Model 1876 No.23296

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Winchester 1876 Second Model Deluxe Engraved Rifle .50-95 Express s/n 23296 mfg 1882 - 26 matted round barrel; full magazine; color case hardened second model receiver, hammer, lever and forend cap; correct screwed-on second model dust cover rail; dust cover marked "WINCHESTER EXPRESS / .50 CAL. 95 GRS."; short semi-buckhorn rear & half nickel front sights; sides of hammer, lever & forend cap are factory engraved with $2.50 of fine foliate arabesque patterns with line borders on lever & hammer; fancy American walnut stocks with H-style checkering, pistol grip with horn inlay and smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number "313", "XX" and "S". Matching assembly number is found in upper tang channel of buttstock with buttplate having the assembly number "332" inside the toe. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber "Express" with 26" round barrel, "matted barrel, etc.", plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, shotgun butt and case hardened, received in warehouse June 30, 1882 and shipped next day to Order #32468. Overall very fine condition - Barrel & magazine tube retain 95-96% strong blue with a few light spots on barrel and the outer radius of the magazine tube thinning; receiver & sideplates retain virtually all of their original case colors, brilliant in front of trigger and lower tang, bright in other sheltered areas but generally faded; dust cover retains most of its high polish blue; hammer retains vivid case colors and the lever bright case colors inside, faded on outer faces; forend cap retains virtually all of its faded case colors. Stocks are sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its original piano varnish on the buttstock with about 50% on forearm showing wear at back half and on checkering. Mechanics are crisp; bore is bright & shiny.

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