496. Winchester Model 1873 First Model Lever Action Rifle

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serial #21830, 44 WCF, 24'' round barrel with full magazine and a mostly bright very good bore showing some scattered light pitting and strong rifling throughout. This is a wonderful first model rifle with matching assembly numbers on buttstock, buttplate and lower tang and retains a period four-piece brass cleaning rod. The barrel and magazine of this rifle have mostly toned to a nice blue-brown patina with strong original blue and spots of light pitting scattered throughout. The address and patent markings on the barrel are crisp and clear and the rear sight leaf and front sight base still retain vibrant fire blue. The nosecap retains perhaps 60% original bright blue flaking to brown patina. The action retains about 80% original bright blue with areas flaking to a pleasant gray-brown patina throughout along with some light scratches. The dustcover has an appropriate small checkered oval thumb print and the upper tang is simply marked ''Model. 1873.'' in script font with no additional holes at the upper tang for sights. The loading gate retains strong fire blue, the hammer, lever and buttplate mostly toned to a mottled gray-brown patina. The plain walnut stocks remain in very good plus condition retaining strong original finish having darkened a little from the years with scattered small dings and scratches scattered about. The brass surfaces of the four-piece cleaning rod are a lovely untouched reddish ocher patina; there is no eyelet piece present. The rifle is sighted with standard sporting rear sight, small German silver blade front and the action seems to function well mechanically. This is really a lovely first model with some fine condition. (138751-4) {ANTIQUE} (3000/5000) Sold For 8050.00

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