72. Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Rifle

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serial #589056B, 44 WCF, 24" octagon barrel with an otherwise bright excellent bore which shows a few spots of very sparsely scattered, very light pinprick pitting here and there. The barrel and magazine tube retaining about 95% original blue, the loss is due to even wear and toning to pewter on the high edges with scattered light oxidation and the expected minor dings and handling marks that come from the years, most prominent around the front sight. The nosecap has toned primarily to plum while the receiver and sideplates retain about 90-92% original blue on their flats with the rounded top and bottom of receiver toning to a plum brown and pleasing pewter patina. There is scattered light oxidation staining present but it is unobtrusive and the loading gate retains some very strong trace pale fire temper blue. The hammer shows smoky case coloring with some light oxidation while the lever has toned primarily to a pewter gray case-hardened patina. The straight grip walnut buttstock rates very good to very good plus with a bit of older added finish which is now showing some nice crazing from the years. The forend rates perhaps very good with overall minor dings and handling marks from the years and some length-wise light scarring or an abrasion along its left lower edge with an older repaired 2 1/2" crack along its top left edge from the nosecap rearward. The upper tang remains slightly proud of the wood and there is an older swivel base installed along the toeline, its eyelet has been removed. The original silver blade Rocky Mountain front and semi-buckhorn rear sights are intact and the rifle has a very lovely antique overall appearance. (38527-3) {C&R} (3500/4500) SOLD FOR $3,737.50

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