Model 1894

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Winchester 1894 Deluxe Takedown Relief Engraved Antique Rifle .38-55 WCF s/n 1835
Private Collection

Winchester 1894 Deluxe Takedown Relief Engraved Antique Rifle .38-55 WCF s/n 1835 mfg 1894 - 26” octagon takedown barrel; full mag; John Ulrich signed relief engraving; fancy pistol grip checkered walnut stocks. According to the Winchester factory records on file at the Cody Firearms Museum, this is the first engraved model 1894, and is listed as “Rifle; 38/55 caliber; octagon barrel; plain trigger; Takedown; fancy checkered stock; pistol grip; Blued steel plate on pistol grip with monogram inlaid in gold “MWS”; engraved $16.00; Deer on one side, bear on other; Embossed work with scrolls, tip barrel & buttplate; Engraved and gold line, Rocky Mountain front; Received in the warehouse on March 5, 1895; Shipped from the warehouse on March 5, 1895, on order number 5845”. 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.L.Wilson on page 255, and the Winchester Collector magazine.

Winchester 1894 Antique Short Rifle .38-55 s/n 3559 mfg 1894
Private Collection

Winchester 1894 Antique Short Rifle .38-55 s/n 3559 mfg 1894 - 22” octagon barrel; full mag; straight grain walnut stocks; crescent buttplate. Receiver, barrel and mag retain 80% thinning blue; lever and hammer retain faded case colors; buttplate is mostly faded top silver/grey; stocks retain a high degree of their original varnish finish; mechanics are crisp; bore is bright and considered a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10. A study of the original Winchester factory records indicate only 2,252 rifles were made with 22” barrels.

Winchester 1894 Deluxe Antique Rifle .30 WCF s/n 22905 mfg 1895
Private Collection

Winchester 1894 Deluxe Antique Rifle .30 WCF s/n 22905 mfg 1895 – 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. Factory records indicate 155 model 1894 rifles were made with a case hardened receiver, with only 16 deluxe case hardened rifles. The round matted barrel could make this a unique configuration.

Private Collection

Winchester Deluxe Antique Engraved 1894 Sporting Rifle .30 WCF s/n 39514 mfg 1895 - 22” part round barrel; half mag; No. 9 engraving on the barrel, forearm cap, receiver and crescent buttplate; casehardened hammer, lever & buttplate; Marble No. 3 front sight with ivory bead; factory blank in rear sight dove-tail; Lyman folding combination tang sight adjustable for windage and elevation; deluxe pistol grip style E carved & checkered fancy oil-finished walnut stocks. Condition - Fine, approximately 40% of the original blue on the receiver. The barrel has nearly 90% of the slightly faded blue finish with some very minor thinning on the top and left flat between the rear sight dovetail and the receiver. The forearm cap has about 60% of the blue finish; the balance is a smooth, blue-gray, patina. The receiver has a very attractive, blue gray patina with large portions of blue finish in protected areas. The hammer and loading lever have strong case colors with some silvering. The crescent buttplate has a smooth silver patina. The engraving is crisp and deep; the barrel markings are sharp. The fancy walnut stock and forearm are in excellent condition. The checkering shows only minor handling wear and the carved scroll borders are sharp. The stock and forearm are free from nicks and scratches and retain nearly all of the original satin finish. 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.

Winchester 1894 Takedown Short Rifle .30 WCF s/n 122466 mfg 1898
Private Collection

Winchester 1894 Takedown Short Rifle .30 WCF s/n 122466 mfg 1898 - 20” part round takedown barrel; full mag; Lyman front sight; blank in rear dovetail; tang sight; extra finish walnut stocks; case colored Hammer, lever & crescent buttplate. Receiver retains 75% thinning blue with plum patina mixing in w/forging marks visible; barrel retains 90% bright blue w/edge on points of octagon; mag retains 60% - 80% blue with thinning at magazine retaining band from takedown wear; hammer and lever retain traces of their original case colors with balance silver/grey; buttplate is mostly silver; stocks retain a high degree of their original varnish finish and are in excellent condition overall; action is crisp; bore is brilliant.

Winchester 1894 Semi-Deluxe Short Rifle .32 WS s/n 149228
Private Collection

Winchester 1894 Semi-Deluxe Short Rifle .32 WS s/n 149228 mfg 1899 – 15” part round barrel; half mag; Winchester 64A Smokeless rear sight; dovetailed front sight; capped pistol grip checkered straight grain walnut stocks w/rubber shotgun buttplate. Fully restored utilizing all original parts, including the stocks. ATF cleared.

Winchester 1894 Deluxe Engraved Eastern Carbine .30 WCF s/n 897060 mfg 1921
Private Collection

Winchester 1894 Deluxe Engraved Eastern Carbine .30 WCF s/n 897060 mfg 1921 - 20” round barrel w/no rear sight dovetail slot; half mag; number 10 style factory engraving with extra embellishment on the breach, upper tang and around the serial number; Lyman 1A DA locking-type tang sight; forged square base w/pinned blade ivory bead front sight; 3x deluxe H-style checkered capped pistol grip dense grain walnut stocks with 13-1/4” length of pull; embossed hard rubber shotgun buttplate. Receiver retains about 90% – 95% original bright blue with a few light scratches and some thinning on the bottom and top. Lever retains 70% thinning blue and the hammer retains 80% bright blue. Barrel retains 95% original bright blue with slight muzzle wear. Stocks are sound and show moderate wear, light handling marks and retain generous amounts of their original oil finish. Mechanics are fine; bright shiny bore. Provenance: Eldon Owens collection. See Special Detailed Description

 

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