Inscribed Winchester Model 1866 rifle to auction for $30,000


2015-06-26 13:08:05


Inscribed Winchester Model 1866 rifle to auction for $30,000

An inscribed Winchester Model 1866 rifle provides a great research opportunity

An inscribed example of the first ever Winchester, the Model 1866 lever action rifle, could provide an interesting research opportunity for collectors when it auctions in Illinois on February 17.

Winchester Model 1866 auctionThe Winchester is known as the 'Gun that won the west' due to its repeating fire, which helped American troopsintheconquest of the Native American tribes

The rifle is expected to see strong bids, as the earliest model from one of the world's best known firearms manufacturers. It has been given a $15,000-30,000 estimate, the highest in the auction.

The gun was manufactured in 1871 and has been inscribed on the left side of its receiver: "C.Wo.F.C/From/R.R.M." It is not known who the initials belonged to, although research undertaken by the consignor suggests that "R.R.M." may have been R McCabe, an editor of the Chicago Tribune.

Winchester Model 1866 lever action rifleThe Model 1866 is nicknamed Yellow Boy because of its gunmetal receiver

Although a strong provenance would have added to the weapon's value, this presents a perfect opportunity for collectors ofa curious nature to explore its history.

The rifle itself is factory engraved with floral scrolls and floral patterns, witha decorative four corner scroll on each side as well as leaf designs. It features a German silver blade front sight with folding ladder rear sights, mounted with a walnut forearm and straight grip stock.

The auction house has graded therifle OD Very Good, which means that it has all of its original parts with 0-30% of its original finish. Its wood is in poorer condition thanits metal rating, which has been noted in the listing.

Another Model 1866 Winchester will appear in the auction with an estimate of $14,000-22,500. This example was manufactured in 1872, but has been professionally refinished, detracting from its value.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has a superb range of militaria for sale, including a Charles Lindbergh autographed Iwo Jima photo.

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