Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 4: Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Takedown Rifle

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Documented Early Production Four Digit Serial Number Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Lever Action Takedown Rifle in Desirable .38-55 W.C.F. with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $8,000

Documented Early Production Four Digit Serial Number Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Lever Action Takedown Rifle in Desirable .38-55 W.C.F. with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1894
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 38-55 WCF
Barrel: 26 inch part octagon
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 9
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1895 (W.A.C.A.), the second year of production, with the standard markings. The included factory letter lists the rifle in .38-55 with a half octagon barrel, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, hard rubber shotgun buttplate, oil finish, and takedown when received at the warehouse 14 January 1896 and shipped the same day. The left of the lower tang is marked "2432 CF S XXX" (the number stamped over what appears to be "2217") and "2432" is repeated in the stock inlet. Fitted with dovetailed German silver blade front and elevation adjustable notch rear sights. Mounted with a finely figured "H" pattern checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with a Winchester, hard rubber, shotgun buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 75% plus original blue finish, 40% case colors, and 60% original nitre blue finish on the loading gate with the balance thinned to a smooth grey patina and a few scattered patches of light surface pitting. The wood is also very fine with a few scattered light handling marks, a small, barely noticeable, filled chip near the lower tang, and crisp checkering on the buttstock. The forend checkering has been recut. Mechanically excellent.



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