Manufactured in 1891. The accompanying factory letter lists this rifle chambered in .22 Long when received in the warehouse on September 15, 1891 and shipped the same day. German silver blade front and standard fixed notch rear sights on the earl 24 3/8 inch barrel with first style barrel inscription with the "broken D" in manufactured, "22 LONG." caliber marking on the upper flat at the breech, Winchester proofs correctly absent, first model solid frame receiver, and standard three-line maker, model, and patent marking on the upper tang. 12 groove slide handle and plain walnut straight grip stock with casehardened crescent buttplate.
Excellent overall with 98% blue and casehardening over all, vibrant throughout. The operation slide is bright and has probably been cleaned. There are drift marks on the rear magazine tube support and barrel in that vicinity. The casehardening colors on the receiver are brilliantly bright on the butt plate. The wood is also excellent with minor dents and scratches. The action remains stiff from hardening grease. A wonderful and rare solid frame 1st model is spectacular condition. provenance: The Kidd Brother Collection, property of a gentleman.
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