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*EXTREMELY RARE PRESENTATION ENGRAVED GOLD PLATED TAKEDOWN SPECIAL ORDER WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 384777. Cal. 25-35. Fabulous deluxe ’94 with 24-1/4″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown, globe front sight, folding leaf rear sight and locking Lyman tang sight. Receiver, forend cap & buttplate are gold plated and has close-coupled dbl-set triggers. Receiver is engraved in style #4 by John Ulrich and signed on bottom tang just behind the trigger slot. Left side of receiver has the fabulous full vignette of a hunter shooting from behind a tree with two bull elk in the foreground. Right side, in place of the usual style #4 bear vignette, is inscribed in period script “Presented to / George Rutledge / by / R.M. Dudley / January 1st / 1912”. Both sides are surrounded by wonderful foliate arabesque scrolls with very fine shaded background. Engraving extends over the top & bottom of receiver, onto the bolt, takedown ring, forend cap, sides of lever and buttplate tang. All screw heads are engraved including the buttplate screws. There is a gold band around the bbl, over the chamber area and the engraving extends forward over the chamber area with the proof mark above the engraving on the top right flat. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is marked with assembly number “5022” and “XS”. The matching assembly number is found on rear face of buttstock above another defaced assembly number which appears to be “6310”. The buttplate also has the assembly number “6310”. Given the fit & matching finish of the stock to the forearm there is little doubt that this stock is orig to this rifle and the stock is factory installed and orig to this rifle. Mounted with about 2-3X American walnut with D-carved forearm and capped pistol grip stock with checkered Winchester steel shotgun buttplate. This rifle is pictured in full color on p. 257 of Winchester Engraving, Wilson, and both sides in black & white on p. 274 of the referenced publication with credit to the Arlin McCroskie Collection. It is also pictured in black & white on p. 245 of The Book of Winchester Engraving, Wilson. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig blue with only faint sharp edge wear; forend cap & takedown ring retain most of their orig gold plating, somewhat dulled; receiver retains about all of its orig gold plating showing light sharp edge wear and some dulling around carry points on front, top & bottom edges; buttplate retains most of its orig gold plating, somewhat dulled on heel & toe; lever & hammer retain brilliant case colors, moderately faded on outer faces of lever. Stock has a tiny hairline back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with a very few, very minor scattered handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its beautiful piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, possibly unfired. 4-44373 JR30 (50,000-80,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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