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Iconic Winchester 1866 “on the Rocky Mountains” Maple Stock Rifl

This is an extraordinary example of the iconic "On the Rocky Mountains" deluxe factory panel scene engraved Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action rifle that was manufactured in 1871. This Model 1866 rifle has the flared receiver front, moderate curve at the rear of the frame and serial number stamped on the lower tang behind the trigger. The rifle has a full octagon barrel and full length magazine. The barrel has a nickel silver front sight blade and round top, Henry style folding leaf rear sight with center notch and elevator bar stop screw. The upper receiver tang is factory drilled for a tang sight with filler screws present. Factory sling swivels are mounted on the stock and forearm tip. The crescent buttplate has a hinged butt trapdoor. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped: "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860" in two lines. The serial number "79862" is stamped on the lower tang in an engraved ribbon surrounded by flourishes. The left side of the tang is marked “XXXX”. The brass receiver, buttplate and forearm tip are gold plated, and the barrel and magazine are blued. The loading gate and bolt have a fire blue finish, and the hammer, trigger and lever are color casehardened. The frame and buttplate screws are fire blue. Quite impressively, the full serial number is marked on the inside of the buttplate and the stock inlet. The stock and forearm are extraordinarily rare fancy grade birdseye maple with a high gloss piano finish. The forearm tip, receiver and buttplate heel feature deluxe, presentation grade scroll and border engraving with four highly detailed game scenes. The left side of the receiver has a mule deer in a circle with elaborate borders, and the left side plate is engraved with a bear hunting scene entitled "ON THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS". The right side plate has a round panel scene that depicts a buck and doe mule deer in a woodland glade, and a round panel on the forward portion of the receiver depicts a hound on point. The area surrounding the game scenes, top and bottom of the receiver, upper and lower tang, sides of the forearm tip and buttplate heel are extensively engraved with highly detailed scrollwork on a stippled background bordered with waved lines, circles and dot motifs. A fox is incorporated in the scrollwork on the right rear of the receiver, and a running hare is engraved on the left rear of the receiver. The game scenes on this rifle are very similar to those on Model 1866 rifles engraved by Conrad F. Ulrich. However, a detailed description of this rifle prepared by Winchester engraving expert R.L. Wilson suggests that this rifle was engraved by John Ulrich. This rifle is complete with a French-fitted, burl walnut, brass bound case with ebony trim on the edges. The case interior is lined with green velvet and contains four 26-round cartridge blocks with eight cartridges, screwdriver and spare handle and a compartment with wooden lid with a four piece Winchester jointed steel cleaning rod. This rifle is illustrated on page 144 of "Winchester Engraving" by R.L. Wilson. The Wilson description with this rifle states: "In rarity, quality, design, condition and importance serial number 79862 ranks among the finest of Model 1866 deluxe Winchester firearms. The rifle is also featured in George Madis' "The Winchester Book" on page 76.Read more

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Pair Master Engraved Consecutively Serial Numbered Shotguns

Manufactured in Brescia, Italy, Famars shotguns are some of the world's finest and were available on a custom order basis only. The company ceased production in 2012. This very fine shotgun features very intricate highly detailed game scenes on each lock and on the underside of the receiver, as well as floral vine patterns. The left side is a wooded river scene with two setters and a pair of mallards taking flight. The right side also has two setters and a pintail pair rising from the water in a wooded river scene, and two hunting dogs in tall grass are on the underside of the receiver. The break lever, trigger guard, tangs and forearm hardware have floral vine patterns. Directly to the right of the trigger is the signature "G.M. CARGNEL". There is a single steel bead sight on the matte concave solid rib, 3 inch chambers, and ejectors. The chokes gauge at a loose cylinder and a tight full. The top of the left barrel near the breech is marked "Armi Famars". The matching serial number is marked on the lower tang, water table, barrel flat and on the forearm hardware. Blue barrels, satin grey remaining parts, single trigger, tang mounted manual safety, and mounted with a very nicely figured multi-point checkered walnut forearm and straight grip stock with teardrop flats and checkered bare butt. Length of pull is 14 1/4 inches, drop at the heel is 1 5/8 inches, and drop at the comb is 1 1/4 inches. Comes with a leather and walnut takedown case that accommodates both shotguns with leather corner protectors, straps and handle and royal blue lining. In the case are two nickel snap caps for each shotgun, a nickel oiler, a round nickel container with screw on lid and a three piece cleaning rod. There is a plaque on the inside edge of the case marked "HUEY #175/REED'S SPRING, MISSOURI".Read more

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