W2706 DELUXE HIGH RELIEF ENGRAVED MODEL 1866 GOLD GILDED EXHIBITION GRADE RIFLE; Caliber 44 RF. Engraved and signed by Herman Leslie Ulrich. It is quite interesting, showing a lot of features to the engraving that are different compared to his brothers John and Conrad. I think he probably was the best engraver of the Ulrich family. The gun is absolutely spectacular with 95% bright gold gilded finish on the receiver and fore-end cap. The barrel and mag tube retain probably 85-90% original blue, starting to tone slightly, but still good bright blue. Sharp corners and excellent markings. Fine bore. Original sights include a gold gilded Beachs combination front sigh, a typical of the period Winchester flip-up rear sight and a quite rare and desirable external spring folding tang sight. Features quite attractive Circassian style European walnut stocks with nice glossy finish. Correct pronounced perch belly to the stock. Original Winchester front and back sling eyes. The only area of the receiver showing any loss of gold worth mentioning is on the underside of the frame at the carry point. This is good honest wear that would happen when someone carried the gun. There are a considerable amount of original case colors on the hammer and lever, turning dark.
This gun is listed alongside other specially finished guns made for exhibition purposes in the original Winchester factory records. Many of these were shipped May 6, 1878 under factory order number 11739. I saw this gun for the first time about 50 years ago at the Las Vegas Sahara gun show. Ivan Hart had it in his collection then. Hart was a really great collector and a true gentleman. He did not know who had engraved it, but insisted it was not by John Ulrich. At the time he had not discovered the tiny “HLU” signature underneath the stock. Overall fantastic Gun! This gun is on the front cover of the current Blue Book of Gun Values. A truly outstanding investment grade Winchester.
ANTIQUE $ 225,000.