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Lot 2017: *RARE PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH UNCHECKERED DELUXE WOOD.

Firearms Auction Extraordinaire! - Day 2

by James D. Julia

October 7, 2009

Fairfield, ME, USA

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  • *RARE PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH UNCHECKERED DELUXE WOOD.
  • *RARE PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH UNCHECKERED DELUXE WOOD.
  • *RARE PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH UNCHECKERED DELUXE WOOD.
  • *RARE PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH UNCHECKERED DELUXE WOOD.
  • *RARE PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH UNCHECKERED DELUXE WOOD.
  • *RARE PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH UNCHECKERED DELUXE WOOD.
  • *RARE PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH UNCHECKERED DELUXE WOOD.
  • *RARE PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH UNCHECKERED DELUXE WOOD.
   
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Description: *SN 324596. Cal. 32 WS. Standard grade rifle with 26" oct bbl, half nickel front sight with screw and Winchester smokeless rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured, about 3X, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent steel buttplate. Wood, unusually, has piano varnish finish. Left side of the buttstock is inlaid with a nickel oval plate 2" long x 1-1/4" wide inscribed "JOHN S. WOOFTER". Buttstock, under the buttplate, is stamped "1823", no indication of the context of this number. Also under the buttplate is a hole like a hole for buttplate with trap. Just above and to the left of this hole is a small recess with a small diameter steel pin with a fingernail notch that appears to be the retainer for the presentation plaque. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle, as found, having been shipped Jan. 8, 1907, returned & repaired Aug. 29, 1911. The letter incorrectly states his middle initial as "F" instead of the "S" that is on the stock on the plate. Left side of upper tang, under the wood, is stamped "JPP". No other marks were observed. John S. Woofter was the Sheriff of Creek County, Oklahoma Territory, who lived in Sapulpa, a suburb of Tulsa today. Sheriff Woofter is mentioned as a party in a lawsuit involving the enforcement of state tax law that was argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in December 1918 which was decided in March 1919. Sheriff Woofter's name was also mentioned in a legal brief concerning a prostitution case in which he was also involved in prosecuting. PROVENANCE: Pete Wall Collection; Bill Sisney Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 93-95% strong orig blue with only sharp edge wear and some minor nicks & a few spots of pitting on right side. Forend cap is a cleaned metal patina. Receiver retains about 75% orig blue, strong & bright on sides with edge wear and bottom turning gray. Top tang is a blue/gray patina. Lever retains about 60% faded case colors and the hammer about 90% dark case colors. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches on buttstock and heavier creases on forearm with some dark oil staining at receiver end on the bottom. Buttstock retains about all of its strong orig piano varnish finish and the forearm about 75% of the same finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-37401

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