Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3033: Factory Engraved Marlin Deluxe Model 1892 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Outstanding Factory Engraved Marlin Deluxe Model 1892 Lever Action Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $25,000 - $40,000

Outstanding Factory Engraved Marlin Deluxe Model 1892 Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Marlin Firearms Co
Model: 1892
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 32
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: highly figured checkered
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 38
Class: Antique

Offered here is a seldom encountered Marlin factory engraved Model 1892 rifle in .32 RF/CF looking as if it left the factory yesterday. The vibrant casehardened receiver is decorated with Conrad Ulrich's No. 3 engraving pattern featuring wonderful scrollwork, punch dot backgrounds, scroll and heart borders, a large oval vignette of a buck and doe in a woodland scene on the left side, and a large flower blossom medallion in the center of the right side. Additional scrollwork is featured on the exposed barrel flats at the breech, forend cap and buttplate tang. Conrad Ulrich did most of the engraving for Marlin circa 1881 to 1910, and the Marlin engraving patterns are based on Ulrich's designs. The rifle is fitted with a German silver blade front sight and an elevation adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sight. The top barrel flat 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 receiver, hammer, lever, forend cap, and buttplate are casehardened. The barrel and magazine tube are blued. The forearm and pistol grip stock are highly figured deluxe walnut and feature Marlin No. B type checkering. The buttstock is fitted with a crescent buttplate. Matching serial number on the underside of the frame, stock inlet and buttplate. The accompanying photocopy of a factory letter confirms the 24 inch octagon barrel in .32 caliber and pistol grip stock. The factory letter also states the rifle was shipped on February 5, 1897. Although not confirmed by the factory letter, the engraving and deluxe checkered pistol grip stock are most certainly factory. As noted Marlin expert William Brophy explained, "Unfortunately, the few remaining factory records do not, with any regularity, indicate if the gun was factory engraved or not." Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The barrel and magazine tube retain 98% plus original blue finish. The receiver and hammer also retain 98% plus vivid original case colors. The engraving is crisp. The lever and buttplate retain 95% original case colors. The wood is also excellent with some minor handling marks, nearly all original varnish remaining and overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. Truly an exceptional factory engraved Marlin Deluxe Model 1892 Rifle worthy of the most advanced private or public collections.

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