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RARE ENGRAVED DELUXE MARLIN MODEL 1889 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 55202. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Rare Model 1889 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight, Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman combination tang sight. Mounted with very highly figured, center crotch, flame grain American walnut with B-style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with crescent buttplate. Left side of upper tang, under the wood, has matching SN which is also found in top tang channel of buttstock. Buttplate has the SN “96447”. Although mismatched the buttplate fits as orig and is in matching condition. Receiver is engraved, probably by Conrad Ulrich in enhanced #2 style with the rnd vignette of a walking whitetail buck in a woodland scene all surrounded by very fine foliate arabesque patterns with latch hook border on the left side. Right side & side of bolt are engraved to match with matching border. Engraving extends over top & bottom of receiver, top tang and lever boss. According to Marlin Firearms, Brophy, there were 55,119 Model 1889 firearms produced from 1889-1903 in both rifles, carbines, muskets & trapper carbines in four different calibers. According to a chart on p. 175 of the referenced publication there were only 3,729 rifles produced with 26″ oct bbls and a total of only 2,296 with pistol grips, all of which combines to make this a very rare rifle. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains 90-92% orig blue, turned a little dull with sharp edge wear; magazine tube has turned a plummy blue/brown; receiver, lever & hammer retain most of their orig case colors, very strong in sheltered areas, lightly to moderately faded elsewhere; forend cap retains thin blue and the buttplate a blue/gray patina. Wood is sound with a few minor scratches and retains virtually all of a fine restored finish with freshened checkering. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore with scattered fine pitting. 4-49509 JR403 (4,000-7,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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