Winchester 1895 First Model Experimental Rifle .30 US unserialized
mfg 1896 - TC Johnson patent bottom unloading prototype and listed on Page 56 as #296 of Win Reference Collection book. No receiver or tang markings, buckhorn rear & early pinned-blade front sight. Magazine, lever, crescent buttplate, and screws remain in the white, unpolished. Receiver and bolt retain 97% original brilliant blue, barrel 98% bright blue, walnut stocks retain almost all of their original varnish finish; vivid case colors remain on hammer & extractor, bore appears to be unfired.
Winchester 1895 Second Model Experimental Rifle .30 US unserialized
mfg 1896 - TC Johnson patent bottom unloading prototype as listed in the Winchester Reference Collection book. No provisions for a rear barrel or receiver sight (no rear sight dovetail), pinned-blade front sight with large ramp. 99% original bright blue remains on receiver, mag and barrel; walnut stocks retain almost all of their original varnish finish; vivid case colors remain on hammer & extractor w/faded case colors on crescent buttplate; bore is excellent.
Winchester 1895 Deluxe First Model Rifle .30 US s/n 65
mfg 1895 - 28" round barrel, fancy checkered walnut pistol grip stock w/rubber shotgun buttplate, factory oval silver-plated plate in stock with monogram "J.A.M.G.", coin silver rocky mountain front sight, sling swivels. Rifle retains 85% original blue, and most of the original piano finish remain on stocks.
Winchester 1895 First Model Deluxe Casehardened Rifle .30 US s/n 814
mfg 1896 – 28” round barrel; color casehardened receiver & crescent buttplate; Lyman 21 receiver, sporting rear and Lyman “Jack” front sights; fancy checkered walnut stocks with capped pistol grip and crescent buttplate. There were only three casehardened model 1895s made, and only this one was made in chambered .30 US. As of this writing, this is the only casehardened model 1895 known to collectors.
Winchester First Model 1895 Experimental Musket .30 US s/n 2369
mfg 1896 – 28" round barrel; full magazine; 1,800-yard musket-style graduated ladder rear sight; forged ramp front sight with pinned steel blade and ivory bead; dense highly-figured tiger-striped walnut stocks w/carbine/musket buttplate, trap door, cleaning jag and brush implement; full forend with no upper handguard. Includes a very lengthy Winchester factory letter of authentication from the Cody Firearms Museum (see below) and one from renowned Winchester historian and author George Madis.
Winchester 1895 U.S.-Marked Musket .30 US caliber s/n 18689
mfg 1898 - 28” round barrel; musket-style graduated rear sight; ramp style front sight with pinned steel blade; dense straight-grain walnut stocks w/carbine buttplate & trap door; full forend w/upper hand guard; U.S.-marked on top of receiver; K.S.M. (Kelly S. Morse) government inspector markings on barrel, forend, hammer, lever, trigger link and buttplate; rarely seen patent date marking on left side of receiver (correct for this serial range). Receiver retains 80% blue turning a smooth patina; barrel retains 90% blue thinning at the muzzle; mag, lever & buttplate retain 70% finish, stock remain in very good condition with minor dings and mars. An order for 10,000 model 1895 muskets was ordered by the Army on May 3, 1898, at a cost of $207,000. Only 100 of these muskets saw service in the Philippines, shipped from San Francisco in September of 1899 and were issued to the 33 rd Volunteer Infantry for testing. Sometime in 1900, they were returned to the US and were sold to a Boston arms dealer who presumably disposed of them on the commercial market. The remaining 9,900 muskets were purchased by the M. Hartley Company and most of them were eventually shipped to Cuba in 1906.
Winchester 1895 Deluxe Second Model Rifle .38-72 WCF s/n 20510
mfg 1899 - Part round full-matted barrel; Lyman 21-WR receiver sight, barrel blank in rear seat; fancy checkered walnut stocks; shotgun butt w/hard rubber butt plate. Receiver retains 90% receiver blue w/partial flaking on right side; 95% barrel blue; bright shiny bore. In a study of the original Winchester factory records on file at the Cody Firearms Museum, there were 72 part-round barreled model 1895’s produced, and this one is matted.
Winchester 1895 Deluxe Engraved Rifle .30 US s/n 31095
mfg 1901 - 28” round barrel; rare early pattern factory engraved receiver by Stokes (similar to a pattern pictured in the Madis book); fancy tiger-striped checkered walnut stocks with rubber shotgun buttplate. Receiver and magazine retain 40% original blue, balance patina; barrel retains 85% blue; stocks retain almost all of their original varnish finish. Stokes was a Winchester factory engraver from approximately 1887 to 1920. All of the features of this gun, including the engraving by Stokes, are verified by Madis letter.
Winchester 1895 Deluxe Second Model Rifle .35 WCF s/n 38557
mfg 1902 – 24” round matted barrel; fancy checkered cheek piece stock; Lyman hunting front, leaf and receiver sights; sling swivels, steel shotgun buttplate. Receiver and barrel retain 85% bright blue just starting to tone; lever retains about 40%; stocks retain all of their original varnish finish. Extremely rare deluxe ’95 with cheek piece and matted barrel. Includes authentication notes by the noted Winchester expert and historian, George Madis, describing the characteristics of this gun.
Winchester 1895 Special-Ordered Second Model Sporting Rifle .405 WCF s/n 53166
mfg 1905 – 24” round barrel; Marble 2S ivory bead front sight; MSA Co.-marked tang sight; straight grain walnut stocks with crescent buttplate. Period-mounted Malcolm Model #3 Target & Hunting Scope (with original dust caps), marked “Wm Malcolm / 3626 / 2” and is mounted in the original factory rear sight dovetail and side of receiver in the hole position for a Lyman receiver sight. Receiver retains 60% blue; barrel 95% bright blue; hammer retains 60% case colors; buttplate retains 50% case colors; stocks retain a high degree of their original finish with some handling marks minor dings and mars; markings are sharp; action is excellent; bore is bright.
Ulrich Engraved Winchester 1895 Short Rifle .30 US 03 s/n 62448
mfg 1910 – 22” round barrel; Style 4 engraved receiver w/game scene and bear on left side; hunter and stags on right side; gold inlay bands on the receiver, barrel and crescent buttplate; fancy style D carved walnut stocks with oak leaves and brass shield inlayed on left side of buttstock. Provenance: Henry A. Snow; then consigned to Bonhams & Butterfields Auction of April 21, 2008, by Snow’s grandson and subsequently purchased by Mike Clark of Collectors Firearms. Rob Kassab is the current owner.
This rifle belonged to Henry A. Snow who was a naturalist, big-game hunter, film producer, and founded the Oakland Zoo in 1922. Snow’s trophy collection was in the Snow Museum of Natural History, now part of the Oakland Museum of California. Snow was a pioneer--a big-game hunter who was part zoologist and part explorer. Henry A. Snow was a naturalist, big game hunter and film producer. He, and his son Sidney with fellow hunter Leslie Simson, were sent by the city of Oakland to collect specimens for a projected museum. The city failed to pass the bond measure for the funds and when the men returned after two years Mr. Simson donated the specimens he brought back to the Los Angeles County Museum. Mr. Snow, however, stayed in Oakland opened the Snow Museum of Natural History in 1922 with the specimens he had returned with, including 169 mammals, 1500 birds, 5000 bird eggs and 40,000 insect specimens. The museum was intended to be temporary until the city of Oakland voted funds for the new museum. After the tremendous public interest of 1922-23 died down the Snow Museum became a permanent fixture. Mr. Snow and his son mounted an expedition to the Arctic in an effort to raise interest, but the stock market crash of 1929 ended any hopes of a new museum complex, which was not built until the 1960s. Another gold-inlaid Model 1895, serial no. 78191, was presented to Snow in 1922, and was formerly in the collection of Ivan B. Hart (reference page 279 of Winchester Engraving by R.L. Wilson).
Winchester 1895 Second Model Deluxe Rifle .35 WCF s/n 63909
mfg 1911 – 24” round barrel, rare fancy Grade B carved walnut stocks, case colored crescent buttplate, sling screw eyes. Barrel retains 90% original blue finish; receiver and magazine retain 85% original bright blue; crescent buttplate show original case colors turning dark; stocks retain a high degree of original varnish. Includes authentication notes by the noted Winchester expert and historian, George Madis, describing the characteristics of this gun.
Winchester 1895 Short Rifle/Carbine .30-06 s/n 398779
mfg 1920 – 24” round barrel; carbine buttstock, forend and hand guard w/o sight cutout; Lyman 41 receiver sight & high ramp front sight; no saddle ring. 99% bright blue finish remains; oil finished walnut stocks remain in excellent like-new condition. Gun was originally the property of the government of Monaco and used by national guards in that country. Includes authentication notes by the noted Winchester expert and historian, George Madis, describing the characteristics of this gun.
Winchester 1895 Deluxe Second Model SRC .30-06 s/n 414603
mfg 1922 - 22" round barrel; fancy checkered walnut stocks with 1" longer pull, sling swivels & steel checkered shotgun buttplate; carbine rear and Lyman receiver sight w/windage adjustment. Carbine retains 50% original blue finish with the balance turning plum. Stocks retain almost all of their original varnish finish. Extremely rare deluxe '95 carbine.
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