96. Winchester Model 1866 Conrad Ulrich Engraved Lever Action Rifle

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serial #79869, 44 RF, 24'' octagon barrel with full magazine and a fair bore. This rifle features six different panel scenes with the balance of the frame showing relief scroll. While the rifle is unsigned, it is clearly in Ulrich's style and it is consecutively numbered to a signed, panel scene gun which is published in The Book of Winchester Engraving serial #79868. Additionally rifle #79862 is Ulrich's famous ''On the #Rocky Mountains'' panel scene engraved gun and gun #78860 is another unsigned example which is also published in The Book of Winchester Engraving. This rifle shows a deep relief engraved rooster at the rear of the right side of action with a large oblong panel at center showing a large bear over dead hunter with another hunter in the background taking aim, and a forward panel shows a running dog. The left side of the action has a panel at the front section depicting a wonderful American eagle, the center shows a large oblong scene of a recumbent doe with standing buck and the rear shows another relief engraved rooster. The panel borders are of repetitive geometric shapes with distinctive medallions to rear of rooster panels which are in the shape of pinwheels. The border at the buttstock shows a repetitive four-leaf clover motif. The top of the action is in relief scroll with an open panel likely intended for an inscription but it has been left blank. The barrel and magazine retain an even gray patina with some scattered patches of light pitting and oxidation staining present. The barrel shows the proper address and all markings remain clear and legible. The action shows an honest and pleasing patina from the years with engraving just slightly softened and with traces of original gold wash in protected areas. The hammer and lever are an even gray patina with some old light oxidation and staining and with the lever loop being slightly misshapen. The brass buttplate is also engraved on its top tang and the nosecap is engraved and both bear the same lovely patina as the action. The highly figured walnut buttstock and forend are quality replacements and they rate excellent with 98% original finish remaining. The rifle is sighted with a German silver blade front and Henry style folding ladder rear with broken ladder. Panel scene engraved Winchester rifles are among the most desirable Winchester rifles ever produced. This rifle comes from a series of very high-grade guns which were engraved by Conrad Ulrich. The rifle comes with what appear to be factory sling swivels mounted in bottom of nosecap and in toeline of stock. In high states of original condition, these rifles routinely bring low to mid six figure prices, this example will be more affordable and provides an excellent opportunity for the less affluent collector to obtain one of these rifles that are usually only afforded by the wealthiest of Winchester collectors. A very respectable example of Conrad Ulrich's relief panel scene engraved masterpieces. (19015-7) {ANTIQUE} (12,000/18,000) Sold For 26450.00

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