Exceptional Winchester Deluxe Model 1885 Special Single Shot Rifle

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Exceptional Winchester Deluxe Model 1885 Special Single Shot Rifle

This is an extraordinary example of a Deluxe Winchester Model 1885 High Wall Single Shot Sporting rifle that was manufactured in 1895. The rifle has a No. 4, 30 inch, half-octagon barrel with a wind gauge front sight. The barrel has no rear sight seat. A Mid-Range Vernier sight is mounted on the receiver tang. The thin side, high wall receiver has a plain trigger and standard lever. The stock and forearm are highly figured, fancy grade, "XXX" walnut with Winchester "Style H" checkering and a high polish piano finish. The stock has the early style pistol grip with ebony inlay. The Schnabel forearm also has an ebony inlay. The stock has a Swiss style cheek piece and a nickel-plated, brass Swiss buttplate. The barrel has the Winchester commercial blue finish. The receiver, breechblock, hammer and lever have a color casehardened finish with fiery case colors. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "-MANUFACTURED BY THE-/-WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS Co. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.-". The caliber designation "40-90 BAL." is stamped on the top of the barrel just ahead of the receiver. "PAT. OCT. 7. 79" is roll-stamped on the lower tang in a single line behind the trigger and the serial number, "71029", is stamped between the lower tang screws. This rifle is complete with a Cody Firearms Museum letter which confirms the rifle features and states that it was shipped from Winchester on March 11, 1895.

Class: Antique

Excellent plus. The rifle is all original and retains 98% of the original blue and vivid color casehardened finish. The barrel has 99% finish with crisp markings and a mirror bright bore. The receiver retains nearly all of the vivid case colors with only traces of high point wear. The case colors on the lever contact points have faded slightly but the finish retains about 97%. The only significant finish wear is some flaking on the metal finish of the lower buttplate hook. The highly figured, fancy grade, walnut stock and forearm remain in exceptional, excellent plus condition and retain virtually all of the high polish piano finish. The checkering is extremely sharp. Storage wear is limited to several very insignificant dents in the left side of the stock near the buttplate. This is an exceptional example of a deluxe Winchester Model 1895 High Wall Special Single Shot rifle.

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This item is part of Premiere Firearms Auction - Day 3
 Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 | 9:00 AM  Central
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Exceptional Winchester Deluxe Model 1885 Special Single Shot Rifle
Exceptional Winchester Deluxe Model 1885 Special Single Shot Rifle
Lot number: 3019
Seller: Rock Island Auction Company
Event: Premiere Firearms Auction - Day 3
Ends: Sunday, September 13 | 9:00 AM  Central

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