Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 20: Early Production Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: December 1, 2017

Outstanding, Early Production Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $14,000 - $22,500

Outstanding, Early Production Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1892-Carbine
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 20 Inch
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 23
Class: Antique

Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine manufactured c. 1894. This carbine has a round barrel and full length magazine. The barrel has a block mounted, nickel-silver front sight blade located behind the upper barrel band and folding leaf rear sight. A staple-mounted saddle ring is located on the left side of the receiver. The upper receiver tang is factory drilled and tapped. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped "MANUFACTURED BY THE/-WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.-" in two lines between the lower barrel band and the rear sight. The caliber designation "44 W.C.F." is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped with the first style model designation "MODEL 1892./-WINCHESTER-/PAT. OCT. 14. 1884." in three lines. The serial number is stamped across the bottom of the receiver just behind the forearm. The barrel, magazine, barrel bands, bolt, and trigger have the Winchester blue finish. The extractor and loading gate are fiery niter blue. The hammer, lever and carbine style buttplate are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with a low-luster oil finish.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. This carbine is all original and remains in outstanding condition with only limited handling wear. The barrel, magazine and barrel bands retain 95% of the original blue finish. The barrel markings are perfect. The bolt has nearly all of the blue finish; 99% of the nitre blue remains on the extractor. The receiver retains nearly all the blue finish with a few light scratches and storage marks and the usual scuff marks on the left side from contact with the saddle ring. The only significant finish wear is a small spot of age discoloration on the upper receiver tang. The loading gate retains 80% of the nitre blue finish. The hammer and lever have 90% plus of the strong case colors with minimal wear. The buttplate has nearly 95% of the casehardened finish with traces of pitting on the edge of the heel and some age spotting on the toe. The stock and forearm remain in excellent plus condition with un-handled raised grain and all of the original finish. Wear is limited to several very faint storage marks on the left side of the stock and forearm. This is an outstanding example of an early production Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine that would be very difficult to improve upon.

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