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January 31, 2023 - 11:17 pm
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At what point do 1894’s no longer “letter”? 

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If thats the case how would one  verify any engraving or any other special features?

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  If it looks right maybe it is. That said, if the gun lettered you could say the same thing. T/R

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If thats the case how would one  verify any engraving or any other special features?

  

By posting a series of clear detailed pictures of it here on the WACA forum asking for opinions… we most certainly have a lot of those hereSurprised

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Bert H. said

oldcrankyyankee said

If thats the case how would one  verify any engraving or any other special features?

  

By posting a series of clear detailed pictures of it here on the WACA forum asking for opinions… we most certainly have a lot of those hereSurprised

  

Oh good Lord I know about the opinions. They are respected tho. Rifle in question is at, I know this will shiver some timbers, RIA. It’s lot 2000 in Febuary auction. Brings back memories of an 1894 that was up for sale at Amoskeag in November. That rifle was of the same vintage as this one,being only a little off in serial number. As I remember, the Perry White rifle at Amoskeag was opinioned to the point that it was not factory engraved. So I am waiting with baited breath to the results of the opinions about the RIA rifle.   Note the serial numbers. 

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I looked at the photos of it.  It seems to me that RIA doesn’t even consider it a factory engraved rifle.  And their auction estimate strongly suggests they do not.

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Not factory engraved.  The amateur nature of the scrolls tells you that.  Also, no wear on the receiver from the saddle ring after 110 years and scratches with bluing withiin makes one suspicious it’s been reblued.

IF RIA puts a pre auction estimate of $3500 to $5500 on a SRC in .38 – 55 with engraving, one should be highly suspicious.

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