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Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items

Henry Rifles

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.


Item # W1440 -26-4

W1440  EARLY HENRY RIFLE Serial number 345 with all matching numbers. This gun has been around a bit like every Henry rifle but overall not bad cond. Some discoloration on the receiver. Bbl has nice finish being a blue brown with some blood pitting in the sight area. Buttstock is nice fitting to the tangs and buttplate with the exception of a chip in the toe. All Henry's are extremely collectable and this is no exception.

Antique  $ 26,500.


Item # W41A

W41A  HENRY RIFLE Serial number 6048. A good eye appealing Henry with a very attractive butterscotch color receiver. The receiver has not been cleaned. All edges are nice and sharp. This is the color is what you want to find in a Henry Rifle. The bbl is mostly an aged brown/grey with quite a bit of blue in the protected areas between the bbl and mag tube. Very nice bbl markings. Original Henry flip up ladder sight. The brass buttplate also looks very good having not been cleaned or polished. The stock is in good overall condition. Fits good to the tangs. Slightly shy at the bottom tang and also at the toe from shrinkage. The Henry bump is slightly visible. All Henry Rifles are collectable and this one is a step or two above a lot of them.

Antique  $ 28,500.


Item # W1248 -26-12

W1248  SUPERB MARTIALLY MARKED HENRY RIFLE Could very well be the best martially marked Henry to have surfaced to date. It is in the 7800 secondary martial range. These guns are identified only by the martial markings "JT" on the left front side of the stock. This gun is also identified by serial number in "The Historic Henry Rifle" by Wiley Sword and one of the guns that can be researched through Springfield Research Service in Springfield MD. This Henry is in absolutely fantastic cond with bright shiny blue on the bbl. Excellent markings. Orig sights. VG bore. Orig sling swivels. Wood has a sharp cartouche marking as well as about 90% of orig varnish. Very minor handling mars. No splits or cracks. Beautiful grained wood. Receiver is a wonderful butterscotch/mustard color with sharp corners and smooth action. One of the best Henrys I have ever seen!!

Antique  $ 110,000 sale pending.


Item # W1468 -26-13

W1468  VERY SCARCE VOLCANIC NAVY PISTOL 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.


Item # W620 -26-11

IRON FRAME HENRY RIFLE Cal 44 RF just under 200 serial range. All matching numbers guaranteed throughout including the wooden tang screws, upper tang screws 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. The bayonet would be marked Bahn Frei Bayonet. I have only seen two or three Henry rifles with a bayonet attachment. The gun is guaranteed correct. Great condition for an Iron Frame. They only manufactured around 200 of these. They were manufactured concurrently with the brass frame. Only about less than 100 have been found so far. This one would land in the upper 10% of that class.

Antique  $ 135,000.


Item # W225-26-5

FACTORY ENGRAVED HENRY RIFLE 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 .


Item # 1B

THE HENRY RIFLE By Les Quick. This hard cover 240 pg book is by far the best of its kind, thoroughly covering the Henry Rifle including great photos. Don't let the authors name mislead you, this book is Fast, Fast, Fast.

$ 100.

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