Manufactured in 1899 with standard two-line address and "38 W.C.F." on the barrel, three-line model/trademark/patent date on the upper tang, and serial number on the bottom of the receiver. Fitted with dovetailed German silver blade front and elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sights. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. The included factory letter lists a serial number application date of 1 August 1899, confirms the current configuration, and lists receipt at the warehouse on 9 August 1899 and shipment on 24 October 1899 in order number 41968.
Excellent, retains 97% plus bright original high polish blue finish, 60% of the original case colors, and the loading gate showing mostly a bronze colored hue, though crisp and original. The wood is very fine with some light dings and scratches scattered throughout and the forearm showing some nice figure. Mechanically excellent.
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