FABULOUS FIRST YEAR Henry Repeating Rifle, .44 Henry RF Cal., MF...
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Started 2020-07-30 00:00:00
Ended 2020-08-29 07:45:00

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FABULOUS FIRST YEAR Henry Repeating Rifle, .44 Henry RF Cal., MFG. 1862, SN: 342, Lever Action Rifle. MADIS LETTER, The 15-shot Henry rifle was the most advanced rifle available during the Civil War. Experts believe that most of the Henry rifles manufactured by the New Haven Arms co., between June 1862 & April 1865 were privately purchased by Federal soldiers who wanted the firepower of a 15-shot repeating rifle. This Henry lever action rifle was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co. in 1862 & remains in superb original condition. The rifle has the first pattern brass receiver with rear sight dovetail & early style brass buttplate with rounded heel. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the early & small style two-line legend: ''HENRY'S PATENT. OCT. 16. 1860/MANUFACT'D BY THE NEWHAVEN. ARMS. CO. NEWHAVEN.CT.'' It is sharp, along with the octagon barrel edges. The serial number is located on the top of the barrel just ahead of the receiver. The rifle retains nearly 75% of its original bright blue barrel finish, with fading loss most focused along the bottom of the loading tube from hand held use. The receiver appears never to have been scrubbed & displays a beautifully aged mustard yellow patina. The walnut stock retains nearly all the original varnish finish, thinning only slightly along the edges. The stock has several light finish level handling marks, dings or scratches concentrated mostly the lower portion of the stock between the lower tang & the buttplate. The rifle barrel has the early rounded nickel-silver front sight blade, while the receiver has a dovetail mounted folding leaf sight graduated to 1000 yards. Rare with no barrel sight provision, which is seen only on a few other early produced rifles. The lever displays thinning blue & is aging to a nice patina. The lever has some side to side slack & no lever latch as was case on only very early rifles. The rifle is properly serial numbered in all the correct places, including on the shanks of the hand contoured screws. Even the bore is in unusually good condition. Although, there is scarring & pitting present as you'd expect, the strong rifling & overall condition of the bore indicates great care of the gun while it was in use & excellent storage. The buttstock contains the 4 piece hickory cleaning rod behind the trapdoor buttplate. Overall, the rifle is excellent! Comes with a hand written George Madis Letter which states he has looked at the rifle & in which he gives his opinions on condition & points out the rare features of this early Henry. Please read the letter as presented in the pictures below for full details. Madis conclude his letter by stating; ''This is an unusually fine Henry Rifle: with the condition, rare early features, historical importance & age of well over a century, number 342 will be a prize for any collection.'' First year Henry rifles are amongst the rarest of collectible arms. Only 1300 were made the first year & most of them have seen a great deal of use & abuse during the Civil War, the frontier & Indian Wars, & frontier life in the West. Improper storage has caused most of these guns to deteriorate. Due to the retention of this rifles original finishes, this is one of the rarest & finest of collectors arms. With nearly 160 yrs on her, this high condition early original three digit Henry would command a prominent place in any collection or museum. This is your chance to purchase one of the rarest of condition Henry rifles in existence. Comes with Presentation binder which includes Madis' hand written letter, A translation, & information.* Antique No FFL Req. - Value: 40000 to 80000

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FABULOUS FIRST YEAR Henry Repeating Rifle, .44 Henry RF Cal., MF...
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