RARE MARKED ''101 RANCH'' FULL NICKELED Winchester, Model 18...
Item # 4025
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Started 2020-07-30 00:00:00
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RARE MARKED ''101 RANCH'' FULL NICKELED Winchester, Model 1873 with Extra Long Barrel, 3rd Model, .44-40 WCF Cal., MFG. pre-1886, SN: 1??933B, Lever Action Rifle, Extra Long 28'' Octagon barrel, Full mag.

HISTORY: This is a Miller Bros. & Arlington 101 Ranch Real Wild West Show Rifle. This rare 1873 in full nickel is stamped behind lower tang in the stock. ''101 RANCH''. Included are color copies of antique advertisements that picture Wenona, The Champion Indian Girl Rifle Shot, firing a full nickel rifle over her shoulder & one of her shooting the same nickel rifle at targets while riding her beloved horse 'Rabbit''. It is believed this is that same nickel rifle. Also included is an article discussing the life of Lillian Smith who portrayed the character of Wenona. The 101 Ranch was a 110,000 acre cattle ranch in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma before statehood. The ranch was owned by the Miller brothers & the next door neighbor was Major Gordon W. Lillie, who performed as Pawnee Bill. He motivated the Millers to produce a Wild West Show of their own. The Millers made their transition from putting on local shows to the national scene in 1907, when they performed at the Jamestown Exposition in Virginia. Later in 1907, the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch Wild West Show began the tour circuit in Brighton Beach, New York. Joe Miller, the eldest son, was an exceptional equestrian & star performer. Over the course of the show's history, its cast included Lillian Smith, Bill Picket, Bessie Herberg, Bee Ho Gray, Tom Mix, Jack Hoxie, Mexican Joe, Ross Hettan, an elderly Buffalo Bill & of course WENONA the sharp shooting Indian girl.



DESCRIPTION & CONDITION: The wood stock & forend are good, solid & appear original. The forearm has a couple of long hairline cracks, One of which looks like it was glue repaired. The forearm looks like it has an added coat of finish over original finish, with many nicks, dings & contusions. The stock appear to have both been lightly sanded, with an added coat of oil & a few light handling marks. There is some shrinkage to toe but not chipped. It is likely the full nickel finish is an old re-nickel retained at 95%. There are areas of light erosion & rust speckling. It carries the correct thumb print dust cover. Bore is good with some pitting, but strong rifling. Mounted with adjustable buckhorn rear & standard front sight. Stock carries a crescent metal buttplate with sliding trapdoor. This has excellent eye appeal on this historical & fully nickeled ''101 RANCH'' 1873 rifle.* No FFL Req. - Value: 3000 to 6000



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RARE MARKED ''101 RANCH'' FULL NICKELED Winchester, Model 18...
Item # 4025
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