Manufactured in 1904 and featuring a scarce Marlin factory No. 1 engraving. See Brophy's "Marlin Firearms" page 531 for an illustration of the No. 1 pattern. The Marlin patterns, including the motif featured on this example, were designed by Conrad Ulrich who was influenced by the late 19th century masters L.D. Nimschke and Gustave Young. Ulrich was at Marlin circa 1881 to 1910. The engraving features scrollwork, punch dot borders, scroll and zig-zag line borders along with a stag scene in a circular panel on the left side. Lyman beaded blade front sight, filler block in the rear sight seat and folding tang peep sight. The top of the barrel has the two-line Marlin address/patent dates legend. The select walnut forearm and pistol grip stock have Marlin factory No. A checkering. Factory engraved Marlin Model 1892 rifles are seldom encountered. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection
Very fine. The barrel and magazine tube retain 80% original blue finish and the receiver retains 80% original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. Several of the screws show screwdriver distortion. The forearm is very good with some chipping in the worn checkering, and the buttstock is very fine with some minor handling marks and overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. A great chance to acquire a highly attractive factory Model 1892 rifle missing from even the most advanced Marlin collections.
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