Well, I stepped in a pile of luck again. Call it fate, carma, or good fortune, it is what it is.
On Sunday, a friend tells me my local gun shop has a couple of single shot .22's that just arrived. I rip in there Monday after work and checked them out. One is a junker, but the other is a keeper. The shop owner knows me as a guy that restores these old relics and was glad to see me stop in. The only history he can pass on to me is that an older lady brought them in to sell on consignment. She said her dad has had them since she was a kid. I walked out the door with this rifle for a more than fair price.
I know a little bit about this modle, and from my research, I can possibly date this rifle to around 1920. It was made from 1912 to 1932. Stevens had merged with Savage by 1916, but it seems that after 1920, the Savage mark started appearing on the rifles produced. This rifle does not have the Savage marking, but it does not have the pre 1916 Stevens markings.
Regardless, these little rifle are somewhat rare, just like the modle 26 side levers that I own. Most where abused and used up beyond use. This piece is 100 % complete and in full shooter condition. I have it torn down completely and am in the process of clean up and restoration. It has the dirtiest bore that I have ever encountered on an old gun, but there is plenty of teeth to stabilize a lower powered .22 round. This modle is of the tip up design and is quite unique. It has a lever just like a modle 1915 and modle 17, but varies from there. A tip up is neither a falling block or a rolling block.
Damn proud to have rescued this little gem. I will post pics later on when I get done working it over.