June 25-28, 2018 Firearms
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Features octagon barrel with standard two line Winchester address, sporting front sight and elevator adjustable rear sight. This 1879 produced rifle started like as a special order rifle with stock 1" longer than standard with no barrel, no magazine and was received and shipped the same day in August of 1879. The rifle has the internal striker mechanism designed, patented and installed by J.H Salter in September of 1880. This rifle was the subject of a wonderful article by noted Winchester authorities Rob Kassab and Rick Hill. The builder and inventor of St. Mary's, Pennsylvania was granted two patents for Winchester lever action innovations or "improvements of firearms" as was noted in his patent application. The internal striker conversion is masterfully done and it appears it was done using the original Winchester bolt and lever. This system closely resembles Baron Von Nolckens system that was initiated on the Winchester 1866 years before. A fantastic Winchester patent model with a rich history. Included with this rifle is the factory letter confirming the configuration at time of shipment as well as copies of the "The Winchester Collector" magazine with two articles pertaining to this rifle. Very fine condition overall with completely functioning mechanics. Excellent bore. Wood stocks have several bruises and scratches but no cracks or material loss. Tang is marked with 1990 assembly number as is the lower stock mortise. Buttplate has no internal numbers. A unique opportunity to own a piece of American innovation.
Barrel Length
.44 WCF
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $6,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $24,000.00
Estimate: $12,500 - $20,000
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
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