This article was originally posted on Guns.com
Two of the “rarest Winchester 1873s on the planet” have surfaced and are up for grabs at an upcoming multi-day auction next month.
Rock Island Auction Company’s Premier Auction in April has a number of vintage, collectible Winchester lever-action rifles, and carbines listed in their catalog but two very special guns stand above the rest. As explained by the impressively bearded Kevin Hogan, RIA’s president, the event will include the first factory engraved 1873 Winchester– serial number 834, and the earliest known Deluxe model— serial number 530.
You don’t get the opportunity to see these early lever guns in circulation very often, and Hogan says these guns are being offered to the public for the first time, with documentation going back to the 1960s.