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Lot 1055: Antique Winchester Model 1886 Rifle in .45-90 W.C.F.

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Antique Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with Special Order 30 Inch Barrel in Desirable .45-90 W.C.F. with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Antique Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with Special Order 30 Inch Barrel in Desirable .45-90 W.C.F. with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1886
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-90 WCF
Barrel: 30 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 539
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 42
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured with the desirable early casehardened receiver found only on Model 1886 rifles manufactured prior to 1902. The accompanying factory letter confirms the 30 inch octagon barrel in .45-90 caliber and plain trigger. Per the factory letter, the rifle was received in the warehouse on September 9, 1892 and shipped on October 14, 1892. Standard two-line address and "45-90 W.C.F." on the top barrel flat, model designation on the upper tang, and two-line patent marking and serial number on the lower tang. The special order, 30 inch octagon barrel is fitted with Lyman beaded blade front and elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sights, and a peep sight is mounted on the upper tang. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Very good, retains traces of the original blue finish in sheltered areas of the barrel and magazine and faint patterns of the original case colors with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina, some silvered case colors on the receiver, and a few small patches of light surface pitting. The lightly sanded and re-oiled wood is also fine with some scattered minor dings and scratches, and a short hairline crack in the left of the wrist creating some slight separation with the receiver. Mechanically excellent.



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