Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 46: Two Digit Serialized Winchester Model 1887 Shotgun, Letter

Auction Date: April 13, 2018

Documented First Year Production Two Digit Serialized Winchester Model 1887 Lever Action Shotgun with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Documented First Year Production Two Digit Serialized Winchester Model 1887 Lever Action Shotgun with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1887
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 30 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1585
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 33
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1887, the first year of production. The accompanying factory letter lists this shotgun with a 30 inch barrel in 12 gauge and plain trigger when it was received in warehouse on May 10, 1887, and shipped the same day. The left side of the barrel has an oval "WP" stamp, the left side of the action has the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. monogram, and the lower tang has the four-line address/patent dates marking. The smooth pistol grip stock is fitted with a checkered steel buttplate. Length of pull is 12 3/4 inches. The Winchester Model 1887 was the first highly successful repeating shotgun. 64,855 were manufactured in 1887-1901. Most prior shotguns were single or double barrel break actions.

Rating Definition:

Good. The shotgun has a mottled gray patina with traces of original blue finish and silvered our original case colors in the protected areas. The rear sighting groove as a few added shallow cuts. The wood is very good with a couple missing minor chips and a filled repair near the tangs, some chipping along the edges of the forearm and some minor ding and scratches (mostly on the forearm). Mechanically excellent.



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