Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1045: Winchester Prototype Model 1902 Single Shot Bolt Action Pistol

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Historic Documented Winchester Prototype Model 1902 Single Shot Bolt Action Pistol with Relief Carved Stock Attributed to U.S. Army General Abel Davis

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

Historic Documented Winchester Prototype Model 1902 Single Shot Bolt Action Pistol with Relief Carved Stock Attributed to U.S. Army General Abel Davis

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: Bolt Action
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 22 S L
Barrel: 11 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 435
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 40
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Bore Condition: -
Description:

One of less than an estimated 100 prototype pistols based on the Model 1900/1902 rifle action and manufactured during the early 1900s as Winchester explored the idea of making a single shot pistol based on the actions of these popular rifles. It has standard Model 1902 rifle markings on the barrel, Winchester factory oval proofs on the barrel and bolt, and is fitted with blade front and notch rear sights. The stock is carved with floral motifs. Madis discusses the previously mentioned prototype pistols in "The Winchester Book". It is possible that some of these prototypes were retained by factory employees. The consignor notes that this specific pistol was presented to U.S. Army Brigadier General Abel Davis, recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross and Medal for actions in World War I, before being passed down to his son and grandson.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retains 80% plus of the original blue finish with some scattered speckling of rough dark and brown oxidation, concentrated heavier around the muzzle. The wood is also very fine with some light handling marks scattered throughout and crisp carving. Mechanically excellent.



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