the most expensive and best of Stevens' boy's rifles, designed by Joshua Stevens. The basic version was the Favorite No. 17, with open sights. This is probably an No. 18 or 19, as it has an aperture sight on the tang.
single shot boy's rifle made on the Favorite action, which has a falling breech block worked by an underlever. The Favorite went through several modifications after its introduction in 1889, this being an example if the 1894 version, the first major modification with a new form of main spring. 'Half' octagonal barrel with single standing leaf 'v' rear sight and Beech pattern folding front sight (offering a choice between an 'ivory' bead and a fine Paine-style bead), an aperture sight on the top tang, and a straight grip stock (repaired) with shotgun butt plate (damaged).
1. roll engraved on top of barrel 2. engraved on top of barrel 3) cast into butt plate
1. J. STEVENS A. & T. CO. CHICOPEE FALLS, MASS. U.S.A. PAT. APR. 17. 94. 2. ARMSTRONG & CO. NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE 40016 3) STEVENS FAVORITE