Winchester Commemoratives Collectors Library Edition 1985


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Ever since I began selling Winchester Commemoratives I have been asked time and time again, "Do you have any color pictures of the Cowboy Hall of Fame" or "Could you give me all the information on the Chief Crazy Horse" This is understandable and expected, the prospective buyer wants to see what he is buying and know about his gun. A lot of people who are interested in collecting commemoratives never get started because they do not know anything and or enough about them. It is with this demand for knowledge about commemoratives that I saw a need for this book. I have spent years collecting the reference material and specifications on each gun, and months making sure the photographs were of the highest quality. For it is my belief, that collectors and pre-collectors want to know everything about the guns they collect and invest in. With this book I hope to inform the collector of all the commemoratives available, the information about them and what they look like. I have met many collectors who thought they had a complete collection only to be informed that there were many presentation guns produced that very few people knew about, or guns that were sold only in European markets. It is my wish that this book will introduce non-collectors to the beauty and history of commemoratives and act as a reference guide to help collectors make their collections complete. I hope that dealers will use it as a catalog to help inform their customers, and that this book will answer all those commemorative questions.

Special Comments:
I have been asked many finds what a tie commemorative is classified as. Some believe that only guns factory-issued from Winchester and advertised in their catalog constitute as true commemoratives. But in the collecting world, a true commemorative has its own prefix, begins with serial number one and ends with the number produced. Two exceptions to this rule are the One of One Thousand and the Great Western Artists series due to the great amount of hand engraving on them. There are about 25 special interest guns made by Winchester. These guns were made by taking a regular 30-30 with a factory-standard serial number and adding a medallion and or engraving. These guns are generally bought by companies or individuals for their own purposes. The value of these guns has not increased significantly as there is a very small demand for them. You will find that the serial numbers on some of the guns are larger than the actual number of guns produced. The reason for this is that when a mistake on a receiver is detected, the defective receiver with the serial number is destroyed, and a new number is issued. In addition, when a completed gun reaches final inspection and if any minor irregularity is noted the entire gun is sent back through the production cycle and corrected. Any gun going through production must have its own unique serial number, therefore, a letter is added to the serial number denoting it has been through the production cycle twice. This does not devalue the gun. Commemoratives make excellent investments. Generally the fewer made, the sooner their value will increase. Many have started collections as financial investments instead of placing their money in CD's or market accounts. The more guns you have in the same serial number and the lower the serial number will significantly increase the value of your collection. To be of any value to a collector, guns should be New In The Box; They should be in new condition, never fired, original box and all papers. It is my hope that after reading this book, you will have fallen in love with commemoratives. Many people ask me where they can get commemoratives not produced anymore. I would first suggest you try your local sporting good store. Or there are five or six dealers in the U.S. like myself, who specialize just in Winchester Commemoratives that vou can contact. Gun Shows are also a good source for purchasing commemoratives. The law forbids you to receive a gun through the mail. unless you have a Federal Firearms License. So if you order a gun, it must be shipped to your gun dealer or sporting good store. Many want to know if they can reserve a certain number. It is possible to reserve a number from U.S. Repeating Arms, but you must go through your local gun dealer to do so. Good luck and good collecting. Tom Trolard

Preface, Acknowledgements, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, U. S. Repeating Arms Company, Special Comments, Wyoming Diamond Jubilee, Centennial '66 Rifle, Centennial '66 Carbine, Nebraska Centennial Canadian '67 Rifle, Centennial '67 Carbine, Alaska Purchase, Illinois Sesquicentennial, Buffalo Bill Rifle, Buffalo Bill Carbine, Buffalo Bill Presentation, Golden Spike, Theodore Roosevelt Rifle, Theodore Roosevelt Carbine, Northwest Territories, Northwest Territories Deluxe, Northwest Territories Donation, Cowboy, Cowboy Hall of Fame, Lone Star Rifle, Lone Star Carbine, NRA Musket, NRA Rifle, Yellow Boy, R.C.M.P., R.C.M.P. Members Model, R.C.M.P. - Presentation M.P.X., Texas Ranger, Texas Ranger Presentation, Apache, Klondike Gold Rush, Klondike Gold Rush Dawson City Klondike Gold Rush Presentation, Commanche, U.S. Bicentennial Sioux, Little Big Horn, Wells Fargo, Cheyenne 44/40, Cheyenne 22, Legendary Lawman, Limited Edition I, Cherokee 30-30, Cherokee 22, Antlered Game, Limited Edition II, Legendary Frontiersman, Bat Masterson, Oliver F. Winchester, One of One Thousand - European, One of One Thousand (color foldout), Matched Set of One Thousand, Alberta Diamond Jubilee, Alberta Diamond Jubilee Deluxe, Saskatchewan Diamond Jubilee, Saskatchewan Diamond Jubilee Deluxe, Calgary Stampede, Canadian Pacific Centennial, Canadian Pacific Employees Model, Canadian Pacific Centennial Presentation, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Border Patrol Members Model, John Wayne Standard, John Wayne Canadian, John Wayne Duke, John Wayne Matched Set, Great Western Artist I, Oklahoma Diamond Jubilee, American Bald Eagle Silver, American Bald Eagle Gold, Annie Oakley, Great Western Artist II, Chief Crazy Horse, Winchester - Colt Set, Boy Scout, Eagle Scout, Texas Sesquicentennial Carbine, Texas Sesquicentennial Rifle, Texas Sesquicentennial Set, Winchester Special Interest, Winchester Commemorative Index.

Author: Tom Trolard, Design/Art Director: Michael Adams, Production Coordinator: Kim Ingram, Photography: Paul Currier, Dallas, Texas Publication Consultants: Tom Martin, Neal Kimmel Printing: Taylor Publishing Co. Dallas, Texas Published By: Commemorative Investments Press, P.O. Box 4028, Plano, Texas 75086, A Commemorative Investments Press Library Publication, Manufactured in the United States of America, The Winchester Name, Logo, Trademark, Specifications and all other collateral material are used by permission of the Winchester-Olin Co. St. Louis, Missouri, All Historical Photographs (except page 89) courtesy of The Tom Martin Collection, Grass Valley, California, First Printing, 1985, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 84-72220, ISBN Number 0-9614682-0-3 (Deluxe Standard Edition), ISBN Number 0-9614682-1-1 (Collectors Library Edition), dimensions 290 mm x 240 mm x 30 mm.