This is one of the nicer condition Model 1895 Chilean Contract Rifles we've encountered in some time. These were made by Ludwig Loewe and later by DWM. This one is a Ludwig Loewe which makes it a pre-1898 antique. Standard 7mm caliber. With the exception of the Chilean crest and some of the markings, this rifle is virtually identical to 7mm Mausers made for the Boers in South Africa in their war against the United Kingdom. In fact, some of the Mausers that didn't make it to the Boers due to a British blockade were later resold to Chile. Overall condition grades to NRA Antique Excellent with 98% bright original blue and fire blue throughout. The stock shows attractive tiger-striping in the walnut and still wears 98% of its original oil finish. It does however show numerous small dings and marks from improper military storage where it was allowed to come into contact with other rifles. Thus, wood which should grade at Excellent is downgraded to Very Good+. The serial numbers on this rifle are all matching including the cleaning rod. The bolt also matches this rifle but upon close examination, my gut feeling is that it has probably been re-stamped to match. The font of the "E" is a little different than the others. Bore is perfect and the action is like brand new. There aren't many antique rifles on the market that can be found in near pristine condition for under $1,000. At shows, we're already seeing '95 rifles in similar conditions priced between $1,000-$1,250. This one isn't quite pristine but it's close and A LOT of rifle for the money!