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So, I guess today was my lucky day, because I'm holding a Winchester 1873 lever action rifle (in .32-20), and in pretty much in pristine condition. But how much is it worth?

Apparently it spent most of the last hundred years in a museum before some idiot bought it and chromed it. :mad:
But at least he left it hanging on his wall for 26 years before selling it to me for $500 trade value. :D

I have the paper which states that it shipped out May 25, 1893. All the numbers match, of course.

But I'm sure what you're all waiting for is pictures. Here ya go!













So, what's it worth? And let me know if you're interested. ;)

And I can take more pics if needed.

And I also have no idea where the best place to sell it would be.
 

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Hello,

It is worth just exactly what you paid for it... $500. The aftermarket "chrome" finish has forever destroyed its collector value.

Bert H.
 

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I don't think it was in a museum; there are some signs that it was in rather poor condition before being "restored" and chrome plated. FWIW, plating is often done to cover up just such signs. As was said about charity, plating covers a multitude of sins.

Jim
 
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