"MARLIN MODEL 1881 DELUXE SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 18283. Cal. 40 (40-60). Fine deluxe rifle with 28" oct bbl, half magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & a Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Receiver has the solid carrier. Mounted with very highly figured, checkered American walnut with pistol grip stock, serpentine grip cap & smooth steel, semi-crescent buttplate. Serial number was observed on left side of top & bottom tangs, under wood, on end of buttstock under the wood & inside toe of buttplate. Wood is possibly old factory replacement. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Company letter fully identifying this rifle with pistol grip and half magazine & indicating shipment Dec. 27, 1887. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good. Bbl retains 60-70% orig blue with some old rust etching around rear sight and wrench marks over chamber area. Magazine tube is a dark blue/brown patina with fine pitting. Receiver has traces of orig blue being mostly a brown patina with fine pitting & some surface etching with tool marks around hammer screw. Stock has a couple of dings by heel, otherwise wood is sound and retains a fine custom oil finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine & moderate pitting. 4-36030 JR9 (2,000-3,500)"
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