Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 39: Special Order Winchester 1885 High Wall Single Shot Target Rifle

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Antique Special Order Winchester Model 1885 High Wall Single Shot Target Rifle with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

Antique Special Order Winchester Model 1885 High Wall Single Shot Target Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1885-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 38-55
Barrel: 30 inch part octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/nickel
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 933
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 59
Class: Antique
Description:

The factory letter lists this rifle in .38-55 caliber with a 30 inch, 1/2 octagon, #2 weight barrel (current replacement barrel marked "3"); plain trigger, and checkered stock with pistol grip (no mention of cheekpiece or Swiss style buttplate) and indicates it was received in the warehouse on June 21, 1886, and shipped on June 27, 1886, in order 7069. It is equipped with a windage adjustable globe front sight, spirit level in the rear dovetail, adjustable single set trigger, Vernier peep sight, deluxe checkered Schnabel tip forearm, and deluxe multi-point checkered pistol grip stock with large cheekpiece and nickel Swiss buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as upgraded. The replacement #3 barrel has 98% of the refinished blue remaining, some minor edge and handling wear, and crisp markings. The upgraded refinished/recheckered wood is very good and has beautiful figure, some thin cracks and small chips in the pistol grip, somewhat loose stock fit, minor edge wear, crisp checkering, and light markings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.



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