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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE JOHN ULRICH DEEP RELIEF ENGRAVED...
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SN 89044. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Spectacular '73 with 24-1/4" heavy rnd bbl, button magazine, full matted top with silver bead wide base front sight and standard short Winchester rear sight with checkered edges with top filed flat. Mounted with spectacular 3X, center crotch flame grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with fleur-de-lis ebony inlay and smooth steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped "XXX 796 S". This assembly number was observed in the top tang channel of butt stock, on inside of both sideplates and on numerous small parts inside the action. Face of the buttstock, under the buttplate, is stamped "11" which number is also stamped inside the toe of the buttplate. The three "X"s on the lower tang are indicative of the quality of the wood and the "S" signifies that it should be mounted with a shotgun buttplate, which it is. The receiver, sideplates and all appended metal except lever & hammer are wonderfully engraved by John Ulrich with deep relief game scenes on each sideplate. The left sideplate is engraved in No. 6 style in deep relief depicting a kneeling hunter in a forest scene having shot his rifle and killed two bull elk. The detail in the panel is spectacular even to the smoke at the rifle muzzle. Bottom center of the panel is signed within the pattern "J. Ulrich". Left front side of receiver has a rnd smooth vignette inlaid with the intertwined gold initials "RHC" with two small arrows. Right sideplate is deep relief engraved with the custom vignette of a buffalo hunting scene depicting a horseback rider that resembles Buffalo Bill Cody shooting his rifle at a running bull buffalo with a wounded buffalo in the foreground, again in wonderful detail. This panel is signed in bottom right within the engraving "J. Ulrich". Right front side of receiver has the small rnd vignette of a grizzly bear in a mountain scene. Both sides of receiver have nearly full coverage, very fine foliate arabesque patterns surrounding the vignettes with multiple borders including scallops & dashes. Several of the foliate arabesque scrolls terminate in flower blossoms. Top of the receiver, dust cover, dust cover rail, rear end of receiver and top tang are engraved to match. Bottom of receiver and carrier, along with forend cap & buttplate tang, are engraved to matel, and there are with rosettes around the screws. The #6 vignette on the left sideplate is repeated several times throughout Mr. Ulrich's engraving career but rarely with such deep relief engraving and in such minute detail. In this particular instance the #6 pattern is somewhat altered with the hunter positioned in front of the tree and the two elk still on their feet vs. the usual pattern of the hunter concealed behind a tree with one elk on the ground and the other wounded and running. The right side panels are nearly identical to those found on Winchester Model 1876 rifle SN 14327, the Gen. Sheridan presentation rifle, also signed by John Ulrich. This work appears on pp. 151 & 153 of The Book of Winchester Engraving and pp. 149 & 155 of Winchester Engraving, both by Wilson. Mr. Wilson stated that the Sheridan rifle is considered to be the finest engraved Winchester extant and that is certainly understandable. The engraving on this rifle appears to be of better quality and although lacking somewhat in condition will certainly rate as one of the finest engraved Winchesters ever. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Records Search sheet which identifies this rifle with round bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, half magazine, shotgun buttplate, $50 engraved with the monogram "RHC" and case hardened receiver. It was received in the warehouse May 23, 1882 and shipped May 24, 1882 to Order #30450. Robert Habersham Coleman was born March 1856 in Savannah, GA into a wealthy family who owned & operated the Cornwall Iron Furnace which was producing iron items for the American Revolution and Civil War on par with the finest English smelters. They were in business from 1776 to 1893 and Robert inherited the business at age 9 when his father died. In addition to the iron smelting business Mr. Coleman was also involved in a number of major railroad enterprises and the Indian River Steamboat Company in Florida. By 1889 Robert Coleman's wealth was estimated at about $30 million, well ahead of J.P. Morgan, Marshall Field, A.J. Drexel and F.W. Vanderbilt. Robert Coleman lived in great luxury in Pennsylvania until the financial panic of 1893 forced him to close the iron furnace and place the railroads in receivership. By 1896 his fortune and health were dissipated. He had contracted tuberculosis and at age 40 and moved to Saranac Lake, NY where he built a home and lived the remainder of his life in relative obscurity. Through his generosity, he established a park known as Mount Gretna in Lebanon Co PA, replete with a narrow gauge rail line for visitors. The park still exists today. PROVENANCE: Robert H.Coleman Family CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 90% glossy orig blue with some light scratches on left side and some chemical spotting on right side with wear on each side of muzzle. Receiver retains about 80% orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas, fading elsewhere. Sideplates retain faded case colors with sharp crisp engraving. Lever retains case colors in sheltered areas on the sides with outer edges faded to silver. Hammer retains bright case colors on sides and rear edge with top edge faded to silver. Top tang is a silver brown patina with traces of case colors. Buttplate retains about 65-70% thin orig blue. Wood is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches and overall retains most of its orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. A truly rare, exceptional & wonderful Winchester. 4-41888 JR114
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