25. Rare Winchester Hotchkiss First Model Navy Carbine

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serial #1497, 45-55 Govt. (45-70 Govt. with the lighter "carbine" charge of powder), 24" barrel with a bright excellent bore. The barrel shows perhaps 50% original blue, the areas of loss a pewter gray patina with overall light handling marks and scratches and a few areas of sparsely scattered light oxidation. The receiver retains excellent oil-quenched case-hardening with the bottom metal showing strong original blue. The bolt has faded primarily to a pewter and brown patina with remnants of some light pinprick pitting. The breech of the barrel shows the "U.S./(anchor)" marking with VP eaglehead proofs, the bolt Henry Nettleton-inspected. The stock rates about very good with much original varnish and overall light dings and handling marks with a ding and prominent chip at the toe. There is a very good circled P firing proof and remnants of the left-side oval cartouche and the obligatory right-side crack is present along with a chip to the rear of the receiver's tang which was re-affixed. The sling ring is in place on the left side of the stock and the cleaning rod is present in the nosecap trapdoor. Purportedly only 100 First Model Carbines were made for the United States Navy, this remains a very good example of these rare martial arms. (38752-16) {ANTIQUE} (2000/3000) SOLD FOR $1,495.00

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