152. Extremely Rare Andrew Burgess Model 1872 Carbine

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serial #24, 44 Henry RF, 22 3/4" round barrel with full magazine and a very good bore that shows deep 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 "24" on belly of action just to rear of forend. This same number "24" also appears on the side of the lever, barrel beneath forend and on the inside toe of the buttplate. The barrel and magazine bear a pleasing untouched even brown patina with no notable pitting. The action retains an even gray patina overall with generous amounts of original nickel plated finish on the loading lever and dust cover. 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 plain walnut stock and forend are of walnut and rate about very good with perhaps some added light finish present. The carbine wears a crescent buttplate with sliding compartment door which retains a gray brown patina with some scattered light pitting and oxidation. The original metal cleaning rod is present in the butt compartment. The carbine is sighted with a globe combination 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. 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. (18315-1LTS30) {ANTIQUE} [Lewis T. Steadman Collection] (8000/12000) SOLD FOR $14,950.00

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