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EXTREMELY RARE DELUXE FACTORY ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1889 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 39489. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Extremely rare ’89 rifle with 24″ rnd bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with extraordinary, streaky, honey & chocolate French walnut with B-style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Receiver is engraved in Grade 1 coverage which consists of the rnd vignette of a standing whitetail deer in a forest scene surrounded by light foliate arabesque patterns and multiple borders. Right side of receiver & bolt are lightly engraved in foliate arabesque patterns. Engraving extends over top & bottom of receiver, top tang and lever bosses. SN is on bottom of receiver, left side of top tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. There were only a total of 55,119 Model 1889 rifles produced in the period 1889 and 1903 of which only 2,296 had pistol grip stocks. Reference: Marlin Firearms, Brophy. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 99%+ crisp orig blue and the forend cap about 98% blue with faint sharp edge wear; receiver, lever & hammer retain about all of their brilliant, orig case colors, very lightly faded over the top and bottom of receiver and outer faces of lever; buttplate retains virtually all of its brilliant case colors. Wood is sound with light handling & storage nicks, dings & scratches and retains virtually all of its brilliant orig piano varnish finish; there is a tiny sliver missing by the top tang. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with a very few scattered spots of light pitting. 4-44641 JR309 (20,000-30,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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