Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3070: Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Musket

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Rare Documented Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Musket with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $14,000

Rare Documented Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Musket with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1886-Musket
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-70
Barrel: 30 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 339
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 64
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1893. The top of the barrel is marked "-MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U,S.A.-" ahead of the rear sight and "45-70" at the breech. The lower tang is marked "PAT. OCT. 14, 1884/JAN. 20, 1885" directly behind the trigger and the serial number at the end, with "-MODEL 1886-" marked on the upper tang. Blade front sight, adjustable rear "ski slope" sight graduated to 1,200 yards. Mounted with a smooth full walnut forearm with single barrel band equipped with a sling swivel and steel forend cap, and straight grip stock with sling swivel and carbine buttplate with compartment containing an original 5-piece cleaning rod. The accompanying factory letter verifies the musket configuration, caliber and that it was received and shipped from the warehouse on September 14, 1893, with 9 other arms on order number 22833. Experts estimate that total production of the Model 1886 Musket was just over 350 pieces. Model 1886 muskets are extremely rare; most of these muskets were apparently manufactured for export. The Model 1866 Musket was made in smaller numbers than any other Model 1886 variation and is the rarest of the scarce Winchester lever action muskets. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrel retains traces dark original blue finish mainly in the protected area along the forearm with a smooth mottled brown patina on the balance. The breech bolt retains much of the faded original blue finish, and the remaining parts have a smooth mottled gray patina. The wood is also very good with a number of small minor scratches on the upper left rear of the forearm and some scattered minor dings and dents on balance. The markings are clear. The action is excellent. The Winchester Model 1886 Musket is the rarest of all Winchester Muskets.



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