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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 # W934

W934 EARLY HENRY RIFLE WITH 3 DIGIT SERIAL NUMBER This scarce gun has all the distinguishing features that set it a part from the later Henry rifles such as the sharp radius at the top rear of the receiver. A dovetail in barrel and the receiver to accommodate choice of placement for the rear sight. The barrel is marked with the small size 2 line Henry's Patent address. It has the perch belly style stock and the first style brass butt-plate with the tang screws and butt-plate screws having serial numbers matched to the gun. The patina on the receiver is medium to dark mustard coloration. The American walnut stock has the usual light nicks, dings and scratches and is full fitting to the frame and butt-plate being just slightly shy at the toe retaining most of its original finish. We just happen to have a consecutive serial numbered engraved Henry if you're looking for a pair. That in itself is quite a rare opportunity. All and all this is a fine Henry rifle that served the early days on the frontier and was well cared for.

Antique  $ 41,000.


Item # W936

W936  FIRST MODEL HENRY RIFLE 11XX serial range. Fair bore. Orig sights which included the notch on the back of the receiver. Bbl sight is not on the back of the bbl however. Good bbl address. Some rounding to the corners. Bbl color is mostly a light blue/grey. Receiver has numerous mars and dings and has turned a dark deep yellow. Wood shows signs of abuse with a crack going back from the upper tang to the sling swivel. Sound and solid with no signs of weakness. Correct round toe to the buttplate. Unusual location of sling swivels being on the right. All matching numbers. Not a bad first model Henry.

Antique  $ 24,500.


Item # W935

W935  HENRY RIFLE BEAUTIFULLY ENGRAVED I believe the engraving is done by the master himself, Louis Nimschke. Features a stag jumping a log on one side of the receiver. The opposite side has a banner for an inscription which is unused. The balance is scrolled with a punch dot background. Numerous borders and cross-hatch patterns and scallops around the action. This leads me to believe that it was done by Nimschke. Overall gun in beautiful cond. The stock has almost all orig lacquer with a few old dings and mars but very beautiful light blond finish. The bbl has sharp corners and excellent markings. A considerable amount of blue in protected areas turning a brown color. Bright shiny bore. Orig sights missing the slider on the back sight. Receiver is untouched and has turned a gorgeous deep mellow butterscotch patina. Very early all matching 6XX Serial Number range, and has a 3 page letter from George Madis that accompanies it. If you want a consecutive numbered pair of Henry rifles, we just happen have the consecutive serial numbered Henry rifle to this one, though it is not engraved.

Antique  $ 65,000.


Item # W931

W931  MARTIALLY MARKED  SECOND MODEL HENRY RIFLE Cal 44RF. This gun is in the 8500 serial range. Absolutely beautiful inside and out. Markings are excellent. Corners are sharp. Crisp tight action. Bright shiny bore. Stock has the "Henry bump" that is quite evident underneath the sling swivel. This has the 2nd version of US martially marked cartouche which is AWM on the stock. One of 627 arms ordered by the government. Excellent cond with just a few minor handling mars. Bbl retains 60-70% orig blue turning plum in areas. Receiver has sharp corners and is untouched with a beautiful mustard patina. Fine rifle that would be hard to improve upon.

Antique  $ 75,000.


Item # W817-22-377

W817  VOLCANIC PISTOL WITH 8” BARREL Marked on top " Volcanic Repeating Arms Company New Haven Conn". Overall gun is in excellent+ condition with about 90% bright orig blue with just a slight tone to it. Sharp corners. Excellent markings. Brass has turned a very dark heavy patina. Wood grips have numerous handling mars but most varnish remains. Mechanics are excellent. These volcanics are getting increasingly difficult to find and the prices have been reflecting the scarce status.

Antique  $ 21,000 sale pending.


Item # W620 -21-2

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 # W602-22-96

MODEL 1860 HENRY RIFLE One of the finest in the country and for sure the finest I have encountered. Virtually 90%+ bright vivid bbl blue. Receiver is a beautiful butterscotch color. Sharp corners. All the screws are perfect lining front to back. Excellent bbl markings. Mint bore. Original perch belly stock in excellent+ condition with nearly all varnish. A few handling mars and dings. Used very little. Early first model in the 2400 serial range. Has all matching numbers except for one of the upper wood screws has no number. They discontinued numbering them in the 2000 serial range and this one falls right in there. Original sight on the back of the receiver. Dovetail in the back of the bbl. Correct front sight. This is truly an investment grade rifle. I had this gun a number of years ago and was more than happy to get it back.It will make someone an excellent investment.

Antique  $ 155,000 .


Item # W225-22-100

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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