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Revised: 10/11/2013 

Receiver, lever, hammer and takedown ring refinished. Believed to have been done at factory. Unquestionably Winchester factory color.

*UNUSUAL WINCHESTER MODEL 53 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 989268. Cal. 25-20 WCF. Standard grade rifle with 22″ tapered rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown with Lyman gold bead front sight, Lyman 6A 2-leaf folding bbl sight and a locking Lyman tang sight. Receiver has close-coupled double set triggers. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and serrated steel buttplate. The model 53 was numbered in both a unique serial number series with others numbered in the 92 series, such as this one. These little rifles are a take-off from the model 92 and were in production only from 1924 to 1932, having about 24,916 rifles produced in that time frame. In 1924, when the model 53 was introduced, Winchester sales had fallen substantially and Winchester brought out the model 53 in an effort to boost sales. Production was stopped in 1932 when the model 65 was introduced. This model was produced in 3 calibers in both solid frame and takedown with a very few special order, deluxe rifles produced. Accompanied by an orig 2-pc heavy cardboard box with red, white & blue large label on top and no end labels. One end is covered in cloth tape and the other is numbered “59897-2”, which is consecutive numbered to another nearly identical box which accompanies a deluxe model 92 also being sold in this auction. That box is numbered “59897-3”. Top of this box has the pencil notation “25-20” & “53” in a circle. It is also marked with matching serial number along with “set trig take down” and on the other end has the pencil date “8/25/69”. Inside the box contains all of the orig shipping cardboard sleeves, spacers & wood blocks. PROVENANCE: Woody Frey Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all orig. Overall retains 99% plus crisp, orig factory finish with strong blue & bright wood finish with only a couple of tiny nicks on the buttstock. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be new & unfired. Box top label is very fine. Two of the four top corners are broken, otherwise box is very fine. 4-48469 JR233 (5,000-8,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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