"MARLIN MODEL 1888 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 26079. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with 24" rnd bbl, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & Winchester-style, platinum line, 3-leaf carbine express sight with 2 broken leaves and a Lyman large loop tang sight. Mounted with straight grain, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Stock & forearm each have filled areas from what was probably an old sling swivel mount. According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, only 4,814 of these rare rifles were ever made of which only 1,298 were in 32 caliber and only 266 have rnd bbls. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good. No orig finish remains with metal being a cleaned metal color with scattered fine pitting, beginning to repatinate. Stock is missing chips by top tang, otherwise wood is sound and retains 85-90% of an old refinish with light nicks & scratches and a deep scratch in forearm. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with good shine & fine pitting. 4-36044 JR36 (2,000-3,000)"
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