Manufactured in 1892 with an attractive color casehardened action in the desirable .45-70 cartridge. The accompanying factory letter confirms the 30 inch, no. 3 octagon barrel in .45-70 caliber, plain trigger, "X Stock" and shotgun butt. The rifle was received in the warehouse on April 29, 1892 and shipped the next day. The no. 3 barrel is fitted with a dovetail beaded blade front sight and an elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sight and is marked on the top flat with the two-line New Haven address ahead of the rear sight and "45-70" at the breech. The lower tang has the patent date marking and serial number. The receiver as noted was finished in the very desirable "color casehardened" finish which was used until the early 1900s. The checkered forearm and straight grip stock are deluxe walnut. The lower tang lacks an assembly number and a select walnut marking; however, the X deluxe walnut does letter as mentioned above. The buttstock is fitted with a special order steel shotgun buttplate.
Exceptionally fine. The barrel retains 80% thinned original blue finish with some scattered light spotting. The receiver retains 85% vivid original case colors. The hammer, breechblock and lever retain 97% original case colors. The buttplate has a mixed brown-gray patina. The wood is very fine with some minor dings and scratches, a few scuffs in the original finish and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. A highly attractive deluxe Model 1885 High Wall .45-70 that will be a welcome addition to any Winchester or single shot collection.
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