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RARE DELUXE EARLY ENGRAVED PRESENTATION WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE PRIZE GUN. SN 5096. Cal 45-70. Fine deluxe rifle with 28″ special order oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and “1886” marked ladder rear sight. Receiver is engraved, probably by John Ulrich, in Style #10 which includes the rnd vignette of a running whitetail buck on the left side and foliate arabesque patterns on the right side with an unusual serpentine shaped panel of scalloped patterns. Matching patterns of engraving are also found on the top of the receiver ring, bottom of the receiver, top tang and each side of the forend cap. Receiver has a sgl set trigger. Left side of the tang, under the wood, is marked with the assembly number “378”, “XXX” and “RB”. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and black insert serpentine grip buttstock with full checkered hard rubber buttplate. Left side of buttstock is inlaid with a 1-9/16″ oval silver plaque inscribed “Awarded By / J.F. Schmelzer & Son, / At 7th Annual Meeting / Rifle Marksmen, / Department of the Missouri / Leavenworth, Kansas”. This rifle was won by 1st Lt. Augustus Canfield Macomb of the 5th Cavalry in August of 1887 as a shooting prize in competition with the Dept. of the Missouri military officers & enlisted men. Macomb was born Oct. 1854 in Detroit and died 1932, having retired from the Army as a full Colonel. He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1876, became a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army in 1876 and became a full Colonel in 1914. He served with the 4th, 5th, 9th & 14th Cavalry Regiments during his career and participated in the Crow Indian Campaign 1878, the Northern Cheyenne Indian Campaign in 1879, the Ute Indian Campaign 1879, Puerto Rico & the Philippines and in Mexico in 1916. For a period he was assigned to Fort Huachuca, Arizona and was Commander of the Dept. of Arizona and played a key role in subduing the Apache Indians in Arizona. Accompanied by copies of several period newspaper pages, including one from the Leavenworth Times of Aug. 19, 1887, which lists the shooting team for the 7th Annual Rifle Competition wherein 1st Lt. Macomb of the 5th Cavalry finished second with a score of 465. Lt. Macomb was at one point assigned to Fort Niobara, Valentine, NE, and his son was born there as reported in the Valentine Reporter of Nov. 20, 1883. He is also mentioned in other newspaper articles from around that time. Col. Macomb died Jan. 2, 1932 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The Leavenworth Times of Aug. 20, 1887 reported that Lt. Macomb of the 5th Cavalry “won the Budlong Gold Medal and the Winchester Sporting Rifle given by Messrs. J.F. Schmelzer & Son, of this City”. It goes on to describe the Budlong Medal. Also accompanied by a printout regarding the Schmelzer Company. Also accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-70 with 28″ oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, $2.00 engraved, “plate in stock” and rubber buttplate received in warehouse June 2, 1887 and shipped two days later to Order #18595. Deluxe & engraved ’86s are occasionally encountered with presentation examples quite rare, but a well-documented presentation ’86 is extremely rare. PROVENANCE: Barnes Family Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl & magazine tube retain faded blue in sheltered areas being mostly a light blue/brown patina with scattered spots of discoloration, a few nicks & dings and a repaired dent in the magazine tube; receiver, lever & hammer retain silvered case colors with some smoky colors in the most sheltered areas on the receiver. Wood is sound showing moderate to heavy wear and retains strong orig varnish with light nicks & dings. Mechanics are crisp, strong bore with good shine & scattered pitting. 4-47651 JR210 (25,000-35,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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