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SCARCE DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1895 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 141137. Cal. 38-56. Unusual big bore Marlin with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with streaky straight grain American walnut that has B-style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with crescent buttplate. Left side of upper tang is marked with the matching SN, which is also found in the top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Receiver is engraved in #1-style by one of the Ulrichs, with the vignette of a walking bull moose on the left side, surrounded by light foliate arabesque patterns with matching patterns on right side and light border patterns. Rifle is extremely unusual in that it is 1/2 nickel finish with nickel platted receiver lever, forend cap and buttplate. This configuration is occasionally seen on rifles used by trick shot artists and wild west performers, but is impractical as hunting rifle. The Model 1895 is one of the more scarce Marlins with only about 18,000 produced in the period 1895-1917 in 7 different calibers, both standard and deluxe rifles and carbines. Engraved rifles in this model are quite rare. CONDITION: About fine. Bbl retains 93-95% plummy blue/brown patina with sharp edge wear, a few spots of light surface discoloration and some light nicks on the top edges. Magazine tube has a 1/4″ dent about mid-point with several smaller repaired dents further toward the muzzle and overall retains a thin plummy brown patina. Receiver retains traces of orig nickel, being mostly a gray metal patina. Hammer retains smoky case colors. Lever retains just about all of its nickel finish. Buttplate retains a mottled cleaned metal patina. Wood is sound with usual nicks, dents and scratches with the buttstock retaining most of an old restored finish and the forearm a dark hand worn patina. Forearm checkering has been freshened. Mechanics are fine, strong sharp bore, dark in grooves. 4-49335 JR252 (5,000-8,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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