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      patent dates legend. Marlin barrels were special ordered with a matted top to reduce glare. For the Model 1891, the part octagon/part round barrel was another special order feature. The rifle is fitted with a dovetail beaded blade front sight, a notch rear sight and a folding tang peep sight. The top
of the receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY” surrounded by scrollwork. The serial number is located on the underside of the receiver. The barrel and magazine tube are blued. The receiver, hammer, lever and
buttplate are plated in gold. The finish on the receiver and buttplate is gold over nickel. The highly figured walnut forearm and pistol grip
stock feature multi-point checkering. The buttstock is fitted with a crescent buttplate. The accompanying factory letter confirms the 24 inch half octagon
barrel in .22 caliber and pistol grip stock as well as stating the rifle was shipped April 13, 1892. Although the high end finishes are not confirmed by the factory letter, the engraving and deluxe checkered pistol grip stock are definitely 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.”
CONDITION: Very fine. The barrel and magazine tube retain 60% original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance along with some light spotting. The trigger, hammer, and
lever retain 30% original gold plating. The receiver and buttplate retain 85% of the untouched original nickel plating with slight traces of original gold in the protected areas. The engraving is crisp. The wood is also fine with minor dings and scratches, some wear in the forearm checkering and a few blemishes in the overall crisp stock grip checkering. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 6,500 - 9,500
   elevation adjustable sights. The hammer, lever, forend cap and buttplate are casehardened and the remaining surfaces are blue. Mounted on a nicely figured smooth forearm and straight grip stock.
CONDITION: Fine. The rifle retains 50% plus original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. Traces of original case colors remain in the protected areas. The wood is also
fine showing some minor pressure dents and scratches. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 5,500 - 7,000
 LOT 53
Special Order Factory Engraved Marlin Deluxe Model 1891
Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter - Serial no. 64483, 22 RF cal., 24 inch part octagon bbl., blue/gold finish, highly figured checkered walnut
stock. Manufactured in 1892. The factory engraved receiver is decorated with fine scrollwork and scroll borders. Each side of the receiver is engraved
with a game scene depicting a stag in a circular panel. Additional
scrollwork appears on the barrel at the breech and buttplate tang.
At the time this rifle was manufactured, Conrad Ulrich was the
engraver for Marlin. The top of the barrel is matted and is stamped with the two-line address/
LOT 54
Marlin Model 1881 Lever Action Rifle - Serial no. 1303, 40-60 Marlin cal., 28 inch octagon bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. Manufactured from 1881 to 1892 with this
example a Third Style featuring the two line address/ patent date marking ending with “REISSUE NOV. 9. 1880”. “40 CAL” is stamped on the top barrel flat at the breech. It is fitted with German silver blade and

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