WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS, USA
A GOOD .38-40 (WCF) LEVER-ACTION SPORTING RIFLE, MODEL '1873', serial no. 259725B,
for 1888, with round, blued 24 1/4in. black-powder proved barrel, nickel-bladed fore-sight, buckhorn rear-sight, signed by the maker on the top-flat and with 'KINGS IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29 1866 OCTOBER 16 1860', calibre designation at breech-end, stepped front to the blued slab-sided receiver, automatic dust cover, period folding peep-sight to top-tang, walnut straight hand butt-stock with iron shotgun heel-plate, plain trigger and colour hardened finger-lever, calibre designation engraved to brass cartridge lifter, walnut beaver-tail fore-end and full length under-barrel magazine tube, the whole retaining much original finish (some shallow pitting to sharp edges of right hand side of receiver)
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S1 - Sold as a Section 1 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act