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 This Model 1893 certainly showcases the high art of Marlin
embellishment at the beginning of the 20th century. The
exposed barrel flats towards the breech, forend cap, buttplate,
and sides of the hammer and lever feature light scrollwork. The rifle is
fitted with a dovetail beaded blade front sight and Marlin elevation adjustable receiver
sight. The rear sight seat has a blank filler block. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-
line address/patent dates ending with the year 1893 legend ahead of the rear sight and “38-55” at
the breech. The upper left barrel flat is stamped “SPECIAL SMOKELESS STEEL.” The top of the receiver
is stamped “MARLIN SAFETY.” The upper tang is stamped “MODEL/1893.” The select deluxe walnut forearm and pistol grip stock feature factory No. B multi-point checkering. The matching numbered buttstock is fitted with a crescent buttplate
CONDITION: Exceptionally fine. The barrel and magazine tube retain 85% plus original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. 60% original case colors remain on the receiver with the most vivid colors in the sheltered areas. 40% original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. The loading gate retains 60% of the original nitre. The buttplate has a refinished smooth brown-gray finish overall with some light pitting at the top. The engraving is crisp. The refinished wood is very fine with some worn checkering and some minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent. A true work of early 20th century Marlin firearms artistry that is a must have for the serious Marlin collector. No Marlin collection can be considered complete without a Monarch of the Dell engraved piece!
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 22,500 - 35,000

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