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Lot 3034: Factory Engraved Marlin Model 1895 Rifle in .45-70 W.C.F.

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Factory Engraved Marlin Model 1895 Lever Action Rifle in .45-70 with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000

Factory Engraved Marlin Model 1895 Lever Action Rifle in .45-70 with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Marlin Firearms Co
Model: 1895
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-70 WCF
Barrel: 26 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 500
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 40
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1896, the second year of production for the Model 1895. The top flat is marked with the standard two-line address and patent dates in front of the rear sight, the desirable caliber marking "45-70" at the breech, and the "MARLIN SAFETY" marking on top of the receiver. The model designation is on the upper tang and the serial number is on the bottom of the receiver. The serial number is repeated on the left side of the upper tang, with the "0" stamped over a "6". The stock inlet and inside the buttplate are numbered "141056", which may be a factory error due to the similarities of the numbers. The receiver is factory embellished with a deer panel scene on the left, borders, and flourishes of floral scroll engraving. It is fitted with German silver blade front and elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sights and is mounted with a finely figured, multi-point checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with a crescent buttplate. The included factory letter lists the rifle in .45-70 with a 26 inch octagon barrel and pistol grip stock when shipped on 16 November 1896, the engraving is not listed, but is certainly of factory origin. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good plus, retains 40% plus of the faded original blue finish and traces of the original case colors in sheltered areas with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina and crisp engraving. The wood is also fine with a short hairline crack at the end of the upper tang, scattered minor dings and scratches, and otherwise mostly crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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