June 25-28, 2018 Firearms
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Third Model Musket with 30" round barrel, full magazine, square base front sight/bayonet lug and 900 yard musket ladder rear sight. Receiver is third type with integral dust cover rail and third type dust cover. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured, straight grain American walnut with full length forearm, three bands and straight stock that has carbine/musket buttplate with trap. Accompanied by an original triangular socket bayonet without scabbard. The Third Model was the highest production of the Model 1873. Total production for the 1873 was about 720,610 rifles, carbines and muskets in four different calibers. According to The Winchester Book, Madis, only about 5% of that total (about 36,000) were muskets. Winchester was unable to generate any U.S. Military contracts for the ’73 musket so most of the production was sold to fill foreign military orders. Sometime in the second half of the 20th century a large cache of these muskets was discovered in Nicaragua and returned to the U.S. still in their original crates. Given the limited production, muskets should be considered quite rare as most of the foreign orders have never returned to the U.S. Extremely fine condition. Overall retains about 98% crisp, original factory blue with a small scrape on the right sideplate and three or four fine scratches on left sideplate. Lever and hammer retain brilliant case colors, lightly faded on lever finger loop. Buttplate also retains brilliant case colors, a little thin on the heel. Wood has three or four bruises and abrasions on the buttstock at toe, otherwise is completely sound and retains about all of its original factory oil finish. Mechanics are crisp. Brilliant shiny bore. Appears to be new and unfired. Bayonet is fine with some light period abrasions. From the Jim Linton Collection.
Name
Value
Accessories
Bayonet
Barrel Length
30"
Caliber/Bore
.44 WCF
FFL Status
Modern
Manufacturer
Winchester
Model
1873
Paperwork
No
Serial Number
569747B
(C) PRIME WINCHESTER 3RD MODEL 1873 MUSKET WITH SOCKET BAYONET (1903).
Bidding
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $4,800.00
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
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