barrel with full-length magazine and is chambered for either the 45-70 or 45-85 cartridge. The barrel has a dove-tail mounted Express front sight with colored bead and a factory blank in the rear sight dove-tail. A Lyman folding combination rear sight is mounted on the receiver tang. The distinctive elongated receiver has a loading gate on the bottom and sliding dust cover with integral rail. The receiver design permits single shot loading with a full magazine. The left side of the receiver is roll-stamped: "BULLARD REPEATING ARMS CO./SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S. PAT. AUG. 16. 1881" in two-lines. "Cal/45" is stamped on the top of the frame in front of the ejection port. The serial number, "1051", is stamped across the top of the receiver immediately behind the hammer. The barrel, magazine, forearm cap, receiver, loading gate, dust cover, breech block and crescent buttplate have a high polish blue finish. The lever, trigger and hammer are color casehardened. The forearm and stock are straight grain American walnut with a high polish varnish finish. Designed by James H. Bullard, a top mechanic for S&W, the Bullard rifles were a high quality, well designed, firearm but could not compete with Winchester and Marlin lever-action rifles. Total production of Bullard rifles was 10,000-12,000 firearms manufactured between 1886 and 1890. Manufacturer: Bullard Repeating Arms Co Model: Large-Rifle BBL: 28 Inch Stock: walnut Gauge: 45 Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 1051 Class: Antique Condition: Very fine. The rifle is all original and retains 85% of the blue and casehardened finish. The barrel and magazine have nearly all of the blue finish, wear is limited to small spots of age discoloration on the underside of the magazine and on the top of the barrel. The forearm cap retains most of the blue finish. The receiver has nearly 85% of the high polish blue finish with some thinning on contact points. The buttplate shows the usual handling wear and retains about 60% of the high polish blue; the balance has faded to a dark patina. The hammer and lever retain nearly all of the vivid case colors. The stock and forearm are in fine condition and retain nearly 90% of the varnish finish; wear is limited to a few minor handling marks. The action functions perfectly. This is a very fine example of a scarce Bullard Large Frame, Lever-Action Sporting Rifle.

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Exceptional Early Production Whitney-Kennedy Light Frame Sporting Rifle

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Description: Exceptional Early Production Whitney-Kennedy Light Frame Sporting Rifle Whitney-Kennedy Light Frame Sporting Rifle manufactured by the Whitney Arms Co., c. 1879. The rifle has the first style, serpentine loading lever. The three-digit serial number with no letter prefix indicates that it was probably manufactured during the first year of production, 1879. The rifle has a special order part-round/part-octagon barrel with full length magazine. The barrel has a 'Rocky Mountain' style front sight with nickel silver blade and sporting style, buckhorn rear sight. The hammer has impressed knurling on the spur. The crescent buttplate has a sliding brass trap door and the butt trap contains a four-piece, jointed, steel cleaning rod with brass tip. The barrel, magazine, receiver, forearm cap and lever have a high polish blue finish. The loading gate is fire blue. The hammer and buttplate are color casehardened. The straight grain, American walnut, stock and forearm have a high polish 'piano' finish. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "WHITNEYVILLE ARMORY. CT. U.S.A. KENNEDY" in a single line in front of the rear sight. The caliber designation "44 CAL" is roll-stamped on the top barrel flat between the rear sight and the receiver. The upper receiver tang is roll stamped: "PAT'D JANY. 7-73./AP'- (2)MAY 13 & AUG.12-79" in two lines. The serial number "210" is stamped on the lower tang behind the trigger. The Whitney-Kennedy Light Frame Sporting Rifle was an improvement of the Whitney-Burgess-Morse lever action rifle. Total production is estimated at approximately 15,000 rifles between 1879 and 1886. Manufacturer: Whitneyville Armory Model: Kennedy BBL: 24 inches part octagon Stock: walnut Gauge: 44-40 Finish: blue/case-hardened Grips: Serial Number: 210 Class: Antique Condition: Very fine. The rifle is all original and retains 85% of the high polish blue finish. The blue on the barrel and magazine is about 80% finish and is fading to a plum patina on contact points. The factory legend and caliber markings are crisp. The forearm cap has half of the blue with the balance an attractive plum patina. Most of the high polish blue remains on the top and sides of the receiver with light-moderate handling wear on the sides and bottom of the receiver. The blue on the bottom of the lever and upper tang has faded to a plum patina. Most of the subdued case colors are present on the hammer. The case colors on the buttplate have faded to a silver-gray. The stock and forearm are both in excellent condition with scattered minor handling and storage marks. Most of the high polish piano finish remains. The action is tight and functions perfectly. This is an exceptional example of an early production Whitney-Kennedy Light Frame Sporting Rifle.

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Exceptional Spencer Repeating Sporting Rifle

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Description: Exceptional Spencer Repeating Sporting Rifle This is an exceptional example of a Spencer Repeating Sporting Rifle. Very few sporting rifles were manufactured by Spencer and educated estimates put total production well under a few thousand. The action first went into production in 1860 and as soon as the Civil War started all of the machinery and man power was devoted to turning out rifles and carbines for the Civil War (of historical note, sporting rifles manufactured during the Civil War were for presentation, the most famous being Gideon Welles). The matching serial number is marked on the rear upper left side of the frame and on the bottom of the barrel under the forearm. "PT" is also stamped on the bottom of the barrel under the forearm. Marked "SPENCER REPEATING/RIFLE CO. BOSTON MASS./PAT'D MARCH 6, 1860." on top of the receiver. The assembly number "109" is stamped on various parts including the lever, barrel, forearm and breechblock. Blade front sight, folding leaf rear sight and tang mounted peep sight absent of graduation markings. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm with pewter forend secured by two screws and straight grip stock with Spencer's steel buttplate. Manufacturer: Spencer Model: 1860 Rifle BBL: 26 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 46 RF Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: Serial Number: 287 Class: Antique Condition: Excellent. The barrel retains 90% original blue finish with some thinning to a smooth plum patina. The receiver retains 85% plus vivid original case colors with some scattered surface blemishes. The wood is also very fine with almost all of the original varnish remaining and showing some minor dents and scratches. The markings are crisp. The action is excellent. A truly outstanding Spencer Sporting rifle!

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Desirable Martially Inspected First U.S. Contract Civil War Henry Lever Action Rifle

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Description: Desirable Martially Inspected First U.S. Contract Civil War Henry Lever Action Rifle Henry lever-action rifle that was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co., in 1863. This rifle is one of the 800 Henry rifles purchased by the Ordnance Department on December 30, 1863 to arm the 1st D.C. Cavalry regiment. The 1st D.C. Cavalry was the only Federal unit entirely armed with Henry rifles during the Civil War. Commanded by politically connected Col. Lafayette Baker, the 1st D.C. Cavalry initially served on provost duty in the District of Columbia under the direct orders of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and was assigned to combat Confederate partisan rangers operating in Northern Virginia. In May 1864, the regiment was reassigned to the Department of Virginia and saw action in operations around Richmond and Petersburg. The 1st D.C Cavalry was present when the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. During these battles a significant number of Henry rifles were captured or lost in action. Some captured 1st D.C. Cavalry Henry rifles were apparently used by the body guard of Confederate President Jefferson Davis when he fled Richmond during the last days of the Civil War. The 800 Henry rifles purchased for the 1st D.C. Cavalry under the December 30, 1863 contract are the only Henry rifles fully marked with Ordnance final inspection and sub-inspection marks. Although the Ordnance Department purchased an additional 627 Henry rifles in April and May 1865 to arm the 3rd U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry regiment, the 1865 contract rifles did not have Ordnance inspection marks and saw no action in the Civil War. This rifle has all of the features found on the late 1863 production rifles purchased for the 1st D.C. Cavalry. The barrel and integral 15-shot magazine have a the second style front sight with nickel-silver square back blade and third pattern folding leaf rear sight with "900" yard marking below the sight notch on the top of the leaf. The magazine has the second pattern, large, brass follower and the follower slot on the bottom of the receiver has milled flats to accept the larger follower. The distinctive brass receiver is the second pattern introduced about serial number 3100 that lacks the alternate rear sight dove-tail. The first style buttplate has a rounded heel and hinged brass butt-trap door. The butt-trap contains the four-piece, jointed, hickory cleaning rod issued with U.S. contract Henry rifles. The stock is correctly not fitted with a sling swivel and the left side of the barrel lacks the screw-fastened loop for a sling hook (most 1st D.C. Henry rifles were not fitted with sling swivels and loops which were special order items; the rifles were carried in a leather scabbard manufactured by the Washington Arsenal specifically for the 1st D.C. Cavalry) . The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the correct, first style legend: "HENRY'S PATENT. OCT. 16. 1860./MANUFACT'D BY THE NEWHAVEN ARMS.CO. NEWHAVEN. CT.". The two line legend has serifed (Roman) letters for all the markings except the second "NEWHAVEN" which is stamped in non-serifed (Gothic) letters and is approximately 2-17/32 inches long. The second style marking introduced in the late 3000 serial number range is larger and has all serifed letters. The right barrel flat is stamped with the "C.G.C" initials of Ordnance Sub-Inspector Charles G. Chapman. An Ordnance final inspection mark consisting of the script initials "CGC" with an oval border is visible on the right side of the stock wrist. A single "C" sub-inspection mark is stamped between the receiver and the "C.G.C.." mark on the right side of the barrel and two "C" sub-inspection marks are stamped on the right side of the receiver adjacent to the barrel markings. "C" sub-inspection marks are also stamped on the right side of the buttplate heel and on the right side of the stock neat to the buttplate. The rifle serial number, "3431" is stamped: (1) on the top barrel flat between the rear sight and the receiver, (2) on the lower left side of the receiver tang, (3) in the upper tang inlet of the stock, (4) on the inside of the buttplate heel and (5) on the shanks of both the hand-fitted buttplate screws. All of the visible serial numbers match. The tang screws are typically not serial numbered on Henry rifles above serial number 3100. Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co. Model: Henry Rifle BBL: 24 Inch Stock: walnut Gauge: 44 Henry RF Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: 3431 Class: Antique Condition: Very good plus. The rifle is all original and has all of the proper markings and features found on the 800 U.S. Contract Henry rifles purchased to arm the 1st D.C. Cavalry. The rifle shows wear consistent with a weapon that was issued and saw combat. Traces of original blue finish remain on the barrel/magazine with the balance a gray-brown patina with sharp edges and crisp legend, serial number and inspection marks. There are a number of old dents and what appear to be vice marks on both sides of the forward swiveling barrel extension. The left barrel flat has some similar marks below the rear sight. The front and rear sights appear to be original to the rifle. The distinctive "gun metal" (brass) receiver and buttplate are in very good condition and have an attractive, untouched, patina. There are several small dents on the top of the right side of the receiver and sideplate. The sideplate joints are tight and free from pry-marks. The buttplate has a few minor scratches and some scattered patches of age discoloration. Traces of the original case-hardened finish are present on the sides of the hammer. The case colors on the lever have faded to a brown patina. The black walnut stock is in good overall condition with moderate handling wear. The "C.G.C." inspection mark on the right side of the stock wrist is faint but visible. The stock has a number of light dents and scratches which are typical of a military firearm carried on horseback. There is a eight-inch hair-line crack running from the buttplate toward the comb on the left side of the stock and a second one-inch hairline crack on the lower right side of the stock at the buttplate. These cracks are typical on Henry rifles and do not detract from the appearance of the rifle or effect the integrity of the stock. The action functions perfectly. This is a fine example of a scarce 1st D.C. Cavalry Henry rifle

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Historic Lot of Items Once the Property of Civil War Veteran, Diplomat, and Secretary of State John W. Foster Including Uniform,  Presentation Inscribed Walking Stick, Sword and Inscribed Presentation Silver Aztec Calendar

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Description: Historic Lot of Items Once the Property of Civil War Veteran, Diplomat, and Secretary of State John W. Foster Including Uniform, Presentation Inscribed Walking Stick, Sword and Inscribed Presentation Silver Aztec Calendar The following items were once owned by Civil War veteran John Watson Foster (1836-1917). Foster rose to the rank of colonel during the war and was a long standing supporter of the Republican Party. He served in various important governmental roles including: *Ambassador to Mexico (1873-1880) *Ambassador to Russia (1880-1881) *Ambassador to Spain (1883-1885) *Secretary of State from June 29, 1892 to February 23, 1893. During his short tenure under President Benjamin Harrison, Foster worked to resolve disputes over the Bering Sea with Russia and Britain, the potential annexation of the Hawaiian Islands, and prevented a war from breaking out between the US and Chile after a Chilean attack on U.S. sailors. *He represented China during the negotiations at the end of the Sino-Japanese War in 1895. *President William McKinley sent him as a special representative to Great Britain and Russia in 1897. *Foster was President Theodore Roosevelt's lead commissioner in negotiations with Canada in 1903. *He represented China a second time during the Second Hague Peace Conference in 1907. Foster also wrote a series of books on diplomacy and helped create the American Society of International Law in 1906 and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in 1910. His son-in-law Robert Lansing followed in his footsteps and served as Secretary of State under President Wilson as did his grandson John Foster Dulles who later held the post under President Eisenhower. The uniform includes: A) 1872 Army frock coat in dark navy with gold cord shoulder boards with black background and Colonel insignia, six golden buttons with American eagle and a shield with an "I" and three lace bands on each wrist, eighteen buttons on the breast, and four in the tails. Additional shoulder boards with Colonel insignia are also included. B) The royal blue pants with a black stripe down the sides, two front and single rear pockets, button up fly with additional buttons for suspenders, and adjustable rear waist draw. C) The beaver skin chapeau de bras is similar to the 1859 style seen in Encyclopedia of United States Army Insignia and Uniforms by William K. Emerson on p. 522 but with the smaller eagle that is seen on later examples. It has an angled golden band with an American eagle with the phrase "E. PLURIBUS UNUM" on a banner in the beak and a small American eagle with shield button on the bottom set over a round ribbon. It also has a golden coils on the tips and a black ostrich feather. The interior silken lining is marked "ST. NICHOLAS HOTEL/No. 519B-WAY/NEW YORK/WARNOCK & Co". It is contained in a brown lacquered metal tin. D) Model 1850 Staff and Field Officer's sword made by Horstmann and Sons of Philadelphia, 36 1/2 inches overall, with 31 inch blade with ornate etching along the more than half of the length including floral and martial motifs, "U.S." on the left, and "E. PLURIBUS" and an American eagle on the right. The bottom of the blade on the right side is marked with the maker. A small proof is present on the bottom of the left side, and "IRON PROOF" on the bottom of the rear edge. The hilt is silver while the guard is gilt brass. The scabbard is lacquered brown metal with gilt brass suspension bands and tip. The back side is plain while the right side of the upper band depicts Athena with a sword and shield. The middle band has a floral design, and the bottom has a soldier with a sword and American flag. E) The presentation walking stick is a testament to Foster's support of the Republican Party in Indiana and is inscribed "Colonel John W. Foster/from the/Republican State Ticket/Indiana/1872". The gold plated handle also has ornate engraving and relief with scroll work, stags, and floral motifs. 36 1/2 inches tall, the tip is steel with a German silver band and the shaft is tapered ebony, 1 inch diameter at the head. When he returned from the war, Foster edited the Evansville Daily Journal and used the paper to promote the party from 1865 to 1869. His support continued thereafter and thus President Grant installed him as an ambassador to Mexico. F) Also included is an impressive silver Aztec calendar said to be made from 700 Mexican silver pesos with inscription to John W. Foster. It is estimated to contain 607 troy ounces of silver with a full weight of 35 pounds. The inscription reads "Presented to Col. John W. Foster By the/American Residents/OF MEXICO/MARCH 2d/1880". Such a gift certainly demonstrates Foster's popularity among the American residents due to his skill as an ambassador. G) The items come with a wooden crate with "BLOOMINGTON INDIANA" along with weight, value, and other markings along with a Railway Express Agency prepaid label. The Railway Express Agency was a monopoly set up in 1917 to deliver packages by rail throughout the country. Foster died that same year in Washington, D.C. It is likely that these items were shipped back to his family in Indiana shortly after his passing. His body was also returned to Indiana and is interned in Oak Hill Cemetery. Manufacturer: Unknown Model: NONE BBL: Stock: Gauge: Finish: Grips: Serial Number: Class: Other Condition: Overall this grouping is in very fine, original condition. The frock coat has only a few small rips on the interior lining and a silvery hue over the paddles and shoulder boards. The pants have some small holes and are otherwise in excellent condition especially given their age. The hat is excellent! It has only the slightest signs of age. The tin for the hat is good with a damaged rear hinge and marks and scratches overall and fading lacquer. The sword is fine with a polished blade with clear etching and markings and some light wear at the tip. The hilt and guard have an aged patina with a small bare spot on the bottom. The scabbard retains 90% of the thinning dark brown lacquer finish with some small bare spots and an aged patina on the accents. The walking stick is likewise excellent with some brown patina on the tip, light scratches on the rod, a small dent on the head and some light fading to the inscription. The calendar has a dark gray patina with clear inscription and markings. The bottom of the calendar has part of the red velvet base ripped and absent as well as a corner of the lining. The crate is fine. This is an incredible grouping of historic items with the silver melt value of the Aztec calendar alone worth in excess of $10,000.00!

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Exceptional and Rare Martially Inspected Remington Type I Split Breech Civil War Carbine

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Description: Exceptional and Rare Martially Inspected Remington Type I Split Breech Civil War Carbine This is an excellent example of a martially marked Civil War U.S. Remington Split Breech Type I Carbine. The barrel is equipped with pinched blade front and folding leaf rear sights with the left side at the breech having a small letter "B" inspector initial. Most of the components have inspector single letter markings. The casehardened frame has a saddle ring and bar mounted on the left side with the upper tang stamped "REMINGTON'S ILION, N.Y./PAT. DEC. 23, 1863 MAY 3 & NOV 16, 1864". The barrel, single barrel band, split breechblock and hammer are blue. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock fitted with a casehardened buttplate. The left side of the stock wrist is stamped with clear "PB" and "CGC" script cartouches. (This is the same inspector as the Henry Rifle!) Manufacturer: E. Remington & Sons Model: Split Breech BBL: 20 inch round Stock: cartouched walnut Gauge: 44 RF Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: Serial Number: NSN Class: Antique Condition: Excellent. The carbine retains 97% original blue finish showing some minor thinning. The receiver retains 90% plus original case colors. The wood is also excellent with reused feathered grain, a barely noticeable sliver of wood missing from the forearm and some minor handling marks overall. The cartouches are crisp. The carbine is in excellent mechanical condition, however the firing pin has been removed from the face of the hammer. This is the finest example of this model of Remington we have ever offered at auction.

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Exceptional Civil War Starr Breechloading Percussion Carbine

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Description: Exceptional Civil War Starr Breechloading Percussion Carbine Civil War breechloading percussion carbine manufactured by Starr Arms Co. of Yonkers, New York, c. 1865. The carbine has a military blue barrel with color casehardened receiver, side-plate, hammer, breechblock and lever. The barrel band and buttplate are brass. The stock and forearm are oil-finished black walnut. The carbine has a folding, two-leaf rear sight on the barrel and a staple-mounted sling ring on the left side of the receiver. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped "STARR ARMS Co YONKERS N.Y." between the barrel band and the rear sight. "STARR'S PATENT/SEPT. 14th 1858" is stamped across the upper receiver tang and "STARR ARMS Co./YONKERS N.Y." is stamped on the lockplate behind the hammer. The serial number, "20016" is stamped on the right side of the breechblock. The Ordnance sub-inspection mark "H.G.S." is stamped on the left side of the barrel at the breech and "F.D.L" is stamped on the stock comb near the buttplate. Single letter sub-inspection marks are stamped on most components. Two Ordnance inspection marks which consist of three script initials within an oval border are stamped on the left stock wrist. The Starr Arms Co. manufactured 20,601 breechloading percussion carbines between 1862 and 1865. Most Starr carbines were issued to Federal cavalry units in the western theater. Manufacturer: Starr Arms Company Model: Percussion-Carbine BBL: 21 Inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 54 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: Serial Number: 20016 Class: Antique Condition: Excellent plus, as issued. The carbine retains at least 98% of the original blue and casehardened finish and appears to be un-fired. The barrel has nearly all of the original dull, military blue finish. The barrel markings are clear and the bore is mirror bright. The receiver, side plate, hammer and lever retain nearly all of the subdued case colors. Most of the original dried packing grease is present on the breechblock and interior parts. The is no flash-pitting on the percussion nipple, receiver, hammer or adjacent areas of the barrel. The brass barrel band and buttplate have a good-looking, untouched, patina. The stock and forearm are in excellent plus condition with raised, unhandled grain, wear is limited to several very minor storage bruises on the heel of the stock. This is an exceptional example of a near new Starr Breechloading carbine. It is the best Starr carbine ever offered for sale by the Rock Island Auction Co.

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Historic Berdan Sharp Shooters Sharps Model 1859 Double Set-Trigger Rifle

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Description: Historic Berdan Sharp Shooters Sharps Model 1859 Double Set-Trigger Rifle Sharps Model 1859 breech loading rifle with factory double set triggers manufactured c. 1862. This rifle is one of the 2,000 special order Sharps Model 1859 rifles purchased by the Ordnance Department in April 1862 to arm the 1st and 2nd U.S. Sharpshooter Regiments ("Berdan's Sharpshooters"). The Sharps rifles ordered by Berdan to arm his regiments were equipped with factory installed double set-triggers, angular socket bayonets with combination front sight/bayonet lug, and rear sights with 800 yard center notch. All of the Berdan Sharpshooters rifles had the Lawrence patent pellet primer and a stock with casehardened patch box. The 2,000 Model 1859 Sharps rifles purchased for issue to Berdan's Sharpshooters fall in the 5,400-5,700 serial number range (the lowest known Berdan Sharps serial number is 54374 and the highest serial number is 57567). Berdan's Sharps rifles had the standard finish with blue barrel and breechblock, casehardened barrel bands, receiver, hammer, lever, patch box and buttplate and black walnut stock and forearm. The left barrel flat is stamped with the small "O.W.A." sub-inspection mark of Ordnance Sub-Inspector Orville W. Ainsworth who sub-inspected most of the Berdan's Model 1859 Rifles. The left stock wrist has a faint Ordnance final inspection mark that consists of the script initials "JT" in and oval with rounded ends. The "J.T." final inspection mark of Ordnance Inspector John Taylor is found on most Berdan's Sharps rifles with legible inspection marks. The serial number "56518" is stamped on the upper receiver tang. The barrel, left and right sides of the receiver and lock plate have the standard Sharps and R.S. Lawrence patent markings. The two U.S. Sharpshooter regiments were recruited from selected marksmen from Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Wisconsin by Colonel Hiram Berdan. Equipped and trained as skirmishes and issued the dark green uniforms with black buttons made famous by British rifle regiments in the Napoleonic Wars, Berdan's Sharpshooters formed an elite corps in the Army of the Potomac. The Sharpshooters saw their first action in the Peninsula Campaign in April 1862 and subsequently fought in nearly every engagement of the Army of the Potomac until they were disbanded in February 1865. Berdan's Sharpshooters claimed to have inflicted more Confederate casualties than any other regiments in the Federal Army. Sharps Model 1859 Rifles in the 53000-57000 serial range with factory double set-triggers and "OWA" and "JT" sub-inspection marks are scarce. Experts have identified fewer than 50 Sharps Model 1859 rifles with all of the Berdan Sharpshooter features. Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: 1859 BBL: 30 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 52 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: Serial Number: 56518 Class: Antique Condition: Fair. The rifle shows the hard use typical of a weapon used in combat. The barrel, receiver and other components have a dark age patina with scattered pitting. The factory and Ordnance sub-inspection markings on the barrel, receiver, lock plate and upper tang are all legible. The "JT" Ordnance final inspection mark on the stock is faint, but identifiable. The R.S. Lawrence pellet primer is complete and functional. The set-triggers require adjustment. The stock has a large chip missing between the lower sling swivel and the buttplate. The remainder of the stock and forearm are fair with moderate-heavy handling wear. Nearly all of the 2,000 Berdan Contract Sharps Model 1859 Rifles were issued to the 1st and 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters. A small number of Berdan's Sharps rifles were issued to the famous 42nd Pennsylvania "Bucktails" and the 1st and 2nd Companies Massachusetts Sharpshooters ("Andrews Sharpshooters"). Few, if any, of the Berdan's Sharps rifles survived in better than "good" condition and most, like this example, show combat use. This is a solid example of a scarce and very historic Berdan Sharps Rifle. It is one of the very few Civil War small arms that can be definitely associated with a specific unit or combat engagement.

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Unmarked Gross' Patent Style Percussion Rifle

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Description: Unmarked Gross' Patent Style Percussion Rifle This unusual rifle has a hammer and serpentine lever and latch very similar to the Cosmopolitan, Gross' patent and Gwyn and Campbell "Union" or "Grapevine" carbines. The frame is solid iron with a protrusion on the underside similar to the Spencer carbine that houses the hinge pin for the breech block. The lock has a downward curve with a beveled edge and isn't recessed into the stock. There are no visible markings. Dove tailed blade front sight and elevation adjustable rear sight with a 6 1/2 inch base and sliding ladder adjustor. Mounted with a smooth straight grip stock with an ill-fitting brass buttplate. Manufacturer: Unknown Model: Breechloading BBL: 33 inch octagon Stock: walnut Gauge: 60 Finish: blue Grips: Serial Number: NSN Class: Antique Condition: Good. The barrel has a mottled grayish brown patina with scattered minor pitting. The remaining metal surfaces have a dark patina with several minor dings and some minor pitting. The stock is good with a replacement piece repair along the right side of the tang, a minor crack on the left side, and some minor dents, dings and scratches. The stock is ill-fitting at the receiver and remains solid. Mechanically fine.

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U.S. Civil War Contract Remington Model 1863 Percussion Rifle

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Description: U.S. Civil War Contract Remington Model 1863 Percussion Rifle Model 1863 rifle manufactured by the Remington Arms Co. in 1863. The Model 1863 contract rifle was an improved version of the U.S. Model 1855 percussion rifle and was referred to by the Ordnance Department as the "Harpers Ferry Pattern Rifle". The Model 1863 rifle was the last percussion rifle adopted by the Ordnance Department and is generally considered to be the best designed and highest quality percussion military longarm. The rifle has a heavy 33 inch round barrel with a lug for a sword bayonet on the right side, a dovetail mounted wide base front sight and a folding leaf rear sight graduated 500, 300 and 100 yards. The rifle is fitted with a steel, straight shank, tulip head, ramrod. The barrel, band springs and sights are blue. The lock and hammer are casehardened. The forearm cap, barrel bands, trigger guard, patch box and buttplate are brass. The straight grain black walnut stock has an oil finish. The lock plate is dated "1863" behind the hammer and roll stamped with a Federal Eagle and Shield over "U.S.followed by /REMINGTON'S/ILLION N.Y." in front of it. The top of the barrel is dated "1863" on the center line and stamped with "V/P/Eagle Head" proof and inspection marks on the left side. The left barrel flat is stamped "STEEL" followed by a "H.S.L." sub-inspection mark. "U.S." is stamped on the heel of the buttplate. The left stock flat is stamped with two script Ordnance sub-inspection and final inspection marks. Single letter Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on most components. Manufacturer: Remington Arms Inc Model: 1863-Rifle BBL: 33 Inch Stock: walnut Gauge: 58 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: Serial Number: NSN Class: Antique Condition: Good. The barrel has been reblued and the finish closely matched the original blue. Light pitting is visible on the barrel near the nipple bolster. The lock plate has been cleaned and has a silver-gray patina with some flash pitting. The brass furniture has a good-looking patina. The Federal Eagle on the lock plate is faint. The stock is in fine overall condition with clear inspection marks on the left flat.

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Phenomenal Rare Military Inspected Civil War U.S. Contract Pettengill Army Model Revolver

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Description: Phenomenal Rare Military Inspected Civil War U.S. Contract Pettengill Army Model Revolver Pettengill Army Model D.A. revolver manufactured by Rodgers & Spencer & Co., of Willow Dale, New York, as part of a 2000 gun contract for the Ordnance Department. The unique Pettengill double-action revolver fouled badly after several discharges and proved nearly impossible to fire. Pettengill Army revolvers were issued in quantity to the 3rd Michigan Volunteer Cavalry an in small numbers to several other Midwestern cavalry regiments. This revolver has a high polish blue finish on the frame, octagon barrel and six-shot cylinder. The loading lever is color casehardened. The two-piece walnut grip is oil finished. The revolver as the early style markings: ""PETTENGILL'S/PATENT 1856" and "RAYMOND & ROBITALLE/PATENTED 1858" roll stamped in two lines on the top of the frame on either side of sight groove. The serial number "3933" is stamped on the side of the cylinder, inside of the trigger guard and butt. The Ordnance inspection mark "W" and a "P" proof mark are stamped on the left side of the barrel at the junction with the frame. A "W" sub-inspection marks is stamped on the left side of the loading lever and "WW" is stamped on the left side of the frame. An illegible, rectangular, Ordnance final inspection mark is stamped on the left side of the grip. Manufacturer: Pettingill C S Model: Army BBL: 7 1/2 Inch Stock: Gauge: 44 percussion Finish: blue cartouched Grips: walnut Serial Number: 3933 Class: Antique Condition: Extremely fine. The revolver is all original and retains 60% plus of the original blue finish. The revolver appears to be in unfired condition. There is no flash pitting on the percussion nipples or rear face of the cylinder. The blue on the barrel and frame has flaked and the finish loss is due primarily to poor surface preparation during manufacturing and subsequent storage wear rather than actual handling. The cylinder retains nearly all of the original blue finish and the walnut grip is in very fine condition with minimal handling wear. The action functions fine. It is very unusual to see a U.S. contract Pettengill Army revolver in this condition. This is an outstanding example of a hard-to find, limited production, Civil War revolver in far better than usual condition.

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Scarce Very Fine, Scarce C.S. Pettengill Belt Model Double Action Revolver

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Description: Scarce Very Fine, Scarce C.S. Pettengill Belt Model Double Action Revolver C.S. Pettengill double-action, percussion revolver manufactured by Rodgers, Spencer & Co., of Willow Dale, New York c. 1860. The hammerless, double action revolver has a 4 1/2-inch octagon barrel, six-shot cylinder and early "split" loading lever. Total production of the early revolvers with split loading levers is estimated at approximately 250 pieces. The revolver has a blue finish on the barrel, cylinder, frame and trigger guard. The split loading lever is blued. The two-piece grips have a high polish "piano" finish. The top of the frame is marked: "PETTENGILL'S/PATENT 1856" in two lines. "RAYMOND & ROBITAILLE/PATENTED 1858" is stamped in two lines on the bottom of the frame ahead of the trigger guard. The serial number "146" is stamped on the inside of the trigger guard, bottom of the barrel and loading lever spring, top of the loading lever, side of the cylinder, bottom of the frame and on the inside of the two-piece wooden grips. All of the visible serial numbers match. Manufacturer: Pettingill C S Model: Pocket BBL: 4 1/2 Inch Stock: Gauge: 34 Percussion Finish: blue Grips: varnished walnut Serial Number: 146 Class: Antique Condition: Fine. The revolver is all original and retains 60% plus of the bright original blue finish. Most of the high polish blue finish is present on the barrel. The finish on the frame and trigger guard has flaked leaving a good-looking silver-gray patina with traces of blue in protected areas. The cylinder has about 70% of the blue finish. Nearly all of the muted case colors are present on the loading lever. The grips are in very good condition and retain nearly 90% of the original piano finish. The markings and serial numbers are clear. This is a very fine example of a limited production, early style, C.S. Pettengill Belt Model Revolver.

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Outstanding Civil War U.S. Contract Starr Arms Co., Model 1858 Army Double-Action Revolver

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Description: Outstanding Civil War U.S. Contract Starr Arms Co., Model 1858 Army Double-Action Revolver Model 1858 Army double-action revolver that was manufactured by the Starr Arms Co., of New York, New York, c. 1858-1860. Between 1862 and 1864 the Ordnance Department purchased approximately 21,000 .44 caliber Starr D.A. revolvers. Many of these revolvers were issued to mid-western Federal cavalry regiments. The revolver has a high polish blue finish on the barrel, six-shot cylinder, frame, trigger guard and back strap. The loading lever, trigger and hammer have a color case-hardened finish. The screws have a fire blue finish. The one-piece grip is oil finished walnut. The round barrel has a dove-tail mounted, iron half-moon, front sight. The rear sight is a groove in the hammer. The right side of the frame is roll-stamped: "STARR ARMS. CO. NEW YORK. NEW YORK." below the cylinder. The opposite side of the frame is roll-stamped: "STARR'S PATENT JAN. 15, 1856." in one line. The serial number, "8529" is stamped on the side of the cylinder and in the frame hammer slot. Single letter "H" and "W" Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on most components. The Ordnance Inspection mark which consists of the script initials "BH" in a rectangle with rounded ends is stamped on the both sides of the grip. Manufacturer: Starr Arms Company Model: 1858 BBL: 6 inch Stock: Gauge: 44 percussion Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 8529 Class: Antique Condition: Excellent. The revolver retains nearly 95% of the bright original high polish blue finish and 98% of the vivid case colors. The blue finish has several small areas of flaking on the barrel, cylinder and frame. The cylinder has turn marks between the stops and several insignificant scratches. The grip is in excellent condition with nearly perfect Ordnance inspection marks. This is an excellent example of a U.S. contract Starr Model 1858 Army D.A. revolver.

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Austin T. Freeman Army Model Revolver

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Description: Austin T. Freeman Army Model Revolver Freeman Army Model percussion revolver manufactured by Hoard's Armory, Watertown, New York, c. 1863-64. Hoard's Armory manufactured approximately 2,000 of these .44 caliber, single action revolvers but received no Federal contracts. The solid frame revolver has a high polish blue finish on the barrel, frame and cylinder. The loading lever and hammer are color casehardened. The trigger is niter blue. The two-piece black walnut grips are oil-finished. The revolver has the later style barrel with no exposed threads, steel half-moon sight, sighting groove in the top strap and knurled hammer spur. The center pin latch is retained by a spring on the left side of the frame. "FREEMAN'S PAT. DECR 9 1862" is stamped on the right side of the top strap sight groove and "HOARD'S ARMORY, WATERTOWN, N.Y." is stamped on the left side. The serial number "613" is stamped on the bottom of the barrel, loading lever, trigger guard, center pin latch, rear face of the cylinder, right side of the butt beneath the grips and penciled on the inside of both grips. All of the serial numbers match. Manufacturer: Freeman Austin T Model: Army BBL: 7 1/2 Inch Stock: Gauge: 44 percussion Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 613 Class: Antique Condition: Extremely fine. The revolver is all original and retains 85% plus of the original high polish blue and color casehardened finish, The revolver shows minimal firing wear with traces of flash pitting on the percussion nipples but no detectable firing wear on the rear face of the cylinder. The markings are crisp, The grips are in excellent condition with a few minor handling marks. This is an exceptional example of a scarce, secondary, Civil War percussion revolver.

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Historic London Armoury Kerr's Patent Percussion Single Action Revolver Presented to Given Campbell by Confederate President Jefferson Davis on May 4, 1865 During His Flight from Richmond with Civil War Diary and Documentation

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Description: Historic London Armoury Kerr's Patent Percussion Single Action Revolver Presented to Given Campbell by Confederate President Jefferson Davis on May 4, 1865 During His Flight from Richmond with Civil War Diary and Documentation This is a scarce Kerr's patent percussion revolver made all the more rare by its provenance. The Confederacy imported about 7000 Kerr revolvers, but this particular revolver was not carried by a regular soldier; the revolver is said to have been given by Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis to his personal escort and noted Confederate officer Captain Given Campbell during Davis' flight from Richmond. Prior to the war, Campbell was a lawyer in St. Louis, MO, but he joined the Confederate Army at the outbreak of the war. He was commissioned as a captain in Nathan Bedford Forrest's Cavalry and fought in multiple battles including Pea Ridge and Chickamauga and later served under Basil Duke. Following Lee's surrender, Campbell was selected by President Jefferson Davis to form a unit and lead Davis' escape. President Davis and his guards were later captured at Irwinsville, Georgia on May 10, 1865. In his included "Memorandum of a Journal Kept Daily During the Last March of Jefferson Davis," on May 4, 1865 Captain Given Campbell notes that Davis gave him funds to buy a horse and pistol for each man in the party and "...President Davis presented me with a pair of large revolvers, Kerr's Patent; the escort was reported as ready for duty." The left side of the frame is marked "LONDON/ARMOURY", the right side of the frame is engraved: "KERR'S PATENT 1041". The lock plate is marked "LONDON ARMOURY". The cylinder is also numbered "1041". The left barrel flat is stamped: "L.A.C." with British "crown/GP" and "crown/ V" proof and inspection marks. Similar proof and inspection marks are stamped between each chamber of the cylinder. The assembly number "758" is stamped on the front of the cylinder. There is a "JS/Anchor" mark on the grip just below the strap of the trigger guard. The mark is thought to be an export stamp designating that the pistol was exported to the Confederate States. After the Civil War, the revolver had "PRESENTED TO/GIVEN CAMPBELL/BY/JEFFERSON DAVIS/ PREST. C.S.A/ MAY 4/1865" engraved on the left side of the frame in front of the cylinder. It was passed on to Given Campbell, Jr. by his father. He later sold the weapon to Arthur Ziern Jr. in 1940 and the revolver remained in the Ziern family as is shown by the included letter of provenance from the Ziern-Hanon Galleries. The revolver has a high polish blue finish on the barrel and frame, and casehardened loading lever, trigger guard, side plate and hammer. The one-piece grip is finely checkered English walnut. The butt is fitted with a lanyard ring. Included with the weapon is a binder of research documents and primary source material relating to the weapon's history including: a notarized Ziern-Hanon Galleries Letter of Provenance that traces the revolver's heritage back to Jefferson Davis, a copy of COLONEL GIVEN CAMPBELL C.S.A. CONFEDERATE HERO," original letters and Civil War diaries, information from the Library of Congress, and copies of death certificates corroborating the information in the Ziern-Hanon letter. Manufacturer: London Armory Model: Kerr BBL: 5.5 inch octagon Stock: Gauge: 44 Finish: blue Grips: walnut Serial Number: 1041 Class: Antique Condition: The revolver is in very fine condition with clear markings, 70% of its original high polish blued finish, and an aged gray/brown patina on the exposed metal. The grips are fine with crisp checkering and some minor chips and scratches on the smooth, upper left section. The action functions single action only, needs work to make double action function.

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Confederate States of America President, 1861-1865, Jefferson Davis' Mexican-American War Commission with Research Folder

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Description: Confederate States of America President, 1861-1865, Jefferson Davis' Mexican-American War Commission with Research Folder Jefferson Davis' commission for the Mexican-American War with the signature of Albert Gallatin Brown, the 14th Governor of the State of Mississippi. The commission marks an important moment in Davis's political and military careers. At signing, Davis became the colonel in charge of Mississippi's oldest National Guard unit, the First Regiment of Mississippi Volunteers, better known as the "Mississippi Rifles." It is dated June 20th, 1846 and states that it was written and signed in the state capital Jackson, Mississippi. At the time of his election to colonel, Davis was in Washington, D.C. representing the State of Mississippi in Congress. He had previously graduated from West Point and served during the Black Hawk War. In 1846, Davis resigned as Congressman to join the Mississippi volunteers. Due to Davis' insistence and political connections in Washington, his regiment was the first to be armed with official use, rifled muskets. Colonel Davis left Washington and joined his regiment near New Orleans July 21, 1846. They used their M1841"Mississippi" Rifles proficiently and fought bravely to help General Taylor successfully defeat the Mexican Army at the Battle of Monterrey in September. Of their conduct at Monterrey Davis later wrote: "I saw no exhibition of fear, no want of confidence, but on every side the men who stood around me were prompt and willing to execute my orders." On February 22-23, 1847 at a ranch called Buena Vista the Mississippi Rifles fought successfully under Davis' command. Taylor ordered the First Regiment to save the line. Davis, although injured in the foot early in the battle, led his men and engaged the enemy. By nightfall, the Mississippi Rifles turned the Mexicans back. During the war, the Mississippians lost more men then any other volunteer unit with 39 dead in combat and another 123 lost to accidents or disease. Their bravery and victory at Buena Vista made Taylor a national hero and greatly aided him in his successful campaign for the White House in 1850. Davis also won national acclaim for his tenacity and skillful command in battle. In 1847, Taylor appointed Davis as Senator for Mississippi. Though he returned severely wounded, Davis entered the Senate and shortly thereafter became chairman of the Military Affairs Committee. Six years later, President Franklin Pierce made him secretary of war. Manufacturer: None Model: None BBL: Stock: Gauge: Finish: Grips: Serial Number: Class: Other Condition: Good. The document shows signs of age and the seal is partially damaged. The paper has some stains, creases, and ripples from age. All writing and signatures have faded but are legible. The document is enclosed in a fine, matted, museum grade frame with anti-glare glass and acid free matting, stripping, and archival paper with "Mylar" corners. On the back of the frame are copies of documents and book pages detailing Davis' involvement in the war.

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Scarce Sharps Model 1855 U.S. Navy Rifle

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Description: Scarce Sharps Model 1855 U.S. Navy Rifle This is one of 263 Sharps Model 1855 Navy Rifles manufactured circa 1856. These rifles are identical in contour to the carbine and retained the carbine forearm and were equipped with the longer barrel with a lug mounted on the underside for a saber type bayonet (not included). The top of the barrel at the breech and in front of the rear sight under the barrel band is marked "SHARPS RIFLE/MANUFG. CO./HARTFORD CONN" followed by an anchor. The upper receiver tang is marked "SHARPS/PATENT/1848" followed by the serial number which is also marked below the forearm and places this rifle in the correct range for those received by the U.S. Navy. The primer cover is marked "EDWARD MAYNARD/PATENTEE 1845". "N/37" is marked on the inside of the patch box door. Fixed blade front sight, folding leaf rear sight graduated 1-4 on the mount and to 8 on the ladder. It has a blue barrel, casehardened receiver and lock, brass barrel band, patch box and buttplate and is mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock. Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: 1855-Rifle BBL: 27 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 54 Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: Serial Number: 20404 Class: Antique Condition: Good as partially refinished. The barrel has a mostly retouched brown finish with some original blue finish in small patches and in the protected area beneath the forearm. The receiver, lock, lever and lower tang have a gray patina with light pitting and some oxidation. The upper portion of the receiver and the tang also have the brown refinishing. The brass components on the butt have an attractive aged patina while the barrel band has been cleaned to bright. There are various minor dings, scratches, and marks overall. The sanded and refinished wood has some small dents, minor scratches, a small hairline crack behind the rear screw on the forearm, a small chip and a hairline crack on the left side of the forearm ahead of the barrel band, a crack below the patch box mirrored on the left side, and a faintly visible repair on the toe. Mechanically excellent.

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Scarce Sharps Model 1853 Slant Breech Sporting Carbine

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Description: Scarce Sharps Model 1853 Slant Breech Sporting Carbine The Model 1853 Slanting Breech Carbine was also known as the "John Brown Model" and was manufactured by Robbins and Lawrence, Windsor, Vermont for the Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co. until October of 1856 and made by Sharps thereafter. The Model 1853 was made from 1854 through 1857 with approximately 10,500 produced. The lock is marked "SHARPS/PATENT/1852", the upper tang is marked "SHARPS/PATENT/1848" followed by the serial number, and the top of the barrel ahead of the rear sight is marked "SHARPS RIFLE/MANUFG CO./HARTFORD, CONN.". The matching serial number is marked on the upper tang, bottom of the barrel under the forearm, on the inside of the patch box door and the inside toe of the buttplate. These Model 1853s can be distinguished from the Model 1852 by the small spring retained stud mounted on the right side of the frame to retain the lever hinge pin, although according to the Sharps Manufacturing Company the Model 1852 and 1853 were the same model with the former being totally made in Windsor, Vermont. The lock is equipped with the Sharps pellet primer mounted on the lock, small blade front sight and folding leaf rear sight absent of graduation markings. The carbine does not have a saddle ring bar mounted on the left wrist, however has a blank screw on the left side of the receiver where the bar would attach and is equipped with double set triggers. Brass patch box and buttplate and mounted with a smooth forearm with a pewter forend and straight grip stock. Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: 1853-Carbine BBL: 21 1/2 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 44 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: Serial Number: 17548 Class: Antique Condition: Very good. The barrel has a smooth mottled blue/brown patina overall. The remaining metal surfaces have a smooth mottled gray patina. The brass has an attractive aged patina. The reoiled wood is fine with a few overall scattered minor dents and dings. Mechanically excellent.

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Civil War Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy Inspected Carbine

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Description: Civil War Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy Inspected Carbine One of approximately 6, 686 Model 1862 Sharps & Hankins purchased by the U.S. Navy between 1862-1865. The carbine features the unique leather barrel cover to protect the blue barrel from rust. The leather is secured by two screws at the breech and the anchor marking at the breech is clear and distinct. The frame is casehardened with the 2nd Model floating firing pin mounted in the recoil shield. The stock is an oil-finished walnut with a brass buttplate. The barrel has a pedestal mounted brass blade front sight, (worn or filed down) and a tangent rear sight graduated to 800 yards. The right side of the receiver is marked: "SHARPS/&/HANKINS/PHILADA" and the left side is marked: "SHARPS/PATENT/1859" followed by a "HKH". The serial number "4156" is located on the upper tang, "1158"on the lever bar and "1001 on the underside of the barrel and the underside of the frame under the lever. The carbine has no visible inspection proof or acceptance marks except for a small "M" on the stock between the lower tang and sling swivel base. Smooth straight grip stock with brass buttplate and a sling swivel. Manufacturer: Sharps & Hankins Model: 1862 Navy BBL: 24 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 52 RF Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: Serial Number: 4156 Class: Antique Condition: Very good plus. The exposed metal surfaces, except the trigger guard and lower tang, have a smooth dark mottled patina. The trigger guard and lower tang appear to have been professionally refinished some time ago. There is a small amount of finished over pin prick type pitting on the tang and most of the finish remains. The buttplate has a nice aged patina. The original leather barrel covering is intact with some minor separation of the seam, degradation where covering meets the action and some minor age cracking, otherwise the leather is sound and retains most of its hard black finish. The stock is good plus with a repaired crack behind the upper tang on the right side and retains most of its old restored finish with scattered light handling marks. The markings are clear. Mechanically fine. This is a very good example of a hard to find these carbines with the original leather cover.

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Exceptional Civil War Smith Carbine

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Description: Exceptional Civil War Smith Carbine This Smith Carbine was manufactured by American Machine Works in Springfield, Massachusetts, c. 1861-65. The carbine has a blue part-round/part-octagon barrel with dovetail mounted brass front sight blade and folding leaf rear sight. The left side of the casehardened receiver is fitted with a sling bar and ring for a cavalry carbine sling. The stock and forearm are oil-finished black walnut. The Smith patent markings are roll-stamped vertically on the left side of the receiver. The three-line Poultney & Trimble address is roll-stamped near the top of the left side of the receiver and the three line American Machine Works address is located beneath the sling bar. The serial number, "11960", is located on the bottom of the forward portion of the breech. "11" is stamped on the lower right side of the receiver and "960" is stamped on the lower left side. The left side of the stock wrist is stamped with two Ordnance inspection marks; "LFR" in script letters with a rectangular border and "JH" in script letters with an oval border. A "LFR" sub-inspection mark is stamped on the left barrel flat and a "JH" sub-inspection mark is stamped on the stock comb is front of the buttplate heel. The Smith Carbine was a popular and widely issued Civil War Federal cavalry carbine. Manufacturer: American Machine Works Model: Smith Carbine BBL: 21 5/8 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 50 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: Serial Number: 11960 Class: Antique Condition: Excellent. The carbine is in an un-issued, un-fired condition and retains 96% plus of the original blue and casehardened finish overall. The carbine shows only minor storage wear with discoloration and oxidization on the niter blue barrel latch, the bottom of the trigger guard and the buttplate. The barrel retains virtually all of the military blue finish and the bore is in perfect condition. There is no flash pitting on the percussion nipple or the face of the breech. The casehardened receiver and hammer retain 95% of the subdued case colors. The barrel band has a brown patina. The stock and forearm are in excellent plus condition with exceptional sharp Ordnance inspection marks unhandled raised grain and minimal storage wear. This is an exceptional example of a key Federal cavalry carbine in un-issued condition.

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Excellent Civil War Burnside Fifth Model Breech Loading Carbine

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Description: Excellent Civil War Burnside Fifth Model Breech Loading Carbine This is an excellent example of a Burnside Fifth Model Carbine manufactured by the Burnside Rifle Co., of Providence, Rhode Island from 1863-1865. The carbine has the distinctive guide screw in the right side of the frame that identifies it as a Fifth Model carbine. The top of the receiver is marked "BURNSIDE PATENT/MODEL OF 1864" over the serial number and "BURNSIDE RIFLE CO./PROVIDENCE =R.I." is stamped on the lock plate behind the hammer. The breechblock is stamped with the number "12350". An "R" sub-inspection mark is stamped on some components. Pinched blade front sight, two leaf rear sight with "1", "3" and "5" graduations, mounted with a oil-finished black walnut forearm and straight grip stock with a iron buttplate and sling swivel. A sling bar and ring are mounted on the left side of the receiver. Manufacturer: Burnside Rifle Co Model: Carbine BBL: 21 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 54 percussion Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: Serial Number: 20022 Class: Antique Condition: Excellent. The carbine retains 95% of the original blue and casehardened finish. The barrel has nearly all of the original military blue finish intact. The receiver has 95% plus vivid case colors. Most of the nitre blue finish is present on the breechblock and upper and lower receiver tangs. The hammer has some scattered light pitting and the case colors have silvered out. The finish on the lock plate has faded to a gray patina. The stock and forearm are very good with moderate handling wear. There is a moderate repaired chip on the left wrist. The letter "W" is lightly carved in the right side of the stock, which appears to be period. This is a solid example of an important Civil War Federal Cavalry carbine.

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Fine Sharps New Model 1863 Saddle Ring Carbine Cartridge Conversion to 50-70

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Description: Fine Sharps New Model 1863 Saddle Ring Carbine Cartridge Conversion to 50-70 Civil War production Sharps New Model 1863 percussion breach loading carbine converted by Sharps to chamber the .50/70 metallic cartridge circa 1867. It has a blued barrel with stud mounted blade front sight and a folding ladder rear sight graduated to "8" with the R.S. Lawrence patent information on the base. The casehardened receiver has a metallic cartridge breech block and hammer but retains the percussion Lawrence pellet priming device. The stock and forearm are oil finished straight grain American walnut held by a single case hardened barrel band. The top of the barrel is roll stamped "SHARPS RIFLE/MANUFG. Co./HARTFORD CONN." ahead of the rear sight. "NEW MODEL 1863" is stamped between the rear sight and the receiver. The left flat is marked "F E.A.W." The serial number "C,26741" is stamped on the upper receiver tang. The side plate and right side of the receiver have the standard "C.SHARPS" and "R.S. LAWRENCE" patent markings. Additional Sharps patent markings are visible on the left side of the receiver. The stock is stamped with the "DFC" ribbon cartouche found on most .50-70 government contract conversions. It is also fitted with a saddle ring bar and ring with leather tassel attached on the left side rear of the frame and the wrist. Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company Model: New Model 1863 BBL: 22 inch round Stock: walnut Gauge: 50-70 Finish: blue/casehardened Grips: Serial Number: C26741 Class: Antique Condition: Very good. The barrel retains mostly a brown patina overall. The receiver retains 30% of the original fiery case colors with nearly all the colors remaining on the right plate and hammer and a brown patina on the balance. The barrel band also has traces of the darkened case colors with an otherwise dark gray patina. The buttplate has a brown patina with some small sections of oxidation at the high edges. The wood is very good as refreshed with a clear cartouche, some mild dings throughout, and scattered light scratches. Mechanically excellent with clear markings.

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