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*EXTREMELY RARE FACTORY ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 55 TAKEDOWN DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 1817. Cal. 30 WCF (30-30). Extremely rare rifle, with only a few known and this may be the only one of its configuration. Rifle has a 24-1/4″ lightweight tapered rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with gold bead pedestal front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Bbl has usual Model 55 markings with “nickel steel”. Receiver is factory engraved, probably by Stokes, in a slightly modified #2 pattern consisting of a standing whitetail buck & doe in a mountain meadow on the left side and a walking bull moose on right side. Mounted with highly figured, about 2X, American walnut with B-carved forearm and capped pistol grip stock with serrated steel buttplate. Left side of receiver is factory drilled & tapped for a receiver sight. This exact rifle is pictured on p. 290 of Winchester Engraving, Wilson (second edition) with credit to the Felix A. Bedlan Collection. It is pictured, both sides, in full color. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection; Felix A. Bedlan Collection CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl, magazine tube & forend cap retain about all of their strong, bright orig blue with only slight muzzle edge wear. Receiver & takedown ring also retain most of their strong orig blue with some slight thinning on the bottom of the takedown ring and front edge of the receiver. Front end of the floorplate is a silver/brown patina. There is a short hairline back of the top tang, otherwise wood is sound with a few very light handling & storage mars and retains most of its orig factory oil finish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44349 JR7 (10,000-15,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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