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*SCARCE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1897 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 275496. Cal. 22. Scarce little Marlin with 26″ oct to rnd tapered lightweight bbl, 7/8 magazine with Lyman front sight, missing its bead and Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Rnd top receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY” and the tang “MODEL / 1897”. Mounted with nicely figured, tiger-striped American walnut with A-style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with crescent buttplate. Left side of upper tang, under the wood, is marked with last three digits of matching SN. Full SN is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside buttplate. Receiver is engraved in #2 style on left style which consists of the large vignette of a running whitetail buck being chased by hound through woodland scene surrounded by light arabesque patterns. Right side is engraved in #1 style consisting of foliate arabesque patterns with a couple of very deep engraving cuts. Matching patterns extend over top & bottom of receiver & top tang. Engraving is probably by Conrad Ulrich. The Model 1897 Marlin was in production for about 20 years, 1897-1917, with about 125,000 rifles produced. They were mostly considered to be a boy’s or lady’s rifle and are very rarely found embellished in any way. Engraved ’97s such as this are very rare. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 60-65% orig blue with the balance turned plum with a few scattered small spots of rust and a small cleaned area about mid-point on the bbl; receiver retains 20-30% dark case colors with the balance a dark patina; bolt retains strong orig blue with a small shim installed in bottom edge; lever & hammer are mostly case colors turned silver, dark on outer faces of lever. Wood is sound and retains about all of a restored finish with freshened checkering. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-49508 JR396 (2,500-4,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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