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    1866 Winchester Tacked "Yellow Boy" Used in the North-West (Riel's) Rebellion, 1885. Serial no. 128754, .44 caliber, 20-inch round barrel with front and folding rear sight. Winchester, New Haven, and King's Improvement patent markings on barrel. Carbine is marked "25" on barrel near breech. Total production of approximately 170,101 according to Flayderman's, see 5K-029. Manufactured in 1876.

    This was used by either a Cree or Métis warrior during the short-lived rebellion in 1885. Louis Riel (1844-1885), born at Winnipeg, was mostly white but considered himself to be one of the mixed-blood people of what became Manitoba. He had been a polarizing figure, had resisted the Canadian government's selling off of undeeded Indian lands, and had been forced into exile in the United States. By 1885 he was an American citizen and a radical visionary, teaching in northern Montana, when former followers from the North-West Territories persuaded him to move back and lead a new resistance to the government. From early March until his capture in May, Riel inspired a sometimes bloody rebellion that resulted, finally, in the government taking some notice of conditions among the Plains peoples. It was too late for Riel who was tried for treason, convicted, and hanged at Regina, Saskatchewan, on November 16.

    Condition: Fair to good. Dull mellow patina to receiver with scuffs and mars. Barrels mostly turned a plum brown with patches of scattered pitting. Carbine is missing saddle ring furniture and lever safety latch. Stocks stripped of most finish. Action ok but needs adjusting. Bore dark, rifling visible.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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