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A buddy of mine called me about 2-3 months ago and said he had a Winchester 1873 I had to come and see. I got to his store and he had an amazing 95% 1873 made in 1888. It was the NICEST 1873 I had ever seen condition wise. He wanted a stiff price for it but we came to terms and I bought it. He then starts smiling and says that he needs to show me the OTHER one. Apparently the lady who brought the guns to him had a FSS and the 1873 that had been together and in the family since 1889! Needless to say, I didn't even have the money to offer on the Colt. Lucky for me he held on to the Colt until I had enough funds to make an offer and he took it! The 1873 was shipped in April 1889 and the FSS was shipped in August 1889. Like I said, the lady said they were passed down for a long time until nobody really wanted the guns, they wanted the money. Well, they are back together, I don't know what I'll do with them but they WILL stay together.
 

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Beautiful pair! Those are some of the nicest Eagle grips I have ever seen!
 

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Congratulations on a fantastic find! It seems that great condition old guns can still come out of the woodwork. I'm assuming that the 73 is a .44-40 also?
 

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Both look great!
 

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Sorry. Can't think of adjectives to describe these! Someone bought them together and kept them together (until now almost!) and took that good of care of them. I've read somewhere that the 5 1/2" CFSS was the rarest, and this one is nickel with the original grips! Good for you to keep them as a pair.
 

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Thanks. Like I said before, I haven't decided what to do but whatever it is I guarantee it will be as a group. I didnt get a closeup of it but the etched panel is almost perfect.
 

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Wow, that is a friend. I can't believe the family didn't want to keep them. Boy, I would love to have a pair like that.

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That is a superb pair of old west guns, congratulations. With them both being shipped the same year and coming out of the same family, it would be a crying shame to separate them now. However, I suspect many companion Winchesters and Colts have been separated over the years and these, sadly, will probably be separated by some collector at some point in the future!
 

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Wow, words fail!
Those are beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.
Are the insides as nice as the outsides?
 

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I did a complete disassemble on the FSS to look for any crud and it looks just as good on the inside as it does out. Some of the screws still have a beautiful blue. Because of where I'm at with jobs these two will probably be going up for sale AS A PAIR soon as I can't think of any way to tie this kind of money up for right now. I'll get some better pics and post them on here soon.
 
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