Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1: Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action .45-90 WCF Rifle

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Exceptional Documented Antique, Highly Attractive Casehardened Frame Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle in .45-90 WCF with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,000 - $12,000

Exceptional Documented Antique, Highly Attractive Casehardened Frame Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle in .45-90 WCF with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1886
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-90 WCF
Barrel: 26 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 3831
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 10
Class: Antique
Description:

The accompanying factory letter confirms the octagon barrel in .45-90 caliber and plain trigger. The rifle was received in the warehouse on October 5, 1894 and shipped nearly a year later on September 10, 1895 with nine other arms. The frame, hammer, lever, forend cap, and buttplate have the desirable casehardened finish. The barrel is fitted with a dovetail blade front sight and an elevation adjustable rear sight and is stamped with the two-line address ahead of the rear sight and "45-90 W.C.F." at the breech. The upper tang is marked "-MODEL 1886-". The lower tang is marked with the patent marking and the script serial number. The rifle has standard forearm and buttstock.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine. The barrel and magazine retain 90% plus original blue finish with the balance thinning to a brown. 90% original blue remains on the bolt. 80% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. The frame, hammer, lever, and forend cap retain 85% vivid original case colors. Patterns of original case colors remain on the buttplate. The wood is very fine with minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. A highly attractive Winchester Model 1886 .45-90 WCF rifle with desirable casehardened frame.



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