Manufactured in 1914. This Model 1894 is pictured and identified in R.L. Wilson's "Winchester Engraving" on page 270 as being factory engraved: "Serial range 705000 Takedown rifle was done in Style Number 9, the forend and pistol grip buttstock were made of select walnut and checkered in Style H. .30-30 caliber." The rifle is also pictured and identified in George Madis' "The Winchester Book" on page 413. Madis notes that the rifle is "an excellent example of style 9 engraving coverage" and stresses the well executed "shading of the game and scenes" and part octagon barrel with full magazine as "a combination that is highly prized by Winchester collectors since it is rarely found. The engraving on the receiver consists of floral scrollwork on punch dot background, zig-zag line and dot borders and a stag scene in a circular panel on each side. Additional flourishes of scrollwork appear on the barrel at the breech, top of the receiver, behind the hammer, forend cap, and buttplate tang. The barrel is fitted with a dovetail beaded blade front sight and elevation adjustable rear sight and is stamped with the two-line address/patent date marking, two-line nickel steel marking and ".30 W.C.F." on the upper left flat. The Winchester factory oval proofs are surrounded by scrollwork on top of the barrel and receiver at the breech. The upper tang has the three-line model/trade mark information. The checkered forearm and pistol grip stock are "X" deluxe walnut. The buttstock is fitted with a hard rubber Winchester grip cap and a crescent buttplate. The left side of the lower tang is marked "320 X." The assembly number "320" is repeated on the butt of the stock under the buttplate and back of the buttplate.
Mint. A condition classification we virtually never use. A 107 year old time capsule that would be impossible to improve upon. Carpe diem.
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