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LOT 3369
 Very Scarce Factory Engraved Stevens “Ideal”
Model 51 Schuetzen Rifle - Serial no. 1729, 32-40 cal.,
30 inch part octagon bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut
stock. The Stevens Model 51 was manufactured c. 1896-
1916 and is essentially a deluxe version of the “Walnut Hill” No. 50.
The rifle is fitted with a windgauge front sight and a mid-range Vernier tang peep sight.
There is no rear sight seat. The barrel has the two-line Chicopee Falls address/patent date legend
on the top flat, “32.20” on the upper left flat, the number “1” on the bottom flat, and an illegible marking
on the underside just ahead of the forearm. The barrel is numbered to the gun. The factory deep relief scroll engraved
     receiver is fitted with double set triggers and a ball and spur lever. The two screw forearm and straight grip stock are checkered. The buttstock has a right handed cheekpiece and heavy Swiss buttplate.
CONDITION: Fine overall. The barrel retains 75% original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. 25% original case colors remain on the receiver, otherwise faded to an attractive gray. The engraving is crisp. The buttplate has turned to a brown-gray patina. Stock wrist and forearm have repairs; otherwise, the
wood is very good with some worn checkering and minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. A very nice Model 51.
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 5,500 - 8,000
    LOT 3370
Special Order Stevens Ideal “Walnut Hill” No. 49 Rifle - Serial no. 15756, 25-21
cal., 30 1/4 inch octagon bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut stock. This model was manufactured c. 1896-1930s and was available with a variety of special features. This rifle
has a non-engraved No. 44 1/2 action marked
“49 0” on the front face under the forend, globe front sight, rear sight filler block, elevation adjustable tang peepsight, spurred
lever with walnut grips, adjustable double set triggers, matching serial numbers, checkered walnut forearm and pistol grip stock with high comb, cheek rest, and Swiss buttplate.
CONDITION: Very fine with 97% plus professionally restored blue and 95% original casehardened finish, light edge and handling wear, and a few minor marks. The wood is very fine and has crisp checkering, two filled holes from mounting a palm rest on the forearm, thin cracks and repair at the tip of the grip, and light handling and storage marks. Mechanically excellent.
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 4,500 - 6,500

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