Winchester letter confirms mfg Oct 1878, Shipped April 1879 per order number 15126. This Model 1873 Carbine with very early 5 digit serial definitely attracts the eye. Also the engraving is very similar to known “Daisy” or “Floral” patterns, see pattern “B” for lever actions.The wear and aging is consistent with age. We feel there is a fair chance that this was factory engraved given the amount of time it took to ship or at the least engraved and blued very early 1900’s, but cannot confirm by current records. The brass elevator has been replaced and a amateur engraving done on bottom.Typical configuration for carbines, 20″ round barrel, chambered in what appears to be .38-40. Cleaning kit in stock. Condition: Very Good to Excellent Antique, Custom antique engraved. Bluing is better than 70% as re-blued at time of engraving with only bluing loss in common areas. Wood fits nicely and appears to be original, only handling marks and light impressions around. Some slight dark discoloration at rear of butt stock. One apparent replacement of the elevator. Function is tight and excellent. Bore is excellent. * Antique, No FFL Required