JM1036 MARLIN MODEL 1881 THIN SIDE LIGHTWEIGHT FACTORY ENGRAVED RIFLE IN 38-55; Original 28 octagon barrel chambered in 38-55 caliber with full length magazine tube. Original sights include a Lyman bead front and Marlin sporting rear with a folding tang. Very good bore and a smooth action. Original pistol grip checkered Circassian style walnut is in very good condition with only a few minor handling mars. Crescent rifle style buttplate. Gun is beautifully engraved in a bank note style of more elaborate than standard engraving featuring a grizzly bear on one side and a deer in an oval panel on the other side. Overall gun is in fine condition with 75% toning barrel and mag blue. Receiver is nickel plated and has turned a very attractive dull patina nickel coloration. Gun was formerly in the William Brophy collection. He was a historian for Marlin. This is one of the scarcer of the Marlin’s as there were only 3 or 4 of these ever engraved in the thin side lightweight rifle configuration. This is an all original fine little gun that would look good in any Marlin collection.
ANTIQUE $ 24,500.