I own a NEW that is practically unissued. It's all original and matching with the probably the original cosmoline still remaining. About the only thing that happened to it after it left the factory is that it was stamped with U.S. proof marks all over the receiver, barrel, and stock. It even has a partial flaming bomb on the bolt. These were bought up by the U.S. government to bail out NEW and Remington after the Russian government defaulted on their contract. Many were issued, but many were not. I'm just lucky I have one that wasn't sporterized or abused with corrosive ammo between it's manufacture and coming into my possession. Examples that nice do exist.How did that stock survive in such good shape? I cannot see obvious signs that it was sanded, but you have to wonder on a 97 year-old gun.
The bolt on my NEW is numbered, but the magazine floor plate is not. I believe NEW's were produced with numbers on the barrel, butt plate, and bolt only.My wonderful condition(some folks cringe when I say "mint") N.E.W. does not have a numbered bolt knob nor a numbered magazine - I suspect it was never numbered.
It looks totally authentic to me; if it was a test rifle, or assembled later from parts, etc., it wouldn't have a contract roundel. The stock is definitely a virtually new condition Westinghouse stock; it appears unsanded to me, and shows the original finish, I think with maybe some old furniture wax residue on the wood. Also looks like it was displayed in some kind of support at the forearm, as the wood has some slight scarring there; and it obviously was displayed with a bayonet, but that is missing from this gun, which is way too bad...I can't seem to see the "English Contract" cartouche, and the position of the serial number on the butt plate is new to me. ..