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Spectacular Civil War Henry Lever Action Rifle
With Rare C.G.C. Inspection Mark

A superb 1863 Civil War Henry lever action rifle. This historic piece is marked with the rare C.G.C. inspection
mark on the right side of the barrel just in front of the receiver. This is the mark of U. S. Ordnance Inspector
Charles G. Chapman. His faint cartouche is also visible on the right side of the stock wrist. There are also
correct small "c"s located on the right front of the receiver and also on the barrel below the main C.G.C.
mark. There is also a correct small "c" on the buttplate. It also bear the number “51” on the left side of the
barrel and the receiver – almost certainly a rack number and a very rare feature. Stored in the butt is its
original 4 piece cleaning rod. It is serial number 3316. As put forth in "The Historic Henry Rifle" by Henry
expert Wiley Sword, the serial number series from 3000 to 4000 was reserved by the Henry Company for rifles
sold to the U. S. Government. 800 were delivered as such. 783 of these were issued to the 1st District of
Columbia Cavalry (a unit formed in Augusta, Maine of Maine troopers) so there is a high probability that
this rifle started its military life with this unit. The 1st D.C. saw lots of action and many Henrys were
captured and prized by the Confederate side. Sword's book has a list of documented or inscribed military
Henrys. This rifle is just one serial number away from an inscribed military Henry in Sword's book.
Condition: the receiver has a nice even patina and smooth finish with practically no dings in the brass. The
barrel is a wonderful blue/plum brown color and also smooth with very few dings.  It retains its original 900
yard ladder sight. Marked on top of barrel: HENRY'S PATENT. OCT. 16. 1860/MANUFACT'D BY THE
NEW HAVEN ARMS. CO. NEW HAVEN. CT.  Caliber is 44 rimfire. The bore is a bit rough but exhibits
plenty of rifling. The stock has a rich mellow reddish brown finish that appears original to me. There are a
few assorted dings and dents in the wood but nothing major - see photos. Also, a couple of grain checks that
aren't going anywhere. The entire rifle has an extremely pleasing appearance. Here's a unique chance to own
one of the high points of Winchester collecting coupled with its usage as a rare Civil War cavalry
weapon.                                                                                                              SOLD

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