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Very interesting Model 1873 serial number
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March 14, 2023 - 8:54 pm
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I had check on it back before it sold.

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Also you can’t read anything into the number spacing on them. They are all hand stamped. Here is one near it.

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Thanks for sharing Bob. I like that data search better. 

 Rick C 

   

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Bert H. said
I have seen that same”1/2″ marking and notation in the records on a few other occasions, and it is my belief (opinion) that it was how Winchester documented a duplicate serial numbered gun at that time.

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I think the discussion went along the lines of the “1/2” meaning “one of two” and “2/2” meaning “two of two”. Would be nice to see an image of the ledger entries for these rifles.

 

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So the unique aspect of the 1/2 added to the serial number adds how much to the value of the rifle?

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So the unique aspect of the 1/2 added to the serial number adds how much to the value of the rifle?

  

Nothing in my opinion Steve…unless I owned it ?.  Apprehension and possible deduction for some as they don’t understand the meaning, especially at a gun show for those who’ve never seen it & feel it’s not something the factory did ??

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So the unique aspect of the 1/2 added to the serial number adds how much to the value of the rifle?

  

If I remember its condition correctly it added 50% or more to this gun.

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So the unique aspect of the 1/2 added to the serial number adds how much to the value of the rifle?

I would consider it to be a curiosity and assign no additional value to this oddity.  YMMV.

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 In the case of two Colt single action’s with the same serial number it does not increase value unless you own both.  But a Winchester with 1/2 added to the serial number is different, you don’t have to own both. It’s a lot like a two headed coin, it’s rare. I collect rare and would pay extra. T/R 

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I think anyone who wouldn’t pay extra for the “1/2” would not be in the running as far as acquiring the rifle – because others would pay more.  I would pay more, but it wouldn’t be 50%.  That would also mean I wouldn’t be in the running for acquiring the rifle – at least the Winchester under discussion.

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steve004 said
I think anyone who wouldn’t pay extra for the “1/2” would not be in the running as far as acquiring the rifle – because others would pay more.  I would pay more, but it wouldn’t be 50%.  That would also mean I wouldn’t be in the running for acquiring the rifle – at least the Winchester under discussion.

  

I’m a fan of unusual or interesting specimens but that doesn’t mean I’ll pay a huge premium because I know that most conservative collectors only pay extra for condition an/or rarity. 

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