Most desirable ‘One of One Thousand’ Winchester 1876 up for grabs
One of the most desirable of all Winchester firearms, the “One of One Thousand” Model 1876 Rifle will be up for grabs at the Rock Island Auction Company’s Premiere Firearms Auction on September 10-12 in Moline, Illinois. RIA will auction off some of the most extraordinary Winchesters from the collection of A.I. McCroskie, including the well-known 1 of 1000 1876 Winchester and the 1 of 1000 factory engraved Model 1873 Centennial Winchester. The “One of One Thousand” Winchester First Model 1876 lever action rifle has a blue, full octagon, barrel and full-length magazine. The rifle has the special finish found on “One of One Thousand” or “One of One Hundred” firearms. Some of the salient features include “One of One Thousand” barrel markings, script engraving and inlays on the barrel and muzzle, select walnut stock and forearm and case colors.
The accompanying factory letter dated April 17, 1989 verifies the rifle configuration, octagon barrel, set trigger, checkered stock and the long range sights. The First Model 1876 Sporting Rifle is expected to sell for between $300,000 and $500,000. On the other hand, the J Ulrich signed, factory engraved First Model 1873 “One of One Thousand” Centennial Rifle might fetch something between $200,000 and $400,000. These magnificent examples of rare and highly desirable Winchesters are said to be in excellent condition. There are over 250 Winchesters in the auction.