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Lot 1025: Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Takedown 45-90 Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Documented Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Takedown .45-90 Rifle with Factory Letter

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

Documented Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Takedown .45-90 Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1886
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-90 WCF
Barrel: 26 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: highly figured walnut
Item Views: 451
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 27
Class: Antique

The Cody letter describes this rifle as: "Rifle, Takedown, 45/90 caliber, Barrel Shape: Octagon, Set trigger" and "Sights: Lyman front & rear, Flat Top Sporting rear sights" and shipped on July 12, 1894. The stock and forearm are nicely figured, "extra finish" walnut with a piano finish. The barrel has a Lyman front sight with colored bead and two-leaf folding rear sight (the rear leaf has a flat top with bright triangle and the front leaf has a wide "V" notch). A folding Lyman Peep rear sight is mounted on the upper tang. The rifle has a single set-trigger. The top barrel flat has the two-line address ahead of the rear sight and "45-90 W.C.F." at the breech. The letters "R W" are hand stamped just ahead of the caliber marking. The bottom of the takedown latch is stamped "-PAT. JUNE 6. 1893". The 1894 and 1895 patent dates are stamped in two lines on the lower tang immediately behind the trigger.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The barrel has 90% plus original blue finish with some very minor edge wear at the muzzle. The magazine tube has the usual takedown scuff marks. The edges of the forearm cap have some minor finish wear. The receiver has 50% original finish with some light scratches and handling marks. 98% blue finish is present on the bolt. The loading gate retains 90% fiery niter blue. The hammer and trigger have 85% case colors. The case colors on the crescent buttplate have silvered but remain 50%. The wood is very fine with 90% high polish piano finish and numerous minor dings and scratches. This is a very fine example of a scarce and very desirable special order Winchester Model 1886 takedown rifle.

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