Thanks for your kind words. Yes, it is a beauty isn't it! It appears to be covered with grime and dirt which has almost baked onto the rifle over the years, showing every sign of having been hung on a wall or s similar spot, exposed to environmental dirt, humidity and the like. The sling swivels are frozen in place. The receiver crest, proof and acceptance marks and all serial numbers were very difficult to read because the marks had filled with hardened dirt. I'm still woking on removing this grit with light solvents, a cloth and toothbrush. The stocks has/had heavy, blackened spots at the grasping areas. It reminds me 100% of the old rusty groady Gewehr 98's we see that came out of VFW and American Legion halls all over the country. I would not at all be surprised if this was one of the 60-70,000 WW I rifles (and artillery etc) that the Army brought home in 1923 through the port of Newark NJ. But we'll never know for sure I guess.
The bolt unfortunately is mismatched although it is a proper Mexican sunburst-marked M1912 bolt. Every other component including the stock does still match. The bore and crown are still in very good condition too.