Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 19: Early Winchester Factory Cartridge Display

Auction Date: September 11, 2020

Rare Early Winchester Factory Cartridge Display Bullet Board

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $40,000 - $60,000

Rare Early Winchester Factory Cartridge Display Bullet Board

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Type: Other
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This is an early cartridge board issued by Winchester (collectors refer to it as the Model 1884). It is the first to use what will later become the "classic" design by using green lithograph paper with the bullet information in gold print and the Winchester shells mounted directly to the board. The cartridges are in an inverted "V" with cartridges in an arch on each side, a circle of cartridges in the middle and shotgun shells and six cap tins on the lower portion. The back side of the original paper backing is correctly marked "COMPLIMENTS OF WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN, CONN" in the center. The display is mounted in a grooved wood frame with interior ornamental floral border finished in gold. The display area dimensions are approximately 38 1/4 x 26 1/2 inches and the overall dimensions are approximately 46 1/4 x 35 inches. These early boards are seldom seen in any condition and rarely offered for sale in such fine condition!

Rating Definition:

Fine overall, with some mild wear, mild fading, some scattered minor spotting/staining, and a small hole towards the right middle. The frame is also fine with minor handling/storage marks scattered throughout, some light wear, and retaining most of the gold on the ornamented border. Only a small piece of the cutaway paper shotgun cartridge remains, otherwise all of the cartridges are present and show mostly minimal wear. An extraordinary piece to take the display of your Winchester collection to the next level!

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