Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
The famous Henry Rifle is the predecessor to the Winchester line of rifles. It was produced by the New Haven Arms Company from approximately 1860 through 1866. While a few iron-frame examples were produced in the early days, the majority of Henry Rifles came with a distinctive brass frame. Other key features include a grooved magazine tube and a rotating barrel sleeve for loading the gun. As one of the first successful repeating rifles, the Henry Rifle became important during the Civil War. The factory could not keep up with government orders for more rifles, so ironically many Northern soldiers purchased their own Henry Rifle. These rifles were expensive and highly prized when they were new, and they have remained that way. Given the limited production, it is surprising how often we discover a Henry Rifle that has passed down through the original family. This goes to show how much reverence for history is embodied in the story of Henry Rifles. Henry Rifles are always interesting to a collector looking for the centerpiece of a gun collection.
W374 VOLCANIC PISTOL WITH 7-1/2” BBL
Item # W374
This is a Navy model No. 2. 41 cal. Overall gun is in nice condition with good bbl markings. About half of the blue has turned a plum color. Grips are VG with a considerable amount of orig varnish. Just a few light handling mars and dings. Nice crisp tight functioning action. The brass receiver is untouched with some stain/blotches. A fine looking gun with correct follower and mag spring.
Antique $ 15,750 .
W1468 VERY SCARCE VOLCANIC NAVY PISTOL
Item # W1468
41 cal. Scarce 6" bbl. Typical 3-line bbl address which is always faint on the top. Very nice bore with orig sights include a fixed v-knotched rear sight and a pinched style fine blade front sight. Orig walnut grips in good cond with most finish remaining. Mechanics are VG+. All matching numbers. Bbl retains about 90% orig blue starting to tone slightly. Sharp corners. Correct follower and spring. Receiver has turned a dark brass patina. An interesting engraving on one side plate shows an arm raised in the air with a dagger in it. A family crest perhaps? A very fine orig gun with all matching numbers. Case colors turning dark on the hammer.
Antique $ 26,750.
W2320 VOLCANIC PISTOL LARGE FRAME IN 41 CALIBER AND VERY SCARCE 6 INCH BARREL
Item # W2320
Original sights. A better than average 3-line Volcanic stamped barrel address. Better than average bore as well. Barrel retains about 90% blue with slight toning. Receiver is untouched and has turned a dark butterscotch patina. Grips retain about 90% original lacquer with just a few light handling mars and dings and a minor chip at the heel. Nice action. Traces of case colors on the hammer and lever. This is a nice early Volcanic pistol. The 6 inch Volcanics are about 10 times scarcer than the 8 inch. An exceptional Volcanic!
Antique $ 25,000.
W926 ENGRAVED HENRY RIFLE
Item # W926
44 RF cal. Usual configuration with 24 inch octagon bbl that has integral magazine made in March 1863 during the height of the Civil War. Receiver and buttplate tang are beautifully engraved with about full coverage flowing foliate and floral arabesque patterns with fine pearled background on sides and side plates. Matching patterns extend over top of receiver, top tang and on buttplate tang is believed to be the work of master engraver Samuel J. Hoggson. Receiver and buttplate are gold washed. Very rare rosewood stocks are in good lightly freshened condition, extremely few are known of today. Barrel and mag tube are an antique brown patina. Bore has good shine with light scattered roughness and deep rifling. Receiver retains about 20% of the original gold wash and the buttplate has about the same. Traces of case color remain on hammer. Action is good. The right side of the stock is inlaid with an oval silver plate. An interesting old Henry rifle that was inspected by Oliver Winchester himself.
Antique $ 65,000.
W761 HISTORIC HENRY PRESENTATION RIFLE
Item # W761
Cal 44RF. Early production serial number 1111. Right side of the receiver is period engraved "Edgar Totten Wisconsin April 8th From Wm. A Warren" For some unknown reason the year has been deliberately taken out. Many privately purchased Henry's were carried by soldiers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky (which cost them $42. About 3 months soldiers pay) during the Civil War. I found an Edgar Totten who mustered out of the 173rd Regiment in October of 1865. There was a William Warren listed from Bellevue, Iowa. He was the local sheriff and the leader of a posse during the "Bellevue War". He went on to become an important quartermaster for the Union Army in the Civil War. Not sure of the connection between the two or the reason for the presentation. This rifle is in Good overall condition showing honest wear and color for it's age. The rear sight is missing the slider. This is a great piece of American History that anyone would be proud to own.
Antique $ 67,500.
W2023 HENRY RIFLE MARTIALLY MARKED SECOND MODEL
Item # W2023
Inscribed on the receiver is the name "Jacob Rarick" and also "69th Ohio USVV 1865". It is believed that this is when he was mustered out of service. Something happened to him because it was reissued on July 15th 1865 to Christian Scholder. Not sure if Jacob Rarick died and the Army reissued the rifle or what happened. Gun is well documented with Springfield research forms as well as volunteer enlistment papers on both owners. A fine gun that has a shiny bore and some minor pitting. Original sights. Gun has a nice aged patina with a mustard color to the receiver. Outlining the receiver is a series of stars. I have seen this before on Civil War guns. I suspect the engraver was a locally unknown engraver as the work is less than average quality. Bbl blue has turned a pleasing plum brown with sharp corners and excellent marking. The receiver has sharp corners as well. Stock is better than average showing a light figure to the grain. Full to the metal with correct brass buttplate. Complete with orig sling swivels as well as a very rare sling with brass fixtures on both ends. The leather sling is in excellent condition. Rarely are these ever encountered since they usually go to pieces after awhile. Also included is a later style 4-piece cleaning rod. Gun is excellent throughout. A very interesting and historically significant gun!
Antique $ 37,500 sale pending.
1B THE HENRY RIFLE
Item # 1B
$ 125 free shipping.
W225A FACTORY ENGRAVED 1ST MODEL HENRY RIFLE
Item # W225A
Cal 44 RF. Features the typical Hoggson style of engraving with a deer jumping a fence on one side and scroll grapevine pattern on the other. Receiver shows a fair amount of use. You can see how the guy carried it with his right hand with the gun showing an amazingly distinct pattern. This gun is still in nice condition. The receiver has turned a dark butterscotch color with no signs of polishing. Bbl has turned a gunmetal gray and has generally sharp corners and good markings. A VG bore that could stand a little cleaning but still bright and shiny. Factory Engraved Henrys always have fancy wood and this one is such with nicely grained figure. Brass buttplate is also engraved. Orig sling swivels. All matching numbers in the 2900 range. Wood does have an age crack going back from the upper tang screw. Other than that it is in VG condition with just the usual handling mars. A decent old gun that is hard to come by without being all screwed up.
Antique $ 37,500.
W1169 1ST MODEL HENRY RIFLE
Item # W1169
Cal 44 RF. Bbl has a plum/brown coloration with sharp corners and good markings. Receiver has turned a deep butterscotch with some handling mars and dings. Stock is in VG cond with about 75% orig finish remaining. Early rounded 1st model buttplate. Sling swivels. Nice action and all matching numbers. Blade on the front sight looks like it could have been made out of a penny. Nice clean gun and an excellent example of an early 1st model Henry.
Antique $ 31,000.
W1032 LATE PRODUCTION HENRY RIFLE
Item # W1032
Cal 44 Henry RF. The serial number 12850 is generally considered to be the highest Henry rifle serial number. Original 24" oct bbl, nickel silver blade front sight and folding ladder rear sight with elevator bar. Bbl has a good amount of blue in protected areas with the balance being a dark brown patina. Very good bore for a Henry rifle. Receiver and buttplate are a fine aged brass patina with no evidence of being polished. Small "W" inspection mark used by Oliver Winchester is locasted on the lower tang behind the lever latch. The famous "Henry Bump" is present . Case hardened hammer and lever. Sling swivel on the stock and sling loop on bbl are standard features of the late production Henry rifles. Wood is in VG condition with just minor handling dings. This is a wonderful example of an original Henry!
Antique $ 57,250.
W620 IRON FRAME HENRY RIFLE WITH CORRECT BAYONET
Item # W620 -27-1
Cal 44 RF just under 200 serial range. All matching numbers guaranteed throughout including the wood tang screw, upper tang screw and buttplate screws. All other parts match correctly. Original sights. Very nice bore. Original perch belly stock is in fine condition with a few mars and dings but most varnish is still in tact. Correct Henry style early rounded buttplate. Overall metal is plum/brown patina with traces of blue in protected areas. Sharp corners. Excellent functioning action. Good bbl markings. Correct sling swivels mounted on the bottom of stock and right hand side of bbl. Interesting and unique gun. On page 186 of Les Quick’s Henry Rifle book there is a picture of a bayonet and mounting lug and is very similar to this gun. Guaranteed correct to be on the gun. There were two different kinds. The long one is pictured and this is the shorter one. It takes the same bayonet just a slightly different configuration where it mounts. We have now added a correct original bayonet with the “BAHN FREI” marking with the original bayonet scabard. I have only seen two or three Henry rifles with a bayonet attachment, but none of them with the bayonet. The gun is guaranteed correct. Great condition for an Iron Frame. It is thought that they manufactured less 200 iron frames with less than 90 reported known to have survived. They were manufactured concurrently with the brass frames with the hightest known iron frame serial number under 400. This one would land in the upper 10% of that class.
Antique $ 145,000.