May 07, 2020 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


A Extremely Fine 'Plain Vanilla' Early Thumbprint Dust Cover Winchester 1876 Rifle with Factory Letter

.45-60 caliber, 28" barrel. We have never seen a plain vanilla early second model in better condition than serial number 6606. Factory letter says little of interest other than "Lid," - a notation that distinguishes this from an open top 1876. Additionally, this rifle was received in warehouse January 14,1878 and remained there until September 13, 1879. Gun has no caliber markings on barrel or brass lifter. Walnut butt is oil finished, but has enough figure to qualify it as 2x.


Condition of gun is spectacular. Barrel retains nearly all of its original Winchester factory blue. Magazine tube with only slight wear. Nose cap with almost all its original bright blue. Thumbprint dust cover with almost all of its original bright blue. Frame and side plates retain nearly all their original factory blue finish. Loading gate retains most of its original bright finish. Hammer and lever retain nearly all of their original dull case hardening. Buttplate retains nearly all of its original dull case hardening. Walnut butt with virtually no marks in most of its oil finish. Forend in fine condition as well. Lifter is nearly perfect. Bore is close to mint and action is nearly as tight as a brand new gun. We have never seen a better plain 1876 with Winchester factory letter.  

Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

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