April 24-25, 2019 Extraordinary, Sporting, & Collector Firearms
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/24/2019
Rare and attractive Savage manufactured Lewis ground Model 1914 machine gun in a contemporary wooden transit case with leather cased gunner kit, six pan magazines total, and spare barrel. Gunner's kit contains two spanner wrenches, two broken case extractors, punch, two drum loading tools, oil bottle, spring tension gauge, bore cleaning pull-through, and a contemporary tension scale. 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 specimen, manufactured by Savage as opposed to Birmingham Small Arms, is more appealing to the American collector as a general rule. Marked with attractive Savage markings on receiver, bolt does not match receiver number. Three of the pan magazines have cream colored paint in a semi-circle on the top, and one pan magazine (labeled "bad") needs to have pin on right side reworked to function. The other three pan magazines are without added paint. None are British marked. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish is very good matte apparently arsenal refinish over some dings and handling marks on shroud. Receiver does not appear to be refinished and is extremely fine with some wear to gray patina at the high edges. Same with other metal parts at lower end of receiver. Right side of receiver slot cover is refinished. Buttstock hardware has been refinished with some barely discernible spots of light pitting. Buttplate exhibits patent dates on the flat and is good with plenty of evidence of being set down on hard objects over the years. Wood is in good serviceable condition with a couple chips and handling marks. Pan magazines run from good to very fine. Bore is very good as is bolt face. Mechanics are crisp. This is a full-auto only machine gun. A very nice specimen, very well made and as a model this cataloger can attest they are very accurate and fun to shoot! 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.
Box, 3 Spare Drum Mags, Spare Parts
Barrel Length
.303 British
FFL Status
Lewis Machine Gun
Sear Serial Number
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $6,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $19,200.00
Estimate: $12,500 - $17,500
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
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