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 The included factory letter (copy) sates the rifle was shipped on February 11, 1886, and confirms the 28 inch barrel in .38-55 caliber and pistol grip stock. Although the high end finishes are not confirmed by the factory letter, the engraving and stock checkering 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.”
CONDITION: Very fine. The barrel and magazine tube retain 85% original blue finish with thinning to
brown on the balance. 80% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. The receiver retains 75%
original case colors. 40% original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. Patterns of original case
colors remain on the buttplate. The engraving is crisp. The wood is excellent with some minor handling marks and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. A perfect opportunity to acquire a highly attractive factory engraved deluxe Marlin Model 1881 rifle missing from even the most advanced collections.
Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000

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