Dating winchester 1894
At this time, this is one of only two known relief engraved model 1894s, and has been featured in the May/June 1982 issue of The American Rifleman magazine; the Winchester Engraving book by R. Wilson on page 255, and the Winchester Collector magazine.
Winchester 1894 Antique Short Rifle .38-55 s/n 35 - 22” octagon barrel; full mag; straight grain walnut stocks; crescent buttplate.
Overall condition is 98% ; mechanics are crisp; bore is bright and shiny.
Winchester Deluxe Antique Engraved 1894 Sporting Rifle .30 WCF s/n 395 - 22” part round barrel; half mag; No.
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The factory engraving and checkering are identical to that illustrated in the 1897 Winchester catalogue "HIGHLY FINISHED ARMS" and shown on pages 209-211 of "THE BOOK OF WINCHESTER ENGRAVING" by Wilson.
This rifle has a full-page illustration and description on page 426 of "THE WINCHESTER BOOK" by George Madis.
The hammer and loading lever have strong case colors with some silvering. The engraving is crisp and deep; the barrel markings are sharp. Receiver retains about 90% – 95% original bright blue with a few light scratches and some thinning on the bottom and top.
The fancy walnut stock and forearm are in excellent condition. Lever retains 70% thinning blue and the hammer retains 80% bright blue.
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Winchester 1894 Deluxe Antique Rifle .30 WCF s/n 229 – 26” round matted barrel; 4-Cartridge magazine; color case hardened receiver; three leaf platinum lined rear sight; Lyman ivory bead sporting front sight; fancy pistol grip checkered oil finished walnut stocks with rubber shotgun buttplate.