December 6-8, 2023 Firearms & Militaria
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 12/6/2023
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 the Indian head logo, indicating that this is a pre-merger gun. Markings on right side of receiver are "USN" with inspector's initials "HGD". Left side of receiver is consecutive factory serial number 20366 over Navy anchor proof mark. Contract serial number 13944 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 .303 caliber 47-round pan magazine is included with this lot as well as 1 broad arrow proofed .303 operating piston and 1 .30-06 Lewis barrel. Caliber of bolt and barrel in gun verified as .303. Electronic NFA registry indicates “Lewis Machine Gun” as the manufacturer. PROVENANCE: From the estate of a very discerning and advanced collector. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish is near excellent original commercial finish with clear Savage Indian head logo. Markings are crisp and clear. Wood looks fabulous as refinished to bring out its natural beauty. Bore of both barrels near excellent, shiny and bright. Bolt face near excellent. 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 one STUNNING machine gun, suitable for the most discerning and advanced collector. 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 2023-12-83
Pan magazine, barrel, piston
Barrel Length
26 - 1/4"
FFL Status
Lewis Machine Gun
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $13,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $33,600.00
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Friday, December 8, 2023.
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