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The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line legend and “38-W.”“MARLIN SAFETY” is marked on top of the receiver.
The highly figured deluxe walnut forearm
and pistol grip stock feature multi-point
checkering. The buttstock is fitted with
a casehardened crescent buttplate. The
accompanying factory letter confirms the
24 inch octagon barrel in .38 caliber and
pistol grip stock. The factory letter also
states the rifle was shipped on February
9, 1893. Although not confirmed by the
factory letter, the engraving and deluxe
checkered pistol grip stock are definitely
factory. As noted Marlin expert William
Brophy explained, “Unfortunately, the few
remaining factory records do not, with
any regularity, indicate if the gun was
factory engraved or not.” Factory engraved
Model 1889s are rare, with high condition
examples like this one being even rarer.
CONDITION: Excellent plus, with 95%
original blue finish remaining on the
barrel and magazine. 80% original blue
finish remains on the forend cap. 98% vivid original case colors remain on the receiver.
85% original case colors remain on the buttplate and hammer. The engraving is crisp. 20% original blue finish remains on the loading gate. The wood is also excellent with some minor handling marks, crisp checkering overall and nearly all the original varnish remaining. Mechanically excellent. A rare and desirable factory engraved Deluxe Marlin Model 1889 with the added bonus of having a Freund sight that will add value to any lever action or high art firearms collection.
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection; Property of a Gentleman.
Estimate: 60,000 - 90,000

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