48. Extremely Rare Winchester Model 1886 Deluxe Takedown Rifle

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serial #106543, 500-100-450 cal., 26" extra heavy octagon barrel with full magazine and a very good bore that remains bright but shows some scattered very light pinprick pitting. This is most certainly in a unique configuration exhibiting several extremely rare features. In addition to the chambering the rifle has an extra heavy barrel that is larger than the action and is faceted at the breech end to fit within the takedown collar. The rifle is also a straight grip deluxe which is unusual and is equipped with a factory cheekpiece which is unusual and the stock has 1/2" cast with action tangs curved to facilitate the cast. In addition to these special order features the rifle is also equipped with close coupled double set triggers and sling swivels. The buttplate is factory customized as well being a standard steel crescent with the heel being nicely rounded over or "softened". The rifle remains in nice and completely honest condition. The barrel retains about 90% evenly thinning original blue finish overall with one notable ding on the top flat just about four inches back from the front sight. The magazine tube shows silvering from being taken down and retains about 65% original blue on the exposed areas. The action retains about 75% original blue finish with most loss on the upper right side where there is flaking present and with the flaked areas showing an even smooth gray patina. The hammer and lever show a good deal of muted original color case-hardened finish with some patchy light pitting on either side of hammer. The checkered straight grip buttstock with cheekpiece and forend are of highly figured American black walnut and rate excellent with 95% original finish remaining and with checkering remaining quite sharp. The lower left tang is marked with assembly number "768, this same number is also found within the top tang inlet of stock and on the inside toe of the buttplate. The rifle comes with a factory letter which reads: rifle, 50/100 caliber, octagon barrel, set trigger, fancy checkered stock, drop 2 7/8 inches-pull on left 13 3/16 inches, on right 13 1/16 inches, Cast off to right 1/2 inch, take down, sling & swivel received in the warehouse and shipped from the warehouse on October 4, 1895". This writer has personal viewed the hand written ledger housed at he Cody Museum and this is exactly what the record states. There is no mention of the heavy octagon barrel and no mention of the cheekpiece. This rifle is clearly original in all respects and is a one-of-a-kind 1886 rifle. The consignor of this rifle is only the third owner, he acquired it from his great uncle in 1978 who acquired it from the original owner Albert H. Overman (1850-1930) in the late 1920's. Albert H. Overman started the Overman Wheel Company in 1882 in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. His company enjoyed great success in its early years but with his success came more and more competition and in 1900 he sold his beleaguered company to Stevens Arms & Tool Company also of Chicopee Falls. In 1901 Overman started the Overman Automobile Company which manufactured the "Victor Steam Carriage", he continued this Automobile business until 1904 when his company merged with the Locomobile Company of Bridgeport, CT. Overman retired to The Stone House in Westmoreland, NH which he built in 1877, until his passing in 1930. This rifle had remained in Westmoreland, NH since Overman brought it there until it was consigned to Amoskeag in January 2018. Overman hunted Africa 18 times and this rifle surely accompanied him on some of those trips. Included with the rifle is a period heavy duty wooden ammunition/shooting trunk with a shell block for 150 50-100 cartridges (53 are present) with space for other accessories. One end of the box is painted with the initials "A.H.O.". An incredibly special Winchester 1886 rifle worthy of the finest collection of Winchester rifles. (18576-1) {ANTIQUE} (30000/50000) SOLD FOR $48,875.00

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