WINCHESTER 218-B 1 OFF FACTORY DISPLAY GUN- MOD 65- FINISHED at WIN 3-12-49- LETTERED by T. E. HALL from GUN MUSEUM- EXTENSIVE ENGRAVING
Guns International #: 100681395 Seller's Inventory #: y449
Category: Winchester Collectible Firearms - Winchester Rifles - Lever Pre-64
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Company: Champlin Firearms Inc.
Member Since: 11/19/07
First Name: George
Last Name: Caswell
Country: United States
Seller: FFL Dealer
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#1002526, Winchester Model 65 in 218-B Finished at Winchester on March 12, 1949. The Winchester letter from their Gun Museum by T. E. Hall, Curator states "This was very special and was used as a display gun in the factory. It was extensively engraved and gold inlaid with a sheep & deer on the sides of the receiver. The wood was exhibition grade American walnut with a B style carving. The gun was eventually sold to a company employee." The letter was addressed to Griffin & Howe Inc., 589 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, N.Y. I can assure you this piece was not engraved by the normal Winchester engravers. Look close at the photos and this execution is 99.5% better than all the normal engraved guns that came out of Winchester regardless of what model it was. I am most certain this gun was engraved for Winchester by either Alvin White or John E. Warren. I have handled a lot of fine guns in 53 years of full time gun trading and have a very strong feeling this was done for Winchester by Mr. John E. Warren.