Winchester 1892 Antique SRC .44 WCF s/n 144201
mfg 1896 - 20" round barrel; full mag; color case hardened lever & hammer; flip-up carbine rear sight; forged based pinned blade front sight; straight grain walnut stocks. Condition overall is near new with some very light handling marks; action is crisp; bore is bright and shiny. Includes Winchester factory letter of authentication from the Cody firearms Museum which identifies this carbine in caliber 44, received in warehouse Aug. 17, 1900 and shipped Aug. 24, 1900 to Order #68770. Antique 1892 saddle ring carbines are very scarce in today's collecting world and this one is one of the finest examples known.
It is interesting to note that another known model 1892 SRC, s/n 144240 from the Tommy Rholes collection, was shipped on the same order #68770 and sold at a recent James D. Julia Auction for $34,500 and was accompanied by a letter dated Aug. 4, 1980 on Rifle Ranch letterhead, J.S. (Jim) Wilkinson, of Prescott, Arizona, addressed to Frank Weymouth of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Prescott, Arizona, wherein this carbine was identified by serial number. Body of the letter states that in about 1950, Roy Dunlap of Tucson, gunsmith & author, purchased wooden cases of Winchester rifles from the Customs warehouse in Nogales, which turned out to be Model 1892 saddle ring carbines. He speculates that they were on the way to Mexico, possibly for Pancho Villa, when they were confiscated by Customs where they remained for many years. Mr. Wilkinson states he purchased several of these "rifles" from Mr. Dunlap and resold them but kept the one with the most beautiful wood for his own collection and at the time of this writing it was unfired; signed "Jim Wilkinson".
Winchester 1892 SRC .44 WCF s/n 249016
mfg 1903 - Rechambered to 44 mag, half mag, buckhorn rear sight, custom made & engraved shotgun butt plate w/6-round ammo compartment, leather sling added, 70% deep blue on receiver/barrel, 70% vivid case colors on hammer and lever, near mint bore, excellent wood, 1949 East Africa coin recessed into left side of stock, 6 small engraved animal medallions recessed into right side of stock.
Winchester Model 1892 Deluxe Takedown Rifle .25-20 WCF s/n 275046 mfg 1908 - 22" part-round nickel steel takedown barrel; half magazine; Marble combination tang sight with locking button; Marble flattop sporting rear sight; Rocky Mountain front sight with blued steel blade and ivory insert; color case hardened hammer and lever; fancy H-style checkered capped pistol grip oil finished stocks w/brass crescent buttplate. Overall condition is excellent, retaining nearly 95% of the original blue and case-hardened finish; barrel and half-magazine have nearly all of the blue finish intact. The blue finish on the forearm cap and takedown collar shows some thinning on contact points. The bolt and receiver have nearly 95% of the blue finish with some minor edge wear on the top of the receiver and some thinning on the bottom of the receiver ahead of the lever. The loading gate has about 80% of the niter blue finish. The hammer and the sides of the lever have strong case colors. The case colors on the bottom of the lever have faded to a silver patina. The buttplate has a mellow patina. All of the markings are crisp and the bore is bright. The stock and forearm are in excellent condition with no significant handling marks. The oiled finish on the forearm has some light handling wear and the checkering on the forearm and pistol grip is slightly flattened from handling.
Winchester 1892 Baby SRC .44 WCF s/n 693360
mfg 1912 - 12” round barrel; full mag; pinned blade front sight w/forged base; carbine style rear sight; gumwood stocks.
Winchester 1892 SRC .44 WCF s/n 851861
mfg 1916 - 20" round barrel; full mag; color case hardened lever & hammer; flip-up carbine rear sight; forged based pinned blade front sight; straight grain gumwood stocks. Condition overall is near new with some very light handling marks; action is crisp; bore is bright and shiny. Includes authentication letter from the noted Winchester historian and author George Madis.
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