Premier Firearms Auction
November 4, 5, 6, & 7, 2022
ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE
Cal. 44 HRF.
Bbl. 24″ octagon w/ 2 line address marked “KING”S-IMPROVEMENT. Collector changed sights consist of nickel-silver blade Rocky Mountain front & sporting leaf rear sight. Full length mag. Engraved silver finished brass action. Right side scenes feature a squirrel on the sideplate & a viginette with a buck deer on the forward panel. The left side plate & rear panel have an ornate border surrounding an unengraved area. Inscription on sideplate has evidence of a removed name over “Bridgeport Ct.” marking. Forward panel has engraved initials that may be “AJD”. The panels are surrounded by vine type foliate scroll & fancy borders that extend to upper & lower areas, forearm cap & brass crescent trapdoor butt plate.
Forearm & straight grip stock of XX walnut are uncheckered. Left inside of lower tang is marked “O” forward of wood grade marking “XX”. Toe line of stock & forearm cap are fitted with sling swivels. This rifle is pictured on page 88 of the 1979 edition of The Winchester Book by George Madis and attributed to the collection of Theodore M. Hutchinson. In the photo it is equipped Spencer sights which were used after Winchester bought Spencer in 1869. The serial number indicates 1870 mfg.