An  historic John Ulrich engraved Winchester Model 1866 lever action rifle
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An historic John Ulrich engraved Winchester Model 1866 lever action rifle
Sold for US$ 40,950 inc. premium
Lot Details
An historic John Ulrich engraved Winchester Model 1866 lever action rifle
Serial no. 39576 for 1870, .44 caliber. 24 inch blued octagonal barrel with full magazine and adjustable rear sight. Gold-plated receiver profusely engraved with floral scrollwork within an elaborate border; left side with a scrolled escutcheon inscribed Hon.Chas. E. De. Long, the scrollwork in front incorporating an eagle's head and behind a wolf's head; front panel with a pointer enclosed by a circle of scrolls; right side center panel scene of a duck on the water; in front a running hare. Fire-blued loading gate. Fore-end cap and buttplate tang with scroll-engraved panels. Varnished fore-end of figured walnut. Oil-finished buttstock of highly figured XXX Grade walnut. Sling swivels.
Condition: Fine to excellent. Barrel retains 95% dark blue finish showing edge wear and some areas thinning to brown. Magazine tube with smooth grey patina showing slight traces of blue. Action retains perhaps 10% to 20% plus gold finish, mainly in protected areas, the balance with fine, unpolished patina. Upper tang screw replaced. Loading gate retains nearly all the fire-blue. Fore-end showing few minor marks and retains 40-50% varnish. Buttstock with repaired crack through the wrist, showing some small filled areas, the stock refinished.
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Footnotes

  • Note: A previously unknown example that has been owned by the same family for at least three generations. While no factory records exist for the first 125,000 Model 1866's, the form and quality of the engraving on this gun definately point to an attribution to John Ulrich. See serial number 36484, illustrated on page 143 of The Winchester Engraving Book by R.L. Wilson and on page 115 of The Winchester Book by George Madis, and note the form of the escutcheon on the left-hand side as well as the wolf's head which is identical to that found on the present example. Also of significance, this gun is only ten numbers away from the famous Ulrich-engraved Ben Halladay rifle.

    The Honorable Charles H. De Long, 1832-1876, born in New York, he settled in Yuba County, California in 1850. He became a lawyer in 1856 and was elected to the state legislature in 1857. He actively supported the Union during the Civil War. In 1864 he moved to Virginia City, Nevada and was elected to the state Constitutional Convention Committee. After losing the election for U.S. Senator, he was chairman of the Nevada delegation at the national convention which nominated General U.S. Grant for president. In 1869 President Grant appointed him Minister Resident in Japan.
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