Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 15: Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Rifle

Auction Date: May 13, 2022

Exceptionally Fine, Documented, Antique, Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Lever Action Takedown Rifle with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $25,000 - $40,000

Exceptionally Fine, Documented, Antique, Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Lever Action Takedown Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1894
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30 WCF
Barrel: 26 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 19
Class: Antique

This incredible and rare antique Winchester Model 1894 letters as having had its serial number applied on December 10, 1897, confirming its desirable antique status and is listed as a takedown rifle in .30 caliber with a round barrel, plain trigger, and checkered pistol grip stock with rubber shotgun buttplate and oil finish and was received in the warehouse on January 22, 1898, and shipped out on January 24, 1898, in order number 2311. It has a King's beaded blade "reflector" front sight. three-leaf express rear sight with platinum sight lines, the standard two-line address on top of the barrel, the three-line model/trademark/patent dates on the upper tang, and the serial number on the bottom of the receiver. The left side of the lower tang is marked "5105 S OF", and "5105" is repeated in pencil in the upper tang inlet of the stock and is stamped on the butt of the stock under the buttplate. It is mounted with a finely figured, H-pattern checkered, forearm and pistol grip stock with a hard rubber shotgun buttplate. While over 7.5 million Winchester Model 1894s have been made making them one of the most popular firearms of all time, less than 60,000 were made before 1899, only a small percentage of those were special order deluxe rifles like this beautiful rifle, and of course an even smaller number of these antique deluxe rifles still remain in exceptionally fine condition for todays collectors.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine. This incredible antique Winchester retains 95% of the original blue finish, 75% plus of the original case colors, and 70% of the original nitre blue on the loading gate with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina, most noticeably around the takedown collar and on the lever. The wood is also exceptionally fine. Both the forearm and the buttstock have very attractive flame figure on both sides, a few scattered minor dings, a small flake to the left of the upper tang, and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. This is a stunning special order Winchester Deluxe Model 1894.

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