The lot features a Winchester Repeating Arms Company Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine chambered in .44-40 that was manufactured in circa 1891 and adorned by the Sioux Native American Indians with beadwork and brass tacks. The carbine’s original wood stock shows an Indian tanned hide wrapping that is secured with solid brass iron shank tacks on either side and beaded with the figure of an Indian Chief wearing a headdress on horseback wielding a rifle. The beadwork is all glass trade seed beads in chalk white, semi-transparent green, greasy yellow, semi-transparent amber, red, iridescent, padre sky blue, semi-transparent red, and semi-transparent dark blue. The foregrip also shows the solid brass iron shank tacks which match that on the stock including the cross shown on the left side of the piece. The Model 1873 is undoubtedly one of Winchesters earliest, and most popular repeating rifles, found in every barn, saddle scabbard, and behind every ranch house kitchen door during the frontier years. The Model 1873 was not only incredibly popular with hunters, farmers, ranchers, lawmen, and outlaws for its iconically smooth action, but also because the 1873 has few internal parts, and by simply removing the side-plates, the firearm becomes incredibly easy to clean and repair. The simple service was a huge advantage in sparsely populated areas where a gunsmith may be a few days ride - This meant the owner only needed a few spare parts, and a screwdriver, never to worry about their trusty rifle falling out of service. The rifle is marked on the upper tang; "Model. 1873", on the lower tang with serial number: "383191-B”. The model 1873 was produced uninterrupted from 1873 - 1923, this example’s serial number attributes its manufacture to 1891. This example shows heavy wear and appears to function with the hammer not staying back upon cocking but does ultimately strike when the trigger is pulled. The Third Model carbine has a 20-inch round barrel, walnut stock and blue finish. The rifle was previously valued at over $3,000 and is truly a unique example with the fine pictorial effigy beadwork by the Sioux Indians. Antique Firearms requires NO FFL and NO BACKGROUND CHECK.