Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
The famous Henry Rifle is the predecessor to the Winchester line of rifles. It was produced by the New Haven Arms Company from approximately 1860 through 1866. While a few iron-frame examples were produced in the early days, the majority of Henry Rifles came with a distinctive brass frame. Other key features include a grooved magazine tube and a rotating barrel sleeve for loading the gun. As one of the first successful repeating rifles, the Henry Rifle became important during the Civil War. The factory could not keep up with government orders for more rifles, so ironically many Northern soldiers purchased their own Henry Rifle. These rifles were expensive and highly prized when they were new, and they have remained that way. Given the limited production, it is surprising how often we discover a Henry Rifle that has passed down through the original family. This goes to show how much reverence for history is embodied in the story of Henry Rifles. Henry Rifles are always interesting to a collector looking for the centerpiece of a gun collection.
W926 ENGRAVED HENRY RIFLE
Item # W926
44 RF cal. Usual configuration with 24 inch octagon bbl that has integral magazine made in March 1863 during the height of the Civil War. Receiver and buttplate tang are beautifully engraved with about full coverage flowing foliate and floral arabesque patterns with fine pearled background on sides and side plates. Matching patterns extend over top of receiver, top tang and on buttplate tang is believed to be the work of master engraver Samuel J. Hoggson. Receiver and buttplate are gold washed. Very rare rosewood stocks are in good lightly freshened condition, extremely few are known of today. Barrel and mag tube are an antique brown patina. Bore has good shine with light scattered roughness and deep rifling. Receiver retains about 20% of the original gold wash and the buttplate has about the same. Traces of case color remain on hammer. Action is good. The right side of the stock is inlaid with an oval silver plate. An interesting old Henry rifle that was inspected by Oliver Winchester himself.
Antique $ 65,000.
W478 CIVIL WAR ERA KITTREDGE-MADE BRASS CARTRIDGE BOX
Item # W478
These are very rare and were used by soldiers to hold cartridges for their Henry rifles. Brass has a nice dark mustard patina. Just the thing to accessorize your Henry rifle or Civil War display. These are not encountered very often.
W927 MARTIALLY MARKED CIVIL WAR HENRY RIFLE
Item # W927
44 RF cal. Usual configuration with 24 inch octagon bbl that has integral magazine made in Dec. 1863 during the height of the Civil War. Right side flat of bbl, at the receiver is marked with the inspector initials “C.G.C.” over an “H” with two “H’s” adjacent on the receiver. Heel of the buttstock on the right side is marked with a small “C” with a corresponding “C” adjacent on heel of buttplate. Gun is mentioned by serial number in Wiley Sword's "The Historic Henry Rifle" book as part of the first purchases by the Union Army in about 1863 which were used to arm the 1st D.C. Cavalry which later became the 1st Maine Cavalry. Both of these units saw heavy fighting and employed their Henry rifles to great effect. Barrel and mag tube are a plum/brown color with a fair amount of original blue in the protected areas. Bore is bright and shiny. Action is crisp. Receiver is a golden/mustard patina. The hammer still retains a little case color in the protected areas. Butt plate patina matches receiver. Wood is good, but looks like a repair has been done to the wrist area on the right side just below the comb. A good historic Henry rifle.
Antique $ 39,750.
W925 CIVIL WAR ERA HENRY RIFLE
Item # W925
44 RF cal. Standard configuration early Henry rifle with 24 inch octagon bbl with integral magazine made in Sept. 1863 during the height of the Civil War. Barrel and mag are a brown/plum patina. Bore is worn and has moderate pitting as you see in most Henry rifles, but does have visible rifling. Brass receiver is a dark mustard patina and the butt plate matches this patina as well. Wood has a small crack in the wrist on the left side. Several bumps and bruises but otherwise solid. The screw heads that go in the wood appear to be refinished. Other than that, this is a very nice honest looking Henry rifle that could have been used in the Civil War.
Antique $ 32,500.
W507 EARLY HENRY RIFLE
Item # W507
Serial number on the bbl is unreadable. Serial number that is marked on the side of the lower tang is 1877. A rather rough old Henry. Someone cleaned the bbl and tried to add some metal to it in the hope of improvement. That didn't work. What does look relatively decent is the frame. Frame has been cleaned a long time ago also but it does have a relatively good looking patina. Some dings and scratches. Stock is of the early variety. Ill fitting to the frame but pretty much all there. Buttplate and screws have the assembly number 849. All Henry's are collectible and by golly this is a true Henry! Good for a starting collector.
Antique $ 15,500.
W471 MARTIALLY MARKED HENRY RIFLE
Item # W471
This Henry was the first batch of government ordered Henrys for the Civil War with the "C G C" inspector markings on the right side. Serial number is 3427. This Henry rifle has that beautiful brass patina that you would want to see on one of these. Nice smooth metal. A couple of light scratches but overall very nice condition with sharp edges. For being a Civil War Henry, the wood is also exceptional on this gun. It has it's share of scrapes and scratches but no excessive damage. There is still a visible cartouche on the wood just down from the comb. Another plus is the "Henry bump" which is present and very visible. About the only detraction is the bbl that is mostly a grey/brown blochy color. My guess is that someone cleaned this half a century ago or so. It does have the correct Henry sight with slider intact. All Henry rifles are great collectables and especially Civil War Martially marked Henrys!
Antique $ 47,500.
W438 VOLCANIC NO. 1 PISTOL
Item # W438
This is the small frame pocket pistol with 3-1/2" bbl and has the "New Haven Conn 1854" marked on the bbl. This is a very interesting gun in good overall cond. Bbl is a pleasing antique brown patina. Grips are in VG condition but show their age. One light chip out on the left hand grip. Otherwise all wood is present and even has some orig varnish remaining. What really makes this Volcanic interesting is what appears to be remnants of a gold wash that is quite prominent in protected areas. This possibly was a salesman's piece or a gift to someone of prominence.?. Action does work. There is a bit of lever droop. Volcanics are a very important part of Winchester History.
Antique $ 8,500.
W317 HENRY RIFLE
Item # W317
Manufactured March 1865. Gun is in good condition for it's age. Dings and mars that would be typical of any Henry that was used hard. It looks like the front blade sight has been replaced, a peep sight added to the ladder sight and possibly a tang sight at one time or another because of the hole in the upper tang. Aside from these period modifications the rifle remains in good condition.Good rifling. The brass receiver and buttplate have a very attractive patina. I think the stock may have been lightly sanded and re-oiled but remains in good condition with a visible "Henry Bump". This is a good example of a late Civil War production Henry rifle!
Antique $ 28,500.
W1468 VERY SCARCE VOLCANIC NAVY PISTOL
Item # W1468 -26-13
41 cal. Scarce 6" bbl. Typical 3-line bbl address which is always faint on the top. Very nice bore with orig sights include a fixed v-knotched rear sight and a pinched style fine blade front sight. Orig walnut grips in good cond with most finish remaining. Mechanics are VG+. All matching numbers. Bbl retains about 90% orig blue starting to tone slightly. Sharp corners. Correct follower and spring. Receiver has turned a dark brass patina. An interesting engraving on one side plate shows an arm raised in the air with a dagger in it. A family crest perhaps? A very fine orig gun with all matching numbers. Case colors turning dark on the hammer.
Antique $ 26,750.
W620 IRON FRAME HENRY RIFLE NOW WITH CORRECT BAYONET
Item # W620 -26-11
Cal 44 RF just under 200 serial range. All matching numbers guaranteed throughout including the wood tang screw, upper tang screw and buttplate screws. All other parts match correctly. Original sights. Very nice bore. Original perch belly stock is in fine condition with a few mars and dings but most varnish is still in tact. Correct Henry style early rounded buttplate. Overall metal is plum/brown patina with traces of blue in protected areas. Sharp corners. Excellent functioning action. Good bbl markings. Correct sling swivels mounted on the bottom of stock and right hand side of bbl. Interesting and unique gun. On page 186 of Les Quick’s Henry Rifle book there is a picture of a bayonet and mounting lug and is very similar to this gun. Guaranteed correct to be on the gun. There were two different kinds. The long one is pictured and this is the shorter one. It takes the same bayonet just a slightly different configuration where it mounts. We have now added a correct original bayonet with the “BAHN FREI” marking with the original bayonet scabard. I have only seen two or three Henry rifles with a bayonet attachment, but none of them with the bayonet. The gun is guaranteed correct. Great condition for an Iron Frame. It is thought that they manufactured less 200 iron frames with less than 90 reported known to have survived. They were manufactured concurrently with the brass frames with the hightest known iron frame serial number under 400. This one would land in the upper 10% of that class.
Antique $ 145,000.
FACTORY ENGRAVED HENRY RIFLE
Item # W225-26-5
Cal 44 RF. Good bore. Fair markings. Overall metal shows a fair amount of wear on the bbl and is a light grey/brown patina coloration. It may have had some artificial color applied but it would have been a long time ago. The original wood is in VG+ condition with nice figure which a factory engraved gun should have. The early first model configuration to the buttplate. The engraving on the receiver is nicely done in typical Hoggson fashion with the deer jumping a fence. Scroll engraving on the other side. Receiver has turned a nice butterscotch mustard colored patina. The gun has a fair amount of wear on the receiver having been carried a fair amount. The high points are slightly worn. This is the way you want to see them if they have seen any use at all. Guaranteed all original with all matching numbers. Serial number 28XX. Factory engraved beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Antique $ 45,000 .