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1028
$63,250.00

EXTRAORDINARILY RARE, ONE OF A KIND, SPECIAL ORDER FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION SHORT RIFLE. SN 64062. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). According to a survey of the records of the Cody Firearms Museum, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY, regarding the production of the Winchester Model 1894 in the serial range “1 through 353,999″ there were only 22 arms of this model produced with non-standard wood and this rifle, listed by SN, is the only one produced with mahogany wood. Additionally there were only 2,252 produced with 22″ bbls and only 336 rifles were engraved. This survey also reports that there were only 56 gold plated or trimmed guns. This rifle has a 22″ oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead front sight with screw and a 3-leaf platinum line express rear sight. Mounted with fine grained mahogany wood with H-style checkered 8-3/8” forearm and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Receiver, forend cap, magazine band & buttplate are heavily gold plated. Receiver is factory engraved in style #9 with the vignettes of a running whitetail buck on left side surmounted by the script name “I.M. Lawrence” and the right side has a standing whitetail buck. Engraving extends over top & bottom, top tang, over chamber area of bbl and buttplate tang. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number “7962” and “XXX”. The matching assembly number is also found or rear face of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle, as found, with octagon bbl (length not indicated), plain trigger, checkered pistol grip mahogany stock, $4.00 engraved and gold plated receiver with “I.M. Lawrence” on left side and “Monogram Ring”, received in warehouse July 12, 1899 and shipped same to Order #29660. Although this letter shows shipping in 1899 the receiver was actually manufactured in 1896. Also accompanied by a 2-page letter dated Sept. 14, 1998, over the signature of Lloyd Barden where he states that “Isadore Lawrence was a store owner in El Paso in the 1890s. The store was on the corner of San Francisco and Santa Fe Streets.” Mr. Barden describes an incident related to him by Mr. Lawrence’s grandson to whom this rifle was bequeathed, wherein Mr. Lawrence was robbed at gunpoint but shot and killed the robber. He also states that Mr. Lawrence moved to Middletown, NY where he died in 1950 and that a copy of his will named his grandson executor and heir and mentioned his shotguns, rifle & pistols. Also accompanying is a hand written letter from the late Tommy Rholes dated Feb. 6, 1999 wherein he authenticates this rifle as being completely original. Additionally accompanying is a copy of the Winchester ledger sheet for this rifle and copies of pages of the aforementioned survey. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 97-98% strong orig blue with only light sharp edge wear and a small ding on magazine tube; forend cap retains about 98% gold finish; receiver retains 97-98% strong orig gold finish and the buttplate about 93-95% gold plating; hammer retains most of its orig strong case colors turned silver on top edge; lever retains brilliant case colors on sides, fading to silver on outer faces. Wood is sound and retains most of an old restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore, frosty in the grooves. 4-44375 JR29 (40,000-70,000)


Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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