Manufactured in 1895 with standard two-line address and "38-55" on top of the barrel, three-line model/trademark/patent date on the upper tang, and serial number on the bottom of the receiver. Fitted with dovetailed beaded blade front, three-leaf express rear, and added tang mounted peep sights. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration as well as the serial number application date of November 12,1895, receipt at the warehouse on 16 December 1895 and shipment on 20 February 1896 in order number 6485.
Excellent overall, retains 97% plus bright original high polish blue finish, 80% original vivid case colors, and 95% original nitre blue on the loading gate with the balance a smooth grey patina primarily on the buttplate with some scattered very light scratches on the left top receiver edge. The excellent wood has some light storage dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. One of the finest antique Model 1894s we have ever offered at auction!
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