MAGNIFICENT PAIR OF WINCHESTER M1885 SINGLE SHOT HIGH WALL SPECIAL SPORTING RIFLES BY BALLARD GRP 2
Serial number “W190” is chambered in .45-70 at 2 1/10. This rifle features metal finished in the beautiful color-cased method of bluing and exhibits rich blues, purples and golds. The barrel is a #4. The right side of the action features a finely detailed image of the front of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center with mountains in the background and a banner border. The left side of the receiver features a high relief engraving of Buffalo Bill himself, complete with mustache and chin whiskers, fringed leather overshirt, knee length boots and spurs, sitting on the ground with a rifle in his left hand with mountains in the background. The case colors give the sky a multi-colored hue. The Buffalo Bill engraving is bordered with a multi-form wave pattern to create a cameo effect, and then the beautiful floral and scroll pattern. Each side of the top of the receiver behind the hammer has an engraved, high relief bison in an oval panel. The outer bow of the cocking lever is engraved with the seal of the McCracken Research Library, the premier historical library located at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The upper receiver tang is engraved "One of Two" and is flanked by outwardly pointing arrows. The serial number "W190" is engraved on the bottom of the action. The lower receiver tang is engraved with the signature of the engraver "Joseph / Cody, Wy.".
This is a beautifully matched pair of master engraved, custom built Winchester Model 1885 Special Sporting rifles purpose-built by the Ballard Company, and as such are one of a kind....a true pair of heirloom rifles with historical ties to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center at Cody, WY.
This pair of heirloom rifles are New, as hand built and engraved.
NOTE: THIS IS PHOTO SET 2. PLEASE SEE THE OTHER TWO PHOTO SETS, INCLUDING THE INTRODUCTION SET AND THE SET FOR W191, THE SACAGAWEA RIFLE IN .38-55.(NOTE: there are three photo groups for this outstanding pair of Ballard/Winchesters. Please use the SEARCH function on the HOME page to search for BALLARD to view the three photo groups.)