RARE 1st YEAR PRODUCTION FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 DELUXE TAKEDOWN RIMFIRE RIFLE WITH FACTORY LETTER.
inv # 01-16965
Caliber: 22 Long
Barrel: 24-1/4″ full oct.
Stock: XXX grade fancy feathercrotch walnut, pistol grip w/ebony insert and steel shotgun butt. Stock and forend checkered in “H” style pattern.
Sights: Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight
Engraving: Early Third Model rimfire receiver with unaltered takedown feature is masterfully engraved in flowing foliate scrollwork with sunflower terminus and architectural ribands, all with fine punch dot background, the hallmarks of the Ulrich engraving shop. Appended metal is adorned with similar fine scroll patterns. Lifter is marked “22 Cal / Long”.
Notes: Accompanied by a Winchester Factory Letter and copy of original ledger entry confirming special order features: 22 Cal, Oct Bbl, Plain trigger, Checkered PG stock, Shotgun butt, Casehardened, Engraved and shipped Sept 8, 1884 on order 13738. This was the first year of the 1873 Rimfire.