Offered here is a highly sought after rarity in lever action collecting: an antique deluxe Winchester Model 1892 takedown rifle. Legendary Winchester expert and author George Madis calculated, "Only 1 of each 700 models 92 had pistol grips; only one of each 800 hand checkering or carving. When you consider the comparative rarity of many Winchesters, it is not surprising that all Winchesters are so eagerly collected." Model 1892s were considered a "working man's gun," and customers were not inclined to spend extra money for special features, thus making them a rarity in today's collector market, especially high condition examples. This high condition Model 1892 certainly ranks as one of the finest antique deluxe variations we have had the pleasure of cataloging. It is a must have for the serious Winchester collector! The accompanying factory letter confirms the 24 inch octagon barrel in .25-20 caliber, plain trigger, takedown configuration, and checkered pistol grip stock as well as serial number applied on July 7, 1898. The factory letter also states the rifle was received in the warehouse on October 4, 1898 and shipped the next day. The rifle has the standard two-line address and "25-20 W.C.F." marked on the top barrel flat, the three-line model/trademark/patent date on the upper tang, and the serial number on the bottom of the receiver. The left side of the lower tang is marked "5801 XXX", with the "5801" assembly number repeated on the buttplate and stock under the buttplate. Fitted with a dovetailed German silver blade front sight and elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with a very finely figured, H-style checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with a hard rubber grip cap and crescent buttplate. Provenance: Wes Adams Collection, Property of a Gentleman
Excellent, retains 95% plus bright original high polish blue finish, 60% original case colors, and 80% original niter blue on the loading gate with the balance a smooth grey patina primarily on high edges, near the muzzle and on the takedown lever, along with the takedown collar and forward receiver edge. The wood is also excellent with some minor storage dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. An exceptional and attractive Winchester Deluxe Model 1892 rifle that is sure to fill a void any fine Winchester collection! Quite possibly the finest antique Winchester Model 1892 Deluxe we have ever offered at auction!
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