Lot 1048: Winchester - 1894
|Special Order Antique Winchester Model 1894 Takedown Lever Action Rifle with Extra Light Pencil Barrel, Pistol Grip Stock and Factory Letter|
|Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,500|
|Barrel||26 Inch Part Octagon||Finish||Blue||Grip|
|Description||Manufactured in 1895, this rifle is loaded with rare factory special order features which include an extra lightweight 1/2 octagon barrel, 1/2 magazine, pistol grip stock and shotgun butt. It is estimated that only 1 of approximately every 725 Model 1894s had a pistol grip stock. The top barrel flat is marked with the two line address ahead of the rear sight and "38-55" at the breech. The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1894/-WINCHESTER-/PAT. AUG. 21, 1894", the takedown lever is marked with the 1893 patent date and the serial number is on the bottom of the receiver. Lyman blade front and adjustable buck horn rear sporting sights, all blue finish and mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and pistol grip stock with a checkered hard rubber Winchester shotgun buttplate. The accompanying factory letter verifies the takedown rifle configuration, 38/55 caliber, 1/2 octagon barrel, plain trigger, pistol grip stock, Lyman cup disc rear and front sights, (the former no longer on the rifle), 1/2 magazine, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, extra light, and that it was received and shipped from the warehouse on June 16, 1898 to order number 10,023.
|Condition||Period refinished with 99% plus blue finish remaining, showing a few light scratches and handling marks. The wood shows a few minor dents and dings. The markings are clear. The action is excellent. A nice example of an Antique Special Order Winchester Model 1894 rifle with plenty of desirable features.|
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