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SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE MARLIN MODEL 1895 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 140952. Cal. 40-65. Beautiful deluxe Marlin with 28″ oct to rnd bbl, half magazine, takedown, with Lyman ivory bead front sight and Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame & shell grain American walnut with “B” style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip stock with “M.F.A.Co” embossed Marlin hard rubber buttplate. Receiver is engraved by Conrad Ulrich in style 2 which consists of the large oval vignette of a running bull elk & hound in a very detailed forest scene on left side and the small vignette of a standing cow elk on right side. Both vignettes have light foliate arabesque patterns fore & aft with multiple border patterns. Top & bottom of receiver, top tang, lever boss, takedown ring, forend cap & exposed flats of bbl over chamber area are engraved to match. Left side of upper tang, under the wood, is stamped with the matching SN which number is also found in top tang channel of the buttstock. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 40-65 with 26″ oct bbl, pistol grip stock, takedown, shipped June 10, 1897, returned for repairs April 30, 1900 and altered to a 28″ half oct bbl in cal. 40-65, takedown, half magazine & pistol grip stock, as found today. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only about 18,000 of these scarce rifles were produced in the period 1895 to 1917 in seven different calibers, both standard & deluxe in a variety of configurations. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 98% strong orig blue with only the hint of sharp edge wear; receiver retains 60-70% orig case colors, strong in sheltered areas, faded on right side, stronger on left side; top & bottom of receiver and top tang retain faded case colors; bottom tang retains bright case colors; hammer retains bright case colors, turned silver on top edge; lever retains most of its orig case colors, bright to very bright on sides and in sheltered areas, fading on outer faces & loop; wood is sound with a very few, very light nicks & scratches, a small bruise on forearm and overall retains about all of its very bright piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. 4-45040 JR502 (15,000-20,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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