Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3361: Marlin Ballard No. 4 1/2 Mid-Range Rifle

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Attractive Marlin Ballard No. 4 1/2 Mid-Range Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Attractive Marlin Ballard No. 4 1/2 Mid-Range Rifle

Manufacturer: Marlin Firearms Co
Model: Ballard-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 40-63
Barrel: 30 inch part octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 516
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 196
Class: Antique

Manufactured from 1878 to 1882. The rifle if fitted with a spirit level windgauge front sight, a filler block in the rear sight seat and a mid-range Vernier tang sight. The casehardened receiver has the two-line Marlin address/Ballard patent date marking on the left side. The attractive walnut forearm and pistol grip stock are checkered. The buttstock is fitted with a coarsely checkered shotgun steel buttplate. The barrel is numbered to the gun. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine. The exposed surfaces of the refinished barrel have a plum appearance while most of the original blue remains under the forearm. The receiver retains 60% plus original case colors. The refinished wood is very good with overall crisp checkering, a couple long hairline stress cracks at the receiver, and some scattered minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent.

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