This is an antique Marlin 1889 rifle, .32W (.32-20 Winchester) with 22" barrel lever action. The rifle is serial number 606XX and was manufactured in 1891. The rifle retains 40-50% patina finish with approximately 50-60% original finish on the stock and fore end. The rifle could use a thorough, but gentle cleaning to bring out more of the attractive good grain. There are no apparent cracks in the stock, and it has not been sanded. The bore does retain 50% rifling, but is frosty. The lever is only a bit loose, the sights are intact and functional. This is a clean, unmodified, original antique 125 year old Marlin rifle!
Factory letter with caveats…beautiful! This is a first generation Colt Single Action Army, SAA, .44-40, 7.5” in beautiful condition. This SAA has a factory letter that shows it was sent to Browning when originally manufactured. Good news/not-so-great news. The good news is that the overall condition of this Colt is better than 92% original blued finish and better than 80% original color case hardening. The not so good news is that is started life as a .32-20 5.5” barrel and cylinder. At some point, there was a caliber change. We believe, but cannot be certain, that the Colt may have had the caliber change at some point during the Browning family’s possession. We draw this conclusion, due to finish wear on the barrel and cylinder are only mildly better than the represented bluing and color case hardening condition throughout the revolver. The overall finish of the barrel and ejector rod housing is 97%, the cylinder retains better than 94% original finish, grips straps finish has thinned to approximately 80%. The screws and pins all have original finish. The nitre blue on the trigger and frame screws are better than 95%, and the screws are all crisp, showing only slight finish wear on the screw closest to the left side grip, where the thumb might rub. The color case hardening still retains some color contrast, starting to turn silvery. The bore is excellent and action locks up with four clicks. The grips are original and perfectly fitted to the revolver. If this revolver had lettered as an original .44-40, it would be a $9000 collector piece. Since it does not letter, that hurts value. Due to the condition, overall, we believe that this does still have significant collector value!