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SCARCE DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 13804. Cal. 40 (40-60). Fine deluxe ’81 Marlin with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, Jack front sight with missing bead, Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very nicely figured European walnut with early style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock that has smooth steel Marlin buttplate. Left side of upper and lower tangs are marked with matching SN which is also found on front face of buttstock and inside buttplate. Receiver is engraved in #2-style probably by Conrad Ulrich with a vignette of a running bull elk on the left side and a standing grizzly bear on a promontory in a mountain scene on right side. Both vignettes are surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns. Top of receiver, dust cover, and bottom of receiver are engraved to match. This rifle is consecutively numbered to another, non engraved Marlin Model 1881 deluxe rifle being sold elsewhere in this auction. CONDITION: Very good, all matching. Bbl retains a thin blue/brown patina with a cleaned area over the bbl address and some scattered pitting forward of the bbl address. Magazine tube retains about 60% blue/brown patina with one spot of pitting adjacent to that on the bbl. Receiver is a mottled silver/brown patina with scattered fine pitting. Lever hammer & buttplate are a dark patina with a couple spots of heavy pitting and moderate to heavy pitting on buttplate. Stock has a hairline back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with nicks & scratches and retains about all of an old restored finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine, frosty in the grooves. 4-49340 JR251 (3,000-5,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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