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Factory acid etched Model 1892?
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October 8, 2022 - 5:17 pm
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Coming up at Poulan:

https://poulinantiques.hibid.com/catalog/403251/fall-2022-auction/?q=winchester+1892

Lot 4055

These are sure outside my realm of experience.  I see a long letter from George Madis is included.  

Opinions on whether this is real?

Michael – do you know if it has sold before?

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October 8, 2022 - 7:14 pm
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Regardless of what George Madis, or any other expert, for that matter speculates, I would remain EXTREMELY skeptical that ANY acid etched engraving is factory original work.

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Another non letterable gun.  I would steer away.  When I see a gun like this with someone writing a letter to establish a story I always pass. 

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I am eager to hear if others have seen acid etched Winchesters that are thought to be factory work.  Particularly lever rifles.  My limited knowledge of the (possible) existence of factory etched rifles was with the Winchester Model 12’s.

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I have seen 73’s with acid etch panels most of them looked ugly and none that were thought to be Winchesters work. The problem with acid etch is you can’t do fine work and have the detail like engraving.

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I am extremely doubtful that Winchester would have ever acid etched any of their products.

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Here’s a statement from Pauline Muerrle on the topic:

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https://www.shotgunworld.com/threads/engraved-1920-model-12.464902/

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Phil Klundt was not a Winchester engraver. He developed a process to put patterns on guns using an acid etch process. He submitted samples to Winchester but they did not end up adopting this process for use on their guns. The gun in question is a good example of his work. I have seen several of these out there throughout the years.
 
 
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I see Michael brought this same acid etched M1892 rifle up nearly four years ago:

https://winchestercollector.org/forum/winchester-rifles/model-1892-acid-etched-receiver/

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Here’s an acid etched M1886 that Rock Island sold earlier this year.  To their credit, they make no suggestion the work is factory.  My question is, was it just one engraver who was doing acid etching on Winchesters, or were there multiple engravers doing them?  Pauline Muerrle mentions Phil Klundt.

https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/85/32/acid-etched-winchester-deluxe-model-1886-lightweight-rifle

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