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February 17, 2024 - 8:03 pm
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I’m actually baffled at why someone would do this to an otherwise nice little 73…beautiful work but…Any thoughts?..Engraving school project?

 

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It’s a Model 1873 rifle and not a Model 1892.

Although not factory work, the modifications might be aesthetically pleasing to the layman, and would add value to a Model 1873 rifle in otherwise poor condition.  This could explain why this work was done.  I sure hope an otherwise pristine example wasn’t sacrificed in the process.

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I’m actually baffled at why someone would do this to an otherwise nice little 73…beautiful work but…Any thoughts?..Engraving school project?

If it’s a school project, it was grad school, because that’s master-class engraving costing more than the gun itself was worth before the work was done.  But wood should have been upgraded to match it.  Why?  Maybe an engraver wanting to show what he could do to prospective customers.

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A lot of work went into it but not enough prep to the base metal, wood or sights.

Do you have the serial number of it?

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The scroll/floral work looks pretty good to me. The wildlife/Hunter scenes leave a bit to be desired but I think that is the hardest part to get right. 

 

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A lot of work went into it but not enough prep to the base metal, wood or sights.

Do you have the serial number of it?

Bob

  

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    Is that a Mexican Eagle engraved in the lever latch? The gun was engraved after usage and deep like done in the 1950s and 60s in Mexico. No engraving on the lower tang so maybe not the original tang.  The side plates are ugly, just my opinion. T/R

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    Is that a Mexican Eagle engraved in the lever latch? The gun was engraved after usage and deep like done in the 1950s and 60s in Mexico. No engraving on the lower tang so maybe not the original tang.  The side plates are ugly, just my opinion. T/R

  

ThanX for feedback, TR…Not a Mexican Eagle on the lever latch..whoever did this used a sort of blossom pattern on all the screws and the latch..The raised relief figures on the side plates are finely detailed and better looking in hand but, yeah, stuck out like a sore thumb.

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  Yes I see that when I zoom in on the first picture, when looking at the last picture I thought it was an eagle wing. As a Winchester collector this does not appeal to me. If the owner paid for that he spent a lot of money for no financial reward. T/R

  

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  Yes I see that when I zoom in on the first picture, when looking at the last picture I thought it was an eagle wing.

   As a Winchester collector this does not appeal to me. If the owner paid for that he spent a lot of money for no financial reward. T/R

  

  

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Someone spent a lot time engraving that one. Makes you wonder if someone didn’t pay up or it never got finished by the engraver. The buttplate screws don’t make much sense and I’m surprised it wasn’t engraved as well.

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