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July 11, 2013 - 10:28 am
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If anything the construction of such a period crate would be of better quality than anything today. Winchester that employed 100,000s of people probably had plenty of employees & time & probably a whole dedicated department to shipping. Its not like they slapped together 1 box at a time to ship a gun. And don’t believe nails would have been used for the construction of the box. Everything I’ve seen is dovetailed together.

For a company that gave away scrap fire wood that would be prized burl walnut today. I think they would know how to mass produce quality made boxes. Also these would of been shipped on a Railroad Car and would have to take a beating.

In My Minds Eye this is what a Winchester Shipping Crate Should look like.

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July 11, 2013 - 11:09 am
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That 1895 crate looks like the real deal. The other one is downright crude by comparison. This is no reflection, of course, on the actual rifle.

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First off I think the word Faked is used sometimes when it may not be the
With that being said in no way do I think that Winchester would have ever
manufactured that crate and shipped it out the door. They were not in the
high end furniture business but compare the crate in question to the crate
that is posted by maverick?
If you will notice that the ends of the crate in question are made from a
different type of wood entirely. Also the ends are made from finished lumber. The sides and top are from rough cut sawmill lumber. Even
though I don’t think that the crate was made by Winchester I do feel that
the ends of the crate could very well be from and original crate of some-
sort made by Winchester? It looks to me that someone made a pretty net
box to ship or store their rifle in at any rate it is pretty neat, but I don’t
think it is fair or tactfull to cry someone is Faking the box in question when
no one has a clue to where the true answer lies just my thoughts…….

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July 12, 2013 - 8:21 am
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I think that is a made up crate, and the end piece with the Winchester marking is original from another box. Winchester didn’t use the best lumber for boxes and crates, but they were better finished than this. And that big slab obviously wouldn’t be used for a lid. I would think a crate for rifles would be nicely dovetailed like the original wooden ammo boxes were.

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