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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE SENT FOR THE DEFENSE OF GREAT BRITAIN IN WWII. SN 104153. Cal. 45-70. Beautiful deluxe rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, button magazine, Lyman front sight with broken bead, a Lyman 6A 2-leaf folding rear sight and a Lyman loop tang sight. Receiver is color case hardened. Mounted with 2-3X beautiful burl & flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with black inlay and Winchester hard rubber buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number “649”, “XX” and “RB”. Matching assembly number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Right side of buttstock has a 2-1/4″ x 1″ silver plaque attached which is engraved “THIS RIFLE WAS LOANED TO US FOR THE DEFENCE / OF BRITAIN IN A TIME OF DIRE NECESSITY. IT / IS NOW RETURNED TO THE OWNER / DEAN PAUL D. ANDREWS. / WITH OUR GRATEFUL THANKS. / R.B. PULLIN & CO LTD / LONDON”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 45-70 with half oct bbl, plain trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, half magazine and rubber buttplate, received in the warehouse, July 20, 1895 and shipped same day to Order #15274. Also accompanied by a large framed poster entitled “For the Defense of Britain”. It describes how during the early part of WWII the Germans were threatening to cross the English Channel and Americans sent thousands sporting & surplus military arms to England to arm the home guard. The poster also has a photograph of Herbert Shipman, the orig owner of this rifle and grandfather of Paul S. Andrews. It appears that in engraving the plaque on the stock a mistake was made in listing Mr. Andrews’ middle initial as “D” instead of “S”. Mr. Andrews was born in Aug. 1887, graduated from Yale and Columbia Law School with a degree in law and practiced in Syracuse, NY. In 1917 he enlisted in the Field Artillery and served as a captain in France after which he returned to Syracuse and resumed his law practice and in 1937 became the Dean of Syracuse University College of Law. In 1942 he took a leave of absence and enlisted in the Army. It is not known how long he actually served. He was a member of a number of international organizations and corporations. He died on April 6, 1967 at age 79. Also accompanying is the orig shipping tag from Mr. Andrews to “The American Committee for Defense of British Homes”. Another tag accompanies which is addressed to Rev. Nigel Andrews with the date “6-27-78” and lists the SN and caliber of this rifle. In addition there is a small brass plaque that probably was originally attached to this rifle upon which is inscribed “Given by Bishop Herbert Shipman to his sister, Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews and by her son Dean Paul Shipman Andrews, Syracuse University College of Law, to Britain”. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains about 98% crisp orig blue with only a few small nicks; receiver retains 75-80% orig case colors, stronger in sheltered areas, faded elsewhere and turned silver on the bottom; loading gate retains about all of its fire blue turned a little plum colored; lever & hammer retain faded case colors. Wood is sound with a few minor nicks and retains just about all of its orig piano varnish finish. Mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore. Poster is fine. 4-46657 JR252 (27,500-37,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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