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Auction Date: May 7, 2017

Lot 3009: Winchester 1886-Rifle Rifle 45/70 Govt.

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Documented Swiss Butt Winchester Model 1886 Deluxe Extra Lightweight Takedown Lever Action Rifle with Unique and Rare Special Order Features
Estimated Price: $16,000 - $25,000
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Serial #Winchester 1886-Rifle Rifle 45/70 Govt. ManufacturerWinchester Model1886-Rifle
TypeRifle Gauge45/70 Govt. Catalog Page17
Barrel24 Inch Round FinishBlue/nickel Grip
Stockwalnut checkered ClassCurio & Relic Long Gun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionSpecial order Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Extra Lightweight Takedown Rifle manufactured in 1901. This rifle has several rarely encountered special features that include a nickel-plated Swiss buttplate, nickel-plated receiver and forearm cap and matted barrel. The forearm and pistol grip stock are special order, highly figured, fancy grade walnut with Winchester "Style H" checkering and a high gloss piano finish. The pistol grip has a black, hard rubber cap embossed with "WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO." The barrel has a Lyman "Jack Sight" with colored bead and the scarce Lyman two-leaf folding rear sight; one leaf has a flat top with sight triangle, and the second leaf has a wide "V". A Lyman "N-Ni" rear sight with locking lever is mounted on the left side of the receiver. The upper tang is factory drilled and tapped. This rifle is accompanied by a Cody Firearms Records Office letter that describes it as: "Type: Rifle, Caliber: 45/70, Barrel Type: Round, Barrel Length: 24 inches, Trigger: Plain, Checkered stock, Pistol grip, 1/2 Magazine, Swiss butt plate, Takedown" and "matted barrel." The Cody letter states that this rifle was shipped from Winchester on February 20, 1901, and returned for repairs on August 15, 1912. The letter does not describe the nickel-plated components, but there is no question that they are factory. The left side of the barrel is roll-stamped: "MANUFACTURED BY THE/-WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS Co. NEW HAVEN. CONN U.S.A.-" in two lines ahead of the rear sight. "NICKEL STEEL" and the caliber "45-70" are roll-stamped on the left side of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. Oval Winchester "W/P" proof marks are stamped on the left side of the barrel behind the caliber markings and on the top of the receiver. The upper tang is roll-stamped: "-MODEL 1886-". The lower tang is stamped with the 1884 and 1885 patent dates behind the trigger and serial number "123332" behind the rear tang screw. Deluxe Model 1886 rifles are scarce. The combination of deluxe fancy grade pistol grip stock and forearm, takedown barrel, rarely encountered Swiss buttplate and matted barrel top combined with the nickel-plated/blue finish and special order front, rear and receiver sights make this a one-of-a-kind rifle.

ConditionVery fine. More than 85% of the blue finish is present on the barrel with some light edge wear at the muzzle. The barrel markings are sharp. The exposed portion of the 1/2 magazine has the usual wear found on the magazines of take-down rifles and the blue finish has faded to a blue-gray patina. Most of the blue finish is present on the bolt and trigger. The edges of the receiver sight shows light-moderate wear. The top and sides of the hammer and lever have about 80% of the mottled case colors; the case colors on the bottom of the hammer show handling wear and have faded to a silver-gray patina. The forearm cap, takedown collar, receiver, and Swiss buttplate retain 85% of the original nickel-plated finish. The sides and contact points of the receiver have some handling wear and scattered flaking; nearly all the nickel plating is present on the forearm cap and buttplate. The highly figured fancy grade walnut stock and forearm are both fine. The piano finish on the rear portion of the forearm and forward edges of the stock wrist show handling wear, and there are several scratches and areas of flaked finish on the sides of the stock. This is an attractive example of a deluxe Winchester Model 1886 Light Weight Takedown Rifle with rare special order nickel and blue finish, Swiss buttplate and matted barrel.
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