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Lot 1015: Scarce Documented Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Rifle with 20 Inch Round Barrel
December 1, 2012
Rock Island, IL, USALive Auction
Estimate: $7500 - 9500
This rare Winchester Model 1886 rifle was manufactured in 1906 and has a rare combination of special order features and is complete with a Cody Firearms Museum letter. The letter describes it as a rifle .33 caliber, 20 inch round barrel, plain trigger, plain pistol grip, plain checkered stock, Lyman combination front and Lyman rear sights, 1/2 magazine and rifle butt. The letter states that the rifle was shipped from the Winchester warehouse on December 1, 1906 with one other arm to order number 74,254. The top of the barrel is stamped "MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PAT. OCT. 14. 1884. JAN. 20. 1885." ahead of the rear sight, the left side is marked "-NICKEL STEEL BARREL-/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER" at the rear and the caliber marking "33 W.C.F." is stamped on the top of the barrel at the breech. The rifle is fitted with a Lyman folding combination front sight with ivory bead and a sporting style rear sight on the barrel and a folding Lyman combination tang peep sight on the receiver tang. The oval Winchester "W/P" proof mark is stamped on the top of the barrel and the receiver at the breech. The Winchester 1884 and 1885 patent dates are stamped on the lower tang behind the trigger along with the serial number "139728". The lower receiver tang is stamped with the assembly number "272OFC" and the stock and buttplate are stamped with matching "272" assembly marks. Blue finish with casehardened hammer, lever and crescent buttplate. The select walnut forearm and pistol grip stock have Style I checkering with a single checkered diamond under the forearm and a single checkered panel on either side of the pistol grip. The pistol grip has a hard rubber cap embossed "WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS". Winchester Model 1886 rifles with short barrels and other special order features are very rare.
BBL: 20 inch round
Stock: walnut checkered
Gauge: 33 WCF
Serial Number: 139728
Condition: Very fine. The rifle retains 80% of the blue finish on the barrel, magazine and forearm cap and 50% of the blue finish on the receiver. The finish wear on the receiver is concentrated on contact points on the bottom and lower edges. The case colors on the lever, hammer and buttplate have faded to a silver-gray patina with traces of casehardened finish. Two tang screws are replacements. The stock and forearm both remain very fine. The checkered panels have light-moderate handling wear and there are several minor handling marks on the stock. This is a rare, fully documented, special order Winchester Model 1886 rifle in very fine condition.