Manufactured in 1891 with the desirable early casehardened receiver found only on Model 1886 rifles manufactured prior to 1902. Standard two-line address and "45-90 W.C.F." on the top barrel flat, model designation on the upper tang, and two-line patent marking and serial number on the lower tang. Fitted with dovetailed German silver blade front and elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sights. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. The included factory letter confirms the octagon barrel in .45-90 caliber and plain trigger. The letter also states the rifle was received in the warehouse on July 18, 1891 and shipped on July 24.
Very good, retains strong traces of the original blue finish, mainly in sheltered areas with the balance having thinned to a grey-brown patina and traces of original case colors in sheltered areas with the balance a mottled silvery-grey patina. The wood is also very good and has some minor dings, dents, and scratches scattered throughout and a hairline crack in the forearm. Mechanically excellent.
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