The Henry

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Hand bill for Henry's Patent Repeating Rifle.
"A resolute man, armed with one of these Rifles, particularly if on horseback, CANNOT BE CAPTURED."

Private Collection

Henry First Model Rifle .44 RF s/n 20
mfg 1860 - Early First Model w/early features (no lever latch, upright stock comb, small trigger pin, small link pin, small barrel address, early-style cleaning rod hole shape, assembly number on outside of mag sleeve, small follower, double dove-tail, perch-belly stock), 24" octagon barrel, double sight dovetail, straight grain walnut stock with varnish finish, barrel in the white. Rifle is in exceptionally fine condition overall; receiver has a medium aged crystal patina w/edges remaining sharp; barrel is close to new condition; stock retains almost all of its original factory varnish finish. Barrel finish is correct as some early Henrys were known to be shipped from the factory in the white. First non-engraved brass-frame Henry produced. Serial number noted in Parson's book as an overlapping number with iron-frame Henry s/n 20.

Bavarian Henry Rifle .44 Henry RF s/n 471
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Bavarian Henry Rifle .44 Henry RF s/n 471
28” round barrel; full mag tube w/sliding loading gate; full-length cleaning rod with threaded end; integral front sight; 900-yard graduated leaf rear sight w/retaining screw; full complement of German proofmarks; serialized screws and various metal parts; straight-grain walnut stock with left-side sling swivels. This particular Bavarian Henry is similar to the example pictured on Page 20 of "Winchester Repeating Arms Company", by Herb Houze, made for the Bavarian government with approximately six examples known.

Private Collection

First Model Henry Rifle .44 RF s/n 1248
mfg 1862 – 24” barrel; double rear sight dovetail; early style small barrel address; correct 0 to 1000 yards “no-screw” rear sight; straight grain walnut stock w/visible Henry Bump; factory sling swivels on right side. Receiver retains medium to dark patina w/strong edges; stock is in very good condition and retains a high degree of original varnish finish; barrel has traces of original blue with plum patina mixing in; barrel address markings are strong. All numbers match. Original Henry Rifles with sling swivels are usually located on the left side and are considered scarce. Henrys with sling swivels on the right side are considered rare. As quoted from The Winchester Book by George Madis: “Sling provisions were offered only as an extra feature on early arms; they would be fitted to the left side of the rifle unless the customer specified otherwise. Very few Henry rifles have this provision on the right”.

Henry 7813
Private Collection

Identified Martial Henry Rifle .44 RF s/n 7813 mfg 1865 – US military inspector "JT"-marked; engraved by Lockwood Sanford and inscribed "F. Peel." used in Company G 3rd U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War and was issued to Private Fergus Peel. Receiver has sharp edges with a beautiful mustard-colored patina; barrel & mag retain an unusually high degree of original blue finish with plum/brown mixing in.

Private Collection

Martial Henry Rifle .44 RF s/n 8768
mfg 1865 - JT-marked Second Model; used in Co. I, 3rd U.S. Veteran Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War and was issued to Private Andrew Weyland on May 13, 1865. Receiver has sharp edges with a beautiful mustard-colored patina; barrel & mag retain an unusually high degree of original blue finish with plum/brown mixing in.

Private Collection

Henry Rifle  s/n 14994
mfg 1866 - Transitional Henry, First Model 1866-style receiver w/loading gate, octagon Henry barrel, open mag tube w/o standard Henry follower, saddle ring, 80% OA Condition.

 

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