Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 24: Winchester 1894-Rifle Carbine 38-55 WCF

Auction Date: April 13, 2018

Elaborate Engraved Gold Inlaid Winchester Model 1894 Lever Action Carbine with Case

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

Elaborate Engraved Gold Inlaid Winchester Model 1894 Lever Action Carbine with Case

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1894-Rifle
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 38-55 WCF
Barrel: 18 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1058
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 27
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured in 1905 and subsequently masterfully custom embellished. The receiver has complete coverage of floral scroll engraving with a punch dot background and fancy gold inlaid bordering. The left side also has an extraordinary gold inlaid raised relief engraved bear in a wooded mountain scene with a gold inlaid border, and the right side has a gold inlaid relief engraved moose in a wooded scene with a gold inlaid wire border. The bolt and lever also have full coverage of floral scroll and punch dot engraving. The muzzle end of the barrel has two gold inlaid bands around it and a 2 inch wedge of the same engraving on each side flat. There is a 3 1/4 inch wedge of the same engraving pattern on the upper flat at the rear sight and two gold inlaid wire bands 1 1/4 inches ahead of the receiver. The top barrel flat is marked with the two-line address/patent date ahead of the rear sight and "38-55" at the breech. The Winchester oval proof is marked on the top barrel flat and top of the receiver at the breech. Dovetailed blade front and adjustable rear buckhorn sights, all blue finish and mounted with a deluxe nicely figured smooth walnut forearm with a metal forend cap engraved and gold inlaid in the same manner as the receiver, and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. Comes with a tiger skin pattern padded hardcase with brass fittings.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as masterfully embellished with only light handling/storage marks. The case is excellent. This would make a beautiful addition to any Winchester collection!

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