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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1895 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 140959. Cal. 45-70. Beautiful deluxe rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown, with ivory bead combination front sight and Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, straight grain American walnut, “G” style checkered with 28-lines per inch and a carved ribbon through the center of the forearm & grip. Buttstock has a serpentine grip cap and a Marlin hard rubber buttplate with intertwined company initials. Receiver is engraved by Conrad Ulrich in Style 2 with the large vignette of a running bull elk & hound on left side and a standing doe on right side with light foliate arabesque patterns fore & aft with various border patterns. Top & bottom of receiver, top tang, takedown ring, forend cap and exposed flats of bbl over chamber area are engraved to match. Left side of upper tang, under the wood, is stamped with matching SN which is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. Records letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 45-70 with 26″ half oct bbl, half magazine, takedown with pistol grip shipped May 20, 1897. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 18,000 of these scarce rifles were produced in the period 1895-1917 in seven different calibers, both standard & deluxe with various configurations. CONDITION: Fine, all matching. Bbl retains about 95% strong orig blue, thin on each side of muzzle, with only sharp edge wear and a couple of nicks elsewhere with some thinning also over the chamber area at the carry point; receiver retains faded case colors in sheltered areas, mostly having faded to silver; hammer retains moderately faded case colors, dark on top edge; lever retains faded case colors on sides, turned silver on outer faces; wood is sound with a few, very minor nicks & scratches with one small bruise on forearm; buttstock retains about 60-70% orig oil finish, showing wear around the wrist; forearm retains about 40% orig oil finish with balance a hand worn patina showing heavy wear on bottom rear; checkering overall on stock & forearm shows moderate to heavy wear. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with some light orange peel effect. 4-45041 JR (15,000-20,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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