I have experience with nickel plating on a M1873 but have never owned a silver plated M1873. How uncommon are they? Who has one? How about other silver plated Winchesters? I know silver, gold and nickel plating were available as an extra across most models for an extended period.
Here’s one coming up at RIA:
Also, the Cody letter on this one states “target – 4” Does that mean the rifle was shipped to the owner with a target? Four targets? How many shots fired?
Target 4 means it was shot at a target and had a 4″ group. I don’t know the distance.
Nickel plating is the most common with silver about 25% of nickel and gold about a third of silver.
June 4, 2017
A silver plated 73 is rare, you add the early raised thumb print dust cover, the early early reversed rear sight, and you are rare rare. RIA has very tall numbers on that gun, I know the current market is strong but it might not have the condition, rear sight is wrong, and the tang sight is to late for the gun. Will be interesting to see what the May auction brings. T/R
One negative is the rear reverse sight is not a reverse sight. Its a later sight put on reverse with the cut on the wrong side and a marlin elevator. A expensive sight to find. Also a Lyman #4 front.
If its not on the letter there is nothing you can do about it except take in to account when bidding but if the estimates are close it will not matter. It looks period and nicely done.
November 7, 2015
I notice that there is no notation in the Cody letter about the name inscribed on the left side plate. Thoughts?
As a CFM member I’d do an inquiry if I was interested in the rifle. Wouldn’t hurt to take a fresh look at the records. OTOH it seems 1873 (and maybe 1876) side plates were popular engraving mediums.