This life size Winchester rifle is carved out of walnut.
It is well made, although the carving a little crude and chunky in places, suggesting it was the work of an amateur hand. Possibly it was made by a father for his son as a toy. The hinged top section, with what appears to be five drilled holes to take bullets, is further evidence of this with the maker moving a little towards invention. The rifle has a wonderful tactile quality to it and the temptation to handle it is strong. The naïve quality to this Winchester makes it a hard item to date but we would consider it to be circa 1900.