20. Winchester Model 1894 First Model Rifle

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serial #1567, 38-55, 26" round barrel with full magazine and an about very good bore. This is a very honest and early first model 1894 rifle. The barrel and magazine retain about 25% original blue with the balance showing a smooth even brown patina. The action retains about 30% original blue finish with loss due to even thinning and with these areas bearing a pleasing smooth brown patina. The hammer and lever shows some faded original color case-hardened finish and have a pleasing appearance. The plain walnut buttstock and forend rate very good with about 70% original finish remaining and with only sparse minor handling marks. The rifle is sighted with standard open barrel sights. Interestingly this rifle comes with its original Winchester shipping crater which is stenciled on lid "F.H. MORRILL / STOCKBRIDGE, VT." as well as "FROM / WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A.". The interior of the case contains an envelope with Mr. Wilson's notes stating that F.H. Morrill was a blacksmith in Gaysville, VT (very near Stockbridge) from 1883 until 1905. The condition of the crate is excellent with interior pieces showing other stenciling from other crates which were sawn and re-used to make this crate. The crate is constructed with nails but the top and bottom lids each have a screw at either end in a 3/4" recessed hole. The screws on the bottom are still filled with the tamper resistant wax filler with tiny "WINCHESTER" atop the surface of the filler. The top lid has been removed, therefore this fill is missing. This is an extremely honest rifle with what is purportedly its original shipping crate from Winchester. The included factory letter confirms the configuration of the rifle and shows receipt in the warehouse on January 11, 1895 and oddly the rifle did not ship until August 8, 1895. It is interesting to note that Mr. Wilson's home was only 40 miles from where this rifle was originally shipped 121 years ago. (17889-73) {ANTIQUE} [Allan Wilson Collection] (4000/6000) SOLD FOR $5,175.00

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