Possibly the rarest 1876 Winchester that we have ever catalogued with all features confirmed by Winchester factory letter. Serial number 9968. The round 22" barrel fully matted, engraved on right of matte Winchester Repeating Arms Company, New Haven, CT. On left of matte, Kings Improvement Patented March 29, 1866. October 16, 1860. Further engraved on right side, Express; left side .50 cal. Rear sight marked 1876. Tubular front sight with ivory beads. Engraved dust cover marked Winchester Express, .50 cal. 95 grs. The frame and side plates are color case hardened. Tastefully factory engraved with scrolls and shells. Plain case hardened frame and lever. Brass lifter engraved with scrolls and further engraved .50-95. Cased hardened forend cap is tastefully engraved. Highly figured deluxe pistol grip walnut butt with engraved steel buttplate. Forend of equally superb wood, checkered in style "H." A factory engraved gold plaque with initials and name of King Fouad.
Barrel and magazine tube retains most original blue mixing with brown. Frame retains considerable original colored case hardening, particularly strong on underside near trigger. Loading gate retains most original blue. Engraved thumbprint dust cover retains most original bright blue. Lifter is a beautiful unpolished brass color. Lever retains strong traces of cased colors. Hammer retains much original case colors. Buttplate retains some original bluing. Nose cap retains some original cased colors. Walnut butt with crisp checkering and retains much of what first appears to be over-varnished, but a factory letter dated, 11, November 1964 refers to a notation "Limb worn polished." Forend in similarly good condition with same finish as the butt. Engraving on gold plaque is excellent. Action is excellent. Bore is like a mirror and shows little or no wear. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this amazing gun is a factory letter from Thomas Hall dated 1967 verifying all features.
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