Lot 1032: Antique Winchester Model 1885 High Wall Rifle with Scope
December 1, 2012
Rock Island, IL, USALive Auction
Estimate: $3000 - 4250
Manufactured 1887 this Winchester High Wall Rifle is equipped with an unmarked dovetail mounted scope that measures 32 inches in length. The No. 2 barrel is without Winchester markings and the "25 WCF" caliber marking located on the top flat at the breech has been restamped. The upper tang is blank and the lower tang has the serial number and 1879 patent date marking. Nicely figured and custom multi-point checkered pistol grip stock and Schnabel tip forearm with ebony forend insert and nickel plated Swiss style buttplate.
BBL: 28 inch part octagon
Gauge: 25 WCF
Serial Number: 8150
Condition: Fine as period custom modified with, rechambered refinished barrel. The barrel retains halp of the blue finish thinning to a brown. The receiver and lever retain 60% original case colors. The buttplate retains 95% of the nickel finish. The wood is fine with a couple hairline cracks, a minor crack in the grip area and some minor handling marks. There is some wear in the overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. Scope has hazy optics and retains 70% thinned blue finish.