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Lot 22: Winchester Deluxe Model 1885 High Wall Schuetzen Rifle

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Lot 22: Winchester Deluxe Model 1885 High Wall Schuetzen Rifle

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Estimated Price: $8,500 - $13,000
Price Realized:

Highly Attractive Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1885 High Wall Schuetzen Rifle with Winchester A5 Scope and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1885-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 32-40
Barrel: 30 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 3312
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 37
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

This is an exceptionally attractive example of a Winchester Model 1885 Schuetzen target rifle. The accompanying factory letter confirms the 30 inch, no. 4 octagon barrel, Schuetzen set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, mid-range Vernier peep sight, wind gauge front sight, no rear sight, Winchester A5 telescope with no. 2 mount, Helm buttplate, cheek piece, spur finger lever, and palm rest. The rifle was received in the warehouse on December 2, 1909 and shipped the same day. The no. 4 barrel is marked with the two-line Winchester New Haven address and patent date marking as well as "32-40" at the breech on the upper left flat. The lower tang has the patent date marking and serial number. The checkered forearm and pistol grip stock are "X" deluxe walnut. The buttstock features a hard rubber Winchester grip cap, cheekpiece and Helm buttplate. A tuning fork palm rest is mounted on the underside of the forearm. The left side of the lower tang is marked with a scratched out assembly number along with "X U.S." The left side of the upper tang is marked "6788 X U.S." The assembly number "6788" is repeated on the buttstock under the buttplate and on the buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine, retaining 85% plus original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. 90% original case colors remain on the breechblock, hammer and lever. The buttplate has a mixed brown-gray patina. The wood is also exceptionally fine with a small surface chip and short hairline stress crack in the pistol grip, some minor handling marks, overall crisp checkering and nearly all original finish remaining. Mechanically excellent. The scope is excellent, retaining 98% plus original blue finish and slightly hazy optics. This high condition special deluxe Model 1885 High Wall Schuetzen rifle is a must have for the serious Winchester or single shot collector.



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