Winchester First Model Inscribed 1866 SRC .44 RF s/n 13157 mfg 1866 - 20” round barrel; silver plated receiver & crescent buttplate; inscribed on left sideplate “ARMERIA AMERICANA / Wexel & Degress / MEXICO” and on right sideplate and frame is inscribed “Francisco Hidalgo P / 1867”. Wexel & Degress was a well-known arms dealer in Mexico City, and Francisco Hidalgo P was apparently the gun’s original owner in 1867. Traces of original silver plating remain on the receiver and buttplate; barrel and mag have turned plum patina; barrel address is clear and readable; walnut stocks are in excellent condition; bore has good rifling; all serial and assembly numbers match.
Winchester 1866 SRC .44 RF s/n 13285 mfg 1866 First model, 95% bright barrel blue, 95% OA.
Winchester 1866 First Model SRC .44 Henry RF s/n 14412 mfg 1866 – 20” round Henry-marked barrel; full mag; correct first model half-inch dovetail carbine rear sight marked 100, 300, 500 yards; straight grain walnut stocks with correct Henry bump and crescent buttplate; correct short segment 3-piece cleaning rod in butt. Serial number is on left side of lower tang under the wood, inside the top tang channel of buttstock, and inside toe of buttplate; and left side of lower tang has the assembly number "987"—all are correct and matching.
CONDITION: Very Good. Traces of original finish remain in the most sheltered areas with the barrel & magazine tube being a smooth silver/brown patina with a couple of spots of rust pitting. Receiver has sharp edges and retains a medium mustard patina. Top edges of sideplates show no damage at all. Lever is a mottled silver/brown patina and the hammer a dark patina showing wear on the sides. Stock has a shallow crack back of top tang; otherwise wood is sound with light handling & use marks. Mechanics are completely functional. Strong sharp bore with moderate pitting.
The First Model 1866 was originally promoted by Winchester in their marketing materials as the “Improved Henry” and is often referred to by today’s collectors as a “flat-side” ‘66. From the receiver back through the buttplate, all parts are Henry with two major modifications. One is the addition of a saddle ring, and the second is a King’s Patent loading gate system which is integrated into right side of the receiver. Some first models have conical loading gates, while others have the earlier-type and more desirable flat shaped gate with retaining spring. The front section of first model 1866s are made of all new/improved parts designed by B. Tyler Henry and Oliver F. Winchester to reduce the bulkiness and weight of the Henry. Of the approximately 2,500 manufactured, only about 200 -300 have survived today as most saw extremely hard use on the American frontier in usually extreme adverse climatic conditions with little or no maintenance. As the foundation of a serious Winchester collection, they difficult to find, and one in this condition is considered rare.
Winchester 1866 SRC .44 RF s/n 14431 mfg 1866 - First Model, "G. AMES." on left side plate, exe uncleaned brass patina, traces of blue in protected areas on barrel and mag, exe wood w/traces of original finish remaining, exe mechanical action & screws, very good bore.
Winchester 1866 Deluxe First Model SRC .44 RF s/n 15089 - mfg 1867 – 20” round barrel; full mag; flat loading gate with retainer spring; carbine style leaf sight; fancy walnut stocks with high gloss varnish finish.
Winchester 1866 Second Model Henry-Marked Nimschke Engraved Rifle .44 Henry RF s/n 16114 mfg 1868 – 24” octagon barrel; full mag; Louis D. Nimschke engraved receiver, forend cap and crescent buttplate; correct early s/n location inside lower tang; straight grain walnut stocks with sling swivels.
Winchester 1866 SRC .44 RF s/n 88473 mfg 1872 - Third model, Conrad Ulrich signed engraved, barrel even plum finish.
Winchester 1866 SRC .44 RF s/n 125980 mfg 1877 - Nimschke engraved in classic scroll motif on frame and buttplate with elk within panels on each side of frame. Original patina on frame and 80% original blue on barrel and tube with brown mixed in. Verified by George Madis as genuine Nimschke engraved.
Winchester 1866 Third Model Nimschke Engraved SRC .44 RF s/n 131377 mfg 1876 – 20” round barrel; full mag; full nickel-plated with case-hardened hammer; blued screws, trigger and pivoting rear sight carbine sight; straight grain oil-finished walnut stocks. Profusely engraved in distinctive Nimschke-style scroll and border motifs, with elk in foliage panel scene on left side of frame; running whitetail buck on right panel scene to match; engraved coverage on frame, carrier block, buttplate, forend band and barrel band. 95% original factory nickel overall; stocks show a few nicks and marks, primarily on buttstock, and retain a high degree of their original oil finish; action is crisp; bore is bright with sharp rifling and is considered a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. Featured in R.L. Wilson’s Winchester Engraving book, page 61.
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