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*FINE DELUXE LIGHTWEIGHT WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE WITH IDENTIFIED OWNER. SN 122201. Cal. 33 WCF. Beautiful deluxe ’86 with special order 24″ lightweight tapered rnd bbl, half magazine, broken ivory bead Beach’s front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with about 3X, very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and capped pistol grip buttstock that has Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of buttstock is inlaid with a 1-5/16″ X 7/8″ silver oval engraved in period script “F.W. Briggs / Pittsfield, / Maine”. Left side of the lower tang, under the wood is marked “XX” and with the assembly number “459”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock. A quick Google search disclosed that Francis W. Briggs was the President and member of the Board of Directors for The Somerset Traction Company (a railroad) based in Skowhegan, Maine and resided in Pittsfield, Maine. Mr. Briggs is so listed in several annual reports at least until 1911. This short line railroad was established in about 1895 and ran 16.8 miles from Madison, Maine to Skowhegan, Maine. The line was abandoned in the 1930s. No additional personal information was found regarding Mr. Briggs. PROVENANCE: Woody Frey Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl, magazine tube and forend cap retain virtually all of their crisp, orig factory blue. Receiver also retains nearly all of its orig factory blue with light sharp edge wear and some fine thinning on the belly and top rear edges. Hammer retains about all of its brilliant, orig factory case colors and the lever about 90% bright case colors, brilliant on the sides. Wood is sound with a few light scratches and retains most of its bright, orig piano varnish finish. Checkering shows light diamond point wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant, shiny bore. 4-48431 JR179 (15,000-25,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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