Manufactured in 1904 with the two-line address/patent marking on the left of the receiver, two-line nickel steel and caliber markings on the barrel, model designation on the upper tang, and serial number on the lower tang. Fitted with special order pinned beaded blade front, Lyman single folding leaf rear, and Lyman receiver mounted peep sights. The receiver was not drilled and tapped for, or fitted with a saddle ring to accommodate the peep sight. Mounted with a finger groove forearm, special ordered without the upper handguard and a straight grip stock with special order shotgun buttplate and length of pull which is hand marked in pencil on the buttstock under the plate "1/4 short", meaning the length of pull measures at 12 3/4 inches rather than the standard 13 inches. It is also fitted with special order sling swivel studs on the barrel band and buttstock. A very similar special order 1895 carbine, less than 1000 serial numbers away from this example is pictured in "The Winchester Book" by Madis on page 465. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration including "no sling ring etc" as well as receipt at the warehouse on 22 September 1904 and shipment on 21 September 1904 (factory error, likely shipped 23 September 1904).
Very fine, retains 80% plus original blue finish with the balance a smooth grey patina, some light speckling of brown patina on the bottom of the lever, and some scattered minor scratches on top of the barrel and receiver. Most of the vibrate case colors remain on the hammer and trigger plate. The wood is also very fine with some minor dings and scratches scattered throughout. Mechanically excellent.
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