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Auction Description for James D. Julia: Extraordinary Firearms Auction, Day 1
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Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 8-10, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., March 11 & 12, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Sale Notes:
A spectacular plethora of rare, historic and outstanding condition firearms. Included are items from various renown collections including the final session of the extraordinary Wes Adams Collection.

Extraordinary Firearms Auction, Day 1

by James D. Julia


563 lots | 562 with images

March 11, 2013

Live Auction

203 Skowhegan Road

Fairfield, ME, 04937 USA

Phone: 207 453 7125

Fax: 207 453 2502

Email: loakes@jamesdjulia.com

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EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER BRIGGS PATENT LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1000: EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER BRIGGS PATENT LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 1. Cal. 44 RF Henry. This very famous and well documented Briggs Patent rifle has been found in several very well known collections for many years. It is described as having a 24" rnd bbl with full magazine and two carbine style bands, the front of which is brass and the rear is blued steel. The brass band has an integral brass sling loop with sling eye on bottom of stock. Bbl is mounted with a windgage, ivory bead, combination front sight and Henry 900 yard ladder rear sight. It also has a later added tang sight with 4" staff. Receiver is that of a late style Henry rifle and it has a small brass forearm which has a screw-head button latch on right side that, when depressed, allows the forearm to slide forward exposing a cutout in the magazine tube to load cartridges. Mounted with very highly figured, burl & flame grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & late Henry style brass buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang is stamped with the SN "1" and an "E". The matching SN is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is spectacularly engraved with the large oval vignette on the left side plate which is engraved in period script "Presented to / W.C. Dodge Esq. / by the New Haven Arms Co. / as a Testament of voluntary services / in behalf of Breech Loaders / 1865". This vignette is surrounded by very well executed foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch dot background and a zig zag border. Left front flat is wonderfully engraved with a spray of flower blossoms & leaves with fine punch dot background. right sideplate has the engraved, oval vignette of a wonderfully detailed Spanish style mission with a cross over one turret, mountains in the background and desert style foliage in foreground, all surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns and a zig zag border. Right front flat is engraved identically to the left side and the transition flats between sideplates & front flats are engraved with Nimschke style feather patterns. Top front edge of receiver is engraved in foliate patterns. The top of receiver, top tang & brass forearm are lightly engraved with foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. All of brass was originally gold plated. The bottom tang is fitted with an unusual swinging lever latch, probably an experimental or prototype. All screws are Henry type. This famous rifle is pictured on the first page of Chapter 7, the Model 1866 chapter of The Winchester Book, Madis. In one of these photos it is pictured without a rear sight and has a tang sight. It is also pictured in full detail with three photos on p. 30 of The Book of Winchester Engraving, Wilson with credit to the Norm Flayderman Collection. In these photos it has the Henry style rear sight. It has a full page, p. 39, in color, in the book, Winchester Engraving, Wilson, at which time it had no rear sight. This famous rifle has appeared in numerous other publications & articles over the years. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about all of a fine professional restoration showing light wear from the sliding forearm; forearm & receiver retain traces of gold in the engraving with lightly worn edges and overall retain a dark mustard patina; buttplate is matching condition with a few small spots of stain; stock is sound with a few minor nicks, dings & scratches and retains about all of a very fine professionally restored finish. Mechanics are fine; strong, frosty bore, dark in the grooves. 4-44558

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OUTSTANDING DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1001: OUTSTANDING DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 38058. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Outstanding early rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, combination front sight and a replacement fixed rear sight with tang sight that has a 3-3/4" staff. Mounted with very highly figured flame grain uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent brass buttplate with trap. Bottom of stock has a factory sling swivel with corresponding swivel in the forend cap. Left side of lower tang under the wood is stamped "XX" with large initials "JF", a "B" and an "O". Top tang channel of buttstock has last four digits of SN which number is also found inside toe of buttplate. Rifle is engraved by one of the Ulrichs, probably John, with wonderfully detailed foliate arabesque & Moorish patterns on both sides with very fine punch dot background. Top of receiver, top tang, bottom tang and forend cap are also lightly engraved. Bottom of receiver & carrier are engraved with mirror image patterns and buttplate tang is engraved in a geometric pattern. This is a very fine beautiful '66 with wonderful engraving. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 93-95% slightly thinned orig blue with muzzle & sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains about 95% strong orig blue with a thinned spot just above the forend cap which corresponds with a wear spot on the bbl; receiver retains fairly sharp edges showing only light wear and overall the receiver, forend cap & buttplate retain a pleasing medium mustard patina; wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and a few dings on bottom of stock and overall retains most of a very old professionally restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with moderate pitting. 4-44555

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RARE HALF NICKEL FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1002: RARE HALF NICKEL FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 127938. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Beautiful '73 with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Mounted with very nicely figured, center crotch,flame grain American walnut, uncheckered, with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap containing a 4-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Receiver has a sgl set trigger. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number "4835", "XXX" and an "R". Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock which also has an "S". Matching number is also stamped inside toe of buttplate. Receiver, forend cap & buttplate are nickel finished. Receiver & sideplates are engraved by one of the Ulrichs, probably John. Engraving consists of the small rnd vignette of a standing whitetail buck in a field & forest scene with foliate arabesque patterns fore & aft with one scroll terminating in a large flower blossom. Front & rear flats of receiver are engraved to match. Right side has matching engraving with foliate arabesque patterns terminating in a large flower blossom on the sideplate. Top & bottom of receiver, dust cover, top tang, forend cap & buttplate tang are engraved to match. This exact rifle, identified by SN, is pictured, both sides, on p. 190 of the book Winchester Engraving, Wilson. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter addressed to renowned Winchester researcher, author & authority, George Madis, which identifies this rifle with oct bbl, set trigger, fancy nickel trim & engraved; received in warehouse July 11, 1883 and shipped same day with four other arms to Order #4755. Such early 1873s are rarely found with nickel trim and engraved. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig factory blue with only very light sharp edge wear and slight thinning in one spot on magazine tube and a few pin pricks of light surface discoloration over forearm area; receiver, dust cover & forend cap retain virtually all of their strong, bright, orig nickel with a few pin pricks of flaking on receiver and some minor flaking on bottom rear edge; buttplate retains about 96% orig nickel turned milky with wear on heel & toe; hammer retains about all of its orig factory case colors, turned a little dark; lever retains bright case colors on sides, faded on outer faces; wood is sound with a few very minor nicks & scratches with some oil staining around tangs and overall retains most of its orig factory varnish. Set trigger needs adjusting, otherwise mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired; bolt face retains virtually all of its orig factory blue. 4-44568

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VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER EXTRA HEAVY DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1003: VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER EXTRA HEAVY DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 192643. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Spectacular special order deluxe rifle with 30" extra heavy oct bbl that measures 1" across the flats, full magazine, half nickel front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and tang sight with 4" staff. Mounted with very highly figured, burl & flame grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with black triangle inlay and crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number "588" and three, larger than normal "X"s. The matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. The number in the top tang channel of the buttstock appears to have been re-stamped over the orig number. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in 38 caliber with 30" extra heavy oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip and case hardened, received in warehouse Oct. 8, 1885, shipping date & order number are blank on the record. It was "repaired and changed to 44 caliber on July 14, 1891". Also accompanied by a copy of the shipping record. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 96-98% strong orig factory blue with very light muzzle & sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains 98-99% strong orig blue; receiver retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, lightly faded but strong elsewhere; hammer retains about all of its brilliant case colors; lever retains brilliant case colors on sides, faded on outer faces; buttplate retains brilliant case colors on the tang, lightly to moderately faded on the face, showing wear on heel & toe; forend cap retains bright case colors on left side, fading to silver on right side; wood is sound with light nicks & scratches showing moderate diamond point wear and retains most of an outstanding professionally restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; has been fired but very little, retains most of its orig factory blue on bolt face. 4-44562

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EXCEPTIONAL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1004: EXCEPTIONAL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 205275. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade 3rd Model rifle with 24-1/4" medium weight rnd bbl, button magazine, blued Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very nicely figured straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap containing an orig 4-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, as new. Bbl retains about 98% strong orig factory blue with only faint muzzle edge wear and a couple of tiny pin pricks of light surface rust and a couple of minor dings; receiver, lever, hammer, forend cap & buttplate retain virtually all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant on sides and most of receiver, lightly faded over top of receiver ring and bottom of receiver at carry point; top tang is also lightly faded as are the outer faces of lever; forend cap is also lightly to moderately faded; buttplate retains brilliant case colors showing wear on heel & toe; wood is sound with a few scattered, very light handling & storage nicks & scratches with a couple of small gouges on forearm and overall retains about all of its brilliant orig factory finish; dust cover retains virtually all of its orig bright blue. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired; bolt face retains virtually all of its orig blue. This is a truly exceptional '73. 4-44587

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BEAUTIFUL DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1005: BEAUTIFUL DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 16769. Cal. 45-60. Fine deluxe rifle with 26" oct bbl, button magazine, half nickel front sight, "1876" marked ladder rear sight and tang sight with 4" staff. Mounted with highly figured flame & shell grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and straight stock with smooth steel buttplate. Receiver is 2nd type with screwed-on dust cover rail and has sgl set trigger. Bbl has usual 2-line address with caliber marking over chamber on top flat and also on the carrier. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 45-60 with 26" oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock with shotgun butt and 1/2-magazine, received in warehouse Oct. 13, 1881 and shipped next day to Order #27787. Special order '76s are quite rare and those deluxe rifles with color case hardening are exceptionally rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Appears to be all orig; top tang screw is slightly battered & frozen, therefore the stock could not be removed to check for matching assembly numbers; bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear and a few tiny scattered nicks; receiver & sideplates retain about all of their orig factory case colors, bright in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere; hammer also retains about all of its orig case colors, strong & bright on sides & rear edge, moderately faded on top edge; lever retains bright case colors, primarily on left side, faded on outer faces; buttplate retains about 80% thin orig blue; wood is sound with a few minor, very small nicks & scratches & retains about all of its bright piano varnish finish, dulled & showing wear on bottom rear of forearm; checkering shows moderate diamond point wear with hand grease & soil. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; may have been fired, but if so very little; bolt face retains most of its orig factory blue. 4-44548

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*EXTRAORDINARILY RARE, ONE OF A KIND, ENGRAVED & GOLD INLAID LIGHTWEIGHT WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE MADE FOR AUTOMOTIVE MAGNATE JOHN F. DODGE.

Lot 1006: *EXTRAORDINARILY RARE, ONE OF A KIND, ENGRAVED & GOLD INLAID LIGHTWEIGHT WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE MADE FOR AUTOMOTIVE MAGNATE JOHN F. DODGE.

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Description: SN 151483. Cal. 33 WCF. Usual configuration with 24" tapered lightweight rnd bbl, takedown, half magazine with pedestal mounted Sheard front sight and flat top rear sight. Top of bbl is fully matted. Rifle is mounted with exceptional English walnut with custom carved & checkered forearm & capped pistol grip stock with Roosevelt cheekpiece & Winchester checkered steel buttplate. Checkering is in fantastic 32-lines per inch with elaborate carved arabesque patterns and with a carved fleur-de-lis on the bottom of forearm and each side of grip. Receiver is elaborately engraved by John Ulrich and signed on bottom tang back of trigger. Receiver has complete, full coverage engraving which consists of a large elliptical vignette on the left side of a gold inlaid white tail buck, doe & fawn in an extremely detailed forest scene surrounded by elaborate foliate arabesque patterns with fine shaded background. The areas front & rear of the vignette are also engraved with matching maple leaves. Right side is engraved with a smaller vignette of a standing gold bull moose & reclining gold cow moose, also in a very detailed forest scene. The entirety of the rear portion of the right side is engraved in very fine foliate arabesque patterns with shaded background and has a Moorish pattern centered above the loading gate with maple leaves at each end. Loading gate base is engraved with a fan pattern, a maple leave and has a rosette around the screw. Bottom of receiver has a large vignette with gold inlaid intertwined initials "JFD" with the balance of the belly of the receiver engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with an intertwined ribbon. The flat surrounding the lever opening is engraved in fan patterns. Takedown ring, top of receiver, top & bottom tangs, forend cap, magazine tube cap, sides & edges of lever & hammer and buttplate are all engraved to match. This is one of the most elaborately engraved & gold inlaid Model 1886 rifles extant. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number "1309" and "OS". Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock, again twice on rear of buttstock under buttplate and inside toe of buttplate which also has an "S" stamped twice. Left side of top tang, under the wood, is stamped with a small "C" and a triangle with a dash inside. Accompanied by an extraordinary Cody Firearms Museum 2-page letter which, quite unusually, details extensive information about this rifle. The letter identifies this rifle in caliber 33 W with matted rnd bbl, checkered trigger "trigger pull as light as possible consistent with safety", checkered stock with pistol grip, hand made English walnut stock, design Roosevelt cheekpiece, oil finish, rear sight with U-notch, Sheard medium gold bead front, 1/2 magazine, shotgun butt, metal buttblate, takedown, "finish off the points with light testy scrolls of single line, engrave and inlay on one side of receiver in gold: buck, doe and fawn and on the other side: bull-moose and cow, inlay in raised gold work a rustic monogram "J.F.D" about 1-1/4 inch in length on underside of receiver, balance of receiver, finger lever, barrel at breech and muzzle, forearm, tip top of breech bolt, upper and lower tangs, screw heads, magazine plug, and takedown lever highly engraved." The second page continues "no gold lines or bands on barrel or receiver, target at 100 yards and send target, 195 gr. of gold, $125.00 - eng (J. Ulrich), $25.00 checkered (C. Ulrich), make nice smooth working gun". It shows that this rifle was charged to E.A. Pallman - city - sample consignment account April 11 1913 Order #511323." It was returned 4-16-1913, received in warehouse April 25 1913 and shipped May 12 1913 to Order #505952 to Jos. A. Marks Co. - Detroit Michigan. This is one of the more detailed letters ever encountered by this cataloger, especially in that it not only identifies the engraver and the amount of gold used in the inlays but most unusually identifies his brother, Conrad Ulrich, who checkered & carved the stock. This is one of the most extraordinary, fully documented Winchesters to come to market in recent memory. PROVENANCE: John F. Dodge Collection; Art Bedner Collection; Jack Puglisi; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching, probably unfired. Overall retains virtually all of its bright factory blue over all the blued steel parts; hammer retains brilliant case colors; lever retains case colors in sheltered areas, mostly faded to gray; buttplate retains 75-80% thin orig blue; wood is sound with minor handling & storage nicks and overall retains about all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44455

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*EXTRAORDINARILY RARE SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVED & GOLD INLAID SAVAGE MODEL 1899 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH CARVED STOCK FOR AUTO MAGNATE JOHN F. DODGE.

Lot 1007: *EXTRAORDINARILY RARE SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVED & GOLD INLAID SAVAGE MODEL 1899 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH CARVED STOCK FOR AUTO MAGNATE JOHN F. DODGE.

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Description: SN 184078. Cal. 250-3000. Exceptional Savage rifle with 22" tapered rnd bbl that has full raised matted rib with pedestal mounted gold bead Sheard front sight and an extremely unusual custom V-notch rear sight with slide elevator graduated to 1,000 yards. Rifle is mounted with exceptional marblecake French walnut with perch belly stock & schnable tip forearm that is elaborately relief carved with vines, leaves & clusters of grapes that has a fine stippled background. Stock has raised side panels with fleur-de-lis drop points and a scalloped edge pearl grip cap with gold screw. All screws are gold plated. Receiver has full coverage, extraordinary, intertwined, very fine foliate arabesque patterns over the entire surface except for the two game scene vignettes on sides. Left side has two highly detailed raised gold crouching tigers in a field scene with hills in background. Right side is inlaid with a very highly detailed gold bugling bull elk and a hind in a forest scene with very fine stippled background. Bottom of receiver is inlaid with intertwined, elaborate gold initials "JFD" (John F. Dodge) of the Dodge motor car company. SN is inlaid in gold. Bolt is engine turned (jeweled) on the right side and relief engraved with foliate arabesque patterns at rear edge of the top flat with balance of bolt relieved with fine stippling. Lever post, sides & face of lever, takedown ring & buttplate are engraved to match. Trigger has a very fine checkered face with stippled sides. Buttplate is checkered steel and gold plated. The receiver is mounted with a Marbles spring loaded tang sight. The engraving & carving on this rifle are of the very highest order done by a superior master engraver & wood carver. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, probably unfired. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp, orig factory finish with bright blue and bright case colors; outside face of lever is faded to silver; wood is sound with a couple of very minor handling & storage nicks and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-44809

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RARE, SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1008: RARE, SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 9425. Cal. 38-56. Deluxe '86 with scarce 24" oct bbl, button magazine, half nickel front sight and flat top rear sight. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number "957" and "XX". Mounted with very highly figured shell grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock that has black triangle inlay and crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with the assembly number "957" and "XX". Matching assembly number is also found in the top tang channel of the buttstock along with a "P". Matching assembly number is also found inside the toe of the buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle, as found, received in warehouse Oct. 8, 1887 and shipped Oct. 11, 1887 to Order #23809. The bbl length is not mentioned in this letter but all appearances show that it is orig to this rifle. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear; receiver retains most of its orig bright case colors, slightly faded on sides & top, turning silver on bottom; lever & hammer retain strong case colors on sides, moderately faded & turned dark on outer faces; buttplate retains most of its strong orig case colors, lightly to moderately faded. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. This rifle has seen very little use, if any. The bolt face & loading gate show no evidence of having been used. 4-44482 JR27

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VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE

Lot 1009: VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE "BIG 50" LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 78640. Cal. 50 Ex. (50-110). Beautiful & rare deluxe '86 with 26" extra heavy, matted, oct bbl, ivory bead combination front sight, no provision for a rear seat and a locking Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with extremely beautiful, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with serpentine grip cap that has a black triangle inlay and Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number "7138" and "XXX". Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 50-110 with extra heavy matted oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Lyman sights, shotgun butt and no rear seat, received in warehouse April 11, 1893 and shipped same day to Order #16094. This rifle is rare & special in many ways, for its caliber, bbl configuration and the fact that it is color case hardened. By the time the 50 caliber cartridge was available in the 1886 models, the standard was blue frame therefore color case hardened frames were special order. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig factory blue with only sharp edge wear and a couple of small scratches; magazine tube retains about 98% orig blue; receiver retains about all of its orig case colors, strong & bright on left side, somewhat faded on right side and over the top; bottom of receiver is also faded but still shows the 2nd shellac line on edges of bottom; hammer retains strong bright colors on sides and rear edge with top edge dark; lever retains bright colors on sides turned silver on outer faces; forend cap retains smoky case colors; there are some chips around top tang with some apparent minor shrinkage, otherwise wood is sound with a few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of a very professional restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-44460

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EXTRAORDINARY DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1010: EXTRAORDINARY DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 27586. Cal. 38-56. Fabulous deluxe '86 with 26" oct bbl, full magazine with rare Freund Rocky Mountain style front sight and rare Freund semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured flame & shell grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm & serpentine grip buttstock with black triangle inlay and Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with the assembly number "590", "SRB" and "XXX". The matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 38-56 with oct bbl, plain trigger and checkered buttstock with pistol grip and shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, received in warehouse Aug. 10, 1889 and shipped same day to Order #24581. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Overall retains virtually all of its extraordinary bright orig factory finish with only faint sharp edge wear on bbl and a few pin-prick spots of surface rust; magazine tube retains about 99% orig blue; receiver, lever, hammer & forend cap retain virtually all of their brilliant orig factory case colors showing only the most faint sharp edge wear, truly extraordinary case colors; wood is sound with a few very minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its brilliant piano varnish finish with some light diamond point wear on checkering. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired; bolt face retains virtually all of its orig finish. 4-44476

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EXTREMELY RARE ONE OF A KIND WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1011: EXTREMELY RARE ONE OF A KIND WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 26582. Cal. 40-95 (Yes, that's what the record states.) Standard grade rifle with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Top flat of bbl has the standard Winchester roll marking with the caliber "40 EX" over the chamber area. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered, slab-sawed American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 40-95 "(as per record)", with oct bbl & plain trigger, received in warehouse Nov. 12, 1888 and shipped Nov. 19, 1888 to Order #15431; repair & return March 16, 1891. Also accompanied by a copy of the shipping record for this rifle which also indicates caliber 40-95. Additionally accompanied by a copy of p. 69 from an unknown publication which shows two charts, one for bbl length and the other for calibers. This chart indicates that there was only one rifle produced in caliber 40-95. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear and a couple of small nicks; receiver retains brilliant case colors on sides & top with the bottom faded to gray; hammer retains strong case colors as does the lever on the sides with the outer faces turned silver; buttplate retains 40-50% very faded case colors. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches, light wear on the forearm at the carry point and overall retains about 95% strong orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Rifle shows very little use, retaining most of its orig blue on bolt face & loading gate. 4-44486 JR29

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EXTREMELY RARE SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886

Lot 1012: EXTREMELY RARE SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 "BIG 50" LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 109491. Cal. 50 Ex. (50-110). Rare '86 with 26" rnd bbl, silver bead front sight, 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Receiver has close coupled dbl set triggers. Mounted with highly figured, slab sawed, uncheckered American walnut with capped pistol grip stock & smooth steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number "982" and "CFS". Top tang channel of buttstock is stamped with matching assembly number over another number. Inside buttplate has assembly number "6502". While it appears that this stock may not be orig to this rifle, the stock & buttplate are orig Winchester equipment, fit like original and likely were factory changes. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in "50 Express caliber", with rnd bbl, set trigger, plain wood stock with pistol grip, Lyman rear sight, half magazine, four cartridges & shotgun butt, received in warehouse July 24, 1902 and shipped July 26, 1902 to Order #146757. 50 caliber '86s are quite rare in their own right, but those with configuration as found here are extremely rare. They usually saw hard service out west but especially hard service in the Northwest Territories, Alaska & the woods of the Northeast for moose & bear hunting. They rarely are found with high orig finish and in orig configuration. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl, magazine tube & forend cap retain virtually all of their strong, orig factory finish with one small scratch on bbl & magazine tube where some careless individual removed the forend cap; receiver retains about 95% glossy orig blue with the loss areas flaked, not worn, to a medium patina; lever & hammer retain about all of their brilliant orig factory case colors, lightly to moderately faded on the outer faces of lever; set triggers need adjusting; wood is sound, missing a small sliver on top left side by the receiver and a small chip at buttplate teat; buttplate retains 97-98% brilliant orig blue. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, has been fired but very little. 4-44493

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SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE INSCRIBED TO G.L. ESSIG.

Lot 1013: SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE INSCRIBED TO G.L. ESSIG.

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Description: SN 107795. Cal. 45-90. Standard grade rifle with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, takedown, half nickel front sight with screw and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Left side of receiver is engraved in period script "G.L. Essig". Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and late style crescent buttplate. Stock & forend cap are mounted with sling eyes. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle, as found, received in warehouse March 6, 1896 and shipped July 16, 1896 to Order #14425. The sling eyes & inscription are not mentioned. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl, magazine tube, forend cap & takedown ring retain about 98-99% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear; receiver retains 97-98% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear and a couple of small scratches on the left side with some very minor flaking on the right side; lever & hammer retain strong bright case colors, moderately faded on outer faces of lever; buttplate retains faded case colors. Wood is sound with a very few, very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be new & unfired. 4-44503 JR34

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*VERY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE EXTRA LIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1014: *VERY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE EXTRA LIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 126469. Cal. 45-70. Very rare special order rifle with 22" full matted nickel steel rnd bbl, 5-shot magazine with pedestal mounted Lyman ivory bead Jack front sight, no provision for a rear sight seat and a Lyman #21 receiver sight. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number "432", "R" and "XXX". Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock that has a very rare cheekpiece and Winchester hard rubber buttplate. This rifle, identified by SN, appears on p. 307 of The Winchester Book, Madis. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle, as found, with oil finished wood and extra light, received in warehouse Sept. 30, 1902 and shipped same day to Order #156659. Also accompanied by a copy of the Winchester shipping record for this rifle. Also accompanied by an NRA silver medal "TEN BEST WEAPONS AWARD 1986" number "257". Along with the medal is an NRA certificate of Recognition identifying this rifle by SN with the owner listed as J.E. Habol at the 115th Annual Meeting on April 27, 1986 in New Orleans. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection; J.E. Habol. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-96% strong orig blue with slight muzzle edge wear and some minor thinning; forend cap retains about 95% orig blue; receiver retains 95-96% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear, a few scattered freckles of pin prick rust and some minor candy striping; lever & hammer retain strong bright case colors on the sides, moderately faded on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound with light handling & storage marks and retains most of a very fine, professionally restored oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44464 JR26

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*RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1015: *RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 144649. Cal. 50-100-450. Scarce standard grade carbine in a rare caliber, with 22" bbl, full magazine, square base front sight with German silver blade & carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a stud & ring. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered, slab-sawed American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this carbine in the caliber as noted, received in warehouse Feb. 5, 1909 and shipped next day to Order #192464. The 50-100-450 caliber was offered only fifteen years during the period 1895 - 1910. Given the very heavy bullet and commensurate brutal recoil, very few rifles or carbines were ever produced chambering this round. Few of those arms are found today with high orig finish, especially carbines. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue with a few tiny freckles of surface rust on top of the bbl; receiver retains 65-70% orig blue with most of the balance having flaked, not worn, to a medium patina; hammer retains strong, bright case colors, turned silver on top edge; lever retains bright case colors on sides, turned silver on outer faces; buttplate retains about 90% strong orig blue. Wood is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains nearly all of its strong orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use, just poor storage. 4-44513 JR36

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EXCEEDINGLY RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED WITH GOLD TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 94 LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE.

Lot 1016: EXCEEDINGLY RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED WITH GOLD TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 94 LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE.

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Description: SN 139319. Cal. 25-35. Outstanding & rare deluxe Model 1894 short rifle with 18" full matted oct to rnd bbl, half magazine with Lyman ivory bead front sight, Lyman 6A folding rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with extremely beautiful center crotch flame grain American walnut with Style D carved forearm & capped pistol grip stock with smooth steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number "16027", "XXXX" and "R". Matching assembly number is stamped in top tang channel of buttstock along with "94". Buttplate is not numbered although there appears to be some pencil writing that is indecipherable, however there is no doubt whatsoever that this buttplate is orig to this rifle. Receiver is engraved in style 4, probably by John Ulrich. Engraving consists of the very large vignette of a hunter standing behind a tree having shot two bull elk, all in an extremely detailed forest scene. Each end of vignette is engraved with flowing foliate arabesque patterns with shaded background. Right side of receiver has the engraved vignette of a grizzly bear on a mountain precipice with matching foliate arabesque patterns fore & aft. Both sides have wavelet borders. Screw heads are also engraved. Top & bottom edges of receiver are engraved with snake & dot patterns with light foliate arabesque patterns over receiver ring, floorplate, forend cap, buttplate tang and over chamber area of bbl. Sides & edges of lever & hammer are engraved to match. Rear edge of receiver, front edge of takedown ring, end of bbl at the receiver and forend cap are inlaid with flush gold wire. Heel of buttplate is also inlaid with gold wire. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 25-35 with 18" 1/2-oct matted bbl, plain trigger, fancy pistol grip stock with carved style D pattern, half magazine, engraved $24.00, takedown and shotgun butt, received in the warehouse Dec. 13, 1902 and shipped the same day to Order #166248. This fabulous little rifle was formerly in the collection of renowned old time collector, Eldon Owens. PROVENANCE: Eldon Owens Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except buttplate as noted. Bbl retains 96-98% strong orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and a couple of minor thinned areas; magazine tube retains virtually all of its orig blue; forend cap retains about 98% glossy orig blue as does the takedown ring; receiver retains 95-97% glossy orig blue with only high point and fine sharp edge wear; loading gate retains about 98% orig fire blue; lever & hammer retain most of their brilliant orig case colors, lightly faded on outer face of lever; buttplate retains about 80% strong blue showing wear at heel & toe and around edges; wood is sound with a very few, very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44376

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*EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED & GOLD INLAID TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1017: *EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED & GOLD INLAID TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 363933. Cal. 32 Spcl. Wonderful Model '94 with 26" oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, full matted top with King 3-bead front sight, a Lyman 6A rear sight and a locking Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with sweeping, deep fluted cheekpiece and nickeled brass Swiss buttplate. Bottom of stock & forend cap have sling eyes. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number "3964" and "SCPO". Sides of the top & bottom tangs are also stamped with tiny number "61". The matching assembly number is found on the buttstock under the buttplate and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is spectacularly engraved by John Ulrich in Style 4 which consists of the very large vignette of a hunter shooting from behind a tree with two shot bull elk in the foreground, all set in a forest scene. The front & rear of this vignette is engraved with elaborate foliate arabesque patterns with fine stippled background. Right side is engraved behind the loading gate opening with the large vignette of a grizzly bear on a promontory in a mountain scene with matching foliate arabesque patterns fore & aft. Both sides have wavelet borders. Bottom & top edges of receiver are engraved in snake & dot patterns with light engraving on the bolt, floorplate, takedown ring, top tang & buttplate tang. Sides of lever & sides of hammer, along with the outer face of lever, are engraved to match. Rear edge of receiver, front edge of takedown ring, bbl at the receiver & forend cap are inlaid with flush gold wires. An identical John Ulrich engraved Model '94, SN 308993, is pictured on p. 172 of the book Winchester Engraving, Wilson. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-96% strong orig blue with the magazine tube cap flaked to a light patina; forend cap retains about 65-70% orig blue; receiver retains about 88-90% orig blue, worn thin over the bottom at the carry point; takedown ring retains 90-92% orig blue, slightly thinned on bottom, glossy & bright elsewhere; lever & hammer retain most of their bright orig case colors, thinning to silver on outer faces of lever; stock has a small chip back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains just about all of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44350

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE EARLY TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH COLOR CASE HARDENED RECEIVER, REPORTEDLY THE FINEST OF ITS TYPE EXTANT.

Lot 1018: EXTRAORDINARILY RARE EARLY TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH COLOR CASE HARDENED RECEIVER, REPORTEDLY THE FINEST OF ITS TYPE EXTANT.

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Description: SN 4802. Cal. 38-55. Standard grade rifle with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, takedown with ivory bead combination front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. It has standard 2-line bbl marking on top flat and caliber marking over the chamber area. Mounted with extra finish, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Receiver is of the first type with external cartridge guide screws. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 38-55 with oct bbl, plain trigger, takedown & case hardened, received in warehouse May 24, 1895 and shipped the next day. Also accompanied by a copy of an article by Tommy Rholes & Jeb Klitzke which discusses the early external guide screw '94s which was apparently going to be published in the Winchester Arms Collectors Association publication Winchester Collector. Apparently these gentlemen also conducted a survey of early 1894s with external guide screws and found that this rifle was produced on May 24, 1895. Also accompanying is a Cody Firearms Museum letter which states that there were ten Model 1894s with case hardened receivers manufactured before this rifle. PROVENANCE: Dave Kinsey Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains about 98% crisp orig factory finish with bright blue that shows one small lightened area on bbl & some faint sharp edge wear with a couple of small nicks; takedown ring retains about all of its bright blue with some light candy striping; receiver retains brilliant case colors on sides, over the top & top tang turning silver on bottom; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors on sides, fading on top edge of hammer & outer faces of lever; buttplate retains most of its orig case colors, moderately faded; wood is sound with a few minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and some minor dulling on bottom rear of forearm and overall retains about all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired; bolt face retains about all of its orig factory blue. 4-44400

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE COLOR CASE HARDENED WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1019: EXTRAORDINARILY RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE COLOR CASE HARDENED WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 13480. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Wonderful antique rifle with 26" full matted rnd bbl, half magazine with half nickel front sight with set screw and 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Mounted with extremely beautiful, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock that has smooth steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number "2565", "XXX" and "S". Top tang channel of buttstock has the matching assembly number, however it is possibly renumbered as the fonts used on the tang of the rifle and on the wood do not exactly match. Inside toe of buttplate is stamped "2463 / XXX C". Receiver has the very rare feature for a Model 1894 of being color case hardened. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters which identify this rifle in caliber 30 WCF with matted rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, shotgun butt, case hardened & magazine to hold four cartridges. It was received in warehouse Jan. 11, 1896 and shipped same day to Order #3328. It was returned & repaired on Feb. 13, 1896, again on Feb. 10, 1897 and again on Oct. 24, 1899. There is an additional letter from the Cody Firearms Museum addressed to Mr. Ray Saign which states that the records in existence record a total of only 155 case hardened guns, a total of 84 rnd & matted barreled guns and a total of 16 rnd, matted & case hardened guns, of which seven were listed as 2-bbl sets. Additionally accompanying is a copy of the shipping record for this rifle. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine.Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-96% strong orig blue with a couple of minor thin spots; receiver retains 70-75% case colors, moderately faded on sides, turned silver over top & bottom; lever retains brilliant case colors on sides, lightly to moderately faded on outer face; hammer retains brilliant case colors on sides & rear edge with top edge turned silver; buttplate retains traces of blue, being mostly a silver metal color; wood is sound with light nicks & scratches with some dark oil staining at heel & around buttplate with wear on bottom rear end of forearm and overall retains most of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44357

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EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE FIRST MODEL WINCHESTER 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1020: EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE FIRST MODEL WINCHESTER 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 6241. Cal. 38-55. Extremely rare deluxe first model '94 with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead combination front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Receiver is first type with exposed cartridge guide screw heads on the outside. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number "2150" and "XXX". Left side of upper tang is stamped with the tiny initials "J.P.P.". Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Buttplate is a modern reproduction with Turnbull style color case hardening. Mounted with very highly figured, 3-4X American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, with checkered pistol grip stock, received in warehouse Sept. 7, 1895 and shipped Sept. 26, 1895 to Order #21702, repaired & returned Feb. 3, 1908. Also accompanied by a copy of a photograph of hanging game and a lady standing by an Indian. She is holding a Winchester Model 94 rifle, possibly this same rifle. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% crisp orig blue with one small spot of pitting near the front sight; forend cap retains 96-97% orig blue; receiver retains 95-96% crisp orig blue with one small spot of flaking on right side by the cartridge guide screw hole and some faint sharp edge wear and very minor candy striping; lever & hammer retain strong case colors on the sides, faded on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound with very light nicks & scratches with the buttstock retaining about all of a professionally restored finish and the forearm retaining about 95% strong orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore, rough in the grooves. 4-44402 JR17

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RARE FIRST MODEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1021: RARE FIRST MODEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 1326. Cal. 38-55. Rare first model standard grade rifle with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead combination front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver is first type with exposed cartridge guide screw heads on the outside. Right side of upper tang, under the wood, has the assembly number "412". Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of the buttstock. Buttstock is somewhat unusual in that it is without a lightning hole under the buttplate. Buttplate is without assembly number but appears to be the orig to this rifle. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, received in warehouse Jan. 2, 1895 and shipped Jan. 24, 1895 to Order #6587. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% crisp orig blue with some very fine, scattered spots of discoloration; forend cap retains 96-98% strong orig blue with some very minor flaking; receiver retains 95-97% bright orig blue with very light edge wear and some very minor flaking, stronger on right side; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors on the sides, moderately faded on outer faces of lever; buttplate retains about all of its moderately to heavily silvered case colors. Wood is sound with a very few, very minor scattered light nicks & scratches and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use, retaining most of the orig factory blue on bolt face and slightly thinned fire blue on loading gate. This may be one of the finest standard grade first model '94s extant. 4-44395 JR18

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*DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1021A: *DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 213667. Cal. 32 WS. Beautiful deluxe '94 with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight, 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight and a locking Lyman combination tang sight. Receiver has close-coupled dbl-set triggers. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number "18618" and "XXX". Matching assembly number is also found on rear face of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Mounted with beautiful flame & shell grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, with dbl set triggers, received in warehouse June 22, 1904 and shipped next day to Order #234031. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear; receiver retains 95-97% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and thinning around the front; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors, faded on outer faces of lever; buttplate retains about 70% brilliant case colors with a cleaned area in the center. Wood is sound and retains most of a very fine professionally restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44379 JR19

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*WINCHESTER SPECIAL ORDER MODEL 1894 SEMI-DELUXE TAKEDOWN RIFLE.

Lot 1022: *WINCHESTER SPECIAL ORDER MODEL 1894 SEMI-DELUXE TAKEDOWN RIFLE.

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Description: SN 230059. Cal. 32-40. Fine semi-deluxe '94 with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with screw, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman tang sight. Mounted with I-style checkered straight grain American walnut with straight hand stock and crescent buttplate. Buttstock & forend cap have factory sling eyes. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 32-40 with oct bbl, plain trigger, plain checkered stock, Lyman rear cup disc and Lyman #8 windgage sporting front sights and sling & swivel received in warehouse Sept. 24, 1904 and shipped 3 days later. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Overall retains about 99% crisp blue with one small spot of flaking over top of receiver; case colors are strong & bright on lever, hammer & buttplate. The wood, retains about all of its fine refinished factory style finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some minor roughness. 4-44322 JR2

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*RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SEMI-DELUXE TAKEDOWN SHORT RIFLE.

Lot 1023: *RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SEMI-DELUXE TAKEDOWN SHORT RIFLE.

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Description: SN 228217. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Rare special order rifle with 22" tapered lightweight oct bbl, 3/4 magazine, takedown, with Lyman ivory bead front sight, Lyman 6A 2-leaf folding rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, I-style checkered American walnut with capped pistol grip stock and hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number "19356" and an "R". Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of the buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle as found, extra light, received in warehouse Aug. 18, 1904 and shipped Sept. 15, 1904 to Order #234174. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains about 99% strong orig blue; forend cap retains most of its orig blue with one small spot of rust; receiver retains 93-95% strong blue with sharp edge wear and thinning over top & bottom; lever & hammer retain strong case colors, faded on right side. Wood is sound with a series of small gouges on left side of buttstock, otherwise just a few light handling & use nicks & scratches and retains most of its factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44334 JR3

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RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 DELUXE LEVER ACTION CARBINE.

Lot 1024: RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 DELUXE LEVER ACTION CARBINE.

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Description: SN 22906. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Wonderful deluxe carbine with 20" rnd bbl, full magazine, square base ivory bead front sight, no rear seat and a Lyman 21 receiver sight on left side of receiver. Mounted with about 2X American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number "8599" and "CF". Left side of upper tang is stamped "MM" or "WW". Matching assembly number and "94" are found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this carbine in caliber 30 with fancy checkered pistol grip stock (oil finish), Lyman front & receiver sights, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, no sling ring and no rear seat, received in the warehouse Feb. 12 and shipped Feb. 13, 1901 to Order #89923. Also accompanied by a Cody Museum worksheet and a copy of the ledger sheet. Although this carbine wasn't shipped until 1901, the serial number records indicate that it was manufactured in 1895, making it an antique. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong Turnbull restored blue; receiver retains 96-97% strong original blue and the lever & hammer about all of their brilliant case colors. Wood is sound with a few minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of their fine factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44364 JR52

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*VERY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1025: *VERY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 656861. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Scarce Angelo Stokes engraved '92 with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine with an unusual dbl dovetailed front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight with Marbles locking tang sight. Receiver is beautifully engraved with the very large rnd vignette of a bobcat & rabbit in a very detailed field scene on left side and a standing buck antelope in a very detailed prairie scene on the right side, all surrounded by very well-executed, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with a fine stippled background. Engraving extends over top & bottom of receiver, top tang, takedown ring, forend cap, buttplate tang and about 2" over chamber area of the bbl. Mounted with very nicely figured, about 2X, American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Buttstock has a replaced sliver by the top tang channel on right side. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number "301" and a single "X". It also has an X'd out assembly number "10705". Matching assembly number is also found on rear face of buttstock along with "92". In addition, the rear face of the buttstock is marked in pencil in script "Engr 9". Matching assembly number "301" is also found inside the toe of the buttplate, rear face of the forearm, left side of the bolt and bottom flat of bbl under the forearm. A search of available publications relating to Winchester rifles disclosed no similar engraving vignette patterns although the foliate arabesque patterns are distinctively Stokes. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98-99% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear; forend cap retains 96-98% bright blue and takedown ring about 96-97% dull orig blue; receiver retains 95-97% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear and some minor flaking on right side; lever & hammer retain most of their orig blue with some light surface flaking on lever; buttplate retains about 90% orig blue with light surface rust and some pitting on heel. Stock has the aforementioned repair, otherwise wood is sound with usual storage & handling nicks, dings & scratches and overall retains 96-97% strong piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44602 JR47

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SCARCE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1026: SCARCE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 96883. Cal. 25-20. Beautiful deluxe '92 with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with about 3X, center crotch, shell grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number "5801" and "XXX". Rear face of buttstock, under the buttplate, has the matching assembly number and "92". Matching assembly number is also found inside toe of the buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle, as found, received in warehouse Oct. 4, 1898 and shipped next day to Order #8259. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig factory blue with only a couple of minor nicks & faint sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains about 95-96% orig blue, turning a little plum, with scratches from being taken down; takedown ring & forend cap retain about all of their orig blue with some fine flaking on the takedown ring; receiver retains 95-97% strong, bright orig blue with sharp edge wear and a few small spots of fine flaking; lever & hammer retain strong case colors, faded on outer faces of lever; buttplate retains faded case colors. Wood is sound with a few very minor nicks & scratches and overall retains virtually all of its bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows very little evidence of having been used. 4-44599 JR48

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*VERY RARE EXTRA LONG SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1027: *VERY RARE EXTRA LONG SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 446142. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with extremely rare 34" rnd bbl, full magazine with two bands, combination front sight, slot blank in the rear seat and a tang sight with windage. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. Winchesters with extra length bbls are occasionally encountered, however those with 32" and 34" bbls are extraordinarily rare and are almost never found with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig blue, thinning over the chamber area; magazine tube retains about 97-98% strong blue with a couple of small thinned areas; receiver retains 96-97% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and a few light scratches; hammer retains about 75% bright case colors and the lever strong case colors on sides, faded to silver on outer faces; buttplate retains about all of its orig case colors, turned a little dark. Wood is sound with a few light handling & use nicks & scratches with the buttstock retaining 93-95% orig varnish and the forearm about 90% orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44605 JR50

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1028: RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 12197. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, button magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle, as found, received in warehouse June 23, 1893 and shipped same day to Order #19941. Almost any special order feature found on a Model '92 is scarce and in some cases very rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl retains 98-99% crisp orig blue with faint sharp edge wear; receiver retains about 98-99% blue with some minor candy striping on the sides, very light sharp edge wear and light thinning on the bottom; lever, hammer & buttplate retain about all of their bright, orig case colors, moderately faded on outer faces of the lever and lightly faded on the buttplate. Wood is sound with a few scattered light nicks & scratches on buttstock with one repaired small gouge by the top tang and overall retains about all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Rifle may have been fired but if so, very little, as the bolt face & loading gate retain about all of their orig finish. A truly outstanding special order '92. 4-44608 JR51

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*FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1029: *FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 817950. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, square base front sight and 2,000 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered gum wood stock & forearm with straight stock & crescent buttplate. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains about 99% crisp, orig blue with a few scattered pin pricks of light rust and a small scratch on the receiver & a light halo from the saddle ring; lever, hammer & buttplate retain about all of their orig blue with the lever flaked to a medium to dark patina. Wood is sound with a few light surface mars and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be new & unfired. 4-44671 JR59

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*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1030: *WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 274335. Cal. 25-20. Standard grade carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, slightly altered German silver front sight in its square base with 900 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this carbine, as found, received in warehouse Dec. 19, 1904 and shipped Dec. 22, 1904 to Order #264747. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, probably unfired. Bbl, magazine tube & bbl bands retain 99%+ crisp orig blue; receiver retains 98-99% crisp orig blue with only a light halo from the saddle ring and faint sharp edge wear; lever & hammer retain bright case colors, faded on outer faces of lever & top edge of hammer. Buttstock has two notches in bottom, otherwise wood is sound with few light creases in the finish and overall retains virtually all of its bright factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired; bolt face & loading gate retain most of their orig factory blue. 4-44668 JR57

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RARE COLOR CASE HARDENED WINCHESTER MODEL 1887 LEVER ACTION SHOTGUN.

Lot 1031: RARE COLOR CASE HARDENED WINCHESTER MODEL 1887 LEVER ACTION SHOTGUN.

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Description: SN 34865. Cal. 12 ga. Standard grade shotgun with 30" steel bbl, half magazine with sgl brass bead. Mounted with nicely figured, slab sawed, uncheckered American walnut with forearm side panels and rnd knob stock that has checkered steel buttplate. Left side of receiver is marked with the intertwined initials "WRACO". Left side of lower tang is stamped with the assembly number "813" which number is also found on the buttstock, under the buttplate, and inside toe of buttplate. Model '87 shotguns are somewhat rare but those with steel bbls and color case hardened receivers are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about all of their strong orig factory blue with only light muzzle edge wear; receiver retains brilliant case colors on the sides, lightly faded over the top and moderately faded on bottom at the carry point; breech block & hammer retain about all of their brilliant orig case colors; lever retains bright case colors on sides, faded on outer faces; top tang is also faded; wood is sound with a few light handling & storage marks and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Hammer is without safety notch, otherwise mechanics are crisp, strong bore with moderate pitting for about 1' in front of chamber. 4-44540

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SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1887 LEVER ACTION SHOTGUN.

Lot 1032: SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1887 LEVER ACTION SHOTGUN.

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Description: SN 31187. Cal. 10 ga. Standard grade shotgun with 32" steel bbl, half magazine with color case hardened receiver that has the "WRACo" intertwined initials on left side. Mounted with very highly figured slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with forearm panels and a rnd knob pistol grip stock with checkered steel Winchester buttplate. According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms approx. 64,855 of these shotguns were produced in the period 1887-1901 in both blue & color case hardened with 30", 32" & rare 20" bbls. They were strong reliable shotguns, but unfortunately faced stiff competition from the more successful Models 1893 & 1897 pump action shotguns. The models 1887 & 1901 shotguns were the only 10 ga. shotguns produced by Winchester. The Model 1887 saw modest success with coach guards & law enforcement in the late 1800s and their popularity was refreshed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his late 20th century movies. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains about 95% crisp orig blue with some fine pitting on the top at about mid-point and corresponding pitting on magazine tube, which retains about 75% strong orig blue with a series of fingerprints and light pitting, probably from blood; receiver, lever & hammer retain most of their strong, bright, orig case colors with one small cleaned area on top rear edges and fading on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound and retains about all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, moderately to heavily pitted bore. 4-44542 JR60

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EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED GOLD & NICKEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1033: EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED GOLD & NICKEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 37955. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Beautiful deluxe carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, integral front sight/bbl band with 1866 style forearm band. Rear sight is 1866 style, 2-leaf, graduated 100-300-500 yards. Receiver, bbl bands & buttplate are gold plated while the bbl, magazine tube, lever & hammer are nickel plated. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with early style checkered forearm & straight stock with carbine buttplate with trap containing a 3-pc, nickeled, brass & steel cleaning rod. Bottom of stock is mounted with a gold-plated sling loop with corresponding sling loop in the forearm band. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number "306" and "XXX". Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is beautifully engraved by John Ulrich and signed on bottom tang. Left sideplate is engraved with the No. 1 vignette of a bugling bull elk in a forest scene surrounded by wonderful foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Left front flat is engraved with intertwined foliate arabesque patterns and has a scalloped border at the top. Left rear of the receiver has a staple & ring and is engraved in matching patterns. Right sideplate is engraved in a custom pattern of a leaping bull elk surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns. Front & rear flats are matching engraved to the left side. Top & bottom of receiver, dust cover, top tang & buttplate tang are lightly engraved. Top of receiver has the screwed on dust cover rail. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this firearm as a carbine with checkered stock, engraved $5.00 and gold & nickel finish, received in warehouse Oct. 1, 1879 and shipped next day to Order #17132. Also accompanied by an enlarged copy of the shipping record for this carbine. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain most of their orig nickel finish turned a little milky; front band retains traces of gold in sheltered areas showing wear on the high points, mostly on left side; forearm band retains 60-70% gold finish; receiver retains 60-70% strong gold finish showing wear on bottom and top along with wear on the front edges; lever & hammer retain most of their orig nickel finish; buttplate retains about 60% gold finish; wood is sound with nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig oil finish; checkering shows light to moderate diamond point wear; stock sling loop retains most of its orig gold finish; screws retain most of their orig nickel finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some very fine roughness toward the muzzle; cleaning rod retains most of its orig nickel. 4-44583

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RARE DELUXE SECOND MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1034: RARE DELUXE SECOND MODEL WINCHESTER 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 30088. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Beautiful early rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine with 1866-style threaded plug, combination front sight and early semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. The case colored receiver has a second type, screwed-on dust cover rail with impressed thumb print dust cover. Mounted with about 2-3X, highly figured American walnut with early style checkered forearm and straight stock that has crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with the assembly number "754" and "XX". Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of the buttstock and inside the toe of the buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with oct bbl, case hardened, checkered stock and plain trigger, received in warehouse July 17, 1878 and shipped two days later with eleven other guns to the same order. Order # not provided. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue; receiver & sideplates retain orig case colors, bright on left side, somewhat more faded on right side; top & bottom edges are moderately to heavily faded with light colors; hammer retains bright case colors; lever retains bright case colors on sides, moderately faded on outer faces; buttplate retains strong bright case colors. Stock has a couple of tiny hairlines by the top tang and another at the right corner of the buttplate tang, otherwise wood is sound and retains about all of a fine professionally restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Bolt face & loading gate retain most of their orig factory finish indicating very light use. 4-44565 JR39

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SCARCE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1035: SCARCE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 304794. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Fine deluxe '73 with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight, missing its elevator. It also has an 1885/1886 style tang sight. Mounted with about 3X, highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and black insert serpentine grip buttstock that has crescent buttplate without trap and may be an old replacement. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number "2758" and "XXX". Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Buttplate is not numbered. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum fact sheet which identifies this rifle, as found, "case hardened", received in warehouse Oct. 15, 1889 and shipped Nov. 4, 1889 to Order #5000. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 95-96% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear and some minor thinning on top flat around bbl address; magazine tube retains 93-95% thinning orig blue with several small spots of surface discoloration; receiver retains nearly all of its orig case colors, strong & bright on left side, lightly to moderately faded on right side; hammer retains most of its orig, muted case colors and the lever most of its orig case colors, bright on sides, moderately faded on outer faces; buttplate retains about 90% moderately faded case colors. Stock has a repaired chip in the toe with some light gouges on forearm, otherwise is sound and retains most of its bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44572 JR40

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1036: SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 366936. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with 32" oct bbl, full magazine with two bands, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate without trap. While extra-length bbls on Winchesters are occasionally encountered they are rarely found with a 32" or longer bbl. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% crisp orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and a few pin prick spots of light surface rust; receiver retains 96-98% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear and two small cleaned spots on left side; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors lightly faded on outer faces of lever; buttplate retains dark case colors with some spotted scaly rust on the tang. Stock has a little gouge on top of the wrist, otherwise wood is sound with a few scattered light nicks & scratches and overall retains most of its strong orig factory varnish, slightly dulled on right side of forearm. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows very little use retaining most of its orig blue on the bolt face. 4-44593 JR44

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FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1037: FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 380106. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Appears to be new & unfired. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% crisp orig blue with three scratches on the bbl and a couple of light scratches on magazine tube; receiver retains about 99% crisp orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and a few very fine, light scratches; lever & hammer retain most of their fading case colors, somewhat more faded on outer faces of lever; buttplate retains very strong, lightly faded case colors. Wood is sound with a few light scratches & nicks and retains virtually all of its bright orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired; bolt face & loading gate retain virtually all of their orig factory blue. 4-44578 JR43

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*SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1038: *SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 708403. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade carbine, fairly scarce in this caliber, with 20" bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and 2,000 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and carbine buttplate without trap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this carbine, as found, received in warehouse Nov. 7, 1916 and shipped May 10, 1917 to Simmons Hardware Co., St. Louis, MO. The fact that this letter shows a shipping destination is quite rare for a Winchester. Simmons Hardware was a major supplier to western dealers and folks moving west. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% crisp orig blue with a few tiny nicks on the magazine tube; receiver retains 96-97% crisp orig blue with only very light sharp edge wear and some light chemical spotting on left front flat; hammer retains about all of its brilliant case colors and the lever about all of its orig blue; buttplate retains 95-96% orig blue. Wood is sound with a very few, very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some minor roughness, has been fired but very little. This is a fine example of an 1873 carbine in 32 caliber. 4-44596 JR45

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WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1039: WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 60639. Cal. 45-75. Standard grade rifle with 28" oct bbl, button magazine, half nickel front sight and "1876" marked ladder rear sight. It has extra finish, beautifully grained, American walnut stock & forearm, uncheckered with straight grip & crescent butt with trap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, shipped on February 11, 1891. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong, bright, orig blue with some very fine spotting over the forearm area and a couple of small dings on left top flat and another on the bottom flat. The receiver retains 94-96% strong, bright, orig blue with some light surface flaking and pin pricks of light rust along with some light candy striping and a scratch on left side with some light scratches on the right side plate. The lever retains 60-70% dark orig case colors, bright in the sheltered areas, and the hammer about 95% bright colors. Wood is sound with a tiny chip near the top tang and a few small handling & use marks and retains about all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44544 JR38

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*EXTRAORDINARY & SPECTACULAR ONE OF A KIND INSCRIBED WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE ENGRAVED GOLD INLAID & CARVED LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1040: *EXTRAORDINARY & SPECTACULAR ONE OF A KIND INSCRIBED WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE ENGRAVED GOLD INLAID & CARVED LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 124863. Cal. 45-70. Wonderful Model '86 with 22" lightweight, tapered rnd bbl with full magazine, pedestal mounted Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight & semi-buckhorn Winchester rear sight. Just in front of the rear sight on top of the bbl is engraved, in a single line, "BUILT for BENJAMIN TAFT", reading from muzzle to receiver. Mounted with spectacular center crotch-cut, flame grain, American walnut with B-style carved forearm & capped pistol grip stock that has Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Receiver is phenomenally engraved by John Ulrich & signed on bottom tang. Engraving consists of deep relief vignettes of a large oval on left side with figures of a walking bull elk, a standing & a reclining cow elk in a mountainous forest scene with fine shaded background. Right side of receiver has a deep relief engraved walking bull moose vignette just forward of loading gate & a smaller oval vignette of a whitetail buck above loading gate, both with extremely detailed backgrounds. Bottom of receiver is engraved with the round vignette of the head of a whitetail buck inlaid in gold. Balance of receiver has about 80% coverage very fine foliate arabesque patterns with heart shaped borders. Top of receiver, receiver ring, bolt, top tang, lever, takedown ring & forend cap are all engraved to match. Large vignette on left side & gold inlay on bottom are surrounded by gold wire inlay with a gold wire border on both sides of the receiver & around takedown ring, rear edge of receiver & forend cap. Top tang also has gold wire inlay. Chamber & muzzle ends of bbl have gold wire bands. All screwheads are also beautifully engraved which is indicative of the extraordinary level of engraving on this rifle. All this combines to present one of the most stunning Winchesters extant. Left side of lower tang, under wood, is stamped with assembly number "274" and "XX R". This assembly number is also found in the top tang channel of buttstock, on bbl under forearm & inside forearm cap. Accompanied by several copies of Cody Firearms Museum letters with different dates all stating the same thing. They fully identify this spectacular rifle as found in caliber 45-70, 22" rnd bbl, plain trigger, style "B" carved fancy pistol grip stock with oil finish, takedown, with bbl marked "BENJAMIN TAFT", engraved $50.00, style #3, moose in place of Rocky Mtn. goat, smokeless, received in warehouse July 19, 1901, returned to warehouse Aug. 7, 1901 & shipped again Aug. 7, 1901 to order #100821. Also accompanying is a letter from Waddy Colvert's Research Service which notes that there were only 2,213 Models 1886 made with 22" bbls out of the approx. 159,000 produced. Mr. Colvert also states that genealogical research of Mr. Taft revealed that he was born in 1854 to Henry Taft of Cincinnati, Ohio & that he was cousin of President William Howard Taft and a distant cousin to Robert Taft, Governor of Ohio. This rifle is pictured on p. 343 of Winchester-An American Legend, Wilson. It was also pictured in the James Fowler Collection of the Antique Arms Annual and was featured as a "Members' Favorite" in the Winchester Arms Collectors Association publication. And finally it is pictured on the cover of Norm Flayderman's No. 65 Catalog of February 1964 and is Item #704 in the catalog with an asking price of $2,500.00. A copy of the Flayderman Catalog accompanies this rifle. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman, Feb. 1964 catalog, Item #704; James Fowler Collection; Gary Robertson Collection; LeRoy Merz; Clyde "Junior" Stewart Collection; Randy Saba Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with some slight spiraling on magazine tube from take down with magazine tube turned slightly dull; receiver retains most of its orig factory blue with some slight sharp edge wear & thinning on bottom; lever retains traces of orig case colors with balance turned silver & hammer retains about 95% bright case colors; wood is sound with minor handling & use marks with light wear on carving and overall retains most of its orig oil finish; right side of forearm has a series of several small bruises. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44440

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1041: RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 116728. Cal. 45-70. Beautiful special order rifle with 26" full matted oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, ivory bead front sight and rare Vicker-Maxim style rear sight with ring & ivory insert. Bbl is marked "NICKEL STEEL" and all of the markings are on the left top flat to accommodate the matting. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number "673" and "XX". Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock. Receiver is beautifully engraved in Style #9 by one of the Ulrichs, probably John. Engraving consists of the vignette of a grizzly bear on the left side and a bugling bull elk on right side all surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with snake & dot borders. Engraving extends over the top & bottom of receiver, top tang & forend cap. Mounted with very nicely figured, about 2X, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with E-style carved forearm and capped pistol grip stock with a thick solid red pad that is 13-5/8" LOP. Bottom of stock and forend cap have factory sling eyes. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-70 with 26" matted half oct nickel steel bbl, extra light, plain trigger, fancy pistol grip stock & forearm, half magazine, carved Style-E, Lyman front & rear sights, Silver recoil pad, drop at the heel 3-1/8", length of stock 13-1/2" and engraved $4.00 in Style #9 with vignette 1&3, received in warehouse April 25, 1898. No shipping date or Order # are shown and the sling eyes are not mentioned. This may indicate that this was an exhibition rifle. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 95% orig blue with a few small scattered spots of pin prick pitting & thinning over chamber area; receiver retains faded case colors on the sides, turned silver over top & bottom; lever retains case colors in sheltered areas, mostly having turned silver; hammer retains strong case colors. Wood is sound with usual handling & use nicks & scratches showing moderate to heavy wear on the checkering and overall retains 75-80% orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore. 4-44457 JR24

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FINE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1042: FINE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 83500. Cal. 45-90. Extraordinary high condition Deluxe '86 with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured shell grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and pistol grips stock with serpentine grip cap and black triangle inlay and has a crescent steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 45-90 with oct bbl, plain trigger and checkered stock with pistol grip. Letter shows that it was received in warehouse on Sept. 15, 1893 and shipped Sept. 14, 1893 (yes, it is in the record like this) to Order #24140. Also accompanied by a copy of the shipping record of this rifle. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching, probably unfired. Overall retains about 99% crisp orig factory finish with strong blue on bbl and magazine tube, having only faint sharp edge wear; receiver, lever, hammer, forend cap & buttplate retain virtually all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant on receiver & hammer, a little dark on lever, brilliant on forend cap & buttplate; wood is sound with some crazing in the varnish and a very few, very minor nicks & scratches in the finish with a series of small scratches on the bottom of the grip, probably from a gun rack and overall retains about all of its strong piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired; bolt face retains virtually all of its orig factory finish as does the loading gate & hammer face. 4-44470

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SCARCE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1043: SCARCE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 56199. Cal. 45-90. Fine Deluxe '86 with 26" oct to rnd bbl, button magazine with gold washed combination front sight and a platinum line 3-leaf express sight. Top flat has the usual 2-line address with caliber marking over chamber area. Top left flat by chamber area has the hand-stamped initials "GAM". Mounted with very highly figured burl & flame grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with black triangle inlay & smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number "56", "S" and "XX". Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside buttplate which also is stamped "S". Buttstock, under buttplate, is stamped with intials "GAM". Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-90 with half oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Winchester express sight, half magazine & shotgun butt, received in warehouse May 16, 1891 and shipped May 22, 1891 to Order #4375. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains 96-98% strong orig factory blue with a few minor chemical spots toward the muzzle & some fine sharp edge wear with a few scattered pin pricks of pitting; right side of bbl by the rear seat has a nick on sharp edge with corresponding nick on forearm; receiver, lever & hammer retain about all of their factory case colors, brilliant on receiver & hammer, turned a little dark on top edge; lever has lightly faded case colors on outer face; receiver has a short deep scratch by front guide screw on right side and the lever has some light rust on inside face; forend cap retains most of its brilliant factory case colors; buttplate retains about 70% thin blue; wood is sound with a few light nicks, scratches & dings and overall retains about all of its strong piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44496

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1044: SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 70616. Cal. 45-90. Fine special order '86 with 26" oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, half nickel front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Lower tang has sgl set trigger and is marked on left side, under the wood, with assembly number "475" and "XX". Top tang channel of buttstock has the normal sized assembly number "113" and a tiny reverse stamped assembly number "70014". Toe of the buttplate is stamped with assembly number "183". Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-90 with half oct bbl, half magazine, Lyman front & rear sights, set trigger and checkered pistol grip stock, received in warehouse Oct. 22, 1892 and shipped same day to Order #8121. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 96-97% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear and a couple of small nicks; receiver retains about 85% orig case colors, brilliant on left side, moderately faded on right side and top, heavily faded on bottom; hammer retains strong, bright case colors and the lever strong case colors on sides, heavily faded & turning silver on outer faces; buttplate is mostly a gray patina. Stock has a repaired chip back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with a few handling & storage marks and overall retains most of its strong orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44479 JR28

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1045: SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 27690. Cal. 45-90. Standard grade rifle with 30" extra heavy oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front and semi-buckhorn rear sights. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, with 30" extra heavy oct bbl, received in warehouse Jan. 22, 1890 and shipped next day, no Order # listed. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 95% orig blue with sharp edge wear, a few small spots of scattered light surface rust and slight thinning over the chamber area; magazine tube retains 88-90% dulling orig blue with a few spots of pin prick pitting; receiver retains 93-95% orig case colors, strong & bright on the sides, lightly to moderately faded over the top & bottom with distinct second coat lacquer lines along each edge of the bottom; hammer retains strong case colors, turned dark on top edge and the lever bright case colors on the sides, moderately faded on outer faces; buttplate retains traces of case colors, mostly turned dark. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old refinish; stock may be an old replacement. Mechanics are crisp, strong bright bore with some minor roughness. 4-44484 JR30

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EXCEPTIONAL WINCHESTER MODEL 1886

Lot 1046: EXCEPTIONAL WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 "BIG 50" LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 118464. Cal. 50-100-450. Standard grade rifle with 26" rnd bbl, full magazine silver bead front sight and 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Mounted with straight grain uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Records Office worksheet which identifies this rifle in caliber 50-100-450 with rnd bbl & plain trigger received in warehouse Nov. 5, 1898 and shipped Oct. 23, 1901. This beautiful rifle is rare in a number of respects, primarily being the caliber of which only a few were produced and were the first of the rifles chambered in 50 caliber. By the time this caliber was available in the '86 line the standard for the model was a blued receiver therefore a case colored receiver would have been a special order. It is also scarce with crescent buttplate as the recoil from this large caliber made shooting a rifle with crescent buttplate very uncomfortable. Most Big 50s are found with shotgun style buttplates. PROVENANCE: West Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig factory blue with only faint muzzle edge wear; receiver, lever, hammer, forend cap & buttplate retain just about all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant on sides, top & top tang of receiver, lightly faded on bottom but still with the dbl shellac line; hammer retains bright case colors on sides & rear edge, turned a little dark on top edge; lever retains brilliant case colors on sides, lightly to moderately faded on outer faces; forend cap & buttplate retain most of their very bright case colors; wood is sound with a bruise on left wrist and a few minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its strong orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired; bolt face retains most of its orig factory blue. 4-44488

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER DELUXE MODEL 1886 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1047: SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER DELUXE MODEL 1886 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 89175. Cal. 45-70. Rare special order deluxe '86 with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, combination front sight, slot blank in rear seat and a Lyman 21 combination receiver sight. Lower tang has sgl set trigger and left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number "260", "XX" and "S". Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Buttplate has the extremely rare feature for an 1886 of a sliding trapdoor which contains an orig 4-pc brass & iron cleaning rod. Mounted with highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkering and serpentine grip buttstock with black insert and the aforementioned crescent buttplate with trap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle as takedown, caliber 45-70, oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip and "rod in butt", received in warehouse June 13, 1894 and shipped June 17, 1894 to Order #14039. There is no mention of the Lyman 21 sight. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% crisp orig blue with very light sharp edge wear and a small scrape on top flat below the rear seat; forend cap retains 96-97% strong orig blue; receiver & takedown ring retain about 90% orig blue with some light candy striping, sharp edge wear and thinning over the bottom; lever & hammer retain strong case colors on sides, turned silver on outer faces of lever; buttplate retains silvered case colors. Wood is sound with a heavy scratch on right side of buttstock and a few other light nicks & scratches and retains 95-96% orig piano varnish finish; forearm is also sound with a few light scratches, showing wear at the carry point and retains about 88-90% glossy piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44450 JR23

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*EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE FACTORY 2-BARREL SET.

Lot 1048: *EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE FACTORY 2-BARREL SET.

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Description: SN 141187. Cal. 38-56 and 45-90. Very rare set with 22" rnd bbls, full magazines with Marbles improved "tunnel" front sights with folding 1-leaf Marbles rear sights and a Marbles tang sight. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number "353" and "XX". Top tang channel of buttstock has the assembly number in tiny numbers "12408", which number is also found inside toe of buttplate. Each side of top tang, under the wood, is marked "REFINISHED". Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame & shell grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearms and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle, as found, with length of stock 1" longer than regular, with extra length between comb & receiver and drop at the heel 3-3/4", received in warehouse March 18, 1907 and shipped May 19, 1907 to Order #91413. Also accompanied by copies of shipping records from the museum along with several photographs of the rifle. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. As completely factory restored. Bbls & magazine tubes retain 96-97% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear, the 45-90 bbl slightly stronger; takedown ring retains about 96% orig blue, thin on bottom; receiver retains 90-92% orig blue with sharp edge wear, a few small scratches on left side, some candy striping on the sides & thinning on bottom; lever & hammer retain strong case colors on sides, faded & turning silver on outer faces of lever; buttplate retains about 60-70% faded case colors. Wood is sound with light handling & use nicks & scratches showing light to moderate wear on checkering and overall retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bores. 4-44467 JR25

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