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ENGRAVED MODEL 1892
May 3, 2021
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Is this factory engraving on this 1909 model 1892 with non-deluxe wood? It also has a little scroll engraving on the top part of the butt plate.

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May 3, 2021
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No, it is definitely not factory engraving.

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May 3, 2021
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Bert H. said
No, it is definitely not factory engraving.  

Thanks for the info Bert!

May 3, 2021
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Maybe not factory, but looks pretty good to me.  You'd think previous owners would have handled it with more care than its present cond. suggests they did.

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I agree, not factory, but nice work just the same. 

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May 4, 2021
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Scrollwork seems very good but the animals give it away. Makes me appreciate the artistry of Winchester engravers.

 

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I had an early 1892 with very similar scroll work,buttplate and for end cap as this gun does. 16xxx range gun, had 1893 Columbian Exposition text on side with scroll work and silver barrel bands with silver'd scroll work on end of barrel. OB BM 38 wcf,just a neat gun.. Friend of mine who is now deceased, George Madis, looked at gun and in his letter guessed the gun was done at  Tiffany & Co for that expo as a gift,prize type deal. Even without being a factory gun was still unique and valuable,so just because not factory,as long as period and not recent(last 75 years) ,probably still a desirable gun. More research, possibly you can find  comparable engraving from a known shop like the Tiffany & Co  gun I had , worth the effort and interesting journey. I spend better part of year trying to find mention,catalogue etc in Expo archives of this gun to no avail,but was well worth the effort..

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Manuel said
engraved73-1.jpgImage Enlargerengraved73-2.jpgImage EnlargerEngraved92.jpgImage EnlargerEngraved92-2.jpgImage Enlarger   So what do the experts think about these??   Pauline Murrell said they aren't factory but the work was well done.  

Well as seeing as the receivers are disassembled, in the white, and you can see fresh cut metal with no oxidation or patina. I'd agree all day long that they're not factory. Another dead give away to me is the scrolls. They seem to thin and leafy with areas around them deeply cut. 

Get them gold plated and add some barrels engraved one in a million with your name and you'll probably be able to sell them at auction in 20 years for way more than you paid! All kidding aside, I'd assemble them and get to plinking.

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TXGunNut said
Scrollwork seems very good but the animals give it away. Makes me appreciate the artistry of Winchester engravers.

 

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Speaking of wildlife engraving this fellow is among the very best. 

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Speaking of wildlife engraving this fellow is among the very best. 

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Are you sure that those are not laser engraving? The process uses photo detailing and is an amazing process. If it is hand engraved it is  gorgeous and probably worth the price.

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Vince said

Are you sure that those are not laser engraving? The process uses photo detailing and is an amazing process. If it is hand engraved it is  gorgeous and probably worth the price.  

No, hand engraved. A couple more incredible engravers are Firmo Fracassi and Barry Lee Hands.

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Manuel said
engraved73-1.jpgImage Enlargerengraved73-2.jpgImage EnlargerEngraved92.jpgImage EnlargerEngraved92-2.jpgImage Enlarger   So what do the experts think about these??   Pauline Murrell said they aren't factory but the work was well done.  

I’m no expert but the animals look quite good to me. The scrollwork seems a bit inconsistent but that’s possibly lighting or wear. 

 

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