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*VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT FACTORY ENGRAVED SAVAGE MODEL 1895 RIFLE OF W.S. STRATTON. SN 4421. Cal. 303 Savage. Typical 26″ full oct bbl, featuring Lyman front sight, flip up rear bbl sight. Case hardened receiver features engraving of big horn sheep on left side and lovely scroll engraving on right side. One of the early 1895s, made by Marlin whose engraving would have been accomplished by Conrad Ulrich. Special order English walnut stocks is ordered “Ex Long” and has early style checkering on both wrist and forearm, with engraved rifle style buttplate. Gun was specially made for Winfield S. Stratton and bears the initials “W.S.S.” engraved on the inside of the action rail. Stratton, who was nicknamed the “Midas of the Rockies.” was for 19 years a failed prospector, but in 1891, his luck changed and he became legend. As owner of the Independence and Little Portland Mines, he was in control of the greatest gold producers in the history of Cripple Creek, CO. Together, the two mines produced over $88 million of ore! Stratton’s largesse and contributions to his community were also legendary until his death in 1902.Only nine engraved 1895s were produced.Accompanied by a binder of information on Stratton, a George Madis letter describing the gun, and factory letters from Clark and Callahan. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Overall very good. Bbl retains 50% orig blue, most turning an even plum brown patina with light scattered pitting, receiver is silvering and retains traces of orig case color. Stock is generally very good condition with no splits or cracks. Retains 75% orig varnish with usual mars and dings. 4-44763 LM34 (7,500-10,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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