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VERY RARE EARLY MARLIN MODEL 1895 SPECIAL ORDER TAKEDOWN DELUXE ENGRAVED LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 140978. Cal. 40-65. Spectacular big frame Marlin with 28″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine with German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and sporting rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured burl & shell grain European walnut with B-style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with Marlin hard rubber buttplate. SN is on bottom of frame, left side of upper tang under the wood and inside top tang channel of buttstock. Receiver, lever, hammer, takedown ring & forend cap are color case hardened. Receiver is beautifully engraved in Grade 2 style which consists of the large oval vignette of a bull elk being chased by a dog through a forest scene on the left side and the small rnd vignette of a standing whitetail buck in a woodland scene on the right side, both with foliate arabesque patterns, fore & aft, and wavelet borders. Engraving extends over the top & bottom of the receiver, top tang, lever bosses, takedown ring and forend cap. Exposed flats of bbl, at the receiver are engraved to match. There was only 5,099 Model 1895 rifles produced in the period 1895 to 1906 beginning with SN 131180. Most of these big bore rifles saw hard service, sometimes with limited maintenance and are usually found with very little orig finish. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl retains about 98% crisp orig blue with faint sharp edge wear and a couple of very minor nicks; magazine tube retains 96-97% strong orig blue with a couple of small nicks & scrapes; receiver retains about all of its bright orig case colors, lightly faded on top & sides, moderately faded on bottom; hammer retains bright case colors; lever retains strong case colors on sides, turned silver on outer faces; takedown ring retains 60-70% strong case colors with the balance faded to silver; forend cap retains faded case colors. Wood is sound with some light chips in the finish around buttplate and a few scattered handling & storage nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its orig piano varnish finish. Receiver is loaded with what is probably orig grease and a dead lady bug, mechanics are fine, brilliant shiny bore, probably unfired. 4-44651 JR324 (20,000-30,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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