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Lot 30: Special Order Swiss Butt Winchester Model 1885 Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2020

Outstanding Documented Special Order Swiss Butt Winchester Model 1885 High Wall Rifle with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $14,000

Outstanding Documented Special Order Swiss Butt Winchester Model 1885 High Wall Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1885-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 38-55 Win
Barrel: 30 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1509
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 26
Class: Antique
Description:

This is an exceptional example Winchester Model 1885 "High Wall" breech loading rifle with Cody Firearms Museum letter. The letter lists the rifle features as: (1) Caliber 38/55, (2) No. 3, 30-inch octagon barrel, (3) double set trigger, (4) Mid-range Vernier and Wind Gauge sights and (5) Swiss buttplate. The letter states this rifle was shipped from Winchester on December 5, 1895, and returned and re-shipped in June 1896. The rifle has a blue barrel, color casehardened receiver, breechblock, hammer and lever and a nickel plated Swiss buttplate. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with a piano finish. The forearm tip has an ebony inlay. The standard weight full octagon No.3 barrel has a globe front sight with spirit level and factory blank in the rear sight dovetail. A folding Vernier rear sight with peep is mounted on the upper receiver tang. The rifle has factory double set triggers. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped "- MANUFACTURED BY THE -/- WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A.-" in two lines ahead of the rear sight blank. The caliber designation "38-55" is stamped on the top barrel flat ahead of the receiver. The serial number "72713" is stamped in script numerals on the lower tang behind the tang screw.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The rifle is all original and retains 97% plus of the bright original blue and vivid color casehardened finish. The blue finish on the barrel has only traces of edge wear. The markings are crisp. The receiver, breechblock and hammer have strong case colors. The case colors on the bottom of the lever show light handling wear and have faded to a silver patina. The Swiss buttplate shows light handling wear but retains more than 90% of the nickel plated finish. The stock and forearm are both in excellent plus condition and retain nearly all of the original finish; wear is limited to a few very insignificant handling marks. This is an excellent example of a special order Winchester Model 1885 "High Wall" rifle.



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