"MODEL 1895 RIFLES FROM THE CITY OF ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA. SN 56040 & 56041. Cal. 30 US (30-40). Standard grade rifles with 28" tapered rnd bbls, pedestal mounted German silver front sights and semi-buckhorn rear sights. They are mounted with nicely figured uncheckered American walnut wood with black insert schnable tipped forearms with straight stocks & checkered steel buttplates. The side of each buttstock has the pantographed inscription "CITY OF ASHEVILLE". Consigned from the estate of Ron Kiser who resided in Mars Hill, NC, which is just a short distance from the city of Asheville and his heirs believe that he acquired these rifles in a city surplus sale many years ago. PROVENANCE: Kiser Estate Collection. CONDITION: SN 56040 is very fine. Bbl retains 96-97% strong orig blue. Receiver retains 60-70% orig blue, mostly on left side with top & right side flaked, not worn, to a light patina. Magazine box, lever & tangs retain most of their orig factory blue. Wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Has been fired but retains most of its orig blue on bolt face. SN 56041 is nearly identical to its mate, retaining about 60% orig receiver blue, having flaked to a light patina in the loss areas. Wood is equally fine with a few more nicks on forearm than its mate and has a hairline in the toe. Bolt face retains about all of its orig factory blue. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-33698 JR176 (5,000-8,000)"
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