Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 34: Alvin White Embellished Winchester Mdoel 1894 Takedown Rifle

Auction Date: September 8, 2017

Master Engraver Alvin White Signed, Exhibition Quality Engraved, Gold Inlaid and Relief Carved Winchester Model 1894 Takedown Lever Action Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,500 - $13,000

Master Engraver Alvin White Signed, Exhibition Quality Engraved, Gold Inlaid and Relief Carved Winchester Model 1894 Takedown Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1894-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30 WCF
Barrel: 26 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1726
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 30
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Originally manufactured in 1906 and subsequently embellished by renowned Master Engraver Alvin White. White has signed his masterpiece in a rectangular gold inlaid hallmark on the underside of the frame below the gold inlaid serial number. The left side of the frame has also been signed by White. The receiver features engraved scrollwork and borders along with a gold inlaid mountain lion inside an oval panel scene on the left side and gold script initials on the right side. Engraved scrollwork extends to the bolt, takedown collar, buttplate tang, forend cap and breech end of the barrel. The scrollwork is very similar to the pattern used by Winchester. The serial number on the underside of the frame is inlaid in gold. The barrel has dovetail blade front and elevation adjustable rear sights and is marked with the two-line address/patent marking ahead of the rear sight, "30 WCF" at the breech and the two-line nickel steel marking on the upper left flat. The upper tang has the three-line model/trade mark information. The highly figured stock features fine checkering accented with floral scroll relief carvings.

Rating Definition:

Extremely fine as embellished by Master Engraver Alvin White. The rifle retains nearly 97% of the blue finish showing some thinning to a gray on the magazine tube. The wood shows a couple minor handling marks and crisp checkering and carving. Mechanically excellent. A truly extraordinary example of an Alvin White work of art that will look great in any high quality collection.



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