Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3: Special Order Winchester Model 1892 Takedown Rifle

Auction Date: May 13, 2022

Very Fine, Documented Special Order Antique Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Takedown Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,500 - $9,500

Very Fine, Documented Special Order Antique Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action Takedown Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1892
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 32 WCF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Catalog Page: 9
Class: Antique

This is a scarce special order takedown variation of the Winchester Model 1892 with plain fancy wood as manufactured in 1893. The rifle is also in well above average condition for an antique Model 1892. The Model 1892 was one of Winchester's most popular lever actions. Early production examples of this working man's rifle surviving in high condition, let alone an example with extra features such as offered here, are becoming increasingly difficult to find, and when found are highly prized by today's collectors. The rifle is equipped with a dovetail blade front sight and an elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line New Haven address legend ahead of the rear sight and the caliber designation "32 WCF" at the breech. The upper tang has the three-line model/patent marking. The underside of the receiver carries the serial number. The un-checkered forearm and straight grip stock are select grade walnut. The buttstock is fitted with a crescent buttplate. Includes a copy of George Gamble and R.L. Wilson's "A Life's Tapestry of a Collector, The Gamble Collection" where this rifle is pictured and identified on pages 404-405. Provenance: The George F. Gamble Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 80% plus original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. 30% original niter blue remains on the loading gate. The hammer and lever retain 70% vivid original case colors. Patterns of original case colors remain on the buttplate. The re-oiled, highly figured wood is also very fine with a couple slight chips at the tangs and some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. A highly attractive antique Winchester Model 1892 Takedown Rifle that will be a great addition to any Winchester or lever action collection.

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