Lot 1017: Outstanding Winchester Model 1895 Lever Action Sporting Rifle
December 1, 2012
Rock Island, IL, USALive Auction
Estimate: $6000 - 7000
Manufactured in 1905, this was the first non-detachable box magazine rifle made by Winchester. The top of the barrel at the breech is marked "38-72 W.C.F.", the left side of the receiver is marked with the two line address/patent dates. The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1895/-WINCHESTER-/TRADE MARK" and the serial number is marked on the lower tang behind the trigger. Dovetailed brass blade front sight with an adjustable rear sporting sight. Blue finish with casehardened hammer and mounted with a smooth walnut forearm with ebony insert Schnabel forend and straight grip stock with a casehardened crescent buttplate.
BBL: 26 inch round
Gauge: 38-72 WCF
Serial Number: 48700
Condition: Very fine. The barrel retains 90% of the original blue finish with areas thinning to a smooth brown. The receiver retains 70% original blue finish with some smooth brown and gray patina and high edge wear. The magazine retains 80% original blue finish with normal wear from cycling the action. The lever shows strong original blue mixed with a smooth mottled brown patina. The buttplate has a smooth brownish gray patina. The wood is also very fine with a few minor scratches, minor dings and handling marks. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent.