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Lot 37: Inscribed Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1895 Rifle

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1895 Lever Action Short Rifle Inscribed to Competition Shooter Carrie F. Lamb with Factory Letter and Shooting Medals

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1895 Lever Action Short Rifle Inscribed to Competition Shooter Carrie F. Lamb with Factory Letter and Shooting Medals

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1895
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30 U.S.
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: highly figured checkered
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 39
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured in 1900, with nickel steel barrel marking on the upper left and caliber marking at the breech. The left side of the receiver has the standard Winchester address and patent dates, partially obscured by the receiver mounted sight, and the right is engraved "C.F. Lamb./Cambridge, Mass." in script. The serial number is on the lower tang and there is a small crescent moon stamped in the upper interior surface of the lever. Fitted with a pinned beaded blade front sight (bead painted yellow), no provision for a rear sight on the barrel, and a Lyman peep sight mounted to the left of the receiver. Mounted with a finely figured "H" pattern checkered forearm with ebony insert in the Schnabel tip and a straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. Information provided by a previous consignor states that "C.F. Lamb" is Carrie F. Lamb, and an 1895 copy of the Cambridge Blue Book confirms a Carrie F. Lamb as a resident. Lamb died in 1954 and is remembered for "the somewhat unusual fact that she was very well known as a marksman and a hunter of caribou," as one friend remarked. She participated in hunting trips to Canada, was involved in various rifle and pistol organizations, had a collection of "first-class quality and workmanship" firearms such as this rifle and worked for the USO. Multiple issues of the Boston Globe from around the turn of the century list Lamb as competing and winning medals in various shooting competitions. The included factory letter lists the rifle in .30 caliber with a 22 inch barrel, fancy checkered stock, and Lyman front and receiver sights with no rear seat when received at the warehouse on 12 October 1900 and shipped the next day. Also included are a grouping of Boston area target shooting competition medals from around the turn of the century and some assorted boxes of .30-40 Krag ammunition.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 50% plus of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to a smooth grey patina and a few scattered patches of extremely light surface pitting near the muzzle. The wood is also fine with some scattered slight flaking of the varnish and light dings, and mostly crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The medals are very good showing a generally attractive antique patina and some mild wear.



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