Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 7: Marlin Firearms Co 1881 Rifle 45/70

Auction Date: May 20, 2011

First Year Production Marlin Model 1881 Lever Action Rifle with Low Three Digit Number

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

First Year Production Marlin Model 1881 Lever Action Rifle with Low Three Digit Number

Manufacturer: Marlin Firearms Co
Model: 1881
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45/70
Barrel: 28 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1675
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 9
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1881, the first year of production (serial number range below 600). German silver blade and buckhorn style rear sights on barrel marked with the two line address/patent dates "1865-reissue 1880" marking and "45 GOVT". The three-digit serial number is marked on the underside of the frame. Smooth forearm and straight grip stock with iron forend cap and buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Good. The rifle retains scattered traces of original blue finish (strongest around the trigger) with the balance between a mottled brown patina and a smooth gray patina. The receiver shows signs of being cleaned some time ago. There is some scattered minor pitting and spotting. The lightly sanded and re-oiled wood is good with some minor dings and scratches (more prevalent on the forearm which has been repaired). Mechanically fine.



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