Excellent Deluxe Antique Winchester Model 1894 Takedown Fancy Lever Action Rifle with Factory Docume

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Excellent Deluxe Antique Winchester Model 1894 Takedown Fancy Lever Action Rifle with Factory Docume
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Estimate: $18000 - 27500
Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1894
This is an excellent totally original Deluxe Winchester Model 1894 Takedown Sporting Rifle that is documented with Cody Firearms Museum letter. The letter describes the rifle as: "Takedown, 30 caliber," with round barrel, "Plain trigger, Fancy checkered stock, 1/2 magazine and Shotgun butt". The letter states that this rifle was shipped from the Winchester warehouse on April 3, 1899. (The rifle however is antique as the receiver was produced prior to 1898) The rifle has a blue finish on the barrel, half-magazine, forearm cap, receiver and steel shotgun buttplate. The hammer and lever are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are highly figured "fancy grain" walnut with "Style H" checkered panels and high gloss oil finish. The barrel has a standard dovetail mounted sporting style front sight with nickel silver blade and adjustment screw on the right side of the base and a special order three-leaf "Winchester Express" rear sight. 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. "NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER" is roll-stamped on the left side of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. The caliber designation, "30 W.C.F." is stamped on the top of the barrel in front of the receiver. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped: "MODEL 1894/-WINCHESTER-/PAT AUG 21 1894" in three lines. The serial number, "59617" is stamped across the bottom of the receiver ahead of the lever.
Stock: walnut checkered
Gauge: 30 WCF
Finish: blue
Serial Number: 59617
Excellent. The rifle retains 95% plus of the original blue finish overall. The barrel has nearly all of the blue finish intact; wear is limited to several minor takedown marks on the underside in front of the magazine. Nearly all of the blue finish is present on the forearm cap; the finish on the takedown collar on the rear the forearm is thin. The receiver has most of the high polish blue finish. Wear is limited to some minor finish loss on the lower edges. The blue on the buttplate is 60% intact and has faded to a silver-gray patina. The hammer and lever have strong case colors. The fancy grain walnut stock and forearm are both in excellent condition and retain over 95% of the high polish oil finish with some handling wear on the rear and bottom of the forearm. The stock and forearm have minimal handling marks. The fine checkering remains sharp. All of the markings are crisp. This is an excellent original example of a fully documented, Winchester Deluxe Model 1894 Fancy Takedown Sporting Rifle.