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   The left side of the tang is marked “XXX” and with the assembly number “207”, which is also marked on the inside toe of the buttplate and the stock inlet. The gold-plated crescent buttplate has a sliding brass trapdoor, and the butt trap contains a four-piece, jointed steel cleaning rod with brass tip. The stock and forearm are nicely figured, as listed in the factory letter as “fancy” grade, walnut with fine checkered panels and a piano finish. The top barrel flat is engraved “One of One Thousand” in script letters between the rear sight and the receiver. The inscription has scallop and dot borders with a scrollwork flourish at the muzzle end. The serial number is engraved on the lower tang behind the lever-latch surrounded by a scrollwork flourish. The forearm tip, receiver and buttplate are gold-plated, and the hammer, trigger and lever are color casehardened. The barrel has silver bands inlaid at the muzzle and breech. Scrollwork flourishes
are engraved on the top and sides of the barrel at the muzzle and on the sides of the barrel at the junction with the receiver. The sides, top and underside of the receiver, the dust cover, sides of the forearm
tip and buttplate heel are engraved with tight Germanic scrollwork on a punch-dot background. The left side plate is engraved with a magnificent bull moose in a circular panel, and the right side plate
is engraved with a imposing and impressive bull elk surrounded
by scrollwork. Both sides of the forward portion of the receiver
are engraved with coiled banners surrounded by scrollwork. The engraving was executed by John Ulrich and is signed “J. ULRICH”
in tiny letters on the lower tang behind the trigger. This rifle is illustrated and described on page 96 of “Winchester, the Golden Age of American Gunmaking and the Winchester 1 of 1000” by R.L. Wilson,
on page 40 of “Winchester:
An American Legend” by R.L.
Wilson, and on pages 74 and
75 of “The Story of 1 of 1000
and 1 of 100 Rifles” by Lewis.
The description from Wilson
in the first book states
in part: “An exceptional
specimen, and extremely rare with the notation of engraving cost. Awarded a silver medal by the National Rifle Association at their 1961 annual meeting.”
CONDITION: Extremely fine. The barrel and magazine retains 75% plus of the strong original blue finish with some slight wear at the muzzle and edges the balance thinning to an aged brown patina. The engraved “One of One Thousand” inscription and factory
legend are crisp. The inlaid bands at the muzzle and breech show a beautifully aged tarnished patina. The loading gate retains most of the handsome fire blue finish. The forearm tip, receiver and buttplate retain 60% of the original delicate gold-plated finish. The receiver side plates and contact points show moderate handling wear; most of the gold-plated finish remains on protected areas. The dust cover has a dark patina with traces of gold-plated finish. The contact points on the forearm cap and buttplate show moderate finish wear. The intricate scrollwork on the receiver, forearm cap and buttplate and the highly detailed game scenes and scrollwork on the side plates are extremely sharp. The case colors on the hammer, trigger and lever have faded toned with age but still show vibrant colors in flashes.

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