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Auction Date: December 8, 2013

Lot 3004: Winchester - 1892

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Extremely Rare Special Order Factory Engraved Silver-Plated Take-Down Winchester Model 1892 Fancy Sporting Rifle with 1934 Factory Letter
Estimated Price: $65,000 - $90,000
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Serial #Winchester - 1892 ManufacturerWinchester Model1892
TypeRifle Gauge25-20 WCF Catalog Page8
Barrel24 Inch Half Octagon FinishBlue/silver Plated Grip
Stockwalnut checkered ClassCurio & Relic Long Gun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionWinchester Model 1892 Take-Down Fancy Sporting Rifle manufactured in 1906. The rifle is accompanied by a copy of a letter from the Winchester Sales Department to Mr. Paul F. Sweitzer dated September 1, 1934 that provides details of Model 1892 Serial No. 463598. The letter states that Model 1892 rifle, No. 463598, was shipped from Winchester to F. D. McQueen of Newhouse, Utah, on January 6, 1909. The letter describes the rifle as: 25-20 half octagon, nickel steel barrel, fancy checkered stock and pistol grip, take-down, Lyman rear sight, King's Triple Bead Front Sight, with silver plated trimmings". The letter further states: "The gun was also engraved". This is almost certainly the earliest known Winchester factory letter. Additional documents contain a history of the rifle's ownership by Mr. Sweitzer and subsequent transfers. The special order Model 1892 Take-Down Rifle has a .25-20 half-round/half octagon barrel with a unique King's rotating front sight with three different colored beads and M.S.A. Co. rear sight with folding rear leaf. A Lyman folding combination rear sight is mounted on the receiver tang. The receiver is factory engraved with Winchester No. 10 engraving as illustrated in the 1897 edition of "WINCHESTER HIGHLY FINISHED ARMS". The engraving consists of "ornamental scrolls and border work" with a game scene on the left side of the receiver. The forearm and pistol grip stock are highly figured, fancy grain walnut with 'Style H" checkering and a piano finish. The pistol grip has a black hard rubber cap embossed "WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS". The barrel, magazine, bolt and loading gate are blued. The forearm cap, receiver and crescent buttplate are silver-plated and the hammer and lever are color casehardened. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14. 1884." in two lines ahead of the rear sight. "NICKEL STEEL 25-20 W.C.F." is roll stamped on the left side of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. The serial number, "463598" is roll stamped across the bottom of the receiver. This rifle is one of the most elaborate, special order, Model 1892 rifles extant and is complete with what is almost certainly the earliest Winchester factory letter.

ConditionExcellent. The rifle is all original and retains 97% of the blue, casehardened and silver plated finish. The barrel and magazine have nearly all of the blue finish intact; the only wear is some very minor scratches near the take-down lever. The case colors on the hammer and lever are slightly faded but remain 90% or more intact. The silver plated finish on the forearm cap, take-down collar, receiver and crescent buttplate is tarnished but appears to have minimal wear. The engraving on the receiver is crisp. The highly figured walnut stock and forearm are in excellent condition; the piano finish shows minimal wear, the checkering is sharp and there are only a few, very minor, handling and storage marks. The rifle appears to be in excellent mechanical condition. This is an excellent example of a fully documented special order, factory engraved Winchester Model 1892 take-down rifle with very rare silver-plated finish. This is a one-of-a-kind rifle that would be the standout piece in the most advanced Winchester collection.
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