Here's something from the waaaay back corner of the safe:
Yes, that's an honest-to-goodness, original Winchester Model 1897 pump-action shotgun. It's chambered in 16 gauge, which is unfortunate as it's rather hard to find (okay, it's hard to find cheap, like 12 or 20 gauge). The serial number puts the date of manufacture sometime around 1911-1913, which is about right.
What's interesting is the 24" barrel - most sources put the standard 16 gauge barrel at 28", with 30" and 32" options available. The "trench guns" of WWI were 20" barrels. I haven't been able to find any information on 24" barrels, though. In any case, this is a really cool old shotgun, a Browning design that looks as good today as it did over 100 years ago.
Might have to pick up a repro (with bayonet mount, natch) in 12 gauge as a shooter...
That is all.