Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 2: Marlin Firearms Co 1895 Carbine 45-70

Auction Date: May 20, 2011

Very Fine Antique Marlin Model 1895 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Estimated Price: $14,000 - $20,000

Very Fine Antique Marlin Model 1895 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Marlin Firearms Co
Model: 1895
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 45-70
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Catalog Page: 7
Class: Antique

Marlin manufactured only about 18,000 Model 1895 rifles and carbines, with this particular carbine manufactured in 1896 (possibly August). The Model 1895s were the answer to the Winchester Model 1886 lever action rifle and although they never attained the same status as the Winchester rifles, some consider them to be better and stronger than the Winchester rifles. This carbine has the standard block base blade front sight and folding rear sight graduated to 900 yards. The top of the barrel ahead of the rear sight is marked "MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NEW-HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / PATENTED.OCT. 11. 1887, APRIL 2. 1889, AUGUST 1. 1893" and "45-70" at the breech. The top of the receiver is script marked "MARLIN SAFETY", with the upper tang marked "MODEL / 1895". Standard full length magazine tube, saddle ring and staple on the left rear of the receiver, blue barrel and magazine tube, with casehardened remaining parts, and mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The barrel and magazine tube retain 90% original blue finish with areas thinning to a smooth plum patina. The receiver retains 85% of the original case colors. The lever retains 60% original case colors mixed with smooth mottled gray patina. The buttplate has a smooth mottled gray patina. The wood is also very fine with almost all of the original varnish remaining and overall some scattered minor dings and dents. The markings are crisp and clear. The action is excellent. A very fine antique Marlin Model 1895 saddle carbine in the desirable 45-70 caliber.

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