The accompanying Roe Clark letter states factory records indicate that this rifle was originally chambered in .22 HP (currently 250-3000 caliber) when accepted by the factory on March 26, 1914 and shipped on July 7, 1917 to Thomas F. Cobbs. The rifle was returned to the factory for service and shipped again on July 26, 1917. The records has a "165-1" entry indicating something special (anything nonstandard) was done to the rifle, possibly the engraving. The receiver has a factory Grade C engraving on a stippled background and stag scenes inside circle panels on each side. The underside of the receiver is inscribed with the name "Thos. F. Cobbs." It has a pinned blade front sight, filler block in the rear sight dovetail, Lyman tang peep sight and cocking indicator pin on the upper tang. The deluxe, fancy grain walnut forearm and pistol grip stock feature fancy fleur-de-lis checking and hard rubber Savage buttplate. Purportedly, this Model 1899 was part of the Alan Mabe collection, the largest private collection of Savage arms at the time (circa 1950s).
Very fine. The replacement factory barrel retains 98% of the factory quality blue finish. The receiver retains 97% original blue finish with slight thinning on the balance. 95% original case colors remain on the lever. The engraving is crisp. The wood is very fine with minor dings and scratches, some chipping on the buttplate and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent.
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