Manufactured in late 1906 this deluxe Model 1890 shows beautifully executed factory No. 10 pattern engraving. During the period Winchester promoted the No. 10 engraving as the following: "Anyone wishing to ornament a rifle at small expense will find this style very desirable, as it possesses the characteristics of the more elaborate and costly styles." The quality of engraving is equal to the more expensive grades Winchester offered. The receiver is decorated with fine scrollwork on punch dot background, scalloped borders, and a game scene of a buck on the left side. The accompanying factory letter states the rifle was received in the warehouse on January 3, 1907, and shipped on January 7 and confirms chambering in .22 WRF and checkered pistol grip stock. Although the factory engraving is not mentioned in the letter, it is most certainly factory as confirmed by renowned firearms historian R.L. Wilson. Wilson evaluated the gun, and his conclusions are presented in his accompanying letter: "The author regards Model 1890 Takedown Rifle No. 301703 as an excellent and completely authentic example, in every respect...As was sometimes the case, the [factory] notes kept on No. 301703 missed the fact that the rifle was factory engraved. An examination of the rifle reveals that the engraving present was there from the date of manufacture. The patina and bluing are clearly the originals, and applied at the factory following embellishments." The barrel is marked with the two-line address/patent marking and caliber designation on the top flat and is fitted with a dovetail beaded blade front sight and an elevation adjustable rear sight. Mounted with a twelve-groove slide handle and finely figured pistol grip stock with a hard rubber grip cap and crescent buttplate. The left side of the lower tang is marked "2514 X." The assembly number "2514" is repeated on the butt of the stock and back of the buttplate.
Fine, retaining 50% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The engraving is crisp. Patterns of original case colors remain on the buttplate. The wood is very fine with slight chipping at the toe, minor handling marks, and some wear to the overall well-defined checkering. Mechanically excellent. The masterful factory engraving and deluxe configuration makes this Winchester Model 1890 slide action rifle truly special and worthy of the even the most advanced collection.
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