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I have two Winchester 1895 rifles; a .35 WCF and a .30-40.   I just noticed the .30-40 does not have the ebony inlay in the forend schnable (sp?). 

Were any rifles built without that inlay?  The stock on this rifle looks pretty original otherwise to my untrained eye. 

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Ray,

The stock without the ebony wedge does not appear to be factory original to me.

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Bert,

thanks for the expert opinion…

I bought it for a shooter, but it has some interesting modifications:

a small plaque engraved “Alice” mounted to the receiver sight mounting points,

an Indian head penny set in the stock, and

the very small (almost invisible) inked letters AH next to the penny.

Am wondering if it might have belonged to Alice Bull (nee Hartsfiel), but have not been able to learn what rifles she owned. 

Ray

 

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Ray James said
Bert,

thanks for the expert opinion…

I bought it for a shooter, but it has some interesting modifications:

a small plaque engraved “Alice” mounted to the receiver sight mounting points,

an Indian head penny set in the stock, and

the very small (almost invisible) inked letters AH next to the penny.

Am wondering if it might have belonged to Alice Bull (nee Hartsfiel), but have not been able to learn what rifles she owned. 

Ray

 

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Agreed, the forearm without the ebony inlay is not original.

It would be extremely difficult to link your firearm to a specific individual unless a period document (original diary, court transcript, publication using original documents such as bill of sale, that identify the serial number of the firearm owned by a specific individual.  Anything short of that, including a notarized letter, might “suggest” a particular association, but it is all hypothesis/wishful thinking.

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