Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3023: Factory Engraved Marlin Model 1891 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Scarce Factory Engraved Marlin Model 1891 Lever Action Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,500 - $9,500

Scarce Factory Engraved Marlin Model 1891 Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Marlin Firearms Co
Model: 1891
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 22 RF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 32
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1891 when Conrad Ulrich was the engraver for Marlin. The factory engraved receiver is decorated with fine scrollwork and scroll and ling borders. Each side of the receiver is engraved with a game scene depicting a stag in a circular panel. The barrel is fitted with a dovetail blade front sight and notch rear sight and is stamped with the two-line Marlin address/patent dates legend ahead of the rear sight. The top of the receiver is marked "MARLIN SAFETY." The non-checkered forearm and straight grip stock are fancy flame grain walnut. The buttstock is fitted with a crescent buttplate. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel and magazine tube retain 65% original blue finish thinning to a brown. The receiver has faded to a gray with silvered our original case colors remaining in the protected areas. The engraving is crisp. Patterns of original case colors remain on the hammer. The wood is also fine with a tiny chip at the lower tang and a number of minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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