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1860 Henry in the Fire of Action
2013 SOLD for $ 600K by RIAC
Henry's patent significantly improved the performance of the previous model, the Volcanic. The Henry rifle had a significant rhythm of firing, with 15 shots per round. Its easy loading enabled a well-trained shooter to perform 100 firings in five minutes.
Despite its accuracy, this engineering marvel was not officially accepted by the army. They indeed selected the Spencer rifle designed in the same year. The Henry was indeed not perfect, with a risk of accidental fire and overheating, but especially the army preferred a slower repetition to avoid a costly waste of ammunition.
So during the Civil War the Henry rifle remained an elite firearm that the best soldiers were buying at their own expense and enjoyed to have with them in the most difficult actions.
These guns usually had a brass frame. The New Haven Arms Company also produced a variation with an iron frame despite the risk of rust.
A specimen of the iron framed Henry, with a serial number within the first fifty, remained in a stunning condition, having retained almost all of the blue finish of the metal and the coating of the walnut stock. It was sold for $ 600K for sale on September 15, 2013 by RIAC, lot 3100.
In 1866 Oliver Winchester upgraded the Henry rifle and acquired totally the New Haven Arms Company which became the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Unhappy with his salary, Henry did not follow.
1871 Model 1866 Rocky Mountains
2017 SOLD for $ 600K by RIAC
A Winchester DeLuxe rifle from the Model 1866, factory engraved in the theme On the Rocky Mountains, was sold by RIAC on May 6, 2017 for $ 600K from a lower estimate of $ 350K, lot 2007. This piece had been made in 1871 and is in exceptionally fine overall condition.
The left side of the receiver has a mule deer in a circle, and the left side plate is engraved with a bear hunting scene entitled "ON THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS". The right side plate has a round panel scene featuring a buck and doe mule deer in a woodland glade. Other figures include a hound on point, a fox and a running hare. The area surrounding the game scenesare extensively engraved with scrollwork.
The game scenes are very similar to those on Model 1866 rifles engraved by Conrad F. Ulrich, also on Model 1866. They were probably engraved by the foreman of the engraving department, John Ulrich, the youngest of the three Ulrich brothers. John had been hired by Winchester in 1868 as an assembler and was soon followed by his brothers.
Rifle Model 1873
1876 Model 1873 and Revolver for the Centennial
for sale by RIAC on May 14 and 16, 2021 (2 lots)
Rifle SOLD for $ 600K before fees
Revolver SOLD for $ 250K before fees
It is known that Winchester displayed nearly two hundred guns representing about fifty different styles. It was also an opportunity to unveil their Model 1876 rifle and a revolver intended to compete with Colt on this specific market. Both brands competed also for lavishly decorated guns, for which the master engraver at Winchester was John Ulrich. Some of them were later presented to foreign heads of state for marketing purpose.
The identification of the Winchester Exhibition guns had not been recorded but some details are flagrant. For example a Model 1873 One of One Thousand is both inscribed CENTENNIAL and 1876 and it has been factory refurbished as many Winchester display guns were. This rifle which retains 98% of the high polish blue finish was sold on September 12, 2010 for $ 290K by RIAC, lot 3111 here linked on the bidding platform iCollector.
Two consecutive shipping orders from the factory in May 1878 are undoubtedly recording the shipment of pieces exhibited at the Centennial, although the 1876 exhibition is not referred therein and the new destination remains unknown, possibly the Paris Exposition Universelle of that year.
These orders go to confirm that a highly rare Model 1873 rifle gold inlaid in the full game scenes and signed by John Ulrich had been specially made for the Centennial. This piece has been marked in 1881 for a presentation to Marco A. Soto, the President of Honduras. Soto fled in 1883 for France where it surfaced thirteen decades later in poor storage conditions.
The restored rifle is rated exceptionally fine with 50% original blue finish on the barrel, more than 90 % original gold and its crisp relief engraving. It was sold for $ 600K before fees by RIAC on May 14, 2021, lot 10. Please watch the video shared by the auction house to narrate Winchester at the time of the Centennial.
The Winchester revolver, limited to 13 prototypes in varied style, had no follow because no contract had been signed during and after the Centennial. RIAC sold a 44-40 gauge revolver with swing-out ejection for $ 430K on September 6, 2019, lot 17. A 40-50 gauge revolver with a classic ejector was sold twice by RIAC, for $ 253K including premium on September 10, 2016, lot 1024, and for $ 250K before fees on May 16, 2021, lot 3008.
A top item in our May Premier is this stunning relief engraved Winchester Model 1873. With exhibition grade work by John Ulrich, it was displayed by Winchester at the 1876 Centennial Exposition, and later presented to Honduran President Marco A. Soto.https://t.co/nk2RDQaHrg pic.twitter.com/b8atVxGfjp— Rock Island Auction (@RIAuction) May 1, 2021
1878 Model 1873 1 of 100
2018 SOLD for $ 800K by RIAC
In 1875 Winchester annouced two sorted series of the model 1873. 136 rifles were granted the label One of One Thousand and 8 had the label One of One Hundred. The “One of One Thousand” was a guarantee by the factory that 10 shots had been fired by a tester.
The eight 1 of 100 were released between 1876 and 1878. The rifle inscribed as the last of them was sold by RIAC on November 30, 2018 for $ 800K from a lower estimate of $ 275K, lot 35. It is in fine condition.
1876 Model 1873 DeLuxe
2016 SOLD for $ 530K by RIAC
Rifle Model 1876
1879 Model 1876 1 of 1000
2018 SOLD for $ 890K by RIAC
1876 was prestigious for the Americans as the Centennial year of Independence. The Model 1876 of Winchester is nicknamed the Centennial rifle.
Based on the same patents as previous models, the Model 1876 launched during the Centennial celebrations is a shotgun including a DeLuxe option with hardened metal and a One Of One Thousand sorting. 54 units of the 1876 were granted the One of One Thousand label. As for the 1873 the label One of One Hundred is much rarer.
A rifle Model 1876 One of One Thousand in exceptionally fine condition was sold by RIAC on September 8, 2018 for $ 890K from a lower estimate of $ 350K, lot 1009. It had been shipped from the factory in 1879.
1876 1 of 1000
2008 SOLD for $ 495K by RIAC
2018 SOLD for $ 750K by RIAC
One of them in a time capsule condition having preserved 98% of its blue is the finest example of its type. It was sold for $ 750K from a lower estimate of $ 450K by RIAC on April 14, 2018, lot 1017.
This DeLuxe 40-60 WCF 28 inches supplied from factory in 1885 was decorated by John Ulrich with a powerful portrait of a grizzly bear on one side and a whitetail buck head on the other side. The video shared by the auction house illustrates its perfect condition.
Rifle Model 1886
1886 The End of the Apache Wars
2016 SOLD for $ 1.27M by RIAC
The government can not wait. General Miles issues the order to capture or kill. Exhausted, Geronimo agrees to negotiate. On 4 September 1886 he is offering his surrender to Captain Lawton.
Lawton is an impeccable officer with a deserved reputation for gallantry. On April 30, 2016, RIAC sold as lot 1025 for $ 1.27M from a lower estimate of $ 500K a rifle and a watch offered to the hero for honoring his feat.
The rifle is the serial number 1 of the Model 1886 by Winchester. It was presented to Lawton and so inscribed by Lieutenant Albee who was a collaborator of Winchester Repeating Arms since his retirement from the army. It is in excellent condition.
The gold plated pocket watch by Howard was offered to Lawton by the New Mexican cattlemen relieved by the end of slaughters and cattle raids. Further north the Sioux continue the American Indian uprising until 1890.
Please watch the video shared by the auction house:
2018 SOLD for $ 1.18M by RIAC
This gold and platinum inlaid piece has been engraved and signed by the master engraver John Ulrich in Grade No. 1. The highly detailed gold inlaid scenes feature various animals in a surrounding of arabesques.
It had been received in the warehouse in 1904.
2018 SOLD for $ 590K by RIAC
Some specialists guess that it had been showcased at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, held in St. Louis, in 1904, where Winchester had an exhibit in the Palace of Manufactures.