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Savage M1899, Factory Engraved, Documentation.

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BEAUTIFUL, CRESCENT GRADE, FACTORY ENGRAVED, SAVAGE M1899 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 109096. Cal. 303 Savage. Rare Savage deluxe rifle with 26″ tapered rnd bbl, replacement D. W. King Denver, CO 1908 patent ivory, copper and black composite triple bead front sight, Savage sporting rear sight and Lyman folding tang sight. Receiver is “C” engraved by master engraver Enoch Tue, with the round vignette of a running stag elk leaping a fence on the left side and a drinking stag elk on the right side. Both sides of the receiver have full coverage, foliate arabesque patterns with very fine pearled background. Engraving extends on top left side of receiver and receiver ring with light floral patterns on the bottom. Stocked with very fancy, B-carved and checkered American walnut with schnable tip forearm and serpentine grip buttstock. Savage embossed hard rubber butt plate. PROVENANCE: This rifle was the property of Dr. Walter F. O’Connor (1874-1946) of Ladysmith, WI who purchased it from Von Lengerke & Antoine of Chicago. Dr. O’Connor was a small town doctor & surgeon in Northwest Wisconsin at the turn of the century who apparently loved to hunt. Some of his exploits are recorded in the publication The Bucks Camp Log 1916-1928 and also On The Hunt, Willging. When Dr. O’Connor passed away in 1946, this rifle passed to his son, Walter F. O’Connor (1914-2006) who, in turn gave it to his son James C. O’Connor. Rifle comes complete with two signed photographs from Walter O’Conner, of deer camps, each with his signature on the back. Previously owned by Russel Grinnel. CONDITION: Excellent original condition with 96-97% high gloss original blue. Sharp edge wear, thinning under receiver and lever consistent with very careful field use. Lever retains strong case colors on the sides with some fine freckles of rust, turning silver on the outer faces. Stock has a hairline back of the top tang and several short grain checks in the buttstock, overall retaining about 95% original varnish, heat crazed on the buttstock. Near excellent bore with strong rifling. Perfect manual mechanics although forearm shows some forward movement indicating weakened latch spring. An exceptionally nice Savage Model 99 with wonderful Crescent Grade factory engraving, an elaborately checkered, highly figured stock, and an incredible, superbly documented history.  A HISTORIC INVESTMENT!

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