Phenomenal Deluxe Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Sporting Rifle with Factory Letter

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Phenomenal Deluxe Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Sporting Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufactured in 1889. The rifle has a deluxe, highly figured fancy grain walnut forearm and pistol grip stock with 'Style H' checkering and high polish piano finish. The barrel is blued and the receiver, breechblock, hammer, lever and crescent steel buttplate are color case-hardened. The rifle has a half-octagon/half-round barrel chambered for the .25 W.C.F. cartridge. The barrel has a blued, Rocky Mountain front sight and a sporting style rear sight with adjustable insert. The forearm and early style pistol grip have ebony inlays. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped "-MANUFACTURED BY THE- /- WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.-" in two lines ahead of the rear sight. The caliber designation: "25 W.C.F." is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. The lower receiver tang is roll-stamped "-PAT. OCT. 7TH 79-" in a single line behind the trigger and the serial number "34966" is stamped in script numerals between the tang screws. The accompanying factory letter verifies the rifle configuration in 22 L caliber, 1/2 octagon #1 24 inch barrel, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, and that it was received in and shipped out of the warehouse to order number 24197 on July 24, 1889. The letter further notes an additional record date of January 27, 1894, order number 6755. This notation indicates that this rifle was returned to Winchester in 1894 and likely fitted with the 28 inch .25 W.C.F. No. 1 barrel presently on the rifle.

Class: Antique

Excellent. The rifle retains 95% plus of the original blue and vivid casehardened finish. The barrel retains nearly all of the blue finish and the case colors on the receiver, hammer and lever are vivid. The case colors on the buttplate are slightly faded but remain at least 95%. The deluxe highly figured fancy grain stock and forearm are excellent and retain 98% of the high polish piano finish. The checkering on the forearm and stock pistol grip is sharp. Wear is limited to a few very minor handling marks. This is an excellent example of a Deluxe Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Sporting 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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Phenomenal Deluxe Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Sporting Rifle with Factory Letter
Phenomenal Deluxe Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Sporting Rifle with Factory Letter
Lot number: 3014
Seller: Rock Island Auction Company
Event: Premiere Firearms Auction - Day 3
Ends: Sunday, September 13 | 9:00 AM  Central

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