WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS, USA
A FINE .32-20 (WIN) 'MODEL 1873 SPECIAL ORDER' DELUXE LEVER-ACTION REPEATING SPORTING RIFLE, serial no. 119281,
for 1883, with re-blued octagonal 24 1/4in. barrel signed ' WINCHESTER'S REPEATING ARMS NEW HAVEN CT.' over 'KING'S IMPROVEMENT' and patents of 1866 and 1860, dove-tailed fore-sight with nickel blade, rear-sight at fault (originally of buckhorn style), period London proofs, colour-hardened receiver with stepped bridge at breech, sliding dust-cover, top-tang marked 'MODEL 1873', highly-figured walnut butt-stock with chequered pistol-grip, blued shotgun heel-plate, curved colour-hardened finger-lever, cartridge designation to the brass lifter, highly-figured chequered walnut fore-end, colour hardened nose-cap and blued full length under-barrel tubular magazine, colour possibly expertly renewed, with a copy of a Winchester Heritage letter
Other Notes: The letter from the Cody Firearms Records Office state this rifle left the factory on March 14, 1883 with an octagonal barrel, chequered pistol grip shotgun stock, case hardened finish and plain trigger.
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S1 - Sold as a Section 1 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act