Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3664: Winchester 1897 Shotgun 12

Auction Date: April 21, 2013

Winchester Model 1897 Solid Frame Slide Action Trench Shotgun with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Winchester Model 1897 Solid Frame Slide Action Trench Shotgun with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1897
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 232
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

This example was manufactured in 1922. There is a brass bead sight on top of the 6-hole vented heat shield that is marked "PAT. JAN. 15 & MAR. 19. 1918" on the left side near the muzzle. The barrel has the standard markings that are partially covered by the heat shield along with the choke marking "CYL" at the breech end. There are two "W/P" proofmarks, one on the top rear of the barrel and one on the top left on the front of the receiver. The receiver is stamped on the front right side "US./flaming bomb" with the "U" double stamped. Chambered for standard 2 3/4 inch shells. Mounted on a 18 groove round walnut forearm and smooth semi-pistol grip buttstock with a checkered hard rubber buttplate. Length of pull is 13 3/4 inches. With a Winchester manufactured Model 1917 bayonet, a tan leather claw sling marked "HOYT/1918/J.J.M.", a green web shot shell pouch and 12 Remington-UMC Shurshot Kleanbore 3 dram 1 1/8 ounce number 4 paper shot shells. With two packages of Winchester 12 gauge shells (25/25).

Rating Definition:

Very fine as partially refinished, (receiver) with balance retaining 85% plus of the original blue finish remains with some scattered scratches and dings along with high edge and cycling wear. The U.S./ordnance bomb marking has been added to frame. The heat shield has one moderate dent with scratches and wear. The forearm is original and has only minor scratches and minor dings. The refinished buttstock has one moderate scratch on the left side and some minor marks under the finish. Mechanically excellent. The bayonet and shot shell pouch are very good with minor wear and the shells are good with some oxidation on the brass.

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