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I would appreciate any opinions of value of the Model 1876 shown in attached photos.  It is a 40/60 SN 40357.  28″ barrel.  No bluing left.  Maybe a little on left hand side plate but none any where else. Not even between barrel and mag. tube where somewhat protected. Mechanics seem fine.  Some type of initials engraved on carrier block.

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 War Eagle, I do not think the markings on the elevator are initials, they may be Indian markings. See pages 46 thru 49 of The Winchester Collector Magazine summer 2017. T/R

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My guess is that they are an amateur attempt of Old English printing fonts spelling “E D D” .

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Dave K. said
My guess is that they are an amateur attempt of Old English printing fonts spelling “E D D” .  

 That’s what I once thought about my gun for years, “MLB”, until I looked closely at the symbols. If I owned the gun I would read the article and look at ever square inch of the gun for old aged markings. T/R

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Thanks guys.  I originally thought an attempt at Old English print but I looked at the article and I can see that too.  I can’t tell but very interesting.  I appreciate you pointing out the article.  Maybe others will weigh in.

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On the topic of Indian markings, here’s an interesting one:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/800520023

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deerhunter said
On the topic of Indian markings, here’s an interesting one:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/800520023  

  Honest seller, with good pictures, and a neat 73 with history. Interesting! T/R

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deerhunter said
On the topic of Indian markings, here’s an interesting one:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/800520023  

  The price is climbing, T/R

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I don,t believe that rifle was a indian rifle, I have seen few indian rifles and quite a lot of pictures of them. they looked like they were rode hard and put away wet to say the least.

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 The bid is up to $15,000. It’s getting interesting. T/R

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eastbank said
I don,t believe that rifle was a indian rifle, I have seen few indian rifles and quite a lot of pictures of them. they looked like they were rode hard and put away wet to say the least.  

I know that is true for most Indian, as in American Indian, rifles.  Is that also true for Indian, as in India, rifles as well?

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eastbank said
I don,t believe that rifle was a indian rifle, I have seen few indian rifles and quite a lot of pictures of them. they looked like they were rode hard and put away wet to say the least.  

  I believe the condition of the Indian gun will depend on the Indian that owned it, the time period he owned it, where and what he lived in, and type of rifle. The dog soldier living in a tepee on the prairie defending the tribe used the gun until he ran out of shells. It did not make sense to carry a empty gun, he went on to capture another, if the gun was a repeater he kept it in a safe place or hide it until he came across more ammunition. I think the time period of this gun was later when the Indian lived on a Reservation in a log cabin or at a Fort when scouting for the Cavalry. Many of the braves that fought at the Big Horn lived into the early 1900’s, they were raised in a period where their horse and weapons were how they survived. These weapons were marked with their sign for others to see. Wendell Grangaard is a expert in his field and his letter speaks for this gun. T/R 

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 The 73 sold for $17,625. T/R

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then that rifle was very lucky, for every one like that there were hundreds and hundreds that were not so lucky. how ever I have seen very high prices for true crapped out unlucky indian rifles.

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And it looks totally different if you orient the photo in this manner

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