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Lot 1013: Winchester Model 1885 High Wall Schuetzen Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
December 1, 2012
Rock Island, IL, USALive Auction
Estimate: $9500 - 15000
Manufactured in 1898. The rifle features a #3 octagon barrel with a globe front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a short range tang peep sight. The top flat is marked "-MANUFACTURED BY THE-/-WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.-" and "38-55", and the lower tang bears the serial number and patent markings with "5456XXM" stamped internally. Casehardened high-wall receiver, with double set triggers. Extra-fancy checkered walnut pistol grip stock, numbered "2850" under the buttplate, with an ebony tip insert and "tuning fork" style palm rest on the Schnabel forearm, hard rubber Winchester grip cap, raised cheekpiece and nickel finished Swiss buttplate.
BBL: 30 inch octagon
Serial Number: 81248
Condition: Very fine as partially refinished and assembled, with 98% of the original blue finish, showing minor spotting and handling marks overall. Bright and vivid case colors are present on the receiver, with silvering along the high edges and a few areas of fading. The replacement buttstock is very fine, with mild chipping and cracks at the internally repaired wrist and revarnished around the palm rest base, light pressure dents, and attractive grain. Mechanically excellent.