Manufactured in 1898 with the standard two-line address and patent dates on the left of the receiver, two-line nickel steel marking on the upper left of the barrel, caliber marking at the breech, trademark and model designation on the upper tang, and serial number on the lower tang. It is fitted with pinned German silver blade front, Marble rear dovetail filler, and a special order receiver mounted Lyman peep sight. Mounted with a finely figured checkered Schnabel tip forearm with contrasting insert and a straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. The included factory letter lists the rifle with a 26 inch barrel, fancy checkered stock, Lyman receiver and a flat sporting rear target sight (rear now replaced with Marble dovetail filler) when received at the warehouse on 12 April 1898 and shipped the same day to order number 6691.
Fine, retains 50% plus of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to a smooth grey patina and a series of horizontal scratches on the receiver. The refinished wood is very good with hairline cracks near the tip of the forearm and toe which also has a small repairs chip, some scattered minor scratches and dings, and well-defined checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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