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RARE SPECIAL ORDER ENGRAVED DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 37172. Cal. 45-90. Beautiful & scarce engraved ’86 with color case hardened receiver, special order 24″ full matted oct bbl, full magazine, Lyman ivory bead hunting front sight, no rear seat and a Lyman tang sight. Mounted with about 2X flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and serpentine grip stock with black insert and Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Buttstock & forend cap have factory sling swivels. Receiver is beautifully engraved by John Ulrich, signed on bottom tang. Left side of receiver is engraved with a #2 pattern vignette of a very detailed whitetail buck & doe at a watering hole in the forest surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns of about #10 style. Right side of receiver is engraved in custom patterns of a flying duck over the loading gate and a crouching fox in front of the loading gate. Sides of lever and hammer, along with forend cap, are engraved to match. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number “206” and “SXX”. The buttstock is without assembly number which is probably explained in the accompanying Cody Firearms Museum letter, which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-90, matted oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, Lyman hunting front & Lyman rear sights, no rear seat, shotgun butt, sling & swivel, $8.00 engraving and the “muzzle” counter sunk 1/32″. Received in warehouse Nov. 26, 1889 and shipped next day to Order #5171. Another notation is dated Dec. 24, 1889 “rubber buttplate, Lyman hunting sight” and another repair on March 31, 1890. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 96-98% strong orig blue with light edge wear and a spot on top flat in the matting; receiver retains about 75% color case hardening, mostly turned silver with smoky colors in the most sheltered areas; lever & hammer retain smoky case colors on sides, mostly turned silver. Wood is sound with light handling & use nicks & scratches and retains about 80% strong orig piano varnish on buttstock with some minor touchup around wrist and about 60% orig varnish on forearm with a light coating added to the rear half. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore with some minor roughness. 4-44459 JR36 (22,500-37,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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