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Auction Description for James D. Julia: Extraordinary Firearms Auction, Day 1
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Preview: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, September 28-30, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., October 1 & 2, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Sale Notes:
Condition, rarity, and history are probably the three most important factors for any serious collector. Our sale is not about a massive random array of firearms, it is about a discerning selection of truly spectacular items in a diversity of important categories. Included will be phase 2 of the Wes Adams Winchester Collection. Wes put together one of the finest Winchester collections in the world and it is unquestionably the largest, finest coll. of Winchesters to ever come to auction. Also phenomenal Savage and Marlin Lever Action Arms. Next are Colt Percussion and Single Action Revolvers, most in outstanding condition, some very rare configurations and some truly historic examples. The John & Margaret Pickup Collection from Tasmania includes some of the world's most desirable such as a Paterson, Walker and numerous, very high condition Dragoons. Also, many other exquisite Colts including many cased and factory engraved examples, some with gold, will be sold. Other quality items include superb Sharps Buffalo and Target rifles and the finest offering of Browning 1878 Single Shots ever to come to auction. Also, important engr. S&Ws, Merwin & Hulbert, numerous fine Kentucky long rifles, early flint and percussion Martial arms. Also high quality and rare Custer and Native American items and much, more. Extraordinary offering of rare U.S. Civil War Swords selected from the renowned Kevin Hoffman Collection represents probably the largest, finest coll. of U. S. Civil War swords in private hands today. Confederate and other Civil War items in this sale include exceedingly rare flags, Confederate uniforms, a large selection of swords and pistols, some of which are considered to be the best examples known. This sale incl. one of the finest selections of Sporting Shotguns and Rifles we have offered. Rare Parkers, L.C. Smiths, Brownings, Winchesters, etc. as well as over a dozen spectacular Purdey guns, H&H, Rigby and much, much more. Also, a pres. Mauser 1887 with lavish carved stock having ivory inlay and multi-colored gold inlaid metal orig. made for Sultan Abdul Hamid II of Turkey, considered to be the finest Mauser rifle known. Other Military and Class III incl. the original surrendered Walther PPK from Herman Goering who was captured by Lt. Jerome Shapiro. The finest Singer semi-auto pistol to ever come to auction, another great selection of Class III. Rare Springfield 1903s and military arms.

Extraordinary Firearms Auction, Day 1

(571 Lots)

by James D. Julia

Platinum House

571 lots | 569 with images

October 1, 2012

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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LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1000: LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 160460. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, 1873-style barleycorn front sight and "1873" marked carbine ladder rear sight. Receiver has a staple & ring in left side. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and color case hardened steel carbine buttplate with trap containing two pieces of an orig 3-pc brass & steel cleaning rod. By the time this carbine was produced in 1883, the Model 1873 had established itself as the gun that was helping win the West with its centerfire cartridges making the 1866 nearly obsolete. With sales of the 1866 waning, Winchester turned to the South American market where the newer center fire arms had not become popular. Those Model '66 carbines that went south are rarely found in orig. configuration and finding one of these late carbines in high orig condition is a great rarity. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig blue with a couple of small wear spots on the bbl and some scattered fine surface pitting on the magazine tube; bbl bands retain strong bright orig blue; receiver & sideplates are crisp with sharp edges and overall retain a smooth, even, medium mustard patina; hammer retains about all of its orig case colors, turned a little dark; lever retains bright case colors on sides, turning silver on outer faces; buttplate retains about 75-80% orig case colors, moderately faded. Wood is sound with numerous fine nicks & scratches, a small gouge on the comb and a small bruise on the side and overall retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore, bolt face retains most of its orig blue. 4-44552 JR65

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WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1001: WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 38369. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and 900 yard Henry style ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl has Winchester and King's patent markings. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent brass buttplate with trap containing an orig 4-pc brass & steel cleaning rod. Top tang channel of the buttstock & inside toe of buttplate are marked with the last four digits of SN. Bottom of stock & forend cap have factor sling swivels with an orig brass buckle leather sling. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 92-94% strong orig blue turning a little plum on magazine tube; bbl has a little scattered, very fine surface rust; receiver, forend cap & buttplate are crisp with sharp corners and retain a wonderful mellow, medium mustard patina. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore. 4-44557 JR66

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FINE MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1002: FINE MODEL 1860 HENRY LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 2425. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl that has integral magazine, square back, tapered, German silver front sight, an empty dovetail over the chamber area with its orig 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight marked "900" at the top, in the dovetail in the top flat of the receiver. Top flat of the bbl has the usual Henry company name, patent date and address forward of the dovetail and the SN in the usual position behind the dovetail. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut, slight perch belly buttstock with early style rnd heel brass buttplate with trap that has the large cleaning rod hole containing an orig 4-pc iron & hickory cleaning rod. The forward part of the bbl, under the rotating sleeve is marked with assembly number "766" with matching number on rear face of the sleeve. Left side of the lower tang, under the wood, is marked with the SN with matching numbers in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. All of the receiver screws and buttplate screws are matching numbered except the top tang wood screw which is unnumbered but is an orig Henry screw that is contoured to fit the tang and indexes properly, so is probably the orig screw that just didn't get numbered. Left side of the buttstock is mounted with a factory sling swivel with a corresponding sling loop on left side of the bbl. No further disassembly was effected to check for additional matching numbers. Henry rifles of this era were very popular with Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War when they could find them. They are rarely found with high orig condition having served continuously throughout the Civil War and later on the American frontier, usually under adverse conditions with limited or no maintenance. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except one screw as noted. Bbl & magazine retain about 85-90% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and thinning around carry point near the receiver with a series of halos from a sling on left side below the sling loop; receiver, side plates & buttplate are crisp with sharp edges and retain a wonderful medium to dark mustard patina. Stock has a fine hairline back of top tang, otherwise the wood is sound with light handling & use nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore, has seen very little, if any, use. This is a truly exceptional Henry rifle. 4-44559 JR67

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SPECTACULAR CASED ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1003: SPECTACULAR CASED ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 46027. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Fantastic set with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, 1/2-nickel front sight and Henry style ladder rear sight. Winchester and King's patent markings on the top flat. It is mounted with highly figured, about 4X, American walnut stock and forearm, uncheckered with straight grip and crescent buttplate with trap containing a 4-piece brass and iron-wiping rod. The receiver, forend cap, carrier and buttplate tang are beautifully engraved by master engraver L.D. Nimschke with full coverage foliate arabesque patterns that has punch dot background. The front flats of the receiver have about 95% coverage and the engraving extends completely over the top of the receiver, around the hammer and down the top tang. The front of the ejection port is engraved with an oval leaf shaped pattern. The buttplate tang is full coverage engraved with geometric, foliate and arabesque patterns with punch dot background and the forend cap has about 50% coverage arabesque patterns. The receiver, forend cap and buttplate are silver plated while the lever, hammer and trigger are gold washed. It is accompanied by its orig Schuyler, Harley & Graham rosewood case that measures 46-1/2" long x 10-5/8" wide x 3" deep. It has silver bound top corners with silver reinforcing bands around the bottom corners and an unmarked 2-1/2" silver shield in the center of the lid. It has mortised sliding locks on each end of the front of the case and a mortised key lock with silver diamond escutcheon in the center. The case is lined with red and green velvet, French fitted with compartments for the rifle and ten full boxes of orig 44 rimfire ammunition with a covered compartment in the right rear and a mahogany cartridge block in the front containing 41 rnds of raised "H" Winchester ammunition. The boxes are all of Winchester manufacture. According to family history this rifle was presented to James J. Hill. James Jerome Hill was born September 16, 1838 in Canada and died on May 29, 1916 of an infection. During his life Mr. Hill is credited with building the Great Northern Railroad and, along with J. Pierpont Morgan, also acquired the Northern Pacific and the Burlington lines. He was also a steamboat magnate and ran a shipping line from the Columbia River down to San Francisco and to the Orient. When he died he reportedly left an estate of 53 million dollars. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, possibly unfired. Bbl and magazine tube retain about all of their bright original factory blue with a light spot from a rack storage and another small spot of flaking with a few scattered pinpoints of surface rust. Receiver, forend cap and buttplate also retain virtually all of their original silver plating and most of the screws retain generous amounts of their original bright blue. Lever retains about 50% original gold plating with the balance a medium patina. Trigger and hammer retain about 85-90% gold plating. Wood is sound with a few scattered surface nicks and scratches and a series of small bruises on the right side of the forearm with some finish flaking near the right side of the top tang. Otherwise it retains most of its beautiful bright piano varnish finish. Loading gate retains most of its bright fire blue. Mechanics are crisp with a brilliant shiny bore. Case is sound with numerous small grain checks in the lid and faded interior with moderate wear around the areas of the sights and hammer spur. Cartridge boxes are all mostly intact with light to moderate soil and some wear. An extraordinary rifle in exceptionally fine condition worthy of the highest level of collector. 4-44553 JR332

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SCARCE DELUXE WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1004: SCARCE DELUXE WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 16140. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Scarce 1st Model 2nd Type '73 deluxe special order rifle with 24-1/4" rnd bbl, button magazine, half nickel front sight and short semi-buckhorn rear sight with serrated edges. Receiver is 2nd type with mortised impressed thumb-print dust cover. Receiver, forend cap & buttplate are color case hardened and it has a sgl-set trigger. Mounted with nicely figured, about 2-3X, center-crotch flame grain American walnut with early style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number "3038" and "XX". Top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate have matching assembly numbers. Deluxe 1st model '73s are very rare and finding one with high orig finish is a great rarity. Accompanied by a fine green felt lined distributor type mahogany casing about 45-1/2" long x 10-1/4" wide x 2-1/2" deep with an empty brass shield in the lid. Interior is compartmented for the rifle with four uncovered compartments, one of which contains an orig 4-pc brass & iron cleaning rod, a small metal oiler and 5-rds of ammunition. Left front half of case has a cartridge block containing 230-rds of orig WRACO ammunition. Also accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Letter which identifies this rifle with round bbl, plain trigger (set is crossed out), XXX checkered stock, short magazine, casehardened, "1 of 1000" is crossed out, received in the warehouse Apr 19, 1876 and shipped Apr 2, 1878 to order 11497. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 98% strong orig blue with only slight muzzle edge wear and one small rub area just over forend cap; receiver & sideplates retain about 75-80% orig case colors, stronger on left side and over the top with the bottom mostly faded to silver & the right side thinning to silver on both front & back flats; lever & hammer retain faded case colors, bright on left side of lever. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig hand rubbed oil finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Case has a grain check most of the length of the lid, otherwise is sound with usual handling & storage nicks & scratches and overall retains about 80% of its orig varnish. Interior is lightly faded in the lid, moderately faded in bottom with light soil; contents are fine. 4-44561 JR68

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*FINE WINCHESTER 3RD MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1005: *FINE WINCHESTER 3RD MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 549733. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, barleycorn front sight and 900 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Lever, hammer & buttplate are color case hardened. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with standard carbine forearm, straight stock & carbine buttplate with trap containing an orig 3-pc all steel cleaning rod. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Appears to be new & unfired although it may have been, but if so, very little; bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% strong orig factory blue with a few very fine scratches on the bbl; receiver retains 97-98% crisp orig blue with four small dings on right sideplate and some very minor, light scratches; left side of receiver has a light halo from the saddle ring; lever & hammer retain dark case colors; buttplate retains about all of its orig case colors, brighter on tang & toe, fading elsewhere. Wood is sound with a few very light nicks & scratches on buttstock, a couple of bruises & light gouges on forearm along with some light scratches and overall wood retains about all of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired, retaining virtually all of its orig finish on bolt & bolt face. 4-44595 JR79

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WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1006: WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 294387. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). 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 & crescent buttplate without trap. Model 73s built in this era (1889) usually saw hard service on the American frontier under adverse conditions with little or no maintenance and are rarely found with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue with only very light sharp edge wear; receiver retains 97-98% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear, a couple of small scratches and a spot of pitting on the bottom left front edge; lever & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, moderately to heavily faded; buttplate retains most of its orig case colors, bright on tang, fading on the face. Wood is sound with light scratches and a couple of small bruises and retains most of its orig factory finish showing hand wear at the carry point on the forearm. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-44580 JR74

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1007: SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 19115. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with scarce, special order 28" oct bbl, full magazine, early combination front sight with 2nd bead on top of loop and early semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver is 1st model with 2nd type impressed thumb print mortised dust cover. Mounted with slab-sawed uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver has sgl-set trigger. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, received in warehouse July 31, 1876 and shipped Aug. 2, 1876 to Order #6482. Any special order feature on these early 1873 Winchesters is very rare, especially extra length bbls. Arms of this era are rarely found with high orig finish as they generally saw hard service under adverse conditions on the American frontier with little or no maintenance. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 80-85% blue turning plum with edge wear and a couple of dings; magazine tube retains about 90% blue with a couple of repaired & touched-up dents just above the forearm; receiver retains 65-70% thinning orig blue with some candy striping and some scattered surface spotting; lever & hammer retain faded case colors, turned silver on outer faces; forend cap retains about 85% orig blue and the buttplate is a silver/gray patina with some light pitting. Wood is sound with light handling & use marks, a series of bruises near the toe and shows an even hand worn patina with a dark spot near the heel. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with scattered pitting. 4-44589 JR78

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1008: RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 151721. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Standard grade rifle with extremely rare 32" oct bbl, full magazine with two magazine bands, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver, forend cap & buttplate are color case hardened. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, with "plain polished stock", received in warehouse June 11, 1883 and shipped next day to Order #12621. Extra length bbls on any Winchester, especially those over 30" are very rare and seldom encountered in any configuration and are rarely found with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: About very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 93-95% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and some minor spots of pitting; magazine tube is turning plum; receiver, lever & hammer retain 70-75% faded case colors, a little stronger in sheltered areas, turned silver over bottom & top; forend cap retains silvered case colors and the buttplate has turned dark. Wood is sound with usual handling & use nicks, scratches & dings with the buttstock retaining 92-94% strong, orig piano varnish finish; forearm retains about 75% bright orig piano varnish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-44592 JR77

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1009: RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 334836. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Standard grade '73 rifle with extremely rare special order 36" oct bbl with full magazine, two magazine bands, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap. Receiver has sgl-set trigger. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, with set trigger, received in warehouse Oct. 7, 1890 and shipped next day to Order #19076. This rifle is equipped with the longest bbl offered by Winchester. They are extremely rare and seldom encountered in any condition. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. No orig finish remains being an overall dark plummy brown attic patina showing sharp edge wear and a couple of dents in the magazine tube; Wood is sound with nicks, dings & scratches and overall retains a dark hand worn patina; Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-44584 JR75

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FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1010: FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 52111. Cal. 40-60. Standard grade rifle with 28" oct bbl, full magazine, blued Rocky Mountain front sight and "1876" marked ladder rear sight. Receiver, forend cap & buttplate are color case hardened. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap containing an orig 5-pc brass & steel cleaning rod. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle, as found, received in warehouse April 21, 1886 and shipped same day to Order #5937. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, near new, may have been fired but if so, very little. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% crisp orig blue with a fine scratch on the bbl and magazine tube from some careless individual removing the forend cap; receiver retains very bright, lightly faded, orig case colors as does the forend cap, brighter on the buttplate; hammer retains brilliant case colors; lever retains bright case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, fading on outer faces. Wood is sound with a couple of very minor, very scattered handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. An opportunity to own a virtually new 1876 rifle only comes once in a lifetime. 4-44547 JR63

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RARE INSCRIBED DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1011: RARE INSCRIBED DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 24468. Cal. 45-90. Spectacular '86 with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight, Lyman tang sight and sgl set trigger. Receiver is $4.00 engraved in #10-style consisting of a standing whitetail buck on left side and the inscription on the right side "Made Expressly For William Ross Tulloch" surrounded by light foliate arabesque patterns. Forend cap and buttplate tang are engraved to match. Mounted with very highly figured marbled & flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and serpentine grip stock with black insert, cheekpiece and nickeled brass Swiss buttplate. Stock & forend cap have factory sling swivels and an orig type Winchester leather sling with dbl roller buckle. Left side of lower tang is marked with the assembly number "827", another defaced assembly number, "XXX" and "S". Left side of top tang under the wood is stamped "REFINISHED". Top tang channel of buttstock is marked with the "827" assembly number and inside the buttplate has the "827" assembly number stamped transverse over the assembly number "8740". There is also a small assembly number "410-86", probably applied by the Winchester factory when the rifle was refinished. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, listing caliber as 45-90, oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Swiss butt and cheekpiece, 1-1/2" longer than regular and 3/4" more drop than regular. It also shows sling & swivel and has the notation "blank piece," which meaning is unclear. It was received in warehouse Oct. 8, 1888 and shipped next day to Order #124211, repair & return Oct. 18, 1908. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Overall retains virtually all of its factory restored finish to both metal & wood with brilliant case colors, lightly faded outer faces of lever, crisp bright blue and piano type varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44449 JR39

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RARE SEMI-DELUXE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1012: RARE SEMI-DELUXE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 97046. Cal. 45-90. Beautiful '86 with rare 30" oct bbl, full magazine, globe front sight, slot blank in rear seat and a Lyman tang sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with buttstock that has serpentine grip with black insert and crescent buttplate. Buttstock & forend cap have sling eyes. Receiver has sgl set trigger. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with the assembly number "493" and "CF". Top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate are marked with matching assembly number. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, received in warehouse Feb. 14, 1895 and shipped next day to Order #7570. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, appears to be new & unfired. Bbl & magazine tube retain 99%+ orig factory blue; receiver, lever & hammer retain virtually all of their brilliant orig case colors with bright fire blue on loading gate; forend cap & buttplate retain spots of brilliant case colors fading to a lighter color. Wood is sound with only a few very minor, very faint handling & storage nicks in the finish and retains virtually all of its brilliant factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. Bolt face retains about all of its orig factory finish with old grease evident. 4-44485 JR49

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FINE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1013: FINE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 89895. Cal. 40-82. Beautiful '86 with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and sgl-set trigger. Mounted with about 2X center crotch flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with black insert and crescent buttplate. Stock & forend cap have sling eyes. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, received in warehouse July 27, 1894 and shipped same day with four other Model 1886s to Order #16242. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig factory blue; forend cap retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, moderately faded elsewhere; receiver retains about 90% strong case colors, brilliant in areas on the sides, fading over the top and mostly silvered on bottom; lever & hammer retain faded case colors. Wood is sound with light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains about all of a restored finish; stock does not fit well around top tang. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore. 4-44475 JR46

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FINE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1014: FINE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 61597. Cal. 38-56. Beautiful deluxe '86 with special order 28" oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, silver bead express front sight, sporting rear sight and a Lyman loop tang sight. Receiver is color case hardened and it has a sgl set trigger. Mounted with extremely beautiful, 3-4X American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with black insert, a deep Swiss cheekpiece and nickeled brass Swiss buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number "250" and "XXX". Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock. Buttplate is unnumbered which is not unusual for Swiss buttplates. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear; receiver retains about all of its orig case colors on sides and top, moderately faded, bright in sheltered areas, turned silver on bottom with distinctive dbl shellac lines; hammer & lever retain about all of their orig case colors, bright on back edge of hammer and strong on sides of lever, lightly to moderately faded on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and a small chip at the edge of the cheekpiece and overall retains about all of its orig bright piano varnish finish with some touch-up on bottom rear edge of forearm. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-46083 JR316

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1015: RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 20044. Cal. 40-82. Unusual deluxe '86 with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, very rare extra thin blade, "C.W.G." marked front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight with extra fine notch and Lyman tang sight. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number "132" and "XXX". Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Mounted with about 3X center crotch flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and buttstock with straight grip and blued crescent buttplate. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters which identify this rifle in caliber 40-82 with oct bbl, plain trigger with 2-1/2 lb. pull, fancy checkered stock 3/4" shorter than regular, forearm & grip thinner than regular and blued frame & trims, received in warehouse July 21, 1888 and shipped two days later to Order #9562. Stock measures 12-1/4" LOP to center of crescent. Forearm appears to be standard in all respects while the wrist of the stock is slightly thinner. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp, bright orig factory blue with some very fine sharp edge wear on the receiver and some minor freckling; hammer retains brilliant case colors, lightly faded on top edge; lever retains bright case colors on sides, faded to silver on outer faces; loading gate base retains bright case colors; forearm cap & buttplate retain strong orig blue, a little thin on heel & toe of buttplate. Wood is sound with a few, very minor storage & handling mars and retains most all of its strong orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44469 JR33

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*RARE SPECIAL ORDER SEMI-DELUXE

Lot 1016: *RARE SPECIAL ORDER SEMI-DELUXE "BIG 50" WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 158359. Cal. 50 Ex.(50-110). Beautiful semi-deluxe rifle with 26" oct to rnd bbl, scarce full magazine, takedown with Sheard front sight, platinum line rear sight and Lyman tang sight. Mounted with nicely figured, slab sawed American walnut with I-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. This rifle was produced in 1921 near the very end of 1886 production and the caliber is unusual in this late configuration. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Overall retains about 98% bright orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear and one small spot on top of bbl. Wood is sound with a very few, light, scattered nicks & scratches with buttstock retaining virtually all of its orig factory finish; forearm has a repaired crack and retains most of a restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. 4-44490 JR50

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WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE IN A SCARCE CALIBER.

Lot 1017: WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE IN A SCARCE CALIBER.

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Description: SN 95835. Cal. 40-70. Standard grade rifle with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, Lyman 6A 2-leaf folding rear sight and Lyman tang sight. Mounted with 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 Feb. 6, 1895 and shipped May 11, 1895 to Order #12013. This cartridge was introduced for the 1886 in 1894 but was not much of an improvement over the 38-55 cartridge being chambered in the much lighter Model 1894 rifle and therefore drew little interest from the buying public. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear, a couple of minor nicks on the edges and a few scattered spots of pin prick rust spotting; receiver & forend cap retain nearly all of their brilliant case colors, moderately faded on bottom of receiver; hammer retains faded case colors and the lever most all of its orig case colors turned dark and lightly faded on outer faces; buttplate retains smoky case colors. Wood is sound with light nicks, scratches & dings, has a plugged screw hole in bottom of stock and overall retains about all of a fine professionally restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44501 JR54

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WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1018: WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 69066. Cal. 45-90. Standard grade rifle with 26" rnd bbl, full magazine, silver bead Jack front sight, slot blank in rear seat and a Lyman 21 receiver sight. Rifle has color case hardened receiver, forend cap & buttplate. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 45-90 with rnd bbl & plain trigger received in warehouse Sept. 23, 1892 and shipped Oct. 5, 1892 with two other Model 1886s to Order #7012. No mention of the Lyman receiver sight. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with a couple of small wear spots from an old rear sight installation; receiver retains almost all of its factory case colors, brilliant on sides, faded over top & bottom; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors, faded on top edge of hammer and outer faces of lever; forend cap & buttplate retain faded case colors. Wood is sound with a few minor nicks & light bruises and retains about all of an old refinish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-44498 JR53

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1019: RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 30651. Cal. 38-56. Standard grade rifle with rare 30" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver, forend cap & buttplate are color case hardened. Mounted with nicely figured, slab sawed American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, received in warehouse June 19, 1889 and shipped next day to Order #22938. Extra length bbls on any Winchester rifle are a rare feature. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear and a few fine scratches on bbl; magazine tube finish is turning slightly plum; receiver retains about 70% bright case colors, moderately faded on sides & top, brilliant in sheltered areas, turned silver on bottom; forend cap retains dark case colors; lever & hammer retain lightly to moderately faded case colors; buttplate contains moderately faded case colors. Stock has a small chip back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of a professionally restored finish. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore. 4-44506 JR56

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1020: RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 99954. Cal. 45-90. Fine deluxe '86 with 26" full matted oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight, missing the bead, and a Lyman 6A 2-leaf folding rear sight. Receiver is color case hardened. Mounted with about 2X American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and straight stock cut for checkered steel Winchester buttplate which is missing. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number "593" and "XX" which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-90, matted oct bbl, plain trigger, fancy checkered oil finished stock, Lyman front & rear sights, "special rear sight, rear slot out 2-1/8" from rear" and shotgun butt. Received in warehouse April 27, 1895 and shipped same day to Order #10672. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains about 90% thinning orig blue turning a little plum; magazine tube retains 90-92% thinning orig blue; forend cap retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant on sides; receiver retains virtually all of its orig case colors, strong & bright on sides, faded nearly to silver on bottom; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors on sides, fading on edges. Forearm has a hairline on right side at the cap, otherwise wood is sound with light handling & use marks and retains most of a fine professionally restored oil finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with some light roughness. 4-44463 JR35

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SPECIAL ORDER

Lot 1021: SPECIAL ORDER "BIG 50" WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 60137. Cal. 50 Ex. (50-110). Special order standard grade rifle with 26" oct bbl, button magazine, Lyman silver bead front sight and 3-leaf express rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. This rifle, according to records, was produced in 1891, a few years before the official introduction of the 50-110 cartridge in 1899 for the Model 1886, making it one of the earlier Model 1886s chambered for this huge cartridge. It is further distinctive being a 50-110 with color case hardened receiver and crescent buttplate. The heavy recoil of this cartridge made shooting a rifle with crescent buttplate very uncomfortable. That is why most 50 caliber Winchester 1886s are found with shotgun buttplates. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 51-110, with oct bbl, plain trigger and half magazine. Received in warehouse on March 12, 1894 and shipped three days later to order number 10284. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 96-98% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear and a couple of minor nicks; receiver retains 70-75% strong case colors, mostly on sides, moderately faded over top and turned silver on bottom; hammer retains very strong case colors with strong case colors on sides of lever, faded on outer faces; forend cap retains smoky case colors; buttplate retains about 90% very bright case colors. Wood is sound with a few minor nicks and retains about all of a restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-44491 JR51

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SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1022: SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 22683. Cal. 45-90. Standard grade rifle with 26" oct bbl, button magazine, ivory bead front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman tang sight. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured, slab sawed American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Rifle has color case hardened receiver, forend cap & buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, received in warehouse Sept. 12, 1888 and shipped Aug. 13, 1889. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear and some rust freckling on the sights along with a few scattered spots of rust on the bbl; receiver retains about 70% strong but moderately faded case colors on the sides and top with the bottom turned silver; hammer retains brilliant case colors turned silver on top edge; lever retains strong case colors on sides, brilliant in sheltered areas, turned silver on outer faces; buttplate & forend cap retain faded case colors; loading gate appears to have been refinished. Wood is sound and retains about all of a wonderful factory style restored finish. Bbl may also be an old factory restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44495 JR52

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*SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1023: *SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 120109. Cal. 45-70. Standard grade carbine with 22" bbl, full magazine, silver bead front sight, carbine ladder rear sight and a stud & ring in left side of receiver. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered, slab sawed American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate. Buttstock & forearm band have sling eyes. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this carbine, as found, received in warehouse May 20, 1900 and shipped Sept. 10, 1900 to Order #4956. Returned & repaired Sept. 10, 1907. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 90-92% strong orig blue with thinning around rear sight; receiver retains faded case colors in sheltered areas being mostly a silver brown patina. Buttstock has a small gouge out of the comb with a couple of carved notches below the sling eye and all the wood appears to have been cleaned with a light finish applied; forearm retains most of an old refinish. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore. 4-44511 JR58

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SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1024: SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 77418. Cal. 40-65. Standard grade carbine with 22" bbl, full magazine, square base front sight and carbine ladder rear sight that may be an old reproduction. Receiver & buttplate are color case hardened and receiver has a stud & ring in the left side. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this carbine, as found, shipping date not given, received in warehouse April 19, 1893. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 90% strong orig blue turning a little plum; receiver retains about 60% faded case colors, mostly on sides with top & bottom turned silver; lever & hammer retain faded case colors and the buttplate about 50% faded case colors with scattered rust. Wood is sound with light nicks & dings and has been cleaned with an added coat of light finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with some orange peel roughness. 4-44512 JR59

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EXTREMELY RARE VERY FIRST WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1025: EXTREMELY RARE VERY FIRST WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 46. Cal. 38-55. Standard carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, German silver front sight, carbine ladder rear sight and a staple & ring in left side of receiver. Note that this is a staple & ring like is usually found on 1873 & 1892 carbines, not the stud & ring which became standard on later 1894 carbines. Receiver is the rare 1st type with cartridge guide screw heads exposed on outside of receiver. Mounted with uncheckered, nicely figured, slab sawed American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate. 1st type receivers are in and of themselves very rare, having been produced only during the years 1894 & 1895 intermixed with Type 2 receivers. Carbines in this configuration are extraordinarily rare. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this carbine, as found, received in warehouse March 26, 1895 and shipped Sept. 24, 1895 to Order #21459. Although this letter shows shipment in 1895 the receiver was manufactured early in production in 1894. Also accompanied by a copy of p. 3 of a survey of the Model 1894 records in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody Firearms Museum records repository which reflects that this carbine was the first Model 1894 carbine produced and also the first carbine in caliber 38-55. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% orig blue with a couple of spots of light surface rust; bbl bands retain most of their orig blue with light high point wear; receiver retains about 95-96% strong orig blue, thinned on bottom edges, with a halo from the saddle ring; lever & hammer retain strong case colors turned silver on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44404 JR43

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RARE FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION 1ST TYPE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1026: RARE FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION 1ST TYPE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 1693. Cal. 38-55. Beautiful early rifle with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead combination front sight, Lyman 2-leaf folding rear sight, one leaf missing & Lyman tang sight. Mounted with 2-3X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate. Receiver is 1st type with cartridge guide screw heads exposed on the outside. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is unmarked, however right side of upper tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number "233" and "XXX". Assembly number "14401" is found on rear face of buttstock under buttplate and assembly number "5" is marked inside toe of buttplate. '94 rifles with 1st type receivers are very rare having been produced only in 1894 & 1895. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, received in warehouse Feb. 4, 1895 and shipped same day to Order #6377. Although this letter shows shipment in 1895, the receiver was actually manufactured in 1894. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 94-95% orig blue with sharp edge wear and a few minor nicks & dings; magazine tube retains 95-96% strong orig blue and forend cap about 95%; receiver retains about 92-94% orig blue, strong on sides with light candy striping, thinning over top & bottom; hammer retains most of its strong orig case colors with brilliant case colors on sides of lever, fading on outer faces. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-44401 JR44

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WONDERFUL 1ST TYPE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1027: WONDERFUL 1ST TYPE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 3163. Cal. 38-55. Rare 1st type standard grade rifle with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead combination front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. In the recent past, this cataloger read the draft of an article written by the late Tommy Rholes and Jeb Klitzke regarding the production of these early 1894 rifles. Their research disclosed that they were produced in very limited numbers only in 1894 & 1895. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1993 and the other 2001, which identify this rifle, as found, received in warehouse July 30, 1895 and shipped next day to Order #16643. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, near new. The bbl, magazine & forend cap retaining about 98-99% strong orig blue; receiver, floorplate & bolt retain about 97% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear and some minor thinning on bottom at carry point; left side of receiver has a fine jagged scratch and right side some minor flaking; lever & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, brilliant on sides, moderately faded on outer faces of the lever; buttplate retains about 75% faded case colors. Wood is sound with only a couple of very minor light mars in the finish and overall retains about all of its strong orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-44397 JR23

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE, ONE OF A KIND, SPECIAL ORDER FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE.

Lot 1028: EXTRAORDINARILY RARE, ONE OF A KIND, SPECIAL ORDER FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE.

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Description: SN 64062. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). According to a survey of the records of the Cody Firearms Museum, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY, regarding the production of the Winchester Model 1894 in the serial range "1 through 353,999" there were only 22 arms of this model produced with non-standard wood and this rifle, listed by SN, is the only one produced with mahogany wood. Additionally there were only 2,252 produced with 22" bbls and only 336 rifles were engraved. This survey also reports that there were only 56 gold plated or trimmed guns. This rifle has a 22" oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight with screw and a 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Mounted with fine grained mahogany wood with H-style checkered 8-3/8" forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Receiver, forend cap, magazine band & buttplate are heavily gold plated. Receiver is factory engraved in style #9 with the vignettes of a running whitetail buck on left side surmounted by the script name "I.M. Lawrence" and the right side has a standing whitetail buck. Engraving extends over top & bottom, top tang, over chamber area of bbl and buttplate tang. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number "7962" and "XXX". The matching assembly number is also found or rear face of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, with octagon bbl (length not indicated), plain trigger, checkered pistol grip mahogany stock, $4.00 engraved and gold plated receiver with "I.M. Lawrence" on left side and "Monogram Ring", received in warehouse July 12, 1899 and shipped same to Order #29660. Although this letter shows shipping in 1899 the receiver was actually manufactured in 1896. Also accompanied by a 2-page letter dated Sept. 14, 1998, over the signature of Lloyd Barden where he states that "Isadore Lawrence was a store owner in El Paso in the 1890s. The store was on the corner of San Francisco and Santa Fe Streets." Mr. Barden describes an incident related to him by Mr. Lawrence's grandson to whom this rifle was bequeathed, wherein Mr. Lawrence was robbed at gunpoint but shot and killed the robber. He also states that Mr. Lawrence moved to Middletown, NY where he died in 1950 and that a copy of his will named his grandson executor and heir and mentioned his shotguns, rifle & pistols. Also accompanying is a hand written letter from the late Tommy Rholes dated Feb. 6, 1999 wherein he authenticates this rifle as being completely original. Additionally accompanying is a copy of the Winchester ledger sheet for this rifle and copies of pages of the aforementioned survey. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear and a small ding on magazine tube; forend cap retains about 98% gold finish; receiver retains 97-98% strong orig gold finish and the buttplate about 93-95% gold plating; hammer retains most of its orig strong case colors turned silver on top edge; lever retains brilliant case colors on sides, fading to silver on outer faces. Wood is sound and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore, frosty in the grooves. 4-44375 JR29

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*FINE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1029: *FINE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 369285. Cal. 32-40. Beautiful deluxe '94 with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead combination front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and locking Lyman tang sight. Mounted with spectacular 3X plus, flame & marbled grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with deep sweeping cheekpiece and nickeled brass Swiss buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number "9725" and "SCPX". Matching assembly number is also found on rear face of buttstock, under buttplate and inside toe of buttplate. Winchester rifles with a cheekpiece stock & Swiss buttplate are somewhat rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection; Bob Hoffman; Mike Stanton Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig blue with only fine sharp edge wear, a couple of small dings and a few spots of light scattered surface rust; forend cap retains about 50% flaking blue; receiver retains about 95% orig blue with sharp edge wear and some light thinning; there are a couple of light scratches on receiver; loading gate retains strong fire blue; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors, moderately faded on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & dings and retains most of a very professional, very high quality, factory style piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44329 JR45

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SCARCE EARLY DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1030: SCARCE EARLY DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 15330. Cal. 38-55. Fine deluxe rifle with 26" rnd bbl, full magazine, ivory bead combination front sight and Winchester 3-leaf express rear sight. Mounted with about 2-3X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number "3052", "XX" and "S". Rear face of the buttstock, under the buttplate and inside toe of buttplate are also marked with the matching assembly number. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum work sheet which identifies this rifle as found, received in warehouse July 17, 1896 and shipped next day to Order #14307. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue with some thinning around magazine band from takedown operation; takedown ring retains most of its orig blue, slightly thinned; receiver retains 93-95% strong orig blue with some minor flaking and candy striping with light sharp edge wear; hammer retains strong case colors and the lever brilliant case colors on sides, fading on outer faces; buttplate retains 95-96% glossy orig blue. Wood is sound with a very few, very minor handling & storage nicks in the varnish and overall retains about all of its bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired, bolt face retains about all of its orig blue. 4-44385 JR25

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SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1031: SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 59617. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Beautiful deluxe '94 with 26" rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown, half nickel front sight with screw and 3-leaf express rear sight. Mounted with about 3X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and straight stock with smooth steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is unmarked however the buttstock is stamped with the assembly number "4642" on its rear face which number is also found inside toe of buttplate. There is no apparent reason for this anomaly. Close examination of the wood to metal fit reveals that the fit is about perfect and it is readily apparent that this is the orig buttstock to this rifle. On top of which the figure & color of the forearm exactly matches the buttstock. Accompanied by two identical Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1982 and the other 2006, which identify this rifle, as found, received in warehouse March 25, 1899 and shipped April 3, 1899 to Order #24324. Also accompanied by a copy of the ledger sheet for this rifle. Although the letter shows that this rifle was shipped in 1899, other records disclose that it was manufactured in 1896. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl, magazine tube & forend cap retain 98-99% strong orig blue; takedown ring retains most of its orig blue, slightly thinned on bottom with some candy striping on the sides; receiver retains 96-98% bright orig blue with light sharp edge wear, some minor thinning on bottom and some very fine scratches on left side; lever & hammer retain bright case colors, faded on outer faces of lever; buttplate retains about 60% thin blue. Wood is sound with a few minor nicks & chips in the piano varnish and overall the buttstock retains about 98% brilliant varnish and the forearm about 85% brilliant varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44320 JR15

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER EARLY DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1032: RARE SPECIAL ORDER EARLY DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 49086. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Beautiful deluxe '94 with 26" extra light tapered oct bbl, full magazine, tall Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight dovetailed into the top flat rather than pedestal mounted as is usual on rapid taper bbls. It has 3-leaf platinum line express sight with slightly altered notch in the 50-yard leaf and a locking Lyman tang sight with built-in windage. Receiver has dbl set triggers. Mounted with very nicely figured flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number "6441" and "CH". Matching assembly number is also found inside toe of buttplate. Rear face of buttstock has assembly number "8522" along with "94" indicating a replaced buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in 30 caliber with extra light oct bbl, set trigger, Lyman hunting front sight and "plain pistol grip" stock, received in warehouse Dec. 7, 1898 and shipped same day to Order #15876. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue; forend cap retains 96-97% glossy orig blue; receiver retains 95-97% glossy orig blue with very light sharp edge wear and light candy striping down both sides; loading gate retains virtually all of its orig fire blue; lever & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, moderately faded on hammer, brilliant on sides of lever, faded on outer faces; buttplate retains smoky case colors. Stock has a repaired chip on left side of wrist by top tang, otherwise wood is sound with stock retaining 97-98% glossy piano varnish finish; forearm retains about 60% glossy orig varnish with rear half showing moderate wear. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-44382 JR26

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*RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1033: *RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 308994. Cal. 38-55. Semi-deluxe rifle with scarce oct to rnd extra lightweight 26" bbl, full magazine, gold bead pedestal mounted front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver has close-coupled dbl-set triggers. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered, slab sawed American walnut with capped pistol grip buttstock and Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 2008 and the other 2009 which are identical and identify this rifle, as found, with extra lightweight half oct nickel steel bbl, set trigger, plain wood stock with pistol grip, Lyman front sight/Winchester high velocity, takedown, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, received in warehouse Jan. 7, 1908 and shipped same day to Order #136503. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% crisp orig factory blue with two fingerprints of pitting on bbl near muzzle; forend cap & takedown ring are matching condition; receiver retains about 97% crisp orig blue with a small ding on top left rear edge that has been touched up; left side also has a couple of small cleaned spots; lever & hammer retain about all of their brilliant orig case colors. Wood is sound with a few light storage & handling nicks & dings and some small bruises on the comb and overall retains about all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, possibly unfired, bolt face retains virtually all of its orig factory blue. 4-44328 JR12

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1034: RARE SPECIAL ORDER SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 131715. Cal. 25-35. Fine special order carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, Sheard front sight and Winchester express rear sight, missing its middle leaf. Left side of receiver has a stud & ring. Mounted with extra finish American walnut with I-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number "8271" which number is also found in top tang channel of the buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this carbine in caliber 25-35 with "plain pistol grip stock, checkered", shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, received in warehouse Nov. 19, 1901 and shipped next day to Order #121950. Although the letter shows that this carbine was shipped in 1901, records indicate that it was manufactured in 1897. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue with one small area of rust toward the front sight; receiver retains about 85-88% strong orig blue, thinning over top & bottom; lever & hammer retain bright case colors on sides, fading on outer faces. Wood is sound with light handling & use nicks & scratches and retains nearly all of its orig varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, very bright shiny bore. 4-44408 JR22

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*RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TRAPPER SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1035: *RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TRAPPER SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 318257. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Standard grade carbine with 15" bbl, full magazine, square base front sight with silver blade and 3-leaf, platinum-line express rear sight. Left side of receiver has a stud & ring. Mounted with uncheckered gumwood with 7-7/8" carbine forearm and straight stock with carbine buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter dated 2008 and a Winchester Gun Museum letter dated 1970 which provide the identical information listing this carbine in caliber 30 with 15" bbl, received in warehouse Oct. 2, 1906 and shipped Oct. 9, 1906 to Order #67043. Also accompanied by a 2-page letter on Dept. of the Treasury letterhead dated 31 Jan. 1983, listing this carbine, identified by SN, as a Curio & Relic. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98-99% crisp orig factory blue and bbl bands retain most of their orig blue; receiver retains 95-96% strong orig blue with some minor flaking and a light "halo" from the saddle ring; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors on the sides, fading on the edges. Wood is sound with very minor, very light handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44407 JR21

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ANTIQUE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1036: ANTIQUE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 67549. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Standard grade rifle with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with screw and 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle as found, received in the warehouse Sept. 16, 1899 and shipped Oct. 5, 1899 to Order #40593. Although this rifle was not shipped until late 1899, the records indicate that it was manufactured in 1896 and therefore is an antique. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% crisp orig blue with only faint muzzle edge wear. Receiver retains about 97-98% strong orig blue with light edge wear and some minor flaking and light scratches on the right side with some surface spotting on left side. Lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors, faded on outer faces of lever. Buttplate retains about all of its orig strong case colors, lightly to moderately faded. Wood is sound with a very few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its crisp orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44343 JR8

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*FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1037: *FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 234435. Cal. 32-40. Standard grade rifle with 26" rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with screw and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut, straight grip & crescent buttplate. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue. Forend cap retains about 90% blue. Receiver retains about 95% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear, some minor thinning on bottom and some light surface etching on right side with a few scattered, minor freckles on left side. Lever & hammer retain bright case colors, moderately faded on outer faces of lever. Buttplate retains silvery case colors. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44339 JR9

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1038: SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 19459. Cal. 38-55. Standard grade rifle with rare 30" rnd bbl, full magazine, front sight with screw, Marbles express rear sight and thin base tang sight with 4" staff. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, with "graduated peep", received in warehouse Feb. 2, 1897 and shipped same day to Order #3088. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain a medium blue/brown patina with strong blue in sheltered areas; receiver retains 75-80% orig blue, thinning over the top & bottom with candy striping down left side; lever & hammer retain some faded case colors. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches with stock retaining most of a restored finish and the forearm about 60% orig finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-44332 JR11

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*SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1039: *SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 314870. Cal. 32 WS. Standard grade carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight and Winchester 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Left side of receiver has a stud & ring. Mounted with nicely figured, slab sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this carbine as found, received in warehouse Sept. 11, 1906 and shipped next day to Order #68938. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% crisp orig blue and receiver about 83-85% crisp bright blue with the loss areas mostly on left side from flaking, not wear; lever & hammer retain strong case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas. Wood is sound with minor handling & storage mars in the surface and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44411 JR20

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*PRE-64 WINCHESTER MODEL 94 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1040: *PRE-64 WINCHESTER MODEL 94 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 1016459. Cal. 32 WS. Late SRC with 20" bbl, full magazine, Marbles gold bead front sight & carbine ladder rear sight with stud & ring in left side of receiver. Mounted with nicely figured, slab sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and rifle crescent buttplate. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 93-95% thinning orig blue; receiver retains about 80% blue; lever has been cleaned to bright metal. Stock, probably an old replacement, is sound, as is the forearm and both retain most of an old refinish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-44417 JR18

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*EXTREMELY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 55 TAKEDOWN DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1041: *EXTREMELY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 55 TAKEDOWN DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 1817. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Extremely rare rifle, with only a few known and this may be the only one of its configuration. Rifle has a 24-1/4" lightweight tapered rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with gold bead pedestal front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Bbl has usual Model 55 markings with "nickel steel". Receiver is factory engraved, probably by Stokes, in a slightly modified #2 pattern consisting of a standing whitetail buck & doe in a mountain meadow on the left side and a walking bull moose on right side. Mounted with highly figured, about 2X, American walnut with B-carved forearm and capped pistol grip stock with serrated steel buttplate. Left side of receiver is factory drilled & tapped for a receiver sight. This exact rifle is pictured on p. 290 of Winchester Engraving, Wilson (second edition) with credit to the Felix A. Bedlan Collection. It is pictured, both sides, in full color. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection; Felix A. Bedlan Collection CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl, magazine tube & forend cap retain about all of their strong, bright orig blue with only slight muzzle edge wear. Receiver & takedown ring also retain most of their strong orig blue with some slight thinning on the bottom of the takedown ring and front edge of the receiver. Front end of the floorplate is a silver/brown patina. There is a short hairline back of the top tang, otherwise wood is sound with a few very light handling & storage mars and retains most of its orig factory oil finish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44349 JR7

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EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 TRAPPER LEVER ACTION SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1042: EXTREMELY RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 TRAPPER LEVER ACTION SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: Please Note (9/17/12): It is believed that the serial numbers were also re-enhanced. SN 60968. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Extraordinarily rare trapper carbine with 12" bbl, full magazine, tall, square base front sight, carbine ladder rear sight & Lyman tang sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with gum wood 7-7/8" carbine forearm and straight stock with carbine buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this carbine, as found, received in warehouse June 29, 1896 and shipped next day. Also accompanied by a Dept. of Treasury, BATF, letter dated Sept. 23, 1986 exempting this carbine from the provisions of the Gun Control Act of 1968 and classifying it as a Curio & Relic. Additionally accompanied by a copy of a 2-page article by James M. Huntley believed to have run in the Winchester Collector magazine on pp. 28-29 from an unknown date. In the article Mr. Huntley states that when he purchased this carbine it had recently been discovered in Australia and had been poorly refinished. He states that he carefully cleaned & polished the metal and had it professionally restored to Winchester style finishes. He also states that he installed orig replacement wood. The title of his article is Only Three in the World. Whether this is fact or not has not been determined but it is known that 12" trappers are extraordinarily rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% fine Winchester style blue and the bbl bands strong blue with high point wear; receiver retains 88-90% bright Winchester style blue, thinning on bottom, with sharp edge wear and a halo from the saddle ring; lever & hammer retain bright case colors, moderately faded on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound with light nicks, dings & scratches, shows a respectable wood to metal fit and retains a hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with frosty pitting. 4-44664 JR90

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*DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1043: *DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 216702. Cal. 25-20. Fine deluxe '92 with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead combination front sight, flat top rear sight and a locking Marbles tang sight that needs repair. Mounted with 2-3X center crotch 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 "16634" and "XXX". Inside toe of buttplate has matching assembly number, the buttstock is unmarked and appears to be an old replacement. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle, as found, received in warehouse July 31, 1903 and shipped Aug. 5, 1903 to Order #191199. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 95-97% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear; receiver retains about 95% thinning orig blue with sharp edge wear turning silver/blue on bottom; hammer retains strong dark case colors and the lever traces of case colors, mostly turned silver. Wood is sound and buttstock retains about 90% strong orig piano varnish finish; forearm retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-44620 JR86

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*SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 92 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1044: *SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 92 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 637355. Cal. 25-20 WCF. Standard grade rifle with 24" oct bbl, full magazine, fine gold bead front sight and sporting rear sight with set screw. Left top flat of bbl is marked "MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCTOBER 14. 1884.", with cal. marking "25-20 W.C.F." near teh receiver and Winchester proof mark on top flat and front ring of receiver. Standard receiver, mounted with nicely figured "X" walnut, checkered pistol grip, Winchester hard rubber grip cap, crescent steel buttplate, H-checkered forend with nose cap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number "800" and "X". Top tang channel of buttstock is marked with assembly number "1979". PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl and mag tube retain 90-95% orig blue thinning on sharp edges, a couple of rub marks, typical scratches. Receiver retains 95% orig blue thinning at sharp edges, thinning on bottom and blending with brown patina, normal scratches with some fine scratches and a couple of small dings over the top. Hammer retains dark orig case colors. Lever retains orig case colors blending with gray patina. Stock is sound with lightly worn checkering, a gouge on left wrist with usual nicks, dings and scratches and retains its orig finish. Forend is sound with slightly worn checkering, normal nicks and dings and retains orig finish blending with hand worn patina across the bottom. Mechanics are crisp with a nice shiny bore. 4-46084 JR315

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1045: RARE SPECIAL ORDER SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 134550. Cal. 25-20. Beautiful semi-deluxe '92 with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with screw, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman tang sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with capped pistol grip stock and smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with the assembly number "7500" and "OH". It appears that this number was stamped over an obliterated number. Left side of upper tang is marked "C10036CFRB". Rear face of buttstock is marked "94" and has the assembly number "9418". Inside toe of buttplate also has assembly number "9418". Given the superb wood to metal fit between buttstock & receiver it is readily apparent that this buttstock was factory installed which is likely indicative of the number & letters on the upper tang. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, received in warehouse May 2, 1900 and shipped next day to Order #57566. Although the letter shows that this rifle was shipped in 1900 it was actually manufactured in 1896. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% strong orig blue with only the hint of sharp edge wear; receiver retains about 98% bright orig factory blue with some very minor candy striping and faint sharp edge wear; lever & hammer retain bright case colors, fading on outer faces of lever; buttplate retains about 95% bright orig blue. Wood is sound with a very few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its bright orig finish showing only light dulling of the forearm at the carry point. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44617 JR87

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*WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 1046: *WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 989127. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard carbine with 20" bbl, square base front sight and a replacement semi-buckhorn rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Metal overall retains 98-99% crisp orig factory blue; forearm band has a small spot of rust and is slightly plum colored. Right side of receiver has a small area that may have been cleaned a little and is of slightly different color; left side of receiver has a light halo from the saddle ring; buttplate is flaked to a plummy brown patina. Wood is sound with a few light scratches and overall retains about all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired with virtually all of its orig finish on bolt face. 4-44667 JR89

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FINE ANTIQUE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1047: FINE ANTIQUE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 36744. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). 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 & crescent buttplate. These early Model 1892 rifles & carbines are rarely found with high orig finish. They were considered as simply working tools and usually saw very hard service with limited or no maintenance on the American frontier. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% crisp orig blue; receiver retains 97-98% crisp orig blue with some minor candy striping and light, very fine surface etching; lever & hammer retain bright to brilliant case colors and the buttplate is faded to smoky case colors; forend cap is flaked to about 50% blue with loss areas a dark patina. Wood is sound with a few minor nicks and a couple of small bruises on buttstock and overall retains virtually all of its crisp orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, shows no evidence of use. 4-44601 JR81

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*RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1048: *RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 475099. Cal. 25-20. Standard grade rifle with special order 28" oct bbl, button magazine, half nickel front sight with screw and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with slab sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Any special order on a Model 1892 is indeed a rarity, especially extra length bbls. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue and the forend cap about 96% with a tiny spot of touchup on bottom rear edge; receiver retains 93-95% strong orig blue with fine sharp edge wear, a spot of pitting on top right rear edge and fine pin prick pitting on both sides; hammer retains dark case colors, turned silver on top edge and the lever bright colors in sheltered areas, turned silver on outer faces; buttplate retains smoky case colors; wood is sound with some light nicks & scratches and a bruise on right side of buttstock with buttstock retaining most of its strong orig factory finish; forearm retains 88-90% orig finish showing light wear on right rear side. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore, dark & frosty in the grooves. 4-44604 JR82

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*SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 1049: *SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 598748. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4" oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, ivory bead hunting front sight and sporting rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl retains about 95% orig blue with fine rust freckles and faint sharp edge wear; receiver retains traces of blue being mostly a silver/brown patina; lever, hammer & buttplate are a silver/brown patina. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches with buttstock retaining about 90% restored finish and the forearm about 85%. Mechanics are fine, strong bright bore with a few light spots of pitting. 4-46085 JR317

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