I recently bought several rifles from an individual and one noted above is marked W. F. Sheard, Tacoma, WA. It has a ‘climbin’ Lyman’ rear and a Sheard marked front sight plus the marking on the top of the receiver. I’ve seen threads about his marked guns but He sold complete guns and added sights as well. I got a letter and it only shows the date it was shipped and no other information. Is there any premium for Sheard marked guns and is there any way to find out if it was originally built by him? It shipped June 3 1907 and was chambered in 30US model 1903 (30-03?). Just curious. Thanks.
November 19, 2006
Sheard was a sporting goods dealer. He marked the guns he sold with his name and location. He was a fairly prolific dealer and many Winchesters can be found with his markings. He was originally in Livingston Montana and relocated to Tacoma Washington. He is well-known for some gun sights that he invented and patented.
Jim Rogers said Is there any premium for Sheard marked guns and is there any way to find out if it was originally built by him?
Not “built” by him, merely sold in his store, with the front sight added. As there are collectors for everything else, there probably are Sheard collectors who’d be willing to pay a modest premium, if you could make connections with them.
November 7, 2015
Jim Rogers said
Thanks guys. The Cody Letter was no help.
If it indicated the Lyman 21 was factory, it helped a lot. If not, better bury it. (Actually, I regard that sight as a major asset to any gun, factory or not.)
I would probably pay a little more for a Sheard marked gun but I’d get a lot more excited about that Lyman 21 sight!
Jim Rogers said
The records say:
Rec’d warehouse June 1, 1907
Shipped: June 3, 1907.
That’s it. No to or sight configuration, nuttin.
When sights aren’t described, it means standard sights for that model were used, in this case, Sporting front & rear.