Model 1866 No. 13284

Winchester First Model 1866 Engraved SRC .44 Henry Flat RF s/n 13284 mfg 1866 – 20" round barrel; full magazine; integral front band/sight & 500 yard 2-position flip rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple, missing the saddle ring. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent rifle buttplate with trap containing an original 3-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Bottom of the stock & forearm band have small European sling loops. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is stamped with the SN along with a tiny assembly number "788". Matching SN is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe buttplate. Rear face of buttplate is stamped "HB / 5". Top flat of receiver is engraved "WEBER = RUESCH IN ZURICH." In 1867, Weber-Ruesch acted as Winchester's agent in Switzerland. Receiver & side plates are beautifully engraved in intertwined foliate, leaf & vine patterns with spectacular herringbone borders. Receiver ring is engraved in a beautiful flower blossom. Engraving patterns extend over the top tang. Receiver & buttplate are silver plated retaining a high degree of an original blue silver tarnish patina. Screws are all Henry type with thick, square heads. This carbine is the very early type with flat front side panels on the receiver and has the Henry & King's patent barrel address. This carbine has a number of Henry features including the sloping radius at the top rear of the frame, 2-screw top tang, Henry style screws, small loop finger lever and the Henry bbl address. Overall condition is fine to very fine, all matching; barrel & magazine tube retain a thin brown patina with no trace of blue which indicates they may have originally been a brown finish; barrel bands retain 30-40% blue; receiver & buttplate retain 75-80% strong silver plating which was applied after the engraving; stocks are sound with a few light nicks & scratches, a small gouge by the left heel and overall retains about 95% original varnish; mechanics are fine; bright, shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting.

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