51. Extremely Rare Andrew Burgess Model 1872 Carbine

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Description Update (11/7/17): 1 1/2" chip missing at front left side of forend

serial #33, 44 Henry RF, 22 3/4" round barrel with full magazine and a near excellent bore that shows deep clean rifling its entire length. This is one of the very first Burgess patent arms ever produced and was likely made by Burgess himself when he lived in Owego, NY. The gun utilizes two Burgess patents, that of July 16, 1872 and January 7, 1873. The latter being one of the fundamental patents used on the 1872, 1875 and 1878 Burgess rifles along with the Kennedy rifles, Marlin model 1881 and Colt Burgess rifles. The only marks on the gun are the hand stamped patents on right side of action "BURGESS / PAT. JULY 16 1872 / & JAN. 7 1873" along with a tiny serial number "33" on belly of action just to rear of forend. The barrel and magazine bear a pleasing untouched even brown patina with no notable pitting but with a few scattered light impact marks here and there from the years. The action retains about 95% original nickel plated finish with just a little light flaking, high edge wear and some light scratches. The right side of action has a spring-loaded sliding loading gate which functions as those found on the Colt Burgess and the Marlin 1881 rifles. The dust cover appears to be an old replacement but it fits well and is about the right color. The plain walnut stock and forend are of walnut and rate about very good with perhaps 75% original finish and numerous light handling and impact marks in sides of butt. There is a crack on right side at action which could be easily shored up by a wood man, it does not affect the wrist. The carbine wears a crescent buttplate with sliding compartment door which retains about half of its original dull nickel plated finish. The carbine is sighted with a German silver blade front dovetailed into top of barrel band and a two leaf folding carbine sight, similar to those used on other lever action carbines of the period. This particular carbine is the very first gun shown in Maxwell's book Lever Action Magazine Rifles and he describes it in detail. There are only about four of these 1872 carbines known to collectors and Maxwell calls this one of the most appealing and rarest lever action magazine rifles in existence and the prototype of several generations of Burgess patented lever action magazine arms that followed. An important carbine suitable for the finest collection or arms museum. (18315-2LTS31) {ANTIQUE} [Lewis T. Steadman Collection] (10,000/15,000) SOLD FOR $10,925.00

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