Manufactured in 1880 as a second model with a dust cover guide rail attached to the receiver with two screws and subsequently custom embellished to exhibition quality. The accompanying factory letter addressed to big game hunter Jim Wilkinson lists this rifle with an octagon barrel, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock and globe and graduated peep sights when it was received in the warehouse on October 19, 1880 and shipped the same day. The exquisite modern embellishment features profuse floral scrollwork, gold wire inlays, and silver and gold inlaid game scenes. The receiver features a gold busts of a white tailed deer on the left side and a cow moose on the right side. The sideplates are adorned with highly detailed and inlaid woodland scenes that depict two silver inlaid dogs fighting a gold inlaid bear on the left and a gold inlaid bull moose on the right. The barrel is equipped with a dovetail blade front sight and an elevation adjustable rear sight, has the two-line address patent dates marking stamped ahead of the rear sight and scrollwork and double inlaid bands at the breech and muzzle. The cartridge block, magazine band and forend cap are fully scroll engraved. Additional scrollwork and gold wire inlay are featured on the dust cover, hammer and lever. The upper tang is stamped "MODEL 1876." Sling swivels are attached to the underside of the forend cap and buttstock. The highly figured walnut forearm and pistol grip stock feature multi-point checkering. The buttstock is fitted with a nickel plated trapdoor buttplate. Comes with a five piece cleaning rod. Formerly of the Jim Wilkinson Rifle Ranch Collection. Big game hunter Wilkinson (1913-2001) was the original owner of Rifle Ranch, a sporting goods store in Prescott, Arizona, that specialized in high end custom rifles, and was the tenth person in the world to achieve the Super Slam, a collection of 16 different types of mountain sheep found on four continents.
Very fine as professionally custom embellished to an exquisite exhibition quality masterpiece, retaining 99% plus of the blue and casehardened finishes with only the slightest handling marks. 98% plus of the nickel plating remains on the buttplate. The wood is fine with a couple tiny chips at tangs, minor dings and scratches and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent. A true work of modern firearms art!
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