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RARE SPECIAL ORDER FACTORY ENGRAVED MARLIN MODEL 1889 DELUXE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 44294. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Rare Model ’89 with 26″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight and Lyman #15 windgage tang sight. Mounted with very beautiful, highly figured, streaky European walnut with early style checkered forearm and serpentine pistol grip buttstock with crescent buttplate. SN is on bottom of receiver, left side of upper tang under the wood, inside top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Top tang also has another SN “42739” which has been factory defaced. Receiver is very nicely engraved with the vignette of a standing grizzly bear in a mountain scene on left side with extremely well-executed foliate arabesque patterns and border patterns on left side with matching foliate arabesque patterns on right side and a flower blossom centered on the bolt. Light foliate arabesque patterns and straight line borders extend over the top & bottom of receiver and top tang. Model ’89 rifles are fairly scarce in their own right with deluxe rifles quite scarce and engraved rifles extremely rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% crisp orig blue and forend cap 96-97% blue; receiver retains strong case colors on sides, moderately faded over top & bottom; lever & hammer retain moderately faded case colors turned silver on outer faces of lever; buttplate retains smokey case colors. Wood is sound with a few light bruises in the checkering on both stock & forearm and a few light nicks & scratches and overall retains about all of its crisp orig varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-44642 JR321 (15,000-25,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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