The Model 1895 was made continuously until 1931, then sporadically until 1940. If yours is an old antique gun with # 818, it was indeed made in 1896. The model 1895 was made for 45 years. There are modern reproductions of the model for sale today.
My 1895 has a curved lever on it.It is not a strait pistol grip.It is a old one I looked it up on the win. net. They have a picture of it on there.It said on there it was only made one yr. The classic That is.I should check more into it.I am going to sell it before to long.
Your gun has the pistol grip option, and probably the shotgun butt. It sounds like a rare one indeed. At that time you could order a new Winchester pretty much any way you wanted it. If you are planning to sell, get in touch with the Cody museum, they will help you out to authenticate it. Don't trust any serial # website or garage shop gun trader, you may have a very valueable piece. Best of luck with your sale.