Exceptional Special Order Winchester Model 1887 Lever Action 20 Inch Barrel Shotgun with Factory Let

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Exceptional Special Order Winchester Model 1887 Lever Action 20 Inch Barrel Shotgun with Factory Let
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Estimate: $25000 - 37500
Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1887
This is an extraordinary example of a special order Winchester Model 1887 20 inch Lever Action Shotgun that was manufactured in 1898. Designed by firearms genius John M. Browning, the Model 1887 was the first successful repeating shotgun. The left side of the receiver is marked with the large "WRACo" monogram, the serial number is on the bottom of the receiver and the lower tang is marked "MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./- NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. -/PAT. FEB. 16. & JULY 20. 1886, DEC 6, 1892". The top of the barrel is marked "-MANUFACTURED BY THE-/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN , CONN. U.S.A." toward the breech and "10" at the breech. Single brass bead sight and 3 inch chamber. Blue barrel and magazine tube, casehardened receiver and lever, and mounted with the standard smooth two slab walnut forearm and round knob pistol grip stock with checkered iron buttplate. Length of pull is 12 7/8 inches. Winchester manufactured approximately 65,000 Model 1887 shotguns in 10 and 12 gauge from 1887 to 1901. The accompanying factory letter states that the serial number was applied on December 15, 1897, verifies the 10 gauge shotgun configuration, 20 inch barrel and that it was received in and shipped out of the warehouse on February 17, 1898 on order number 3990.
BBL: 20 inch round
Stock: walnut
Gauge: 10
Finish: blue/casehardened
Serial Number: 62677
Excellent. The barrel and magazine tube retain 85% original blue finish with the magazine tube fading to a plum patina. The receiver and breechblock retain 98% original bright case colors. The lever shows bright original case colors in the protected areas with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The wood is also excellent with almost all of the original finish remaining and showing some scattered minor dings and handling marks. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent. Writer cannot recall ever seeing another Winchester Model 1887 like this example!