Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
In 1866 Oliver Winchester purchased the New Haven Arms Company and turned it to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. The 1866 Winchester was the first Winchester Model. Sharing the brass frame design inherited from the Henry Rifle, the 1866 quickly earned the nickname "Yellow Boy," a name which is popular with collectors to this day. An improved loading system was an important improvement over the Henry Rifle design. The added loading gate on the right side of the frame, and a solid magazine tube, are the major differences between a Henry Rifle and a Winchester 1866 rifle.
W389 DELUXE ENGRAVED PRESENTATION 1866 WINCHESTER
Item # W389
Inscribed in a ribbon on one side of the receiver is "Montgomery Guard" and on the other side is "From a Friend". The Montgomery Guard was part of California's state militia and was named for General Wm. Reading Montgomery. Montgomery served in the Civil War and was commissioned to Brigidare General. Hence the California Guard was named Montgomery. It is unknown who the friend was that presented the gun. A beautifully done gone in the 36k serial range. A number of 66's were engraved in this style in that serail range. The gun features a 24' full oct bbl and full length mag tube. Original sights. Bbl and mag retain 75-80% bright blue starting to tone slightly. Sharp corners and excellent markings. Fancy dlx wood retaining most orig varnish with a VG wrist repair. Many were broken through the wrist. This one has a good looking solid repair. Complete with rifle style butt and original sling swivels. Receiver retains about 25% original gold in protected areas. Where the gold has worn off is a deep butterscotch patina. Good case color on the hammer and lever. A very nice good looking gun! Undoubtedly the work of Conrad Uhlrich.
Antique $ 55,000.
W375 DELUXE ENGRAVED 1866 WINCHESTER SPORTING RIFLE
Item # W375
Orig 24" full oct bbl with full length magazine. Orig sights include flip up ladder sporting rear sight. Correct sling swivels. Rifle style buttplate. The wood is in fine condition with a considerable amount of original varnish. A few light dings and mars but sound and solid. Bbl and mag retain about 20% of orig blue in protected areas. Sharp corners and excellent markings. Receiver has turned a beautiful deep butterscotch color. Very detailed relief style engraving with 4 different game scenes. 95% coverage of the receiver. Very well done. This is the 3rd gun I have seen with this type of engraving. Not sure who the engraver was, could be Nimschke. Gun has seen very little use with just some carry wear on the upper tang. Definately the engraving dates back to when the gun was new. All original and would be hard to improve upon.
Antique $ 27,500.
W555 WINCHESTER MODEL 66 SRC
Item # W555
Cal 44 RF. Orig sights include a flip up ladder rear sight. Thinning bbl address but still quite legible. Bbl and mag have turned a plum/brown patina color. Wood is in generally VG condition with a rifle style buttplate. This is a 4th model variation with the 73 steel buttplate. Orig saddle ring. Nice functioning action. Receiver appears to have been polished several years ago. Still kind of semi-bright but is starting to tone some. Nice clean sharp looking gun.
Antique $ 6,500.
W356 EARLY NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED 1866 WINCHESTER SPORTING RIFLE
Item # W356
24" oct bbl and full length magazine. Original sights. Wood is VG with some orig varnish. Rifle style buttplate. This gun features typical Nimschke style with a scroll banner on one side for presentation and a similar one on the other side. Flowing scrolls with punch dot background. The receiver is a beautiful deep butterscoth color with the side plates being somewhat lighter than the frame. This gun is in the 29k serial range where you frequently encounter that. They used a different alloy mixture for the side plates than was used for the frame. Gun is clean sharp and orig. Will make a great addition to any Winchester collection!
Antique $ 25,500.
W558 WINCHESTER MODEL 66 SRC
Item # W558
Cal 44 RF. Orig sights and VG bore. Wood has a light coat of varnish and is generally VG condition with correct brass rifle style buttplate. Overall gun appears to have been finished a long time ago. Bbl and mag have most of that blue remaining. However it has toned showing genuine age. Gun is in the 77k serial range with all matching numbers. Complete with correct saddle ring. Receiver has been renickeled with most of that nickel remaining. Slight rounding to the corners. Other than that it is a really fine sharp looking gun. Crisp tight action.
Antique $ 7,250.
W329 NIMSCHKE ENGRAVED 66 SRC
Item # W329
Bbl and mag retain 50-60% orig blue turning brown. The receiver has most orig nickel as well as the buttplate. Wood has been lightly cleaned and is in VG condition. A few light handling mars and dings. The receiver has the typical Nimschke style scroll work with the punch dot background. Sharp corners. Elaborately engraved. A lot of guns in the 47-48k range were nickel plated and this one was Nimschke engraved as well. Complete with correct saddle ring.
Antique $ 22,500.
W380 WINCHESTER 66 ENGRAVED RIFLE
Item # W380
Orig 24" oct bbl with full length mag tube. Good bbl markings. Correct Winchester style sights. Rifle style buttplate. Engraving is similar to many known Nimschke style engravings. Identical to one shown on page 121 of the Winchester Madis book featuring the large scrolls and some sort of bird coming out of the center. Receiver has turned a dark color with sharp engraving. A very nice beautiful gun!
Antique $ 15,000.
W552 WINCHESTER MODEL 66 SPORTING RIFLE
Item # W552
Cal 44 RF. 24" oct bbl and full length mag tube. Orig front sight and a little buckhorn rear sight. Wood is generally VG with a rifle style buttplate. This is a 4th model 66 sporting rifle that features the steel 73 parts. Good bbl markings and sharp corners. Bbl is mostly a modeled grey/brown patina color. Receiver has been polished at one time and is semi-bright. Nice functioning action. A pretty decent gun.
Antique $ 6,500.
W603 WINCHESTER MODEL 66 RIFLE
Item # W603
Cal 44 RF. 24" round bbl with full length mag tube. Wood has a light coat of varnish added. Not sanded or undersized. Complete with rifle style buttplate. This is a 4th model 66 that has the 73 parts on the forearm and buttplate. Bbl and mag are smooth with a blue turned to plum/brown. Receiver has turned mostly a deep yellow patina color. A few mars and dings. Good representation of a decent old gun.
Antique $ 6,650.
W588 MODEL 1866 WINCHESTER RIFLE
Item # W588
44 RF cal. 24" round bbl with full mag and rifle style butt. Later gun in the 158k serial range with the steel forend cap and steel butt plate. Metal has been cleaned long ago as well as the brass having been polished. Traces of original blue in protected areas with the balance turning silver/gray. Brass looks to be in good shape. Original sights. The bore is surprisingly very shiny with only a couple of light pits. Wood is good fitting with no cracks chips. Smooth action.
Antique $ 6,975.
W802 ROUND BARREL WINCHESTER 1866 RIFLE
Item # W802
Rare 44 CF cal. 24" round barrel with full mag. Dovetail front sight and sporting rear. Dark bore with light pitting throughout. Bbl. & mag tube are mostly a gray starting to tarnish. Receiver has been polished long ago. All wood has been replaced with heavily sanded high gloss finish wood that fits relatively well. Action is ok, but could use some attention as the elevator doesn't stay all the way down. Most 1866 rifles were octagon. This one comes with a research form confirming the round barrel. Not a bad gun for the money.
Antique $ 5,500.
W384 FRENCH RETAILER MARKED NICKEL WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W384
44 RF cal. Blued bbl. and mag tube with nickeled receiver, hammer lever and butt plate. The top of the receiver is marked with the French retailer mark "Gunther & Cie Frt Strasbourg, 46 Paris". Bbl. has thinning blue. Bore is a little rough with very light rifling. The nickel is about 80% present on the rest of the gun. It is possibly period, or dealer applied nickel. The wood is near excellent. Sharp markings and a crisp action. A good looking SRC with a rifle style butt plate. Made in 1870.
Antique $ 11,500.
W470 WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W470
This is a later gun being a 4th model in 160k serial range. A good looking gun with good condition throughout. A nice deep aged patina on the bbl and mag tube. Receiver is nice smooth metal and retains some of the orig protective lacquer. It gives it a gold-gilted look. Buttstock is in good cond. Just a bit shy at the tangs. Fits well at the buttplate. A light crack coming off the left side of the buttplate. Forearm is quite nice with just some light gouging where the bbl band has been removed and returned. Standard carbine sights. Nice action. Above average bore. A good looking Yellow Boy!
Antique $ 8,500.
W449 DELUXE ENGRAVED UBERTI 1866 RIFLE
Item # W449
This gun is NIB with full coverage engraving on the receiver, beautiful case colored hammer and lever and eye catching deluxe wood! Uberti has done a fine job of re-creating fine old classic firearms. This gun is very pretty! Cal 45 Colt.
Modern $ 2,775 sale pending.
W044 HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W044
Early gun in the 16k serial range. This is early enough that the serial number is on the side of the lower tang and not visible without removing the stock. This would be an early 2nd model 1866 with Henry marked bbl with correct small lever. This is high condition for an 1866 saddle ring. Grey/brown color to the bbl and mag tube. Still has visible bbl markings. Correct early style sights. Attractive brass patina to the receiver and also the buttplate. For an early carbine this buttstock is correct. Buttstock is nice overall with handling marks but good and solid. Was lightly cleaned many years ago and looks like a coat of oil was added. Forearm wood is in great condition for a carbine. Very small crack coming off of the forearm but all wood is present. A good early collectable gun!
Antique $ 11,750.
W323 WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W323
An 1880's gun in pretty good overall condition. The brass frame is that color you want. Beautiful aged mustard patina showing age but still very nice orig condition. Elevator has some old dings to it. Bbl is a grey color and looks like someone did some cleaning years ago. Not overdone since the bbl address is still visible. Wood is also very good condition. Nice fitting to the tangs and the frame. Forearm is nice with no cracks. A decent Yellow Boy carbine ranks high on every collectors list!
Antique $ 10,500.
W297 WINCHESTER 1866 RIFLE
Item # W297
Just over 150k serial range being an early 4th model. Equipped with a round bbl. A typical aged medium brown color to bbl and mag tube. Good markings. Rocky Mountain blade type front sight that looks like a blacksmith or gunsmith did the blade. Rear sight has also been replaced. The beauty of this gun is in the color of the brass receiver. It has the very desirable speckled butterscotch color to it. It looks like it has had a light cleaning to the metal leaving a mostly satin finish. There is a few dings and a couple of buggered screws but the receiver looks good! Wood is not too bad either. A slight sliver missing by the lower tang on the right side. Other than that, fit is very good. All 4 corners are present.
Antique $ 7,675.
W316 RARE INTERESTING 1866 WINCHESTER
Item # W316
This an 1866 SRC with cartouches. This is rarely encountered on Winchesters. A circle cartouche on the left hand side of the stock with fancy lettering that say "A O S"and the same in a banner cartouche on the bottom of the stock. These cartouches are believed to be part of the 1866's in this serial range that were sold and sent to South America in 1877. This marking is described and illustrated in George Madis' Winchester book. If this is the case this is a fortunate gun. Most Winchesters that made the trip south did not stay in this condition and were used very hard. This gun is a high condition SRC. Very nice aging blue adorns the bbl and mag tube. Nice butterscotch color on the frame. Wood is way above average being nice fitting and no visible cracks. There are a few gouge marks and handling mars. Solid action with no lever droop. Very good collectable 1866! Comes with Winchester Letter.
Antique $ 28,500.
W311 WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W311
130k serial range carbine making it a 3rd model. A good looking Winchester with quite a bit of bbl blue remaining. Some flaking and freckling to the finish. Orig flip type carbine sight. A nice patina to the brass receiver. Wood is exceptional for a 1866. Some usage marks but overall very nice condition. Good fitting to upper and lower tangs. Slight shrinkage at the toe. A coat of finish was added. Also, this carbine has an interesting circle cartouche on the left hand side of the stock with fancy lettering that say "A O S". These cartouches are believed to be part of the 1866's in this serial range that were sold and sent to South America in 1877. This marking is described and illustrated in George Madis' Winchester book.This is towards the top condition wise on what you would find for a '66 SRC.
Antique $ 22,500.
W1470 DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 66 PRESENTATION RIFLE
Item # W1470-26-1
Cal 44RF. 24" oct bbl and full length mag tube. Beeches combination front sight and a flip up 66 rear sight. Excellent bore. Orig dlx grade wood in excellent cond with very fancy figured wood and an old repair in the wrist area done a long time ago. Sound and solid. Rifle style buttplate. Silver plated sling swivels. Bbl and mag blue at about 75% starting to turn a little plum. Receiver retains about 50% of original silver finish which has turned a quite dark color and highlights the depth of the engraving. The relief style engraving with 3 different game scenes, numerous borders and an inscription on the side "David Hart to Son Michael". This gun has been in many fine collections in the country and is pictured in numerous books including the Winchester Engraving book on page 109. A very fine gun. Engraving is attributed to Conrad Uhlrich. These are rarely found with the orig wood intact. They weren't knowledgeable about how the wood would react and had fancy burl running throughout the wrist area. Where the tang screw goes through they often had problems but this one was repaired and done quite well. Fine gun complete with high base folding vernier tang sight.
Antique $ 75,000.
W310 2nd MODEL WINCHESTER 1866
Item # W310
A very attractive high condition '66 with oct bbl. Most blue remains on the bbl with some wear at the muzzle. Nice markings. Beautiful brass on the receiver. Appears to have been cleaned many years ago and the color is aging back. Nice smooth metal. Wood is also in exceptional condition with a light freshening. Letters "J K" are carved lightly into the forearm by the frame. A very handsome oct bbl 1866!
Antique $ 17,500.
THE WINCHESTER ENGRAVING BOOK
Item # 5B
By R.L. Wilson. Hardcover book of over 500 pages. Beinfeld, Second Edition with most info from the old book and over 100 color pages of new info. Super book, the best of its kind. Out of print for about 20 years. We have the last of remaining new stock available, in shrink wrap. List price for the new reprint of this book is $225. These rare original factory sealed books are a real bargain at only $175, which is about half of what rare book sellers are charging for this edition.
W259 WINCHESTER 1866 OCTAGON BARREL RIFLE
Item # W259
A good looking example of a 66 rifle. The oct bbl is in good overall condition and is a medium brown color. There is the typical marks and scratches but overall nice metal. VG bbl address. The full length mag tube is a more silver color. Lightly cleaned at some time. Inside the bore is at least good to possibly VG with good rifling. Some scattered moderate pitting and normal roughness. Nice patina on the receiver with a dull aged brass. This receiver started out its life as a carbine. There is quite a few in this serial range that were changed to rifles. It was all factory done and is so stated on the Factory Letter. The buttstock is in good overall condition with no cracks. A bit shy at the upper tang and towards the frame. The forearm is in quite good condition. There is a typical crack coming off the forearm on the left side. All the orig wood is present. Comes with Factory Letter. A good example!
Antique $ 13,950.
W258 HIGH CONDITION WINCHESTER 1866 SRC
Item # W258
Rarely do you find a 66 carbine in this condition! A later carbine in the 166k serial range. As stated; high condition. Most all bbl blue remains. Does have some aging but is still pretty bright blue. Very nice markings. A ladder sight with the 1873 marking on it. Also on the bbl is marked "44 RF" which you do see on some of these 1866's. Receiver has nice smooth metal with a pleasing patina. The metal buttplate even shows some case colors which is very rare on these old guns. VG bore and very nice action. Wood condition matches the rest of the gun as being exceptional. This 66 carbine is in the top tier of condition when it comes to the famed Winchester 1866!!
Antique $ 35,000.
W237 EXTRAORDINARY DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1866 RIFLE
Item # W237
Exhibition grade rifle factory engraved by Conrad Ulrich. This is a very special Winchester with gold plated receiver. Some gold plating remains in protected areas. Full coverage engraving on both sides with several game scenes and the precise beautiful engraving that Mr. Ulrich was noted for. All engraving is crisp and clean as is the whole gun. Bbl has aged to a pleasing blue/brown antique patina. Beautiful deep dark rich deluxe wood in VG condition. There is a very old well done repair in the wrist area. This fine Winchester was built in 1871. This Winchester is truly a piece of art!!!
Antique $ 77,500.
W131 HENRY MARKED WINCHESTER 1866
Item # W131 -26-2
This is a second model 1866 rifle built in 1868. A very good eye appealing rifle with nice antique butterscotch patina to the receiver. Bbl has orig finish which has turned the classic aged blue/grey patina. This gun is equipped with sling swivels. It has the early 1866 ladder sight. Good action. Wood is also in VG cond. Some age shrinkage at the upper tang. A coat of varnish was added years ago. Looks good and the color is right. This is a very atractive 1866 rifle.
Antique $ 16,750.
W133 WINCHESTER 1866 OCTAGON BARRELED RIFLE
Item # W133-26-27
A good looking rifle. Receiver appears to have been cleaned years ago. A very careful job was done and it is aging back to a very nice color. This receiver was one of those that originally was suppose to be a saddle ring and has the saddle ring holes filled by the factory and was made into a rifle. This is seen from time to time in the 3rd model range and is absolutely correct. The bbl is nice with an aged blue/grey as is the mag tube. Serial range is 124k. Wood is in overall good cond. Fit relatively good and just slightly shy at the tangs. Forearm wood is also good overall. Most likely has had a light coat of oil or varnish applied decades ago. Nice tight action. No lever droop. This is a good looking Winchester!
Antique $ 13,850.
W08A 1866 WINCHESTER MUSKET
Item # W08A -26-26
Good looking musket with a pleasing butterscotch patina to the receiver. Bbl also is nice looking with an aged gre/brown patina. Wood looks good but there are a few flaws. The forearm has a crack from the end all the way down that has been repaired years ago. Also the buttstock has a chip missing out towards the plate towards the upper right. Buttplate is a bit ill fitting. A coat of something was added to the gun likely when they fixed the forearm. Still a good looking musket. An interesting stamping on the left side of the buttstock but can't quite make it out. A decent old Winchester!
Antique $ 5,875.
W1525 WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 MUSKET
Item # W1525 -26-15
Orig sights, bayonet and sling with correct swivels. Wood shows numerous mars, dings and rack marks from taking in and out of a rack. Sound and solid. Good bbl address and turning a plum/brown. Receiver is a pale yellow. All orig good looking musket.
Antique $ 6,100.
W939 FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 66 MUSKET
Item # W939-25-4
Cal 44 RF. Excellent bore. Orig sights. Wood is in VG cond with a possible light coat of varnish added. Not sanded or undersized. Overall metal is in fine cond with about 75% orig nickel remaining on the bbl. Receiver has about 95% orig nickel turning a dull color. Factory engraved with a stagg on one side and scroll engraved on the other. All orig and complete with nickel plated sling swivels. Factory Letter of Authenticity from the Cody Museum. A nice specimen of a fairly hard to find gun and especially one that can be documented.
Antique $ 17,500.
W1128 INSCRIBED WINCHESTER MODEL 66 RIFLE
Item # W1128-26-6
Full oct bbl. Orig sights. Full length mag tube. Wood is in excellent cond with just a few minor mars. Correct rifle style butt plate. This is a 4th model rifle with steel forend cap as well as the steel butt plate. Overall gun is in excellent+ cond with 90% bbl and mag blue starting to slightly tone. The receiver is a nice untouched butterscotch patina with the inscription on the side which is not quite readable. We think it is the initials "T F R". Crisp sharp gun with excellent mechanics. All orig.
Antique $ 21,500.
W941 WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 MUSKET WITH PROVISIONS FOR THE SABER STYLE BAYONET
Item # W941-26-14
Receiver is a deep untouched pale yellow patina. Sharp corners. Crisp tight action. Bbl has traces of blue turned a plum/brown with VG markings. Orig sights. Excellent bore. Stock has numerous mars and dings but has 75-80% orig lacquer finish complete with a brass buttplate. Forearm has some dings as well and what appears to be a repaired crack on the right. Noticeable but doesn't look too bad. The screw heads on the bbl retaining bands have been filed off for some reason. Other than that it is untouched. Nice gun!
Antique $ 6,750.
9470 66 SRC CALIBER 44 RF WINCHESTER
Item # 26-16
Excellent bbl address. Bbl and mag tube retain 25% original blue with original sights. Excellent forearm. The upper and lower tang have been broken at one time and crudely repaired but is sound and solid and quite serviceable. The original stock is somewhat deformed but looks very good in the wrist area. The receiver in VG plus condition on 75%. The back 1/4 shows signs of abuse.
Antique $ 5,200 .
8749 WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 1st MODEL FLAT SIDE SADDLERING CARBINE
Item # 8749-26-17
Serial number is 13,936. It appears there were some tacks embedded in the forearm which have been removed a long time ago, buttstock looks good-shows a lot of saddlering wear on the side and looks to be a very old replacement. Overall gun shows a fair amount of wear with somewhat rounded corners, the receiver has a real nice, deep butterscotch patina coloration, bbl is mostly a bluish brown patina. Colorful old gun; apparently it came out of Mexico and looks like it's got some homemade type sling swivels on it, correct sights, nice functioning action, correct saddlering. If Madis would have called these Henry Carbines, they'd probably bring about ten times what they're selling for today, however, it's still a rare gun and has a good premium-this is the first 1st Model flat side carbine I've had in probably 10 years. A decent gun.
Antique $ 18,500.