VERY FINE, CIVIL WAR PRODUCTION, THICK BRASS FRAME HENRY RIFLE

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Presented here is a very fine, early, brass-frame Henry rifle, serial #1455, one of only some 14,000 Henry rifles manufactured between 1860 and 1866. Records indicate the U.S. government purchased and issued only 1,731 Henry rifles numbered in the 3,000 to 4,200 range.

From the Winchester Firearms records, this wartime Henry rifle was produced in the first quarter of 1863 at the New Haven Arms Co. facility in New Haven, Connecticut, and was likely a civilian purchase.

The distinctive rifle measures 43½” long overall and sports a 24¼” long octagonal barrel with a front-loading, integral tubular magazine below. Magazine can hold fifteen .44 caliber rimfire metallic cartridges plus one in the chamber. Barrel exhibits a mix of dark gray and plum patina with no traces of the original bluing; does shows scattered areas of light pitting and dark oxidation overall. Serial number #1455 clearly stamped on barrel just in front of the receiver / frame. In instances where the weapon’s serial # range was below 3,000, the rifle had its folding-leaf sliding rear sight moved back to the top flat on the wide receiver and dadoed in 1¼” from the right edge near the hammer.

Heavy brass receiver frame and buttstock wear a pleasing, mellow bronze patina. Stamped sharply and clearly in small black letters / numerals on the top barrel facet directly in front of the old, filled dado slot, is the two-line maker mark “HENRY’S PATENT OCT. 16, 1860 / MANUFACT’D BY THE NEW HAVEN ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CT.” Interestingly, the barrel muzzle area had its original, low blade front sight modified to a large, high blade front sight that prevents the 5” long twist portion of the barrel to disable loading the tubular magazine. Magazine is integral with the barrel and is located beneath it. Barrel metal has scattered light rust surface pitting. Rifle retains the original barrel loading spring in excellent condition, but the sliding button has detached from the spring.

Varnished, black walnut stock exhibits no government cartouches, but does have the distinct “Henry Hump.” Stock exhibits minor dings, scratches and scuffing from normal handling and use. No gouges or breaks, but it does show a 9½” long surface crack on left side of stock below comb. No iron sling swivel. Retains its lever locking latch on bottom of stock at triggerguard tang. No cleaning / wiping rods stowed in the brass-hinged door in buttplate. The bore is semi-bright with strong rifling. Would clean to bright. Action is tight and crisp.

A very fine, very hard to find, Civil War production, early Henry Rifle in excellent overall condition.

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