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Your best comments about a RIA auction carbine is requested
November 21, 2020
9:56 pm
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In reference to the 1883 Whitney-Kennedy carbine as shown at  https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/81/1056/whitneykennedy-lever-action-saddle-ring-carbine-in-4560  I'd greatly appreciate your comments about its finishes and factory originality.

One of the things with RIA auction pictures that throws me off, much of the time, is that the bluing shown on rifles looks too black to me, whereas AMOSKEAG, IMO, does a much better job of depicting the metal finishes.

Anyway, I will greatly appreciate your comments, to include, any question that you might have about the subject carbine, in an attempt to help me.

James  

November 21, 2020
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James,

The bluing looks very good to my eyes.

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November 21, 2020
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Thank you, Bert.  I'll take it you meant it looks original as well.  Do you see anyhting that might cause one to think it's an old professional restoration...anything at all?

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November 21, 2020
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jwm94 said
Thank you, Bert.  I'll take it you meant it looks original as well.  Do you see anyhting that might cause one to think it's an old professional restoration...anything at all?

James  

Yes, it looks original to me.  If somebody restored the finish, it was an extremely good job of accomplishing it.

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November 21, 2020
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Bert H. said

Yes, it looks original to me.  If somebody restored the finish, it was an extremely good job of accomplishing it.  

Thank you, again!

James

November 22, 2020
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Pretty amazing condition and unusual to boot. I seldom see a W/K in my ramblings and I’ve never seen one even close to this condition. Hopefully Shrapnel will drop in and take a look if he’s not too busy hunting. 

 

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TXGunNut said
Pretty amazing condition and unusual to boot. I seldom see a W/K in my ramblings and I’ve never seen one even close to this condition. Hopefully Shrapnel will drop in and take a look if he’s not too busy hunting. 

 

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I agree.  Steve knows these guns very well, too.  I figured that some folks would have at least commented on some of the screws in that they appear to have been turned, which begs the question as to why, should that be the case.  As for the blue color being so dark, it could be due to the lighting, or maybe the guns intended for the military, initially, like this one did not receive the beautiful bright bluing that some commercial guns received.  

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