Model 1866

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Winchester First Model Inscribed 1866 SRC .44 RF s/n 13157 mfg 1866
Private Collection

Winchester First Model Inscribed 1866 SRC .44 RF s/n 13157 mfg 1866 - 20” round barrel; silver plated receiver & crescent buttplate; inscribed on left sideplate “ARMERIA AMERICANA / Wexel & Degress / MEXICO” and on right sideplate and frame is inscribed “Francisco Hidalgo P / 1867”. Wexel & Degress was a well-known arms dealer in Mexico City, and Francisco Hidalgo P was apparently the gun’s original owner in 1867. Traces of original silver plating remain on the receiver and buttplate; barrel and mag have turned plum patina; barrel address is clear and readable; walnut stocks are in excellent condition; bore has good rifling; all serial and assembly numbers match.

Winchester 1866 SRC .44 RF s/n 14431 mfg 1866
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Winchester 1866 SRC .44 RF  s/n 14431 mfg 1866 - First Model, "G. AMES." on left side plate, exe uncleaned brass patina, traces of blue in protected areas on barrel and mag, exe wood w/traces of original finish remaining, exe mechanical action & screws, very good bore.

Winchester 1866 Deluxe First Model SRC .44 RF s/n 15089
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Winchester 1866 Deluxe First Model SRC .44 RF s/n 15089 - mfg 1867 – 20” round barrel; full mag; flat loading gate with retainer spring; carbine style leaf sight; fancy walnut stocks with high gloss varnish finish.

Winchester 1866 Second Model Henry-Marked Nimschke Engraved Rifle .44 Henry RF s/n 16114 mfg 1868
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Winchester 1866 Second Model Henry-Marked Nimschke Engraved Rifle .44 Henry RF s/n 16114 mfg 1868 – 24” octagon barrel; full mag; beautiful and masterfully executed engraving appears to be the work of Louis D. Nimschke or his NY shop on the receiver, forend cap and buttplate with traces of old silver plating; correct early second model "pinched" forend cap sling swivel mount; correct early s/n location inside lower tang; 900 yard retaining screw folding leaf rear sight; sporting front sight; uncheckered 1x (or "extra finish") walnut stocks with correct factory-installed sling swivels. Barrel and magazine retain a high degree of original blue finish with a plum patina mixing in; stocks retain have been cleaned and retain an oil finish; receiver has sharp edges; action is crisp; bore is bright, shiny and retains good rifling and is considered an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10; s/n marking "16114" is correctly stamped on the left side of the lower tang under the stock, on the inside toe of the crescent buttplate, and on the stock's upper inletting channel.

36033
Private Collection

Engraved Winchester 1866 Third Model SRC .44 Henry Flat s/n 36033 mfg 1870 - 20" round barrel; full mag; crescent buttplate; silver wash receiver is engraved with a Mexican eagle on left side and inscribed "Pedro G. Blanco" on the right side and is stamped "W. Y. DE G." on the right rear side for the legendary Mexico City gun dealer, Wexel & DeGress.

This is the only (known to this writer) Mexican Eagle Winchester with "REPUBLICA MEXICANA" engraved inside the banners below the eagle. Also, there are two rivet or screw holes at the ends of the banner "Pedro G. Blanco", presumably indicating the banner was covered with a plate, perhaps to conceal the name. .

This gun shows a classic "south of the border" look with heavy dark taffy colored patina to brass frame and traces of silver wash in protected areas, dark bore, good action, heavy brown patina to barrel, loading tube, lever, barrel bands, etc.; stocks are well-worn with pommel wear to fore stock and heavily worn, period-replaced butt stock with classic period Mexican frontier repairs and re-working of shape. Documentation is a letter from noted Western author and collector Lee Silva indicating the carbine turned up on a ranch outside of Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2007, and has been in his personal collection since that time.

36033
Private Collection

Winchester Third Model 1866 Saddle Ring Carbine .44 Henry Rimfire s/n 48052 mfg 1870 - 20" round barrel; full mag; straight-grain walnut stocks with crescent buttplate. This gun is in exceptionally fine condition, apparently from very good storage over the past 140-years, retaining a very high degree of bright blue on the barrel and mag; receiver is sharp with a beautiful mustard color patina; screws are excellent; action is crisp and in near new condition; bore is bright with sharp rifling; stocks have handling marks, and some small compression bruises, however stocks are sound and retain a high degree of their original varnish finish.

Winchester 1866 SRC .44 RF s/n 88473 mfg 1872
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Winchester 1866 SRC .44 RF  s/n 88473 mfg 1872 - Third model, Conrad Ulrich signed engraved, barrel even plum finish.

Private Collection

Winchester 1866 SRC .44 RF s/n 125980 mfg 1877 - Nimschke engraved in classic scroll motif on frame and buttplate with elk within panels on each side of frame. Original patina on frame and 80% original blue on barrel and tube with brown mixed in. Verified by George Madis as genuine Nimschke engraved.

Winchester 1866 Third Model Nimschke Engraved SRC .44 RF s/n 131377 mfg 1876
Private Collection

Winchester 1866 Third Model Nimschke Engraved SRC .44 RF s/n 131377 mfg 1876 – 20” round barrel; full mag; full nickel-plated with case-hardened hammer; blued screws, trigger and pivoting rear sight carbine sight; straight grain oil-finished walnut stocks. Profusely engraved in distinctive Nimschke-style scroll and border motifs, with elk in foliage panel scene on left side of frame; running whitetail buck on right panel scene to match; engraved coverage on frame, carrier block, buttplate, forend band and barrel band. 95% original factory nickel overall; stocks show a few nicks and marks, primarily on buttstock, and retain a high degree of their original oil finish; action is crisp; bore is bright with sharp rifling and is considered a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. Featured in R.L. Wilson’s Winchester Engraving book, page 61.

 

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