A rare factory engraved and gold inlaid Winchester Model 1895 lever action carbine owned by Henry A Snow

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Lot 2174¢
A rare factory engraved and gold inlaid Winchester Model 1895 lever action carbine owned by Henry A Snow
probably the work of Angelo Stokes

Sold for US$ 43,875 inc. premium
A rare factory engraved and gold inlaid Winchester Model 1895 lever action carbine owned by Henry A Snow
probably the work of Angelo Stokes
Serial no. 62448 for 1910, .30-03 caliber. 22 inch barrel with Sheard fore-sight and standard rear sight, the breech engraved with scrollwork and inlaid with single gold line and marked .30 U.S. Mod. 1903. Action inlaid with gold bands front and back, engraved with broad scrolls and lappet borders and with game scenes; left side with a bear, the right with two stags and hunter. Scroll-engraved hammer. Blued finish. Buttplate with scroll-engraved panel and gold banding. Figured walnut stock and fore-end checkered in Style D with oak leaves. Left side of buttstock set with unengraved shield-shaped escutcheon. Sling swivel mounts missing the rings.
Condition: Excellent. Barrel with 95 percent plus blued finish showing some light pitting at muzzle. Action retains 90 percent blue showing edge wear. Fine wood showing scattered light marks.
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Footnotes

  • Note: Henry A. Snow, the consignor's grandfather, was a naturalist, big game hunter and film producer. He, and his son Sidney with fellow hunter Leslie Simson, were sent by the city of Oakland to collect specimens for a projected museum. The city failed to pass the bond measure for the funds and when the men returned after two years Mr. Simson donated the specimens he brought back to the Los Angeles County Museum. Mr. Snow, however, stayed in Oakland opened the Snow Museum of Natural History in 1922 with the specimens he had returned with, including 169 mammals, 1500 birds, 5000 bird eggs and 40,000 insect specimens. The museum was intended to be temporary until the city of Oakland voted funds for the new museum. After the tremendous public interest of 1922-23 died down the Snow Museum became a permanent fixture. Mr. Snow and his son mounted an expedition to the Arctic in an effort to raise interest, but the stock market crash of 1929 ended any hopes of a new museum complex, which was not built until the 1960s. Another gold-inlaid Model 1895, serial no. 78191, was presented to Snow in 1922. It was formerly in the collection of Ivan B. Hart. See page 278 of Winchester Engraving by R.L. Wilson.
A rare factory engraved and gold inlaid Winchester Model 1895 lever action carbine owned by Henry A Snow
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