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RARE INSCRIBED DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 24468. Cal. 45-90. Spectacular ’86 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight, Lyman tang sight and sgl set trigger. Receiver is $4.00 engraved in #10-style consisting of a standing whitetail buck on left side and the inscription on the right side “Made Expressly For William Ross Tulloch” surrounded by light foliate arabesque patterns. Forend cap and buttplate tang are engraved to match. Mounted with very highly figured marbled & flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and serpentine grip stock with black insert, cheekpiece and nickeled brass Swiss buttplate. Stock & forend cap have factory sling swivels and an orig type Winchester leather sling with dbl roller buckle. Left side of lower tang is marked with the assembly number “827”, another defaced assembly number, “XXX” and “S”. Left side of top tang under the wood is stamped “REFINISHED”. Top tang channel of buttstock is marked with the “827” assembly number and inside the buttplate has the “827” assembly number stamped transverse over the assembly number “8740”. There is also a small assembly number “410-86″, probably applied by the Winchester factory when the rifle was refinished. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, listing caliber as 45-90, oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Swiss butt and cheekpiece, 1-1/2″ longer than regular and 3/4” more drop than regular. It also shows sling & swivel and has the notation “blank piece,” which meaning is unclear. It was received in warehouse Oct. 8, 1888 and shipped next day to Order #124211, repair & return Oct. 18, 1908. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Overall retains virtually all of its factory restored finish to both metal & wood with brilliant case colors, lightly faded outer faces of lever, crisp bright blue and piano type varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-44449 JR39 (30,000-50,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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