Manufactured in 1892. Standard blade front and fixed notch rear sights, correct 24 3/8 inch First Model barrel with first style inscription, "22 W.R.F." caliber marking on top flat at the breech. Correct early magazine tube, First Model solid frame receiver, and three-line maker, model, and patent marking on upper tang. The inside of the upper tang is correct marked "WRF". 12 groove slide handle and plain walnut straight grip stock with casehardened crescent buttplate. The accompanying factory letter states the serial number was applied on January 22, 1892 and confirms the .22 WRF chambering as well as received in the warehouse on August 4, 1892 and shipped on October 7, 1892.
Fine with 60% original thinning blue finish with some scattered small nicks and scratches, mostly dark patina on the muzzle, and some minor edge wear. The receiver has 40% plus original case colors with the balance a gray patina with some pin point surface spotting and mottled brown/gray patina on the tangs. The refinished wood is fine with scattered small dings (heavier on the forend) and mostly gray patina on the buttplate with patterns of original case colors. Mechanically excellent.
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