A .44(W.C.F.) Winchester 1873 Late First Model Lever-Action Repeating Rifle Associated With The Battle Of The Little Bighorn (2)

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Lot 75S1
A .44(W.C.F.) Winchester 1873 Late First Model Lever-Action Repeating Rifle Associated With The Battle Of The Little Bighorn
No. 4751 For 1875

Sold for £ 16,250 (US$ 21,221) inc. premium
A .44(W.C.F.) Winchester 1873 Late First Model Lever-Action Repeating Rifle Associated With The Battle Of The Little Bighorn
No. 4751 For 1875
With blued octagonal barrel stamped 'Winchester's - Repeating Arms. New Haven. Ct.' above 'King's - Improvement - Patented - March 29. 1866. October 16. 1860' along the top flat in front of the calibrated folding adjustable back-sight dated 1863, blued tubular magazine beneath, blued action stamped 'Model 1873' on the upper tang, sliding dust-cover chequered for the thumb, brass elevator block, lever with threaded catch, figured butt and fore-end (some old bruising and scratches), curved butt-plate with sliding brass trap cover (rod missing), fore-end cap, and traces of original blueing mostly turned russet overall (some areas of rust patination and pitting): in contemporary American Indian buff leather slip stitched together and with fringed borders (2)
24in. barrel, recent London black powder proof

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    By descent through the family of Moses A. Welch according to a typed undated letter from George C. Welch addressed to the Coos & Curry Co. Pioneer & History Association, Coquille, Oregon
    James D. Julia, Inc., Fairfield, Maine, Important Firearms..., 6, 7 & 8 October 2003, lot 1094 (part, see following lot); and ...Firearms Auction, 6 & 7 October 2008, lot 2555 (part as above)

    Offered with a quantity of facsimile paperwork and letters relating to Moses A. Welch including his discharge certificate from the 31st Regiment of Maine Infantry Volunteers, dated July 1865, a certificate confirming his employment as a Blacksmith and Engineer with the Blackfoot Agency signed by John Young, U.S. Indian Agent and dated November 1883, a replacement pension certificate, dated May 1902, correspondence from Welch to his parents, and two Winchester Firearms Records letters confirming the manufacturer's specifications for the rifle

    According to one of the letters above Moses A. Welch (d. 1913), at one time a gold miner, acquired the rifle whilst working at 'the Blackfoot Indian Reservation in Montana Territory and got the gun after it was surrendered by an Indian warrior who helped kill Gen. Custer and his men'
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A .44(W.C.F.) Winchester 1873 Late First Model Lever-Action Repeating Rifle Associated With The Battle Of The Little Bighorn (2)
A .44(W.C.F.) Winchester 1873 Late First Model Lever-Action Repeating Rifle Associated With The Battle Of The Little Bighorn (2)
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