Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 2: Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Deluxe Rifle, Letter

Auction Date: September 7, 2018

Documented Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Deluxe Lever Action Rifle with Unusual Sights and Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $11,000

Documented Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Deluxe Lever Action Rifle with Unusual Sights and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1886
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-90 WCF
Barrel: 26 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 3508
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 6
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1892. The accompanying factory letter lists this rifle with an octagon barrel in .45-90 caliber, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock with oil finish and shotgun buttplate, half magazine, Lyman rear and beaded knife blade front sight ("same as Rocky Mountain front sight, flat top sporting rear 'U' notch sight"). The elevation adjustable rear sight is unusual in that the sight aperture is a large square block with "U" notch and two silver inlaid sight lines. The dovetailed Lyman front sight has a sighting bead. There is a tang peep sight. The top barrel flat is marked with the two-line address ahead of the rear sight and "45-90 WCF" at the breech. The lower tang has the two-line patent dates marking and the serial number. The highly figured and checkered stock has an ebony insert on the bottom of the pistol grip. "486S XXX" is marked on the left side of the lower tang, "486" is marked on the stock inlet, and "486" is marked on the back of the steel shotgun buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The barrel retains 50% plus original blue finish with the balance thinning to a brown patina. There are some dings visible around right side of sight dovetail on barrel. The forend cap, receiver, hammer, and lever retain 70% original case colors with the balance a silvered out gray. The buttplate is a mixture of original blue finish and smooth brown and gray patinas. The wood is also very fine with a long horizontal deep gouge on lower left checkered wrist, otherwise some minor handing marks and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent.



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