A nice 73 that you have!
The stock has a great tiger pattern to it and looks quite well taken care of. I am assuming that you have others and do you collect the 73's?
What caliber is it and have you shot it much?
As I said in a previous post, the 73's are great pieces but just a bit more heavy than I like when shooting.
I also have two sets of the original cleaning rods, one of which still resides in the original 73 that i aquired about 20 years ago. Finding original cleaning rods is really hard to find especially along with the 73's. I guess that most owners just pulled them out and left them at home so that is why so many were just not with the piece.
It is a nice gun and is in pretty decent shape, especially for a 120 year old gun. But it was not given any special treatment until about the last 25 years of its life. Up until then it was a using gun. Although it wasn't used much past about 1970. It is a .38-40.
I don't collect '73's. It is the only one I have. I do have one other lever action. It is a Marlin 39A Golden Mountie, 1967 vintage. The last time I shot the '73 was four years ago. I shot a deer with it. I blood trailed the deer over 500 yards but could not find it. After that I have shot all my deer with my .30-06.
I don't have the cleaning rod with mine. I wish I did. You say you have two. Would you consider selling one and if you would, what would be the price?
(Luke 11:21 KJV) When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
(Luke 22:36 KJV) Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.