.44 Henry, 24" barrel, S/N 11040 (mfg. ca 1865). Blued finish, brass frame and buttplate, walnut buttstock. Matching serial numbers on barrel, lower frame tang, buttplate, and in buttstock tang mortise. Screws unnumbered as is typical from this era of production. Two-line barrel address reads: HENRY'S PATENT. OCT. 16, 1860 / MANUFACT'D BY THE NEW HAVEN ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CT. Folding leaf rear sight in dovetail on barrel, no dovetail cut in frame. Butt trap in buttplate for cleaning rods that are not present. Slings swivel on reverse butt, sling bar on barrel. Lever lock on trigger plate tang. A salty, late war production Henry rifle that represents the epitome of the industrial superiority of the North over the South.
Good. Retains no finish with an oxidized brownish patina over dull gray metal. Barrel and magazine tube cleaned long ago, but markings remain clear and crisp. Some scattered pinpricking and very light pitting is present on the metal. Brass with a dark, uncleaned patina and a lovely butterscotch tone. Action is mechanically functional, however magazine spring is fouled and will not compress sufficiently to allow the follower to clear the end of the tube, so the loading port at the end of the barrel cannot be opened. Bore is about good, with visible rifling and moderate pitting along its entire length. Wood is worn with numerous bumps, dings and mars, a repair at the toe and an old crack on the reverse at the rear of the upper tang. Wood has been sanded and retains traces of an old refinish.
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