Model: Model 90, 1890
Serial Number: 842783
Year of Manufacture: Post 1932. This is a very late gun. Winchester officially numbered the guns to 752,044, though the highest serial number recorded is 849,100. George Watrous, a Winchester employee, counted total production at 764,215 in 1944 when he made a count. Numbers were randomly assigned after 752,044.
Caliber: .22 LR
Action Type: Pump Action Rifle
Markings: The barrel is marked “Made In U.S.A. Winchester Repeating Arms. Co. New Haven / Conn. Pat. June 26. 88. Dec. 6. 92. Nov. 27. 06. May 30. 1911 / Model 90 – .22 Long rifle”. The Winchester Proof mark is on top of the barrel and the frame. The serial number is found on the lower tang and the barrel assembly. The tang sight is marked “Lyman / Middlefield / Conn. U.S.A.”. The rear sight on the barrel is marked “Pat. Jan. 29. 1901”.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a Lyman flip front globe, a Lyman notch rear sight with screw elevation adjustment and a Lyman tang sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are beautifully grained and apparently oil finished wood. The stocks are fancy grade with deluxe pattern checkering. Aside from a few surface marks, the stocks look almost new. There are no splits, cracks or even mentionable scratches. The checkering remains sharp. The LOP measures about 12 3/4″. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Apparently Professionally Restored. The finish is just too good, though there are none of the usual signs of a refinish. No pitting, erosion or tooling marks can be seen under the finish and the lettering is quite good.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no apparent erosion or pitting ion the bore, and just a hint of dulling. This is a 9-9.5 / 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows a touch of thinning at the edges of the barrel flats. The hammer shows light wear from operation, otherwise this rifle looks almost new. There is truly no additional wear. The Screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear and appropriately deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a beautiful rifle, and from the curios and collectible very late period of 1890 production. This rifle is deeply hand engraved, with spectacular wood. If indeed refinished, the work was done so very professionally and in a way that makes it extremely difficult to tell. Restored or not, this is still one of the best 1890’s you could buy and certainly the best looking.
Sold For: $3,936