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Lot 1014: Excellent Special Order Deluxe Winchester Model 1885 High Wall Single Shot Rifle
December 1, 2012
Rock Island, IL, USALive Auction
Estimate: $4750 - 6500
Manufactured in 1898, this Model 1885 features a special order 30 inch #4 part octagon barrel with a globe front sight, filler block in the rear sight dovetail slot and a mid-range Vernier tang mounted peep sight. The top barrel flat is marked with the standard two line address ahead of the rear sight and "32-40" at the breech. The bottom of the barrel in front of the forearm is marked "4" and the lower tang is marked with the patent date behind the trigger and the serial number behind the lever. All blue finish with a casehardened breechblock, hammer and lever. Double set triggers and mounted with smooth walnut Schnabel forearm with an ebony forend insert and straight grip stock with nickel plated Swiss buttplate.
BBL: 30 inch part octagon
Serial Number: 79561
Condition: Excellent. The rifle retains 98% original blue finish with some mild thinning and edge wear. The breechblock, hammer and lever retain 98% original bright case colors. The wood is also excellent. The forearm has two small hole repairs and has been freshened with a coat of varnish. The excellent stock retains almost all of the original varnish and overall the wood shows some scattered minor dents and scratches. The buttplate retains 50% original nickel and there is an aged patina on the exposed brass. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent.