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.