I recently acquired this old timer
along with an interesting story about it. This model was produced only from 1911 to 1941 making this one nearly 70 years old. I bought it sight unseen (only a photo and BRIEF description) from an online auction out of St. Augustine, about 45 miles up the coast.
The auctioneer's daughter had to visit a town just down the coast from us and offered to deliver it to me. When I removed it from the gun sock it was stored in, my jaw must have hit my chest when I got my first look at it.
If I didn't know better I could have sworn it came off the assembly line yesterday! This little guy is pristine!
The original protective paper still adheres to the metal buttplate! There is not a mark or wear spot on this gun ANYWHERE. It must grade at NRA EXC. (99+%). See photos below.
The daughter said the consignor told them he inherited the gun from his Dad 30years ago and it had sat in his gun safe unfired those three decades. He also said he did not think his Dad had ever fired the rifle. I'm inclined to believe his story.
Note the sharp definition in the screw slots, and in the slot of the big takedown bolt on bottom. Check the depth of the various stampings.
Hopefully one of you experts will be able to tell me what this little guy might bring on the market today if properly advertised.
Thanks in advance for any info.
Best regards ~ ~ ~ FFF