All three are installed inside glass-faced frames; measurements are of the visible area of the drawing. 1) Drawing of the fixture to put the patent markings on the frame of a Model 1895 Musket, dated 1897, 20 1/4" h x 32" w. 2) Drawing of the fixture for putting the tang screw holes in a pistol-gripped Model 1873 Rifle, dated 1887, 17 1/4" h x 24 3/4" w. 3) Drawing of the fixture for working the inner edges of a "Centennial" Model 1876 receiver, no visible date, 24 1/2" h x 20 1/2" w. The 1873 drawing is missing the upper right corner, and the 1876 drawing shows some tears, otherwise good overall. Per consignor these drawings came from the William Mason family. William Mason was a renowned gunsmith who worked for Remington, Colt and Winchester. Mason is perhaps best known for his patent designs used on Colt's Richards-Mason conversion revolvers. He left Colt in 1882 to work for Winchester where he designed a revolver known as the Centennial revolver to compete with Colt handguns. As legend has it, Winchester and Colt executives reached a "gentleman's agreement" for Colt to quit making rifles and for Winchester to never enter the revolver market. The Centennial revolver was never mass produced.
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