Lot 3010: Very Fine and Desirable Cased Early Production Henry Lever Action Rifle with Ammunition
7th May 2017
Henry Lever Action Rifle manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company in September 1862. This rifle has the early production features which include: (1) nickel silver, 'half-moon' profile front sight blade, (2) first style folding leaf rear sight with rounded top, (3) first style receiver with rear sight dove-tail, (4) small diameter cartridge follower, (5) straight follower cut in receiver, (6) first style buttplate with rounded heel and (7) hand fitted buttplate and tang screws with the rifle serial number stamped on the shank. The barrel is roll-stamped with the early style legend: "HENRY'S PATENT. OCT. 16. 1860 / MANUFACT'D BY THE NEWHAVEN ARMS. CO. NEWHAVEN. CT" . The serial number, "867" is stamped: (1) on the top barrel flat between the rear sight and the receiver, (2) on the left side of the lower tang , (3) in the upper tang inlet of the stock, (4) on the inside of the buttplate heel and (5) on the shanks of the buttplate and tang screws. The rifle is fitted with a sling swivel and screw-mounted loop for a sling hook which were special order items on early Henry rifles. This rifle has the sling swivel and loop on the right side of the stock and barrel rather than the left side which was usual for Henry rifles. The straight grain American walnut stock has a polished varnish finish. The American style mahogany case has eleven compartments which include three compartments for 50-round cartridge boxes and is lined with crimson velvet. The lining has a strong impression of the Henry rifle. The case has a key lock with latch hooks at either end. The case is complete with a sealed Remington UMC carton of 50 .44 Henry (Flat) cartridges with green picture label and a key. Cased Henry rifles are extremely rare; this is one of the few examples ever offered for sale.
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