The included factory letter confirms the current .50 Express caliber, 30 inch octagon No. 3 barrel and plain trigger when received in the warehouse on December 24th, 1896, and shipped on January 30th, 1897. The top barrel flat is marked "-MANUFACTURED BY THE-/-WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A.-" ahead of the rear sight and "50 EX" at the breech. The serial number is marked on the lower tang. The No. 3 barrel has a blade front sight and three leaf rear sporting sight. "3" marked on the bottom of the barrel. Mounted with a smooth Schnabel forearm with ebony insert and straight grip stock with a sling swivel and casehardened rifle buttplate. The exact number of 1885s made in .50 Express caliber is unknown, but the number is believed to be somewhere around only 300. Provenance: The Tom Selleck Collection
Very fine, retains 95% original blue finish on the barrel with a few light scratches and minimal edge wear, 50% slightly muted original case colors, and distinct markings and edges in the metal overall. Wood is fine, with numerous scattered scratches and dents, and otherwise defined edges. Mechanically excellent.
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