Manufactured in 1894, the first year of production. The top of the barrel is marked with the two-line address and patent marking between the barrel band and rear sight, and the caliber marking at the breech. The top of the receiver is marked "MARLIN SAFETY" without guide screws and the serial number is on the bottom. It is fitted with blade front and folding ladder rear sights (rear sight slide retention screw absent), and a saddle ring staple and saddle ring are mounted on the left of the receiver. It is mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. The included factory letter confirms the current configuration as well as shipment on 5 July 1894. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection
Very fine, retains 75% plus of the original blue finish overall and 50% of the vibrant original case colors with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina, primarily on edges and handling areas. The wood is very good with a noticeable chip missing on the top right of the buttstock at the frame juncture and some light scratches and dings scattered throughout. Mechanically excellent.
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