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1164
$3,737.50

SCARCE DELUXE ENGRAVED SPECIAL ORDER MARLIN, MODEL 1889. SN 87612. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Scarce deluxe ’89 Marlin with 28″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine, globe front sight, Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman tang sight missing its disk. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch flame grain American walnut with A-style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock that has crescent buttplate. Buttstock has a modern repair in the wrist, which uses a draw bolt from front to back and the area inside the tangs is molded fiberglass. Receiver is engraved in #2-style by Conrad Ulrich with vignette of standing whitetail buck in forest scene on left side and a running whitetail buck on right side, all surrounded by foliate arabesque patterns and various borders. Engraving extends over the top and bottom of receiver, top tang and lever boss. Left side of upper tang, under the wood has the matching SN which is also found inside toe of buttplate. While the buttstock number is covered in fiberglass, it is readily apparent that this is the orig buttstock. Model 1889 rifles were in production only from 1889-1898, during which time there were about 55,000 rifles and carbines produced along with a few muskets. Production was in 4 calibers in both standard and deluxe configuration, which makes this a rather rare rifle. CONDITION: Very good. No orig finish remains on the bbl and magazine tube, being an artificially aged light patina with light surface rust. Receiver, lever, hammer and buttplate are mostly a gray metal patina with traces of silvered case colors. Buttstock has the aforementioned repair, otherwise wood is sound and retains a restored finish. Mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. 4-49338 JR255 (2,000-3,000)


Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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