"MARLIN MODEL 1888 SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 24872. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Scarce rifle with 26" oct bbl, special order half magazine with hunting front sight & Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight with adjustable aperture. Mounted with nicely figured, slab-sawed, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate. According to the book Marlin Firearms, Brophy, only 264 of the rifles out of the minuscule 4,814 total production were made in 26" bbl length and only 78 total had half magazine. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains about 60% orig blue with balance a smooth dark patina and rest of metal a smooth chocolate brown patina. Stock has a small repair in wrist and forearm a series of gouges, otherwise wood is sound with minor nicks & scratches & forearm retains a dark hand worn patina. Buttstock retains about 70% dull orig varnish with balance a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong bore with some shine and fine pitting in grooves. 4-36053 JR32 (2,500-4,000)"
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