"MARLIN MODEL 1888 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 23505. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with 24" oct bbl, full magazine, Beach's combination front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered, slab-sawed American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Note: According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, only 4,814 of this model was ever produced, of which 1,298 were produced in caliber 32. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 65-70% thin orig blue, stronger in sheltered areas. Magazine tube has a couple of minor dents and overall retains blue in sheltered areas, being mostly a silver/gray patina. Receiver retains 65-70% orig blue, stronger on left side. Lever & hammer retain traces of case colors. Lever screw is somewhat battered. Wood is sound with a gouge in forearm & minor nicks & scratches elsewhere and retains about 90% of a bright refinish. Mechanics are crisp, strong dark bore. 4-36047 JR34 (2,500-3,500)"
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