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Model 1897 Dovetailed Shotgun Shipping Crate
May 3, 2016
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Ideal for the Winchester shotgun collector.  Older 1920's ??? shipping crate for 10 30" take-down Model 1897's.  I'll deliver to the Colorado gun show, Cody Winchester show or The Big Reno show in November.  Can also do California Bay Area and Bend, OR by mutual agreed date.  Crate has had small metal castors and a non-original top added to serve as a coffee table or such. Both ends similarly marked.  There are no interior segregation pieces.Winchester-Shotgun-Case.jpgImage Enlarger

Price:  $400

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Based on the Model "1897" marking, it should be a pre-1921 crate.


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Wow, is that cool or what?     Big Larry

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Bert H. said


Based on the Model "1897" marking, it should be a pre-1921 crate.


Bert & Rick,

Based on the "Trade Mark Reg. US Patent Office & Throughout the World" and the Big Red "W" markings below Winchester makes it Post-1912.

So I assume if was made in the 1912 - 1920 time frame. That gives you a 8 year window. Maybe there is something else to narrow it down further but would need to know more about the box. 

Rick, I take it the original serial numbers receipt was missing from the crate?




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May 16, 2016
10:12 pm
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I have a photo of a Winchester shipping crate for Model 1897 riot guns that were shipped to the Erie RR just prior to WW1.  The guns are in the 640,xxx serial number range.  There were a couple of crates of these riot guns that apparently were never used by the RR.  The shotguns were still in unissued condition.  They became available for purchase probably 20 or more years ago.  There were some collectors who were able to purchase the guns still in the crate.  Other than it is missing the big red W on the end, the crate is marked almost identical to the crate Rick has for sale.

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