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SN 139319. Cal. 25-35. Outstanding & rare deluxe Model 1894 short rifle with 18″ full matted 1/2 oct bbl, half magazine with Lyman ivory bead front sight, Lyman 6A folding rear sight and a Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with extremely beautiful center crotch flame grain American walnut with Style D carved forearm & capped pistol grip stock with smooth steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood, is stamped with assembly number “16027”, “XXXX” and “R”. Matching assembly number is stamped in top tang channel of buttstock along with “94”. Buttplate is not numbered although there appears to be some pencil writing that is indecipherable, however there is no doubt whatsoever that this buttplate is orig to this rifle. Receiver is engraved in style 4, most likely by John Ulrich, though unsigned. Engraving consists of the very large vignette of a hunter standing behind a tree having shot two bull elk, all in an extremely detailed forest scene. Each end of vignette is engraved with flowing foliate arabesque patterns with shaded background. Right side of receiver has the engraved vignette of a grizzly bear on a mountain precipice with matching foliate arabesque patterns fore & aft. Both sides have wavelet borders. Screw heads are also engraved. Top & bottom edges of receiver are engraved with snake & dot patterns with light foliate arabesque patterns over receiver ring, floorplate, forend cap, buttplate tang and over chamber area of bbl. Sides & edges of lever & hammer are engraved to match. Rear edge of receiver, front edge of takedown ring, end of bbl at the receiver and forend cap are inlaid with flush gold wire. Heel of buttplate is also inlaid with gold wire. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter identifying this rifle in caliber 25-35 with 18″ 1/2-oct matted bbl, plain trigger, fancy pistol grip stock with carved style D pattern, half magazine, engraved $24.00, takedown and shotgun butt, received in the warehouse Dec. 13, 1902 and shipped the same day to Order #166248. Though shipped in 1902, gun was manufactured in 1897. This fabulous little rifle has renowned collection history. PROVENANCE: Ex-Eldon Owens Collection; Ex-Wes Adams Estate Collection. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have taken care to ensure that this item(s) meets the standard for sale under the ESA. However, certain states and other countries have laws that are more restrictive than the ESA. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that it is lawful to purchase or transport this item(s) into their state, and to obtain the necessary import and export approvals. Delay or failure to obtain any such permit or approval does not relieve the buyer of paying for the item(s) and consummating the purchase. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl retains 96-98% strong orig blue with light muzzle edge wear and a couple of minor thinned areas; magazine tube retains virtually all of its orig blue; forend cap retains about 98% glossy orig blue as does the takedown ring; receiver retains 95-97% glossy orig blue with only high point and fine sharp edge wear; loading gate retains about 98% orig fire blue; lever & hammer retain most of their brilliant orig case colors, lightly faded on outer face of lever; buttplate retains about 80% strong blue showing wear at heel & toe and around edges; wood is sound with a very few, very minor handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig piano varnish finish. Sights are equally fine, retaining most of their orig finish, including Lyman “certifiable antique ivory” front bead. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 50412-2 (75,000-150,000) IVORY – Lot 4147

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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