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EARLY SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 6928. Cal. 45-90. Wonderful deluxe ’86 with 26″ rnd bbl, button magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight and altered semi-buckhorn rear sight that has a platinum line below the very fine notch. Receiver is engraved by John Ulrich, signed on bottom tang, in style #10 with a #7 bull moose vignette on left side. Right side is engraved in a panel above loading gate “E.B.M. FROM A.W.H.” Sides of lever & hammer, forend cap, top & bottom tangs and bolt are engraved to match. Engraving extends over chamber area of bbl and around front sight. Chamber end of bbl & muzzle have silver band inlays. Receiver & forend cap are color case hardened. Mounted with spectacular, streaky, burl walnut with H-style checkered forearm and straight stock with Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Buttplate is cracked & broken with chipped toe. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number “E1600”, “XXXX” and “RB”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-90, rnd bbl, bbl engraved & inlaid, plain trigger, checkered walnut stock – engraved, Rocky Mountain front sight, platinum sporting rear sight, half magazine, shotgun butt, rifle buttplate, dull oil finish, “receiver, etc. engraved $7.50”, inside finish, received in warehouse Aug. 4, 1887 and shipped two days later. Note: Inside the receiver & moving parts are bright polished. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains 98-99% strong orig factory blue; receiver & forend cap retain about all of their brilliant factory case colors, lightly faded on top and bottom of receiver; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors, moderately faded on trigger loop and turned silver on outer face of finger loop. Stock has a hairline at the toe, adjacent to the chipped buttplate, otherwise wood is sound with a few very minor nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its wonderful factory oil finish. This is a nearly new rifle and may be unfired. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44443 JR41 (50,000-80,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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