March in Montana Auction
Live Auction

March in Montana 2024 Session II

Sat, Mar 16, 2024 01:00PM EDT
Lot 608

1864 Factory Engraved Henry Rifle

Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,500
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000
1864 Factory Engraved Henry Rifle 23" barrel, .44 caliber. Serial #5384. On the receiver and buttplate, the fine original factory engraving of Samuel J. Hoggson is evident. Hoggson was a skilled engraver who performed most of the engraving work for the New Haven Arms Company on earlier Henry Rifles. The rifle is engraved with typical floral designs of vines, leaves and flowers, with the left sideplate engraved with a detailed dog on point. The front sight is of German silver and is original. "H" mark is stamped in lower tang, serial number found at the top rear of the barrel. Assembly number 579 is clear and can be found under the loading sleeve. Beautifully engraved, unusual cloverleaf buttplate and a nice deluxe walnut buttstock given a "piano finish". The top portion of the buttplate has scalloped shaped sides and extends farther forward than a standard buttplate, indicating this may be a "one-of-a-kind" rifle as stated in the letter of authenticity included with the lot. Exceptional condition considering age and use. $80,000-100,000 Provenance: Private Collection, WY.A copy of a Letter of Authenticity from Rob Kassab, former director and president of Winchester Arms Collectors Association. Other collectors notes to accompany the lot.


Factory blue is turning slightly grey, patina on brass is subdued. Engraving is sharp, deluxe wood is fine with some light dings and scratches from use. Mechanically sound. Traces of the original silver plating can be seen on the bronze parts, bronze has developed a nice patina. While this rifle shows use, it has been extremely well cared for.