Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 5: Antique Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Takedown Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2020

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Antique Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Takedown Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1894
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30 WCF
Barrel: 26 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: highly figured checkered
Item Views: 1666
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 10
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1894 per George Madis' serial number range. The barrel is fitted with a dovetail blade front sight (bead absent) and three folding leaf rear sight (second leaf slightly bent) and is stamped with the two-line address ahead of the rear sight and "30 WCF" at the breech. The upper tang is has the three-line model/patent date marking. The top of the receiver has a Winchester factory oval proof, suggesting that the rifle returned to the factory sometime in the 20th century. The deluxe "XXX" walnut forearm and pistol grip stock feature "H" style checkering. The pistol grip stock is fitted with a Winchester hard rubber grip cap and a crescent buttplate. The left side of the lower tang is marked "2644 XXX." The assembly number "2644" is repeated on the stock inlet and stock butt under the buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel and magazine retain 70% partially refinished blue finish with pitting visible under the blue on top center. The receiver, bolt, takedown collar and forend cap retain 75% original blue finish with the balance thinning to a brown. There is minimal light spotting/pitting. 60% original niter blue remains on the loading gate. 85% original case colors remain on the hammer, 30% original case colors remain on the lever, and patterns of original case colors remain on the buttplate. The wood is fine with minor-moderate dings and scratches and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent.

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