Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 37: Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Rifle with Letter

Auction Date: November 30, 2018

Documented Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Takedown Lever Action Rifle with Buffalo Bill Historical Center Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,000

Documented Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Takedown Lever Action Rifle with Buffalo Bill Historical Center Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1894
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30 WCF
Barrel: 26 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 5060
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 32
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

The accompanying Buffalo Bill Historical Center letter indicates that Winchester factory records lists this rifle with a round barrel in .30 caliber, plain trigger, takedown configuration, blank in the rear sight seat, Lyman front and receiver sights, and checkered pistol grip stock when received in the warehouse on September 26, 1906, and shipped the next day. The sights are as confirmed by the letter including the blank in the rear seat. The barrel has the two-line address/patent date and "30 WCF" on top and the two-line nickel steel marking on the left side. Winchester factory oval proofs are present on the receiver and barrel. The upper tang has the three-line model/trademark information. The nicely figured forearm and pistol grip stock are checkered. The buttstock has a hard rubber grip cap and a crescent buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 80% original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. 50% original niter blue finish remains on the loading gate. 30% muted original case colors remain on the hammer, lever and buttplate. The wood is very fine showing minor handling marks throughout, a few blemishes in the overall crisp checkering, and retains most of the original finish. Mechanically excellent.



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