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Lot 185: exceptional Winchester model 1892 musket

Auction No. 94 Featuring Fine Collectible Arms

by Amoskeag Auction Co

March 23, 2013

Manchester, NH, USA

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  • exceptional Winchester model 1892 musket
  • exceptional Winchester model 1892 musket
  • exceptional Winchester model 1892 musket
  • exceptional Winchester model 1892 musket
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Description: serial #992166, 44 WCF, 30" musket-length barrel with a bright excellent (as-new) bore. The metal surfaces retain about 97-98% original blue, the loss due to a tiny abrasion near the front sight, a couple small marks on the barrel bands, a small spot of flaking to brown on the underside of the receiver and a few very light scratches on the left frame flat. The blue is wonderful with excellent feathering around the front sight and raised metal around the Winchester proof marks on both barrel and frame. The lever shows some extremely superficial flaking to a darker gray (not yet toned to brown) on the bow and rear portion of the lever, the buttplate to retains nearly all its original blue with only some light wear at the heel and toe. The buttstock rates excellent with perhaps some light added finish but also minor dings and handling marks, the forend also rates excellent and appears unmolested. The gun features a military style flip-up ladder rear sight and simple blade front sight fit in the factory sight block. All of the screw heads are crisp and undamaged and the factory swivels are intact. An interesting anomaly with this firearm is its serial number. Under high magnification one can see this gun's serial number superimposed over the identical number lightly stamped beneath it. While there are numerous scenarios to explain this marking, it is commonly known that Winchester-- like Colt --"never threw anything away". If a gun in the final stages of polish became damaged, scratched or otherwise spoiled it would clearly have to go back to the polishing room for refinish prior to bluing, and if necessary the serial number would need to be restamped if it were lightened during the polishing. Whatever the explanation, this is a fine gun, the finish is clearly factory with the polishing marks correct and raised metal around proofs. A wonderful musket that would be difficult to upgrade from. (35444-2) {C&R}

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