June 25-28, 2018 Firearms
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These exceedingly rare Flatside carbines were made starting in the 12000 and ending in the 15500 range. These were manufactured at the same time and using the same serial numbers as its predecessor, the 1860 Henry rifle. Production of the Saddle Ring Carbine is estimated to be 50% as the rifle encompassed the balance of the production. This rare variation has a number of distinct differences from its later production brethren. This rifle, serial numbered on its inner tang and matching numbers crescent buttplate has the distinct flatside receiver as well as its appropriate two line Henry's Patent barrel address. Still retaining its proper two position 500 yard rear sight and one piece front sight barrel band. These early guns are rarely found in prime condition and this example is certainly the exception. The two piece walnut stocks are exceptionally fine and the buttstock has the prized "Henry Bump" on its left side. As these rifles were typically hard-used, finding one with a Henry Bump or its original finish is a great rarity. The blue finish on the barrel and magazine is exceptionally fine with over 80% remaining and balance turning a somewhat plum. Brass receiver shows no evidence of having been cleaned and remains a pleasant mustard yellow. The early carbine crescent butt matches with the same hue of color. The bore and mechanics work smoothly and properly and show little indication of actual use. The bore is exceptionally fine, showing several small areas of darkness but with strong rifling and is mostly bright. This carbine is complete with its proper three piece brass tipped cleaning rod that is housed in the butt. Another distinct features of these carbines is the very First Model flat gate loading latch, unlike any others of later manufacture, these are not scalloped for a cartridge guide and have a small spring underneath inletted into the receiver. These are rarely found intact and/or function, again this example is the exception. Several screw slots are slightly fouled from the evident used of an improper or ill-fitting screwdriver, but these are quite well aged and do not appear to have happened in recent past. This is certainly one of the finest examples ever viewed and with an approximate quantity of 800 to 900 of these available to collectors today (according to author George Madis). This would be considered one of the rarest and most desirable of Winchester collectables.
Name
Value
Accessories
Barrel Length
20"
Caliber/Bore
.44 RF
FFL Status
Antique
Manufacturer
Winchester
Model
1866
Paperwork
No
Serial Number
14789
Bidding
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $13,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium:
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
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