"MARLIN MODEL 1888 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 20658. Cal. 44 WCF (44-40). Standard grade rifle with 24" oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & semi-buckhorn Marlin rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Only 4,814 of these rare rifles were ever made and of that total only 1,727 were in caliber 44. Reference Marlin Rifles, Brophy. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 75-80% orig blue turning plum with sharp edge wear & a few scattered minor nicks. Magazine tube is mostly a light brown patina with one minor ding. Receiver retains 25-30% thin orig blue with balance a plum patina. Lever & hammer retain traces of case colors. Wood is sound with normal nicks & scratches showing a heavy hand worn patina on forearm with about 30% orig finish under a light applied finish. Mechanics are fine, strong bore, dark in grooves. 4-36046 JR63 (2,500-4,000)"
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