Manufactured in 1914. The accompanying Winchester Gun Museum verification, dated August 24th, 1973 and addressed to Mr. Lewis, states factory records lists this rifle with a round barrel in .33 caliber, shotgun butt, hard rubber buttplate, "hand made stock" (likely referencing the unusual high comb stock), checkered pistol grip stock, takedown configuration, 1/2 magazine, F.T. sporting rear sight with broad notch, Lyman Jack front sight and "bead in middle of barrel" when shipped on July 24, 1915 to George W. Raynes "from A.P. Wendel ?", both from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The rifle was charged to Iver Johnson Sporting Goods, Boston, MA, and returned for rework on two occasions. It is rare to find Winchester records listing specific shipping locations and recipients. "A.P. Wendel ?" may reference A.P Wendel & Co., a Portsmouth retailer. Unfortunately, George W. Raynes remains unidentified at the time of this writing, although he may have family ties to 19th century Portsmouth shipbuilder George Raynes (1799-1855). The barrel has the two-line address/patent dates, nickel steel marking and caliber designation on the left side. A Winchester factory oval proof appears on top of the barrel and receiver at the breech. The upper tang has the three-line model/trade mark information, and the lower tang has the two-line patent dates marking and serial number. The takedown release has the 1893 patent date. The highly figured forearm and high comb pistol grip stock are checkered. The stock has a hard rubber grip cap and buttplate. The left side of the lower tang has the number "304." "304" is repeated on the stock inlet. The rifle has a rare high comb stock. As Winchester expert and author George Madis noted, "very few customers found it necessary to order a special stock."
Excellent, retaining 90% plus original blue finish mixed with some patches of brown patina. 85% plus original case colors remain on the lever. The wood is also excellent showing some minor dings and scratches and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent. A highly attractive factory documented deluxe Model 1886 takedown rifle with rare special order "handmade" pistol grip stock and added bonus of known shipping delivery records for your outstanding Winchester collection.
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