Manufactured in very early 1892, the first year of production. The top of the barrel ahead of the rear sight is marked with the two line address and "44 W.C.F." at the breech. The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1892/-WINCHESTER-/PAT. OCT. 14, 1884". The serial number is marked on the underside of the receiver. Blade front sight a folding ladder rear carbine sight graduated to 900 yards and marked "1873". Blue finish with casehardened hammer and lever, and mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with a carbine buttplate. The accompanying factory letter verifies the carbine configuration, caliber, that it received in the warehouse on August 10, 1892, and shipped to order number 3683 on August 17, 1892.
Very good. The carbine retains 25% thin original blue finish concentrated on the receiver, with a smooth brown and gray patina on the balance. The bolt retains 98% original blue finish with some light spotting. The barrel and magazine tube have a smooth brown patina. The hammer and lever have a smooth dark patina and the buttplate has a smooth mottled gray patina. The wood is also very good with a hairline crack on the wrist (left side) some scattered minor dents, dings and scratches. The markings are clear. The action is excellent.
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