This is an exceptionally fine and very desirable 1897 pattern Winchester bullet board showing the iconic "Double W" pattern of cartridges. A gold painted border is mounted around the green board which measures approximately 31 1/4 x 49 inches and a wood frame outside that. The board displays a dark green background, red and white lettering and vignettes of a duck, bear hunting scene, and a moose bust (see photograph). The display consists of various cartridges and shotgun shells and nine containers of primers, each described below in white lettering. All of the cartridges appear to be present and attached. A very similar pattern board was made in 1902 with the mallard slightly shifted so that it wasn't partially block by cartridges, as it is on this pattern. Including what appears to be the original frame it measures approximately 39 3/4 x 57 1/4 inches.
Very fine, the background of the board showing vibrant color and very minimal fading with some scattered light staining and spots of wear. The cartridges themselves are excellent, showing mostly bright brass and vibrant color on the shot shells. The frame is attractively aged with the inner gold portion showing some scattered minor flaking and the outer showing some mild handling/storage wear. This piece would be an excellent addition to any gun room or Winchester display!
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