Lot 552: Antique Winchester Model 1894 rifle in .32-40, serial #109733, with a 26? octagon barrel with a fair, lightly pitted bore. This 1897–made rifle has an overall plum-brown patina on both the barrel and magazine tube, with slight silvering at the muzzle as well as along the edges of the barrel facets. The frame has a slightly lighter brown patina with spots of mild freckling, as well as a few spots of mottled gray along the top edge along the left side. There are some similar areas of gray mottling along the underside of the magazine tube. The rifle is equipped with an original German silver front sight blade and a non-original rear barrel sight that matches the condition of the rest of the metal closely. The uncheckered walnut forend and buttstock are in good-very good condition with minor handling marks and surface blemishes scattered along the added varnish finish. Additionally, there is an area of moderate bruising on the left side of the buttstock where a series of impacts occurred just above the line of the belly. The crescent-shaped buttplate has a dark brown overall patina with light-moderate freckling and mild surface oxidation throughout. The mechanism is tight and the action is fully functional. This is a good-near very good example of an antique Winchester Model 1894, and in one of the most desirable chamberings.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 469
Wednesday, 10th February 2016
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