.32-20 caliber, 24" round barrel, S/N 26085 (ca 1889). Blued finish with case hardened hammer, lever, and buttplate. Varnished walnut half stock. Blade front sight with buckhorn elevator rear sight along with tang-mounted aperture. Barrel marked with two-line Marlin address and patent dates with caliber marked forward of receiver. Fitted with scope manufactured by William Malcom of Syracuse, New York, S/N 5080. Includes factory letter confirming configuration and August, 1889 shipping date to unknown location.
Fine. Most of the blued finish remains on barrel with some light scratches and barring present with some additional wear around rear barrel sight. Frame retains a fair amount of its bluing with some wear to sharp edges and front near forend as well as bottom of frame forward of lever. Some visible case coloring left on hammer with a dull gunmetal patination on lever and buttplate. Stock shows numerous handling marks to forend, likely from resting on supports while target shooting. Buttstock shows some minor handling marks. Optics are clear. Bore is good to very good, bright with some very minor old pitting and visible rifling. An example of a Marlin rifle was obviously used and loyally cared for by its owner with an uncommon, special-order barrel.