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Can Bert or someone give me a quick primer on the warehouse record order numbers on the factory letters?  What do they refer to and is there a surviving record somewhere of what the “order” consisted of?  Also, I have one rifle record search from 1902 where the order number starts with a “T”, what does that mean?

Thanks for any/all info, I am ignorant about the Winchester order system.

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The order numbers would refer to the customer order that is lost or destroyed. With the customer order you would of had who and where it went. So all you can glean from the number is how many were shipped in that order.

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Thank you Sir,

I figured it was a dead end but had to ask.  Any idea what the “T” in front of the order number means?  I have had a couple dozen searches done but they all had a number as the order number except for the one which was prefaced by the “T”.  Just thought it was odd and curious if it was significant.

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Jeff,

I have seen a fair number of Model 1885 Work Order numbers with a “T” suffix on the number as well as being a prefix. I have also seen “A” and “B” prefix letters used. The “T” suffix on the work order number is predominantly found on the third variation Winder Muskets sold to the U.S. Army that were destined for the Springfield Armory. Thus far, I have found at (5) different Work Order numbners with a “T” suffix.

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Thanks for the info, here is the one I have with the “T” prefix, it is an 1890;

 

WINCHESTER MODEL 1890 – SERIAL NUMBER 143125

Serial number applied on August 05, 1902

Caliber: S

Received in warehouse on October 16, 1902

Shipped from warehouse on October 18, 1902, Order number T103212

 

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