5. Excellent Winchester Model 1887 Lever Action Shotgun

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serial #1279, 12 ga., 30? plain damascus barrel with a bright about excellent bore which shows a few spots of very light pinprick pitting nearer the breech. The barrel retains excellent star pattern damascus pattern its full-length with some very light fading near the muzzle which also shows a bit of light oxidation. The magazine tube retains perhaps 95% original blue, the loss due to fading while the frame shows perhaps 97% original blue with toning to pewter on the sharp edges and contact points, with a few expected light handling marks or superficial scratches from the years. The breechblock and hammer retain excellent color case-hardening which is muting slightly with a very good color case-hardening on the sides of the lever and its root, the radiused faces and interior toned to a silvery case-hardened patina with some light surface oxidation present. The smooth walnut pistolgrip buttstock and forend panels rate very good to perhaps very good plus for their age, with much original varnish and the expected minor dings and handling marks that come from the years, a bit more varnish wear present on the forend panels. The stippled steel shotgun buttplate retains trace original blue with the stippling still sharp. The gun seems to function very well mechanically. A lovely example overall very seldom-encountered in this fine state of condition. (38865-45) {ANTIQUE} (2500/4000) SOLD FOR $2,875.00

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