"MARLIN MODEL 1888 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 23791. Cal. 32 WCF (32-20). Standard grade rifle with 24" oct bbl, replacement Kentucky rifle-style front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. Note: According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, a total of only 4,814 of these rare rifles were ever produced of which only about 1,298 were in caliber 32. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 92-94% strong orig blue, slightly thinner on magazine tube with a few scattered spots of light surface rust. Receiver retains 65-70% thin orig blue turning plum. Wood is sound with usual nicks & dings and some light bruises on left side of buttstock. Forearm retains 25-30% orig varnish with balance a hand worn patina. Buttstock retains 75-80% orig varnish with a worn patina around wrist. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore. 4-36052 JR33 (2,500-3,500)"
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