November 15 & 16, 2022 Extraordinary Firearms & Militaria
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/16/2022
This Savage Model 1916 ground gun is marked on top cover “LEWIS MACHINE GUN MFG, BY SAVAGE ARMS, UTICA. N.Y.U.S.A.“ over Indian head logo, indicating that this is a pre-merger gun. No manufacturer markings visible on receiver. Serial number is just forward of pan magazine post below “LEWIS MACHINE GUN MFG, BY SAVAGE ARMS, UTICA. N.Y.U.S.A.“. Rear sight marked for .303 MK VII ammunition. Savage patent dates on rear buttplate. 1 original 2nd pattern 47 round pan magazine (the first pattern with vertical grooves on top to stiffen the edges) is included with this lot. Receiver serial number is the only visible serial number. Electronic NFA registry indicates “Lewis Machine Gun” as the manufacturer. PROVENANCE: From the collection of an exceptionally discerning advanced NFA firearms enthusiast and collector who wishes to remain anonymous as they dispose of a portion of their collection. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish is near excellent original commercial finish with clear Savage Indian head logo. Serial number absolutely crisp and clear on top of the receiver. There is some loss of finish to a gray patina on the left side of the front sight band as well as some slight handling scratches to the shroud discernable in places. Some slight decolorization and slight corrosion inside shroud at muzzle which should clean up. Wood looks fabulous despite some noticeable dings on the left side of the buttstock and some handling marks. Bore is shiny and bright. Bolt face is extremely fine. Mechanics are crisp and smooth. This is a full-auto-only machine gun. The Lewis machine gun was a preferred model light machine gun of World War I. Reliable, portable, and relatively light in comparison to the water-cooled guns then employed. This is among the finest condition Savage .303 guns this cataloger has ever seen. Pretty much impossible to upgrade the condition of this specimen. THIS IS A NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT ITEM AND REQUIRES BATF APPROVAL PRIOR TO TRANSFER. THIS ITEM IS FULLY TRANSFERABLE ON AN ATF FORM 3 OR 4 AS CURIO AND RELIC ELIGIBLE. JWK 2022-11-51
1 Magazine total
Barrel Length
26 - 1/4"
.303 British
FFL Status
Savage Arms Co.
Lewis Model 1916
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $18,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $40,800.00
Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.
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