Manufactured in 1886 with the early style flat top frame, the standard two-line Winchester address is marked on the top barrel flat in front of the rear sight and the desirable "Cal 40-50 SHARPS STR." caliber marking is at the breech. The bottom of the barrel is marked "2" twice, just in front of the forearm. It is fitted with a blade front and elevation adjustable notch rear sights, and is mounted with a smooth Schnabel tip forearm with ebony insert and smooth straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. The included factory letter lists the rifle in .40-50 straight caliber, #2 weight part octagon barrel, and a plain trigger when received at the warehouse on 1 June 1886 and shipped the same day to order number 6923.
Fine, retains 80% plus of the refinished blue finish with professionally re-engraved caliber marking and 60% of the vibrant original case colors with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina and some scattered very light surface spotting on the receiver. The wood is very fine with some scattered light handling marks. Mechanically excellent.
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