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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 116729. Cal. 45-70. Wonderful special order ’86 with 26″ oct to rnd full matted extra light bbl, half magazine, ivory bead front sight, Lyman 2-leaf folding rear sight and Lyman tang sight. Receiver is factory engraved in style #9 with number 1 and 3 vignettes which are a large grizzly bear on a promontory on the left side and a bugling bull elk on the right side. Mounted with about 2X, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with E-style carved forearm and capped pistol grip stock with ossified rubber pad. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number “674” and “XX”. Top tang channel of buttstock has matching assembly number. Buttstock & forend cap have sling eyes that were probably added during one of the returns to the factory. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-70 with 26″ half oct nickel steel matted bbl, plain trigger, fancy pistol grip & forearm carved style E, Lyman front & rear sights, half magazine, Stoers recoil pad, extra light, length of stock 13-1/2″ with a 3-1/8″ drop at the heel, $4.00 engraved in style 9 with vignettes 1 & 3. Received in warehouse April 25, 1898 and shipped two days later to Order #6312. Repaired & returned April 22, 1899 and again June 4, 1899. All of the features found on this rifle make it one of the more rare ’86s to be found. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains about 98% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear; receiver retains about all of its color case hardening, faded on sides, stronger on the left and turned silver over top & bottom; lever & hammer retain faded case colors, strong on hammer, turned silver on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound with light handling & use nicks & scratches and retains most of its strong piano varnish finish, showing some light wear on rear end of forearm. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-44456 JR37 (25,000-40,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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