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A 19th Century US Winchester Model 1866 “Yellow Boy” Repeating Rifle, 2nd Model, In 44 Rim Fire Calibre, Dates To C1874

Stock Number: 20191025


A 19th Century US Winchester Mode; 1866 "Yellow Boy" Repeating Rifle, 2nd Model, In 44 Rim Fire Calibre. Retaining a High % of Blue Finish, and an o/a quality example of this very sort after Rifle, aka "The Gun That Won The West. C1874


C 1874


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North America

Category: Firearms


Offered for sale is this excellent example of “The First Winchester”, aka. “Yellow Boy”, and”The Gun That Won The West” These were manufactured from 1866 – 98, with a total number of Rifles, Carbines, and Muskets, of 170101. The serial numbers overlaps with those of the Henry Rifle, and begin at 12476. This particular example numbered 120754, which dates it’s manufacture to 1874.
All models have the classic brass or gunmetal frame, with a RHS loading gate. This is in excellent condition. The 24 Inch Octagonal Barrel, is inscribed with a now fading Henry and Kings Patent 1860 dated address. Retaining a high % of Blue/Plumb finish, as does the full length tubular round magazine. This would have taken 17 Cartridges. The rifled bore is in vg condition, with minimal stain, and chambers the obsolete 44 Rimfire Cartridge. There is an early, graduated rear ladder sight, and bladed adjustable foresight. NB The Spring below the sight is missing.
This is the 2nd Model, with the serial number visible on the lower frame/stock Tang. The underlever action is sound. The Brass buttplate is of the classic crescent shape. It has the classic rear sliding aperture for access to a cleaning rod [ rare, and missing]. The two piece original oil stained walnut stock is in fine, undamaged condition.
The nickname “Yellow Boy” was attributed to this rifle by the Indian Tribes.

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GB Millais Antiques

I have dealt in Antique Arms and Armour for about 35 years, and my interest began as a school boy during the 2nd WW.
After leaving my home town of Leicester, I went to University, and qualified as a Dental Surgeon at Guys Hospital in 1961 .
My main interests are British and North American Arms of the 18th, 19th,and early 20th Century, plus a few Continental items.
It was 14 years ago that I retired from Dentistry. However, I have continued running my Antiques business, initially while still in practice, and now make most of my sales online, but still exhibit at a number of specialized Antique Arms and Militaria Fairs eg .. Bisley, Bristol, and also at the IACF Fairs, at Ardingly, Sussex.
I also deal in Period Scientific Instruments, mainly of a military association, and have a full listing on www.fleaglass.com.

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