This highly attractive, RARE and fresh silver plated, John Ulrich engraved and signed Deluxe Model 1890 rifle is identified by serial number and pictured on page 162 of "Winchester Slide Action Rifles: Volume I" by Ned Schwing. The included factory letter confirms the serial number, .22 short caliber, checkered pistol grip stock, and November 7, 1901, date of shipment. It also states the rifle was returned January 25, 1902. The letter makes no mention of any type of finish, barrel, or any other special order features, which is common of Winchester and is particularly prevalent of their exhibition guns. Special order globe front and tang mounted Lyman flip up rear peep sight, matching silver plated filler block in the rear sight dovetail, second style barrel inscription, "22 SHORT" caliber marking on upper flat at the breech, Second Model receiver with hidden locking lugs, and standard markings on the upper tang. The receiver features full coverage American scroll engraving in the factory No. 8 pattern, against contrasting punch dot backgrounds, fancy borders, and detailed panel scenes of an elk on the right side and a running deer on the left. The lower tang is signed "J. ULRICH" between the trigger guard and serial number marking. The rifle has a full silver plated finish including the magazine tube, slide bar, hammer and trigger. The chart on page 221 of the above mentioned book states only 8 silver plated Model 1890s were produced in the Second Model manufacturing cycle. Fancy figured XX walnut 12 groove slide handle and checkered pistol grip stock with hard rubber Winchester grip cap, and matching silver plated Swiss buttplate. The left side of the lower tang is marked "13153 XX", and the end of the buttstock and inside of the buttplate have the matching assembly number "13153".
Very fine with 95% plus original silver plated finish, scattered light spotting, and a mostly handsome age darkened silver patina overall. The engraving is crisp and detailed. The wood is also very fine with only small scattered dings. The buttplate has an overall dark silver patina with 90% factory silver plated finish. Mechanically excellent.
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