W+F Bern Swiss 1896/11 - Antique - 223xxx
Antique Swiss 1896/11 Infantry Rifle, produced in 1898, in good condition with 70% original finish. 4/5 Bore. 1*/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matching serial number. Magazine matching serial number.
Furniture would have been graded 3/5, however an unrepaired crack on the handguard and two unrepaired cracks on the grip drops the grade to 1/5.
On the right side of the stock, there are several moderate to heavy pressure marks along the butt and some shallow gouges. There is a small gouge below the bolt release lever. To the right of the finger groove there is a gouge just below the woodline below the handguard ferrule and a longer gouge below this. Chip on the woodline in front of the rear barrel band. On the left side of the stock there are a couple of gouges on the lower edge of the butt near the pistol grip and a scrape above the pistol grip, on the grip. Heavy handling wear along the side of the stock between the grip and the right side of the finger groove, including a few gouges and scrapes. Light pressure marks above the finger groove. On the underside of the stock there are multiple gouges along the forearm, from the forward end of the magazine plate to the front barrel band. The heel of the stock has a small chip in front of the butt plate's upper screw and there is a gouge on the comb. In addition to the previous unrepaired crack noted on the handguard, there is a second crack on the handguard that has been armory repaired.
The comb of the stock is stamped with a rack number of "107815", a bear, and "SCHWY" for Canton Schwyz.
Receiver has mild finish wear on the rear half of the receiver and moderate to heavy finish wear over the front half of the receiver and on the barrel. Edge wear around the loading slot, the lightening cuts, on the rear edge, and on the right side forward edge. Various surface marks in the metal scattered throughout the receiver. Handguard ferrule is in the white. Fair to moderate finish wear on both barrel bands and light patina. Moderate finish wear on the magazine plate and the trigger guard. Magazine has been completely polished and is in the white.
No P stamp found.
Receiver is stamped underneath the serial number with "·6" over "11" indicating armory refurbishment in both 1906 and 1911. This means that this 1896/11 was originally an 1889/96, first refurbished in 1906, and converted into an 1896/11 in 1911.
Antique; no import engraving.