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Extraordinary Firearms & Knife Auction, Day 2

by James D. Julia


518 lots with images

March 13, 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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Lot 2000: RARE EARLY "HENRY" MARKED PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 16705. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Fine early '66 carbine with 20" bbl, full magazine with integral front sight/front band, a forearm band and 2-position rear sight graduated 100-300-500 yards. Left sideplate is engraved in period script "D Edwin Hawley / New York / from H.E.H. Dec. 25th 1868". Left side of frame has a staple & ring. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent brass buttplate containing a 3-pc orig all steel cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang is stamped with SN along with "CV" and "W". Matching number is also found inside toe of buttplate. A quick search of the internet disclosed no information pertinent to D. Edwin Hawley. This carbine was produced very shortly after the transition from the Henry rifle to the Model 1866 Winchester and these '66s are rarely found today with high orig finish. They were the first repeating lever action carbine, ever, and were immediately adopted by all manner of frontiersmen for use in the great American West, generally carried in saddle scabbards & wagon boxes or across saddle bows, usually under harsh conditions of weather & dirt with very limited or nonexistent maintenance. When one is fortunate enough to find such an early carbine, the bbl address is usually completely worn away with rounded edges on the receiver and damaged wood. While this carbine has been used and shows evidence of blood pitting on the bbl, over the chamber area, front sight & spots on the bbl, it is in remarkably strong orig condition. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl, as noted above, has heavy blood pitting over chamber area and left side of the rear sight, on the front bbl band & sight with lesser spots on the bbl which have been cleaned; middle band has a couple of additional small spots; loading gate retains about 60-70% orig blue; receiver retains sharp edges and a wonderful, smooth, dark coffee patina; hammer retains dark case colors, turning brown on rear edge; lever retains dark case colors in sheltered areas being a brown patina on the loop; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and the buttstock retains most of an old refinish; forearm is sound with a hand worn finish, possibly refinished. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of pitting.   4-44551 JR449

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Lot 2001: RARE EARLY "HENRY" MARKED WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 26268. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl has both Henry's & King's Patent markings. Forend cap is the early style brass with dimpled front edges. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent brass buttplate with trap which contains a 4-pc brass & iron orig cleaning rod. Buttstock is stamped with the last four digits of matching SN in top tang channel with matching number inside toe of buttplate. Bottom of stock & forend cap have factory sling swivels. Left side of buttstock has the hand scratched Roman numeral "XIX". Early "Henry"marked '66s are seldom encountered with high orig finish because, immediately upon their introduction, they were purchased & used on the American frontier, usually under very harsh conditions with little or no maintenance. Just finding a "Henry" marked '66 is a rarity but finding one with substantial orig finish is a very great rarity. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine plus. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with light muzzle & sharp edge wear, a few small chemical spots and some thinning over chamber area; magazine tube retains about 98% strong orig blue with the magazine band mostly gray patina; receiver retains sharp edges showing only very light wear around carry point on the bottom and all the brass retains a wonderful dark mustard patina; hammer retains strong case colors; lever retains faded case colors on sides, turned dark on outer faces; stock has a gouge on left side with normal nicks, scratches & dings and retains about all of its orig varnish finish; forearm is also sound and retains about 92-93% strong orig varnish with a couple of small gouges toward the upper end & wear on the bottom at the carry point. Hammer is solid in the full cock notch when manually cocked or when the lever is operated slowly, however if the lever is operated rapidly the hammer will not hold at full cock and will follow the bolt forward, otherwise mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; appears to be unfired with the bolt face retaining about all of its orig factory finish with crisp firing pins. 4-44556 JR448

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EXTRAORDINARY, ONE OF A KIND, RELIEF ENGRAVED, GOLD & NICKEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2002: EXTRAORDINARY, ONE OF A KIND, RELIEF ENGRAVED, GOLD & NICKEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 96741. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Spectacular rifle, gold & nickel finish with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, gold washed Beech's combination front sight and a reproduction Henry 900 yard ladder rear sight. Mounted with spectacular center crotch, flame grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and gold plated brass crescent buttplate with trap containing an orig 4-pc brass & steel cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped "XXX" and a "V". SN is in an engraved rectangle on the outer face of lower tang, inside the top tang channel of the buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver & forend cap have full coverage engraving, probably by John Ulrich which consists of ten large & small game scene vignettes all in semi-relief. The left sideplate is engraved with the large oval vignette of a standing hunter in a forest scene shooting two bull elk. To the rear of this large vignette are smaller vignettes of a standing bird dog, a partridge and below the large vignette is a tiny panel of a bear's head. Forward of the large vignette is a small squirrel holding a nut and in the left front side panel is the rnd vignette of two feeding doe deer. Right sideplate is engraved with the large vignette of a standing bull elk, a reclining hind and a feeding fawn. To the rear are two smaller vignettes of a cougar and flying duck. In the right front side panel is the large rnd vignette of Diana the Huntress and her leaping hound. The remainder of the receiver has full coverage, intertwined foliate arabesque patterns with extremely fine punch dot background. The various scenes & panels are divided with counterpoint bright borders and decorative engraved borders. Forend cap has full coverage foliate arabesque patterns with a fine scalloped border around rear edge. Forend cap has a factory sling swivel with corresponding swivel in buttstock. The buttplate tang is engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns surrounding a bright round counterpoint panel with decorative borders around the front edge. The bbl, magazine tube, lever, hammer & loading gate are nickel plated. Close examination of the receiver and tangs of this rifle disclosed no engraver's signature. This rifle was discovered several years ago by well-known dealer/collector, LeRoy Merz in Spain. He personally traveled to Spain and purchased it from the great-great grandson of the former King of Spain. The family history of this rifle was that it was presented personally to the king by Oliver Winchester. Mr. Merz also purchased two other firearms from this direct descendant of the King of Spain, one being a Winchester Model 1873, SN 13, which was sold through the Julia Auction Company recently and a Colt Lightning Magazine rifle. It is almost without question that this rifle was created for a special presentation and given the elaborate and extensive engraving coverage, it certainly is of the quality one would expect for a royalty presentation. PROVENANCE: LeRoy Merz; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains 94-95% orig nickel with some flaked losses and fine freckling; magazine tube retains 96-97% restored nickel finish; receiver retains most of its bright orig gold wash with some light wear on right rear and right front sides of receiver; forend cap & buttplate retain virtually all of their orig factory gold wash; lever & hammer retain most of their orig nickel finish with a few small spots of flaking; wood is sound with numerous small nicks & scratches in the varnish and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory piano varnish finish; toe screw of buttplate is rusted which has stained the buttplate, but may clean; buttstock swivel is also lightly rusted; cleaning rod appears to be new & unused. 4-44554 JR299

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SCARCE WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 2003: SCARCE WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 14420. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade early carbine, 2nd type, with 20" bbl, full magazine, integral front band/front sight and Model 1866 style forearm band with 2-position rear sight graduated 100-300-500 yards. Receiver has a mortised dust cover with impressed checkered thumb print and has a staple & ring in left side. Mounted with very nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and smooth steel carbine buttplate with trap containing a 3-pc, orig all steel cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is stamped with assembly number "294" with the matching assembly number in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Lever latch is 1866-style. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, both dated 2006, which provide identical information identifying this firearm as a carbine, received in warehouse Jan. 7, 1877 and shipped June 26, 1877 to Order #9342. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue with only faint muzzle end wear; bbl bands retain most of their orig blue, lightly to moderately thinned and turning plum; receiver & sideplates retain 95-96% strong orig blue with a few light nicks & scratches, some fine spots of surface discoloration and a halo on left side from saddle ring; lever & hammer retain dark case colors; wood is sound with a few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired; bolt face retains virtually all of its orig factory blue. 4-44594 JR421

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RARE EARLY WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2004: RARE EARLY WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 282148. Cal. 22 Short. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Bbl has usual 2-line Winchester & Kings' Improvement markings with caliber marking over chamber area. Bottom of brass carrier is marked "22 CAL. / SHORT." Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate without trap. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum Records Office worksheet which identifies this rifle in caliber 22 with oct bbl & plain trigger, received in warehouse Nov. 5, 1888 and shipped Dec. 11, 1888 to Order #16346. According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms there were a total of 19,552 of these scarce rifles manufactured in the period 1884-1904 in two bbl lengths and two calibers. This model was the first repeating rifle chambered for 22 rimfire and as such was accepted by the American shooting public with great enthusiasm. They were usually hard used and with the small bore had very little maintenance and today are almost never found with high orig finish and unblemished bores. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Appears to be new & unused retaining about 99% crisp, orig factory finish to both metal & wood with only a faint hint of sharp edge wear in a few isolated places; lever & hammer retain most of their bright orig case colors, moderately faded on outer face of lever; buttplate retains brilliant case colors on tang, moderately faded on the face; wood is sound with a long scratch on bottom of forearm and a few other very minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its strong orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; probably unfired; bolt face retains about all of its orig factory blue; lever lock retains about all of its orig factory case colors as does the trigger. This is truly a magnificent, one of kind for condition '73 small bore rifle. 4-44576 JR341

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RARE DELUXE FACTORY ENGRAVED FULL NICKEL WINCHESTER 2ND MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2005: RARE DELUXE FACTORY ENGRAVED FULL NICKEL WINCHESTER 2ND MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 35027. Cal. 44 wcf (44-40). Wonderful early '73 with 24-1/4" oct bbl, full magazine, thinned Lyman front sight and short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges. Receiver has attached dust cover rail with impressed, checkered thumbprint dust cover and sgl set trigger. Mounted with very nicely figured, 2X American walnut with early style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number "84" and "XX". Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is beautifully engraved by L.D. Nimschke with the vignette of a bull & cow elk on left side plate all surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns. Right sideplate and sides of receiver are engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns and a large shell pattern on side plate. Top & bottom of receiver, top tang & buttplate tang are engraved to match with matching patterns on forend cap. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1995 and the other 2001. Both identify the rifle with oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock, full nickel and $2.50 engraving, received in warehouse June 9, 1879 and shipped June 12, 1879 to Order #15529. The 1995 letter also states that it was shipped with three other arms. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 93-95% strong orig nickel with some light flaking on left lower flat above the magazine tube and some light thinning over chamber area; magazine tube retains about all of its strong orig nickel plating; forend cap retains about 85-90% orig nickel; receiver retains 90-95% strong orig nickel with losses on right sideplate and the carrier being exposed brass and ; lever & hammer retain strong orig nickel with scattered flaking; buttplate retains about 80% orig nickel; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains most of a fine, old professionally restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore, dark in the grooves. 4-44569 JR4200

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EXCEEDINGLY RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED NICKEL FINISH MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 2006: EXCEEDINGLY RARE DELUXE ENGRAVED NICKEL FINISH MODEL 1873 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 484723. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Nickel finish with 20" rnd bbl, full magazine with two bands, barleycorn front sight and 900 yard carbine ladder rear sight. Bbl has standard 2-line markings and caliber over chamber area. Mounted with very highly figured, marbled, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & carbine buttplate with trap that contains an orig 3-pc nickel plated iron & brass cleaning rod. Receiver is lightly engraved in foliate arabesque patterns on both sides from the Ulrich shop with the name "Luis Esnarriaga" in a ribbon on left sideplate. Top & bottom of receiver and top tang, along with buttplate tang are lightly engraved to match. Carrier is marked "44 CAL.". Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number "2222" and "XX". Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter, addressed to Mr. Arlin McCroskie, which identifies this firearm as a carbine in 44 caliber with fancy stock, full nickel and engraved $2.50 with the name on sideplate "Louis (sic) Esvarriaga (sic)", received at warehouse Nov. 3, 1894 and shipped Nov. 15, 1894 to Order #23966. It seems likely that Luis Esnarriaga was someone of importance in South or Central America to receive such a fine gift. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp orig nickel with some scattered chemical spots on front half of bbl; dust cover has some minor pinprick pimpling and there are a few other pin pricks of pimpling elsewhere but the nickel is crisp & bright; wood is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches with a small wear spot on bottom left of wrist and a series of scratches on right side of buttstock and overall retains virtually all of its bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired; bolt face retains about all of its orig nickel. 4-44585 JR342

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

Lot 2007: SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER 1ST MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 29331. Cal.44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 28" oct bbl, half nickel front sight, short semi-buckhorn rear sight with checkered edges and a thick base tang sight with 4" staff. Receiver has a mortised dust cover with impressed checkered thumbprint. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent steel buttplate with trap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number "399" with matching assembly number in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Lever latch is the later style without threads. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle with 28" oct bbl & plain trigger with no shipping information. 1st Model '73s are scarce with special order features and given their early, immediate success with usually hard & continuous service on the American Frontier, today they are rarely found in orig configuration with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains about 95% strong orig blue with fine pinpricks of surface discoloration and turning plum; receiver & sideplates retain 93-95% strong orig blue with some minor candy striping and cleaning scratches on sides, turning a little plum over receiver ring and bottom front, in the recess; hammer retains most of its orig case colors and the lever retains strong case colors on the sides, turned dark on outer faces; stock has a couple of minor chips and a few, very minor, scattered light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; shows little evidence of use retaining most of its orig factory blue on bolt face. 4-44588 JR422

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RARE GOLD & ENGRAVED OPEN TOP WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2008: RARE GOLD & ENGRAVED OPEN TOP WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 4901. Cal. 45-75. Spectacular early '76 with 28" oct bbl, full magazine, windgage globe front sight missing the spirit level keeper & aperture with early style semi-buckhorn rear sight that has checkered edges and an early Marbles locking tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, about 2X, center-crotch, flame grain American walnut with early style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate that has a trap. Bottom of stock is fitted with a factory sling loop with corresponding sling swivel in the forend cap, both of which are gold plated. Receiver, forend cap & buttplate are gold plated with the receiver engraved in Conrad Ulrich style, from his shop. Left sideplate has the oval vignette of a walking white tail buck in a field & forest scene surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background. Right side has matching foliate arabesque patterns with a large ribbon engraved "JS" or possibly "JP". Both front flats of receiver are engraved with matching foliate arabesque patterns that have a simple line border. Top & bottom of receiver, along with the buttplate tang & each side of forend cap, are engraved in light foliate arabesque patterns. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number "175" which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. This exact rifle, identified by SN, is pictured, both sides, on p. 201 of the book Winchester Engraving, Wilson, and credited to the Ivan B. Hart Collection. Top of receiver has two small plugged holes with a small milled slot at the rear of the ejection port, apparently where a dust cover rail was after market, attached at one time. Receiver has a sgl set trigger. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters and two Winchester Museum letters, all of which identify this rifle with oct bbl, set trigger, gold & engraved, received in warehouse on June 10, 1878 and shipped June 19, 1878 with 17 other Model 1876s to Order #11781. The letters further note that it was returned May 1881 with the notation "Skinker". In the Winchester Museum letter of Jan. 14, 1963, over the signature of T.E. Hall, the last sentence states "There is nothing in our files pertaining to Mr. Skinker, the California agent." PROVENANCE: Ivan B. Hart Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 88-90% strong orig blue with muzzle end and sharp edge wear; magazine tube retains 75-80% orig blue, worn thin on the bottom radius; receiver retains 88-90% strong orig gold plating with high point & sharp edge wear and a couple of spots of light surface pitting; forend cap & swivel retain most of their orig gold plating; buttplate retains 70-75% thin gold plating and the stock sling loop retains about 75% gold plating; wood is sound with a couple of small gouges on left side of buttstock and a few light handling & use marks elsewhere and retains most of an old restored finish; checkering shows moderate to heavy wear with a few mashed diamonds. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Tang sight lock is not functioning. 4-44550 JR336

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EXTREMELY RARE EARLY 1ST MODEL, OPEN TOP DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2009: EXTREMELY RARE EARLY 1ST MODEL, OPEN TOP DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 708. Cal. 45-75. Usual configuration with 28" oct bbl, full magazine, ivory bead front sight, "1876" marked ladder rear sight and an early Lyman tang sight with spiral knurled barrel. Mounted with very nicely figured straight grain American walnut with early style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with black fleur-de-lis insert and crescent steel buttplate that has sliding trap which contains an orig 4-pc steel & brass cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number "44" and "XXX". This number is also found inside toe of buttplate with what appears to be pencil numbers in the top tang channel of the buttstock. This is slightly unusual and may be a factory replacement stock but regardless it is orig Winchester equipment. Accompanied by a period heavy, leather lined custom wood casing that is 50-3/8" long x 9-1/2" wide x about 2-3/4" deep, compartmented for the rifle and five boxes of orig Winchester ammunition. The case has been fitted with a block at the muzzle end with a figure-8 recess for the end of the bbl & magazine tube. The butt end is form fitted for the crescent buttplate and the center section, over receiver area, has an attached orig leather covered pad which covers the receiver. Two of the boxes of ammunition are full with orig cartridges. Two other boxes have 10-rds each orig factory ammunition and 10-rds each fired brass. The fifth box has 17-rds of orig ammunition, one dud and two missing. Also accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum work sheet which identifies this firearm as a rifle with oct bbl, set trigger, case hardened with checkered stock and pistol grip, received in warehouse Nov. 5, 1877 and shipped same day to Order #10347. It seems likely that this was a set created by an Eastern hunter for a safari to the West and saw little, if any, use. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig factory blue with a few minor nicks & scratches; receiver & sideplates retain virtually all of their orig factory case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas, moderately faded elsewhere; hammer retains virtually all of its brilliant orig case colors with a small wear spot on left side; lever retains bright case colors in sheltered areas, turned silver on most of outer faces; wood is sound with light handling & use nicks & scratches with a small ding and a few scratches on left side and overall retains just about all of its bright piano varnish finish; checkering shows light to moderate diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Cleaning rod is fine. Case is sound with nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of its orig finish; leather carrying handle on front is missing; leather lining is solid & clean with light soil; ammunition boxes are generally fine with a couple of small tears in the lids with one box has a detached end flap; two of boxes have crisp labels with the other three moderately soiled; ammunition is all fine with some of bullets showing light oxidation. 4-44546 JR331

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER 2ND MODEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2010: SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER 2ND MODEL WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 14190. Cal. 45-60. Fine standard grade Model '76 with 26" oct bbl, button magazine, ivory bead front sight with bead broken, sporting leaf ladder rear sight graduated to 1,000 yards and a Lyman combination tang sight. Receiver is 2nd type with screwed-on dust cover rail. Mounted with nicely figured, slab sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and smooth steel buttplate. Bottom of carrier, as usual, is marked with the caliber side to side and is engraved in period script lengthwise "J. Parsons" over the SN. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number "121" and "CF". Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum records request sheet which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-60 with 26" 1/2 oct bbl, case hardened, plain trigger, half magazine and shotgun butt, received in warehouse May 19, 1891 and shipped same day to Order #25399. Although the records indicate "1/2 octagon" bbl, it is readily apparent that this rifle has had this full oct bbl its entire life. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with very light muzzle & sharp edge wear with some minor pinpricks of discoloration over forearm area; receiver & sideplates retain virtually all of their brilliant orig, factory case colors, very lightly faded on sides, a little more faded over top & bottom; hammer retains very bright case color, faded on top edge; lever retains bright case colors on sides, fading to silver on outer faces; buttplate retains about 50% orig blue, showing wear at heel & toe with balance flaked, not worn, to a dark patina. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44543 JR440

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2011: RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 4100. Cal. 45-90. Rare deluxe '86 with 26" full matted rnd bbl, full magazine with German silver Rocky Mountain front sight & an unmarked 1886-style 1,000 yard ladder rear sight. Mounted with highly figured, center crotch, uncheckered American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with black insert and full checkered hard rubber buttplate. Although this buttplate is not Winchester marked there is no doubt whatsoever that it is orig to this rifle. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number "2805", "XXX", "S" and "RB". Matching assembly number is also found in the top tang channel of buttstock. Bbl address is on the top, forward of rear sight and was rolled through the matting. Caliber marking is on left side of chamber in order to accommodate the matting. Rifle is early style with spring screw that extends through the top tang. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, which are identical and identify this rifle in caliber 45-90 with rnd matted bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, German silver Rocky Mountain front & sporting leaf rear sights, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, received in warehouse Feb. 9, 1887 and shipped same day to Order #14698, returned & repaired Feb. 15, 1887. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig blue with only light muzzle edge wear; receiver retains brilliant case colors on sides, lightly faded on right front and over the top with faint colors on belly; top tang is also fading; hammer retains bright case colors, faded on top edge; lever retains bright case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, fading to silver on outer front faces; wood is sound with a few, very minor nicks & scratches and one small rub on left side of buttstock with buttstock retaining 96-98% strong orig piano varnish; forearm retains about 75% strong orig piano varnish showing wear and turned dark on bottom rear edge. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44461 JR438

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2012: RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 7172. Cal. 45-70. Wonderful special order '86 with rare 28" rnd bbl, slightly altered Rocky Mountain front sight and very rare special order military, windage adjustable, musket style, ladder rear sight graduated to 1,000 yards. Receiver has sgl set trigger. Mounted with very nicely figured burl & shell grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with black insert and crescent steel buttplate with trap. Left side of buttstock has a deep fluted cheekpiece. Bottom of stock has a military style sling wire with a corresponding sling swivel in forend cap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number "493", "XX" and "SS". Matching assembly number, along with an "S", is stamped in the top tang channel of the buttstock. Toe of buttplate also has the matching assembly number. Accompanied by three Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1996 and the other two, 2008. All three furnish identical information and identify this rifle in caliber 45-70 with 28" rnd bbl, half magazine, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip & cheekpiece, rod in butt, with sling & swivel, sights are listed as "military windgage rear, 1 inch forward of frame", pull 14 in. and drop 3 in., received in warehouse Sept. 9, 1887 and shipped Sept. 12, 1887 to Order #20720. Special order Winchesters are occasionally encountered but those with so many special order features are indeed, very rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% orig blue with a few tiny scattered spots of surface rust; receiver retains about 75% orig case colors, strong & bright on right side and in sheltered areas on left side, fading elsewhere and turned silver on bottom; hammer retains strong case colors, turned silver on top edge; lever retains strong case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, faded to silver elsewhere; top tang is mostly faded to gray; forend cap retains smoky case colors; buttplate retains about 90% bright case colors, showing wear on heel & toe; stock has a chip by the lower tang at the receiver, two or three tiny grain checks back of top tang and some others back of cheekpiece and has light handling & use nicks & scratches and overall retains most of its piano varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44507 JR417

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2013: RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 108133. Cal. 45-70. wonderful deluxe '86 with 26" oct to rnd bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead combination front sight, flat top rear sight and Lyman large disc tang sight with adjustable diopter. Mounted with very highly figured 2X American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip buttstock with deep fluted cheekpiece and Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number "1029" and "XX". The matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1989 and the other 2006, both of which identify this rifle in caliber 45-70 with half oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, "dark stock", special sights, rubber butt and cheekpiece, received in warehouse Feb. 28 and shipped same day. Deluxe '86s, while not especially rare, are extremely uncommon with a factory cheekpiece and special order wood. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% crisp orig factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear; receiver retains about 95-96% strong orig case colors, bright on sides, lightly to moderately faded over the top and lightly cleaned down the center of the belly; hammer retains strong case colors, moderately faded on top edge; lever retains bright case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, moderately to heavily faded on out face; wood is sound with a few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its fine varnish finish that may be a very old restoration. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, has seen very little use. 4-44477 JR416

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VERY RARE INSCRIBED FACTORY ENGRAVED SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2014: VERY RARE INSCRIBED FACTORY ENGRAVED SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 106645. Cal. 45-90. Wonderful deluxe '86 with 26" oct bbl, button magazine, combination front sight, Lyman 6A 2-leaf folding rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured flame & shell grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent steel buttplate. Bottom rear of forearm is inlaid with a 1-1/4" x 5/8" oval silver escutcheon plate engraved "J.F. THOMAS / G.F.D 1905 / PHILADELPHIA". Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number "822" and "XX". Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is wonderfully engraved, probably by John Ulrich, with the large oval vignette of a whitetail buck & doe in a forest scene on left side and a walking bull moose in a small vignette on right side, surrounded by light foliate arabesque patterns with wavelet borders. Top & bottom of receiver, bolt, hammer, top tang, lever, forend cap & buttplate tang are engraved to match. Buttstock has a repaired toe. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1990 and the other 2008, which report identical information, identifying this rifle in caliber 45-90 with oct bbl, 1/2 magazine, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip and $12.00 engraving, received in warehouse Feb. 19, 1896, shipped same day to Order #5621, repair & return Nov. 10, 1896. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear; receiver retains about 70% faded, smoky case colors, a little stronger in sheltered areas; hammer retains bright case colors, faded on top edge; lever retains case colors in sheltered areas, mostly having turned to silver; buttplate has faded to silver. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore, shows little or no use, retaining most of the orig finish on bolt face & loading gate. 4-44444 JR439

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RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION MUSKET.

Lot 2015: RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION MUSKET.

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Description: SN 82375. Cal. 45-70. Rare '86 musket with 30" rnd bbl, full length forearm which conceals the magazine tube, that has a metal nose cap and sgl band with sling loop. It has square base front sight/bayonet lug and a musket style ladder rear sight graduated to 1,000 yards. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and musket/carbine buttplate with trap which contains a 5-pc orig all steel cleaning rod. Bottom of stock has a sling loop. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this firearm as a musket in caliber 45-70, received in warehouse on Sept. 15, 1893 and shipped same day to Order #22833. According to Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 350 of these rare muskets were produced and "The '86 musket is the greatest rarity of all Winchester lever action muskets." PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains about 99% strong orig factory blue with a couple of minor freckles of pinprick rust; receiver retains most of its orig case colors, strong & bright in sheltered areas and the entire left side; top & bottom are moderately faded with the dbl shellac lines still visible on the bottom; hammer retains strong case colors, turned dark; lever retains strong case colors on sides and in sheltered areas, faded on outer faces; buttplate retains moderately faded case colors showing wear on heel & toe; wood is sound with some light scrapes & dings on buttstock and a few small nicks on forearm and retains most of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. May have been fired but if so, very little. 4-44516 JR434

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PLEASE SEE NOTE IN DESCRIPTION

Lot 2016: PLEASE SEE NOTE IN DESCRIPTION

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Description: PLEASE NOTE: This lot will not be available for bidding online due to last minute changes to the description. If you are still interested in bidding on this item, please call our office as soon as possible at 207-453-7125. EXTREMELY RARE, VERY EARLY SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 "BIG 50" LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 74783. Cal. 50 Ex. (50-110). Extraordinary deluxe '86 with 26" extra-heavy oct bbl that is 1" across the flats. It has full magazine and Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with black triangle inlay and crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number "685" and "XX". Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. This rifle is quite unusual with its extra heavy bbl, color case hardened receiver and crescent buttplate. This weight barrel is rare on any Winchester but more so on the heavier 50 caliber rifles. The color case hardening on a 50 caliber rifle also is somewhat unusual because by the time the 50 caliber was adopted for the 1886 the standard for this model was blued frame. The crescent buttplate is equally unusual on a 50 caliber rifle because they were very uncomfortable to shoot with anything but a shotgun buttplate. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1988 and the other 2007 with both having identical information which identifies this rifle in caliber 50-110, extra heavy oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip and Lyman front & rear sights, received in warehouse Feb. 14, 1893 and shipped same day to Order #14285. Also accompanying is a copy of the shipping record. PLEASE NOTE: The lower tang on this rifle is a replacement. The stock has been renumbered to match the assembly number on the tang. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with very light sharp edge wear and a small scratch on top left flat that does not go completely through the blue; receiver retains about all of its orig case colors, brilliant on left side which also has most of its orig shellac, and in sheltered areas elsewhere, fading to silver on the bottom and areas of the right side; top of receiver is moderately faded; hammer retains strong case colors, moderately faded on top edge; lever retains most of its orig case colors, strong & bright on sides and upper front, strong in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded on outer face; wood is sound with a few light storage & handling nicks & scratches and a grain check in left side of buttstock and overall retains most of an outstanding professionally restored finish; buttplate retains about all of its orig case colors, bright in a few spots, moderately faded elsewhere. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. May have been fired but if so very little. 4-44487 JR430

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*RARE FACTORY GOLD AND NICKEL ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2017: *RARE FACTORY GOLD AND NICKEL ENGRAVED WINCHESTER 1886 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 122768. Cal. 45-90. Beautiful deluxe rifle with 26" octagon bbl, full magazine, fixed blade front sight with set screw and V-notch sporting rear sight. Rifle has 4 dollar engraving, gold plated with a large vignette of a buck deer running across a rocky landscape, surrounded by bold arabesque foliate scrolls with punch dot background and border engraved in a snake and dot pattern. Right side forward part of the small circle with a standing buck deer with remainder a bold foliate arabesque scroll with punch dot background and matching snake and dot border. Top of receiver, along bolt, has a narrow snake and dot borders and moderate foliate scroll over the receiving ring. Bbl, over the chamber area has some light foliate scroll and a border design around caliber designation. Mounted with "XX" walnut with H-style checkered forend and checkered pistol grip stock with Winchester hard rubber grip cap and an engraved gold plated crescent butt-plate. The bbl, magazine tube, sights, lever, hammer, bolt, loading gate, and screws are all nickeled on this fine deluxe rifle. Accompanying is a Cody Firearms Museum letter fully identifying this rifle and showing a long storied history of shipments from and returns to the factory with first ship date of March 9th, 1901 and concluding as "charge to exhibition showcase sample consignment account ticket #547859" on July 26, 1921. Order #7604-27. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. The nickeled bbl and magazine tube have the usual nicks and scratches with sharp edge wear; the nickeled sights show more wear on the edges than the bbl and mag-tube; the gold plated receiver shows wear on the sharp edges but still contains very much of it's orig. gold plating; the nickeled receiver parts retain most of their nickel; buttplate shows considerable loss of gold but still has evidence that it was gold plated; the deluxe wood carries a complete and professional restoration of factory quality from Turnbull restorations. Mechanics are crisp; bore is somewhat dark with moderate pitting. 4-44448

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*EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER MODEL 1886 WINCHESTER

Lot 2018: *EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER MODEL 1886 WINCHESTER "BIG 50" LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE.

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Description: SN 127365. Cal. 50-100-450. Rare standard grade short rifle with 22" rnd bbl, full magazine, takedown with Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Bbl is marked "NICKEL STEEL" on left side by rear sight and has the cal. marking over chamber area. Mounted with very nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered, American walnut with straight stock and smooth steel shotgun buttplate. The tangs, under the wood, are without assembly number, however the top tang channel of buttstock has assembly number "118" with matching number in white pencil on rear face of buttstock under the buttplate and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1989 and the other 2004, both of which report identical information which identifies this rifle in caliber 50-100-450 with 22" rnd nickel steel bbl, plain trigger, takedown with flat top sporting rear & Lyman hunting front sights and shotgun butt, received in warehouse March 5, 1903 and shipped next day to Order #177374. Also accompanied by a copy of the shipping record. The 50-100-450 cartridge was produced for only a short period of time before being supplanted by the 50-110 cartridge. As such, very few rifles were marked as being chambered for this cartridge and very few of those are known today. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98-99% strong orig blue with only faint muzzle edge wear; receiver retains about 98% strong orig blue with a couple of small scratches and a minor area of flaking on the top rear edge; takedown ring retains most of its orig blue, turned dull on bottom; lever & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, strong & bright on hammer and sides of lever, also in sheltered places on the lever with the loop moderately faded; buttplate retains about 95% strong orig blue showing wear at heel & toe; wood is sound with a small gouge on the forearm and a few light nicks & scratches elsewhere and overall retains about all of its strong orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; probably unfired. Bolt face & loading gate retain virtually all of their orig factory finish. 4-44494 JR458

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*FINE LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 2019: *FINE LATE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 152314. Cal. 45-70. Standard grade carbine with 22" rnd bbl, full magazine, 2-bands with square base front sight and 3-leaf express rear sight. Left side of receiver is installed with a stud & ring. Mounted with nicely figured straight grain uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and smooth steel carbine buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this firearm as a carbine in 45-70 caliber, charged to: Iver Johnson Sporting Goods Co., Boston, MA, received in warehouse Nov. 2, 1916 and shipped Feb. 6, 1917 to Order #807243. This is a very late carbine, seldom encountered. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl has a small spot of touch-up over chamber area behind the rear sight, otherwise bbl & magazine tube retain most of their strong orig factory finish; bands also retain about all of their orig factory finish with light high point wear; receiver has a couple of fine scratches on left side and fine sharp edge wear and overall retains 95-96% strong orig blue on sides & top edge, lightly thinned on belly at carry point; lever & hammer retain strong case colors, faded on outer faces of lever; buttplate is flaked to a mostly brown patina; stock has a bruise on the comb with a very few, tiny nicks & scratches elsewhere and overall retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; may have been fired but if so, very little. 4-44518 JR435

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*RARE SPECIAL ORDER SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE.

Lot 2020: *RARE SPECIAL ORDER SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE.

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Description: SN 126535. Cal. 45-70. Rare '86 with 20" extra light, tapered rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with Lyman ivory bead ramp front sight and flat top rear sight. Bbl has usual markings with "NICKEL STEEL" by the rear sight and the caliber marking over the chamber. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with "I" style checkered forearm and straight stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Bottom of stock has a factory sling eye with corresponding sling eye in the forend cap. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number "460" and "R". Top tang channel of buttstock is stamped with the matching assembly number. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 45-70, takedown with 20" extra light rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered plain wood stock, half magazine, Lyman front sight, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, sling & swivels, received in warehouse Oct. 18, 1902 and shipped Oct. 20, 1902 to Order #155970. Also accompanied by a copy of the shipping record. Configuration of this little rifle is rare & unusual and seldom encountered especially with high orig finish. Short rifles such as this one were usually ordered by trappers or horsemen and generally saw very hard service. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Overall retains 98-99% strong, orig, glossy, factory blue with faint sharp edge wear and a couple of small scratches on the receiver with some very minor thinning over the top of the takedown ring; lever & hammer retain most of their strong factory case colors, faded on top edge of hammer and outer faces of lever; wood is sound with a very few, very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and a couple of small dings on forearm and overall retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be unfired. 4-44480 JR413126535

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SCARCE EARLY SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2021: SCARCE EARLY SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 23906. Cal. 38-56. Beautiful standard grade rifle with 26" heavy oct bbl, half magazine (5-shots), ivory bead front sight and "1886" marked ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 38-56 with oct bbl, plain trigger, 1/2 magazine (5 cartridges), sporting leaf & Lyman front sight, received in warehouse Sept. 27, 1888 and shipped same day to Order #12881. Standard grade Winchester rifles with high orig finish are quite unusual because they were often working man tools and usually saw hard service under adverse conditions with limited maintenance. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98%+ condition with very faint sharp edge wear, a nick on the bbl and flaked magazine tube cap; receiver retains virtually all of its orig case colors, strong & bright on sides & top with the belly moderately faded but still showing the dbl shellac lines down the edges; lever & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, dark on top edge of hammer and moderately faded, turning silver on the loop; buttplate retains strong, bright case colors with wear only on edge of toe & heel; wood is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some scattered roughness. 4-44497 JR433

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

Lot 2022: *RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 144437. Cal. 33 WCF. Rare rifle with 24" tapered lightweight rnd bbl, full magazine, pedestal mounted Lyman ivory bead front sight, an unusual blank in the rear seat and a Lyman small disc tang sight. The slot filler in the rear seat has a flat, 1-1/16" x 5/8" oval piece of steel attached to its top that is engraved in a scroll and has a mostly obliterated name which may be "WASHINGTON". Mounted with very nicely figured center crotch, flame grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with deep, fluted cheekpiece and crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number "580" and "XX". The matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of the buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 33 with rnd bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, full magazine, rifle butt with cheekpiece, received in warehouse March 2, 1908, shipped March 9, 1908 to Order #139968 and repair and return March 8, 1917. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig blue with some light, minor thinning; receiver retains about 50% thin orig blue with balance a silver patina; hammer retains strong case colors on sides and rear edge with top edge turned silver; lever retains traces of case colors in sheltered areas being mostly a silver patina; wood is sound with a few minor, light nicks & scratches and retains most of what is probably an old factory restored finish which was likely done in 1917 when it was returned to the factory. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44454 JR408

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*FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2023: *FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 135901. Cal. 45-70. Standard grade rifle with 26" rnd bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight, unmarked 1886-style ladder rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum information request sheet which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-70 with rnd bbl & plain trigger, received in warehouse Dec. 15, 1905 and shipped Nov. 12, 1906 to Order #82996. It is unusual to find a standard grade rifle with high orig finish as they were usually "working" guns that regularly saw frequent service in the field generally under harsh conditions. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Overall retains virtually all of its strong orig factory finish with bright orig blue and only very light sharp edge wear and a few small scratches on receiver; lever & hammer retain about all of their bright factory case colors, moderately faded on outer face of lever; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Appears to be unfired, retaining virtually all of its orig factory finish on bolt face & loading gate. 4-44509 JR429

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*HIGH CONDITION POST WWI WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 2024: *HIGH CONDITION POST WWI WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 924463. (1923) Cal. 30 WCF. Standard carbine with correct sights and markings. Blued hammer, lever and buttplate. Walnut stocks. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, with only a few minor blemishes in finish of wood and metal. Bbl and magazine are essentially blemish free. There are a few light flakes on sides of action. Top tang is flaked around lettering. There are a few minor marks on buttstock, mostly at right rear near heel. Brilliant bore. 4-44410 MGM353

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*RARE INSCRIBED DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION CARBINE.

Lot 2025: *RARE INSCRIBED DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION CARBINE.

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Description: SN 580761. Cal. 32 WS. Spectacular carbine with 20" rnd bbl, full magazine, two bands with Lyman 3-bead front sight, no rear seat and a Lyman 21 side-mount receiver sight. Mounted with highly figured, about 2X, American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and straight stock with smooth steel carbine buttplate. Top of bbl is engraved in block letters "PROPERTY OF HERBERT W. HEGELE M.D. PORTLAND, OREGON". Receiver is without a saddle ring stud and never had one. Deluxe carbines are very rare and inscribed or presentation pieces are extremely rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% crisp, orig factory finish; bbl bands retain most of their orig factory finish with some light high point wear; receiver has scattered flaked spots on left side and top right side with light thinning on edges of receiver ring and thinning on carry point of the bottom; lever & hammer retain bright case colors, fading on the loop; buttplate retains 95-96% crisp orig blue with wear on heel and a scratch on the face; wood is sound with a couple of small chips in the finish and a very few other scattered light nicks with some minor cloth pattern wear in the finish on right side at the buttplate and overall retains virtually all of its crisp piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Shows little or no use, may have never been fired. 4-44363 JR402

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*RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED EXHIBIT WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2026: *RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED EXHIBIT WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 202971. Cal. 32-40. Spectacular '94 with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with screw and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with wonderful 3-4X American walnut with "H" style forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Left side of lower tang has the assembly number "18223" and "XXX". Buttstock has the matching assembly number and "94" under the buttplate with the matching assembly number inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is engraved in style-9, probably by Angelo Stokes or one of the Ulrichs. Engraving consists of the large vignette of a running white tail buck on left side and a standing mule deer buck on right side. Both vignettes are surrounded by light foliate arabesque patterns with punch dot background and wide counterpoint open areas along with a snake & dot border. Matching engraving is also found on receiver ring, top tang back of hammer slot and bottom of receiver with light engraving patterns over top three flats of chamber area. Buttplate tang is also lightly engraved. Top left flat of bbl, receiver & bolt have Belgian proofs. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters which identify this rifle in caliber 32-40 with oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, engraved $4.00 and received in warehouse Feb. 9, 1904, shipped Feb. 29, 1904 to Order #217179. It was returned in Dec. 1904 and shipped again two days later, returned again Jan. 4, 1908 and shipped Feb. 9, 1909. Given that there was no indication of repair it is apparent that this was an exhibit or demonstration rifle. The second letter states that "This gun is listed in the book Inventory of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company Firearms Reference Collection, Pugsley, Hall, Johnson, et al. This book contains a listing of firearms known to have been part of the collection of the Winchester Repeating Firearms Co., the remainder of which is part of the collection of the Cody Firearms Museum. The letter also indicates that this rifle was Item #1146 in the collection. The information in the letter also indicates that it was engraved "Style No. 6", however other reference books show this style of engraving as No. 9. Also accompanying is a copy of the shipping record for this rifle. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine plus, all matching. Overall retains about 99% of the orig bright factory finish with a few, very minor nicks & scratches with light sharp edge wear; lever & hammer retain virtually all of their bright orig case colors, lightly to moderately faded on outer face of lever; buttplate retains about all of its orig case colors, moderately faded; wood is sound with a few, very minor nicks in the finish with two small gouges and a couple of chips in buttstock finish and overall retains virtually all of its brilliant piano varnish finish; checkering shows light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired retaining virtually all of the factory finish on bolt face & loading gate. 4-44370 JR309

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2027: SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 27661. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Fine antique deluxe '94 with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, takedown with Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight and 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Mounted with highly figured "XXX" American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang under the wood is stamped with the assembly number "4634" and "XXX". The matching assembly number is also found on the rear face of the buttstock, under the buttplate, and inside toe of buttplate. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-97% strong orig factory blue with light muzzle & sharp edge wear and a few scattered spots of surface discoloration with some of the spots having fine pitting; takedown ring retains about 85% thin orig blue and the receiver 90-92% orig blue, strong on sides, thinned on the carry point and over the top; top tang is about half gray patina; hammer retains most of its moderately faded case colors; lever has strong case colors on sides in sheltered spots, fading to silver elsewhere; wood is sound with a series of fine scratches on buttstock and a few more on the forearm with the buttstock retaining 96-98% strong, orig piano varnish finish and the forearm about 90% strong orig finish, turned a little dark at the carry point. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44381 JR404

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FINE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2028: FINE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 147518. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Beautiful '94 with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight with set screw, 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight and a locking Lyman tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and straight stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number "14401" and "XX". Buttstock has the assembly number "5292" and "94" on rear face under buttplate. Buttplate is not marked. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in 30 caliber with oct bbl, plain trigger and fancy, checkered stock received in warehouse June 22, 1902 and shipped June 25, 1902 to Order #144605. Even though the stock is not orig to this rifle it fits perfectly. CORRECTION: This firearm is antique. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig factory blue with only faint muzzle & sharp edge wear with a couple of minor scratches on magazine tube; receiver retains about 98% strong orig factory blue with light sharp edge wear and a scratch on left side; hammer retains lightly to moderately faded case colors; lever retains strong case colors on sides, faded to silver on outer faces; buttplate, a modern replacement, retains strong case colors; wood is sound with buttstock having a few minor nicks & scratches and retains most of a fine restored finish; forearm retains about 50% orig varnish with dark, hand-worn stains in rear half showing moderate wear on checkering. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44323 JR396

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EXTREMELY RARE FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SECOND TYPE LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH COLOR CASE HARDENED RECEIVER.

Lot 2029: EXTREMELY RARE FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SECOND TYPE LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH COLOR CASE HARDENED RECEIVER.

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Description: SN 832. Cal. 38-55. Wonderful '94 with 26" oct bbl, button magazine, Lyman ivory bead combination front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Receiver, lever, hammer, forend cap & buttplate are all color case hardened. Receiver is second type with internal guide rail screws. Mounted with beautiful 3X, center crotch, flame grain, American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang under the wood is stamped with the assembly number "1672", "8" and "XXX". Top tang channel of buttstock is marked with the matching assembly number, along with an "8" and the matching assembly number is inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by two Cody Firearms Museum letters, one dated 1987 and the other 2009 both of which identify this rifle in caliber 38-55 with oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, Lyman sights, half magazine and case hardened received in warehouse Feb. 16, 1895 and shipped Feb. 18, 1895 to Order #7589. Color case hardened '94s are extremely rare and those that are unaltered with high orig finish are exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig blue with a couple of small scratches and a few tiny nicks; receiver retains about all of its orig color case hardening, moderately faded, turned silver on bottom; hammer retains strong case colors, turned silver on top edge; lever, which may be a replacement, retains brilliant case colors on sides and upper half of the outer face, moderately faded on the looop; forend cap & buttplate retain most of their orig case colors, moderately to heavily faded; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and a small bruise on right side of buttstock and overall retains most of its orig varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, although a little stiff; bolt & locking block may also be replacements; brilliant shiny bore. 4-44387 JR414

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*EXCEPTIONALLY RARE JOHN ULRICH ENGRAVED & GOLD INLAID DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2030: *EXCEPTIONALLY RARE JOHN ULRICH ENGRAVED & GOLD INLAID DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 303892. Cal. 32 Spcl. Incredibly rare '94 with 26" oct to rnd bbl, takedown with half magazine and full matted top bbl, Lyman 3-bead front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with exceptional center crotch, flame grain American walnut with style-E carved forearm and capped pistol grip stock with nickel plated brass Swiss crescent buttplate. Left side of stock has an empty 2" x 1-1/4" oval gold plated brass plate in left side that appears to have had a name removed and sling eye in the bottom with corresponding sling eye in forend cap. Receiver has close coupled dbl set triggers. Left side of lower tang is marked with the assembly number "897", "XX" and "SCB" which presumably stands for Swiss crescent buttplate. Matching assembly number is found on buttstock, under buttplate & inside toe of buttplate. The plate in the stock is retained in the orig old manner by means of a long pin from the butt through a flange attached to the back of the plate through a slot in the stock. Rifle is engraved by John Ulrich & signed on lower tang behind the triggers. Receiver is engraved in style-6 which consists of a standing gold inlaid Big Horn ram on a promontory in a mountain scene on left side and a standing white tail buck in gold on right side also in a mountain scene. Both vignettes have a very fine shaded background. Both vignettes are surrounded by counterpoint elliptical borders, foliate arabesque patterns and multiple outer borders. Top & bottom edges of receiver are engraved in snake & dot patterns. Top of receiver, bolt, top tang, bottom of receiver, sides of takedown ring, forend cap, top side flats & side flats of bbl, around muzzle & on buttplate tang are engraved to match. Bbl has inlaid gold bands at the receiver & muzzle ends. This exact rifle is pictured on p. 169 of The Book of Winchester Engraving, Wilson, with credit to "A.I. McCroskie Collection". Accompanied by two factory letters, one to Mr. McCroskie and the other to Mr. Adams, both of which identify this rifle in caliber 32 Spcl., half oct matted bbl, set trigger, fancy pistol grip stock, Lyman rear leaf & King triple bead sights, half magazine, takedown, carved & engraved $10.00, #6 with two animals in gold, extra Swiss buttplate, sling & swivel, bbl inlaid with gold breech, muzzle gold plated and a plate on left side engraved "M.P. HERNANDEZ", received in warehouse May 18, 1906 and shipped May 26, 1906 to Order #49879. The tang sight is not mentioned. This is one of the more extraordinary and rare Model 1894s to be found today. PROVENANCE: A.I. McCroskie Collection; Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extraordinarily fine, all matching. Overall retains virtually all of its crisp orig factory finish with some fine edge wear around muzzle and light thinning on high points on sides of receiver; lever & hammer retain about all of their brilliant orig case colors; wood is sound with a few, very minor handling & use nicks & scratches and retains about all of its brilliant orig factory piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44351 JR310

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*RARE SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2031: *RARE SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LIGHTWEIGHT LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 157393. Cal. 32-40. Beautiful engraved '94 with 24-1/4" oct to rnd extra-light bbl with pedestal mounted King, mirrored, red ivory bead front sight, flat top rear sight and a locking Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured flame & shell grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm & capped pistol grip stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is stamped with the assembly number "15845", "XX" and "OFR". The matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock along with "94". Receiver is beautifully engraved by Conrad Ulrich in style "9" with the rnd vignette of a running whitetail buck in a field scene on left side and the vignette of a standing whitetail buck in a field scene on the right side, all surrounded by light patterns of foliate arabesque engraving and snake & dot borders. Top & bottom of receiver, top tang & forend cap are engraved to match. Engraving patterns extend over all the exposed flats of bbl over chamber area. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter and a copy of the shipping record which identify this rifle in caliber 32-40 with 24" nickel steel extra-light, half oct bbl, half magazine, checkered stock with pistol grip and shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, sporting rear, Lyman front & flattop sights, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate and oil finish, received in warehouse Nov. 25, 1903 and shipped Nov. 27, 1903 to Order #204134. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with a couple of small cleaned spots on upper rnd section which shows spots of pinprick pitting. Octagonal section has light sharp edge wear; receiver retains 95-97% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear, some minor pinpricks of pitting on left side and thinning to the top rear edges, turned a little plum; hammer retains bright case colors, moderately faded on top edge; sides of lever & sheltered areas retain bright case colors, faded on outer faces; wood is sound with a very few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains about all of its strong orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44348 JR443

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2032: RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 90558. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Beautiful rifle with 24" lightweight tapered oct bbl, half magazine takedown with tall dovetailed Lyman ivory bead front sight, Lyman 6A 2-leaf folding rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Top flat of bbl is fully matted with all of the roll markings & caliber marking on left top flat to accommodate the matted finish. Mounted with very nicely figured shell & flame grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm & capped pistol grip stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang is stamped with assembly number "10491", "XX" and "HRB". Top tang channel of buttstock has the matching assembly number & "94". Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in 30 caliber with 24" extra lightweight oct bbl, plain trigger, takedown, matted bbl, Lyman leaf sight, Lyman front & rear sights, half magazine, checkered stock with pistol grip & shotgun butt with rubber buttplate & oil finish, received in warehouse Sept. 1, 1900 and shipped Sept. 19, 1900. CORRECTION: This firearm is antique. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear; forend cap retains 98-99% strong orig blue; takedown ring retains about 95% orig blue, thin on bottom at carry point and around top front edge; receiver retains 95-96% orig blue, strong on sides with some candy striping showing wear on the bottom at the carry point and over the receiver ring; hammer retains about all of its strong orig case colors; lever retains brilliant case colors on right side, in sheltered areas on left side with balance fading to silver; wood is sound with a very few, very minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig factory oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, has been fired but very little. 4-44353 JR399

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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2033: SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 137965. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Beautiful lightweight takedown '94 with 22" lightweight tapered rnd bbl, 3/4 magazine, pedestal front sight with Lyman ivory bead, 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured burl & shell grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with the assembly number "15282", "X" and "HR". Matching assembly number is found in the top tang channel of the buttstock along with "94". Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 30 with 22" rnd bbl, takedown, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Lyman front & rear sights, 3/4 magazine, extra light, oil finish and rubber shotgun butt, received in warehouse Aug. 6, 1903 and shipped Aug. 15, 1903 to Order #193442. CORRECTION: This firearm is antique. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig factory blue with only faint muzzle edge wear and some minor nicks from the takedown lever; forend cap retains most of its strong orig blue with some light wear & scratches on right side; takedown ring retains 97-98% strong orig blue; receiver retains about 96-97% strong orig blue, slightly thinned on bottom and with sharp edge wear; hammer retains strong, bright case colors; lever retains virtually all of its orig case colors, brilliant on sides, bright on outer faces, fading on the loop; wood is sound with a few minor handling & use nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig oil finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44335 JR398

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

Lot 2034: *SCARCE DELUXE TAKEDOWN SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 223032. Cal. 25-35. Beautiful deluxe rifle with 26" rapid taper rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with broken pedestal mounted Lyman front sight, an English platinum line 3-leaf express sight, one standing, two folding, graduated 50-100-150 yards. Left side of bbl, takedown ring & receiver are marked with British proofs and is stamped on bbl & receiver "NOT ENGLISH MAKE". Mounted with very nicely figured American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock with Winchester embossed hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang under the wood is stamped with assembly number "19952", "XX" and "HR". Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock, along with "94". This is undoubtedly an English sportsman's light game rifle, probably for Africa or India. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue with only sharp edge wear; forend cap also retains about 98% orig blue; takedown ring is flaked, not worn to about 50% orig blue with the flaked areas a medium patina; receiver retains about 95-96% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and a few minor scratches; hammer retains bright case colors and the lever brilliant case colors on the sides, moderately faded on upper part of outer face and turning silver on loop; wood is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches, a couple of dings and a scrape on the wrist, otherwise wood is sound and overall retains most of its orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44326 JR397

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

Lot 2035: *SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 210408. Cal. 25-35. Beautiful deluxe takedown rifle with 24" tapered lightweight bbl, half magazine and pedestal front sight that has a Lyman ivory bead replacement in the dovetail and a 3-leaf express sight. Mounted with extremely beautiful burl & shell grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and straight stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is unmarked. Top tang channel of buttstock has the number "16125" and "94". Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum records request letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 25-35 with 24" rnd bbl, plain trigger, half magazine, fancy checkered stock "etc.", takedown and extra-light. It was received in the warehouse Feb. 22, 1904 and shipped Feb. 24, 1904 to Order #214910. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with only faint muzzle edge wear and a small herringbone pattern from the takedown lever; takedown ring retains about 95% thin orig blue, turning gray; receiver retains 92-93% orig blue, strong & bright on sides, thin over top & bottom with sharp edge wear; hammer retains about all of its bright orig case colors; lever retains bright colors on sides and in sheltered areas on the face, turned silver on loop; wood is sound with a few minor nicks & scratches and a series of rubs on right side of buttstock and overall retains most of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44319 JR395

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UNUSUAL SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894.

Lot 2036: UNUSUAL SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894.

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Description: SN 115099. (ca 1898) Cal. 30 WCF. 26" Half rnd nickel-steel bbl, fitted with three-leaf platinum lined express rear sight, and tall Lyman gold bead front. Rifle features half magazine, plain walnut capped pistol grip stock, and crescent butt. These specifications (except sights) conform to factory letter that also relates rifle was shipped June 11, 1901. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. Factory letter. CONDITION: Excellent, near new. Bbl retains essentially all its blue, some flaking and spotting on rear sight. Action is slightly silvered on top sharp edges, with some rubs on left side. Also silvered on lower edges from carrying. Lever and hammer retain nearly all of their orig vibrant case hardening color under orig varnish. Buttplate retains nearly all of its color. Stocks have only a few minor marks in their orig finish.  Excellent bright shiny bore. An exceptional high condition Winchester. 4-44391 MGM356

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER 1ST TYPE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2037: RARE SPECIAL ORDER 1ST TYPE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 3238. Cal. 38-55. Standard grade rifle, very rare 1st Type with 26" rnd bbl, full magazine, ivory bead combination front sight, semi-buckhorn rear seat and a Lyman combination tang sight. Receiver is the 1st type with external cartridge guide screws. Mounted with very highly figured, uncheckered, burl American walnut with straight stock & crescent steel buttplate. The left side of the lower tang is unmarked but has the number "72" on right side of upper tang, under the wood. Top tang channel of buttstock has assembly number "1761", which number is also found inside toe of buttplate. Forearm is of matching quality wood. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 38-55 with rnd bbl, "fancy stock" & takedown, received in warehouse April 10, 1895 and shipped next day to Order #9924. Also accompanied by a copy of the shipping record. This cataloger recently read the old draft of an article written by Tommy Rholes and Jeb Klitzke regarding the external guide screw '94s which included an inventory of surveyed rifles which included this rifle as identified by SN. This article was to have been published in the Winchester Arms Collector's Association magazine The Winchester Collector. It is unknown whether it was ever published. An assumption gleaned from the article is that the external screw '94s were only manufactured in 1894 and 1895 from the orig Browning design. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine; may be unfired. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% strong orig blue with 98-99% orig blue on forend cap; takedown ring retains about 95% strong orig blue with some light surface flaking; receiver retains sharp edge wear with light candy striping and light flaking and overall retains 94-95% strong orig blue; hammer retains strong, dark case colors; lever retains brilliant case colors on sides and elsewhere in sheltered areas with outer faces turned silver; buttplate retains 97-98% brilliant orig case colors; wood is sound with a very few, very tiny nicks & scratches and retains about all of its strong orig piano varnish finish with a spot of touchup over some old nicks in the finish on the left side. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44399 JR446

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FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2038: FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 89760. Cal. 30 WCF. Standard grade rifle with 26" oct bbl, full magazine, silver bead front sight and 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Receiver has close-coupled dbl-set triggers. Mounted with very nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in 30 caliber with oct bbl, set trigger and Lyman front sight, received in warehouse Aug. 21, 1900 and shipped Sept. 11, 1900 to Order #70917. Although the shipping record shows that this rifle was shipped in 1900 it was actually manufactured in 1897. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl retains about 97% strong orig factory blue with some areas of light surface rust and a couple of lightly cleaned spots; magazine tube retains about 99% strong orig blue; receiver retains about 97% glossy orig blue with light sharp edge wear, a series of extremely fine scratches on left side and a few scattered spots of light flaking on right side with thinning on top rear edges; top & bottom tangs also show scattered light flaking; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors, lightly thinned on top edge of hammer & moderately faded on outer faces of lever; wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its crisp, orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44347 JR460

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FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION, WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 RIFLE.

Lot 2039: FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION, WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 RIFLE.

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Description: SN 11689. Cal. 38-55. Standard early production rifle with 26" rnd bbl, with three leaf platinum lined express rear sight, and silver bead front, has full length magazine, crescent butt. Lyman sight is mounted on top tang. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbl and magazine tube retain nearly all of their orig blue, some light oxidation toward muzzle. Action retains nearly all its orig finish with only the slightest edge wear, and some minor marks and flaking. Lever and trigger retain nearly all of their orig case hardening color. Lever slightly silvered on bottom of loop. Buttplate color has darkened with some freckling in curve. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig finish with a considerable amount of minor marks and rubs, mostly on forend. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny throughout. A lovely early rifle. 4-44338 MGM343

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WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 RIFLE.

Lot 2040: WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 RIFLE.

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Description: SN 135960. (1898) Cal. 32 Winchester Special. 26" Full oct nickel-steel bbl with full magazine, crescent butt with Lyman 21 side mounted receiver sight (as per factory letter). PROVENANCE: Factory letter outlining orig features, including octagon bbl and Lyman sights, shipped from warehouse Sept 16, 1902. Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine, Bbl shows silvering on high edges, some areas of minor cleaning with pitting left behind, rear sight slot is plugged with marble blank, micro brass bead front sight installed. Action retains 80% blue, silvered considerably at bottom. Loading gate retains most of its blue. Lever and hammer retain 70 - 80% vivid case hardening color, otherwise silvered from normal wear. Stocks have been sympathetically refinished, over numerous light marks, buttplate silvered. Bore is fine, dark in grooves. 4-44341 MGM344

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WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 HALF MAGAZINE RIFLE.

Lot 2041: WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 HALF MAGAZINE RIFLE.

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Description: SN 96473. (1897) Cal. 30 WCF. 26" Half rnd, half oct nickel-steel bbl, is fitted with three-leaf platinum lined express rear sight, and German silver blade front. Rifle has half magazine, crescent butt, and Lyman tang sight with large aperture. Factory letter confirms all of the above, except originally equipped with beech front sight, shipped from warehouse April 9, 1901. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. Factory letter. CONDITION: Excellent, with only the slightest edge wear on bbl, a bit more on action, with some minor marks and flaking. Lever and hammer retain most of their bright case hardening color, lever silvered on outer faces and in loop. Buttplate color is fading, and is mostly mottled silver. Stocks retain most of their orig finish, with perhaps some oil wiped in, with a number of minor marks. Bore is excellent, bright, sharp, and shiny. 4-44390 MGM347

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WINCHESTER MODEL 1894.

Lot 2042: WINCHESTER MODEL 1894.

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Description: SN 44908. (1896) Cal. 30 WCF. Standard rifle with 26" rnd nickel-steel bbl fitted with three-leaf platinum lined express rear sight, and German silver blade front, has full length magazine, crescent butt, and Lyman tang sight with large aperture. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Excellent. Some silvering is at muzzle of bbl, and a few minor rubs. Action is silvered on high edges, with some slight freckling. Lever and hammer have strong case hardening color, lever silvered on loop. Buttplate retains a considerable amount of case hardening color, darkened, silvered at heel and toe. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with numerous minor marks and rubs. Bore is excellent. 4-44342 MGM345

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*WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 2043: *WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 497590. (1909) Cal. 30 WCF. Standard carbine has correct rear sight and saddle ring. Front blade replaced with Marbles Sherd bead. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl and action retain most of their orig blue finishes. Hammer and lever retain 30 - 40% faded case hardened color. Buttplate is mostly silver with brown staining. Walnut stocks retain most of what appears to be their orig finish, with numerous minor marks. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny throughout. 4-44419 MGM351

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*RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 TRAPPER CARBINE WITH HIGH CONDITION.

Lot 2044: *RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 TRAPPER CARBINE WITH HIGH CONDITION.

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Description: SN 982509. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Rare Trapper carbine with 14" rnd bbl, full magazine, two bands and square base front sight with a rifle style semi-buckhorn rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with nicely figured, uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with 7-7/8" carbine forearm & straight stock with smooth steel carbine buttplate. Accompanied by a Dept. of the Treasury, BATF letter exempting this carbine, identified by SN & bbl length, from the provisions of the National Firearms Act and declaring it a "curio & relic" and subject to Federal Regulations as an ordinary firearm. Trapper carbines found with high orig finish are a great rarity. Most of them were sold on the South & Central American markets and saw hard & continuous service in the jungles and other harsh environments usually with little or no maintenance. Few are encountered today and the majority of those show this hard service. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl, magazine tube & bbl bands retain about 99% strong orig factory blue with some dulling on the forearm band; receiver has a couple of small scratches and a few very minor spots of flaking with some very fine sharp edge wear and a light halo from the saddle ring and overall retains about all of its orig factory blue; lever & hammer retain most of their orig factory blue with some flaking on the lever; buttplate is mostly flaked to a blue patina; wood is crisp & sound with a couple of minor nicks on forearm and a couple on the buttstock and retains virtually all of its orig finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, possibly unfired; bolt face retains about all of its orig blue. 4-44663 JR338

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*RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2045: *RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 689059. Cal. 25-20. Beautiful little rifle with 24-1/4" oct bbl, button magazine, ivory bead hunting front sight and Marbles folding leaf rear sight with a Lyman locking tang sight. It is fitted with close-coupled dbl set triggers. Mounted with highly figured American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip stock that has a sweeping, deep cheekpiece and nickeled brass Swiss buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number "673" and "XX". There is also a tiny "26". Buttstock is orig Winchester wood, however it is not numbered. Buttplate has the number "89" inside the toe. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 97-98% strong orig factory blue with only light sharp edge wear; receiver retains about 95% orig blue, thin on belly with sharp edge wear; wood is sound with a few scattered minor surface nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig factory piano varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44616

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EXTREMELY RARE GOLD & NICKEL ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 2046: EXTREMELY RARE GOLD & NICKEL ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 67379. Cal. 44 WCFf (44-40). Beautiful carbine with 20" rnd bbl, full magazine, square base front sight and "1873" marked carbine ladder rear sight. It has usual bbl roll markings forward of rear sight with caliber marking over chamber area. Mounted with extremely fine, about 3X American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and straight stock with carbine buttplate. Bbl, sights, magazine tube, bolt, locking lugs, saddle ring & staple, lever & hammer are all nickel finish. Receiver, bbl bands & buttplate are gold finish. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number "3553" and "XXX". Matching assembly number is found on the butt of the stock, under buttplate and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is beautifully engraved by one of the Ulrichs, probably John, in #9 style with the large vignette of a feeding white tail buck with a doe standing alert in a field scene, surrounded by an elliptical border and foliate arabesque patterns with fine punch dot background. Surrounding the entire side is a zig zag & dot border. Right side has a matching border with counterpoint inside blank border surrounding foliate arabesque patterns. Receiver ring and top tang back of hammer slot, along with bottom of receiver are engraved to match. The area surrounding the lever slot on the bottom of the receiver is engraved in a fan pattern. Buttplate tang is also lightly engraved. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this firearm as a carbine in 44 caliber with fancy checkered stock, $5.00 engraved, gilt & nickel, received in warehouse Dec. 18, 1896 and shipped the same day. Also accompanied by a copy of a letter from the Cody Firearms Museum which in part states there were a total of 105 Model 1892 carbines listed as engraved. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching as noted above. Bbl & magazine tube retain 92-94% strong orig nickel with scattered flaking which has turned to dark patina; receiver retains 95-97% strong gold plating with the bbl bands retaining 88-90% orig gold; buttplate retains about 85% orig gold; wood is sound with light nicks, dings & scratches and retains most of its orig piano varnish finish with lightly to moderately worn checkering. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-44619 JR295

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VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 DELUXE CARBINE.

Lot 2047: VERY RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 DELUXE CARBINE.

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Description: SN 56950. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Blue finish with 20" tapered rnd bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight, no rear seat and a Lyman combination tang sight. Left side of lower tang under the wood has the assembly number "2815" and "XXX". Mounted with about 3X center crotch, flame grain American walnut with "H" style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip buttstock that has Winchester hard rubber buttplate with teat. Top tang channel of buttstock is marked with assembly number "5247" and "94" indicating that at some time in the past this model '94 buttstock was installed on this carbine. The stock wood-to-metal fit is near perfect and is possibly a factory installation. Rear bbl band and buttstock have sling eyes. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this firearm as a carbine in caliber 32 with checkered pistol grip stock, Lyman front & rear sights, no rear seat, shotgun butt with rubber buttplate, screw eyes and no sling ring, received in warehouse Feb. 9, 1898 and shipped Feb. 10, 1898 to Order 3297. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, as new, probably unfired, bolt face retains about all of its orig factory blue; the metal overall retains virtually all of its fine orig finish with strong bright blue and brilliant case colors; loading gate retains virtually all of its orig fire blue; wood is sound with only a very few light surface mars and retains virtually all of its orig factory piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44624 JR296

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RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

Lot 2048: RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 LEVER ACTION RIFLE.

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Description: SN 53168. Cal. 25-20. Standard grade rifle with very rare 30" oct bbl, full magazine with ivory bead combination front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and a large disc Lyman combination tang sight. Receiver is mounted with close-coupled dbl set triggers. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent steel buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 25-20 with 30" oct bbl and set trigger, received in warehouse Jan. 20, 1899 and shipped next day to Order #20516. Any special order features on a standard grade '92 is considered rare. The small bore '92s were considered to be insufficient for big game and so were relegated to secondary status, primarily for women & boys and as such usually received less care & attention and are frequently found with little or no orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue with sharp edge wear and a few scattered freckles of light surface rust; magazine tube is mostly all of a plum/blue patina; receiver retains 88-90% orig blue, stronger on the sides, thinner over the top & bottom with sharp edge wear and some minor candy striping with a couple of small nicks; wood is sound with a few light handling & storage nicks & scratches with the buttstock retaining most of its orig finish and the forearm a smooth hand worn patina with some nicks & dings on the bottom. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44606 JR495

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*EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SMOOTH BORE SADDLE RING CARBINE.

Lot 2049: *EXTREMELY RARE SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1892 SMOOTH BORE SADDLE RING CARBINE.

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Description: SN 770947. Cal. 44 WCF. (44-40). Special order standard grade carbine with 20" smooth bore bbl, button magazine, square base front sight and 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Left side of receiver has a staple & ring. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered, American walnut with straight stock & Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Carbines such as this one are rarely found with high orig finish. This carbine, produced in 1914, was made during the time when the West was becoming more & more safe but was still a time of cowboys & outlaws where firearms such as this were carried in saddle scabbards or wagon boxes or even early automobiles, usually under adverse conditions with little maintenance. Given that the bbl on this carbine is smooth bore, it is readily apparent that it was probably intended for one of the trick shooters employed by one of the Wild West Shows of that era, such as Buffalo Bill's Wild West or Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show or any one of a myriad of other such entertainment venues. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% strong, bright orig blue; bbl band retains about 60% blue with balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina; receiver retains about 75% glossy orig blue wit balance flaked, not worn, to a medium patina, with light sharp edge wear; top tang is also flaked to a medium patina; hammer retains strong case colors, turned dark on top edge; lever retains strong case colors on sides and upper half of the outer face with the loop faded to silver; wood is sound with some light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its orig factory finish. Mechanic are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; has seen little or no use. 4-44672 MGM457

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