Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 91: Special Order Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Rifle

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Outstanding Special Order Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Plain Sporting Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Outstanding Special Order Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Plain Sporting Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1885-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 22 WRF
Barrel: 28 Inch
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: varnished walnut
Item Views: 632
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 59
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Plain Sporting Rifle manufactured in 1906. The rifle has a special order, No. 1, half-octagon/half-round barrel, single set trigger and sights. The barrel has a special order Lyman Beach folding combination front sight with white bead and a buckhorn sporting style rear sight with adjustable insert. A special order Mid-Range Vernier Peep Sight is mounted on the receiver tang. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with a high polish finish. The stock has a crescent steel buttplate, and the forearm tip has an ebony insert. The rifle barrel and receiver are blued, and the breechblock, hammer, lever and crescent buttplate are color casehardened. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped: "MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A." in two lines ahead of the rear sight. "22 W.R.F." is stamped on the top barrel flat between the rear sight and the receiver. The lower tang is stamped with "PAT. OCT. 7TH 79" behind the trigger followed by the serial number "95182" behind the tang screws.

Rating Definition:

Excellent 98% plus. The rifle is all original and retains 99% of the original blue and color casehardened finish. There is some very light edge wear at the muzzle but the other components retain nearly all of the original finish. The special order front sight and Vernier sight are in the same condition as the other components. The bore is mirror bright. The barrel legend, patent markings and serial number are crisp. The stock and forearm are both in excellent condition and retain nearly all of the high polish finish. Wear is limited to several very shallow blemishes on the right side of the forearm above the forearm screw and two light scratches on the left side of the forearm near the receiver. This is an outstanding example of a special order Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Plain Sporting Rifle.



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