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    Well, levergunx1, I guess that still warrants another update! Thanks!
    They ARE special individually, for sure! Didn't think I'd find a nicer 39 C LTD until I got the Brace!

    No.13, Orygun

    No.68 (39) New Hampshire

    No. 591 Michigan

    .. and one that got away from marlinman93...rats!
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    I have an old gun catalog that shows them for sale and their price.. And IIRC it's a 1970 or 71 catalog.
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    They had two different engravers, I don't believe they all have the same engraving on them?, I could be wrong on that one?
    I should try to get some better pictures of mine, they were taken in crappy lighting and I don't recall if I used my camera? or cell phone?, a photographer I am NOT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrench man View Post
    They had two different engravers, I don't believe they all have the same engraving on them?, I could be wrong on that one?
    I should try to get some better pictures of mine, they were taken in crappy lighting and I don't recall if I used my camera? or cell phone?, a photographer I am NOT!
    The part of the quote I marked in red; according to Brophy's Marlin book (and if you're researching these or anything else Marlin and haven't looked there already...why not?) there were indeed two people that did the engraving. My copy is currently under a stack of other books and junk that I'm not feeling like moving right now, so I'm just going with what I can remember and be reasonably certain I'm remembering right.

    Looky here to see mine: https://www.marlinowners.com/forum/33...ge-report.html
    and here's where they came from: https://www.marlinowners.com/forum/al...-set-sale.html

    One of the two engravers was Robert Kane, who engraved set #429. There's a stamped mark from the engraver that did the work on these rifles on the receiver tang, covered by the buttstock. Kane's was a stylized "cane" like an upside-down "J" that made up the staff portion of the smaller "R" that meshed into it. Sorry, I don't remember off the top of my head what the other fellow used (Churchill feels right for the name, so I'm hoping I'm remembering right) for his mark.
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    I'd list my guns in this space, but instead let's just agree to tactfully ignore the fact that I can't remember what all's still here after a series of tragic boating accidents.

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    Thanks Marlin man, that would be a great piece to display!
    Check the link from Molasses for a double page spread!

    wrenchman, we appreciate any effort!! Thanks
    The other engraver was Winston Churchill, I believe!

    Thanks Molassess, You bought set 429 for $800!!??
    Well I finally stopped crying after reading about the damage,
    then started again after reading the price!
    Yes, shooters indeed, sweetest ever! Tempted here, but these are almost pristine....
    Hope you worked out the 336's POI after it warmed up!
    Very cool details! Not sure I want to take these apart to check which engraved mine....?
    But I missed those threads in searching cuz you never ID'd them as a "Brace of One Thousand"!!
    We got ya now, though, Thanks
    Hope everyone uses those links, too!!

    the update:

    No.13, Orygun

    No.68 (39) New Hampshire

    No.429 Minnesota

    No.591 Michigan

    Hey we got a list!

    Thanks all
    Last edited by Colonel Angus; 03-19-2016 at 01:58 PM.
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    Here's the extent of damage to 591, the 39's anodized trigger:

    Attachment 178237

    Molasses, how did yours clean up? Photos of current condition?
    Thanks
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    There were indeed two engravers, but a standard pattern was set, so any differences will be miniscule, and you'd have to put sets next to each other to determine any difference. Likely that even one engraver would have minor differences between his own even over a lengthy run of the same pattern. Even back in the 1800's factory engravers had a pattern or rubbing to work off for certain patterns. They simply matched a grade level to the rubbing they kept in their books, and duplicated it to fill a special order rifle's engraving pattern. I've seen a number of engraved Marlin repeaters, and Marlin Ballards. It's amazing how close the patterns match considering they weren't done in groups like these later special runs were done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel Angus View Post
    Here's the extent of damage to 591, the 39's anodized trigger:

    Attachment 178237

    Molasses, how did yours clean up? Photos of current condition?
    Thanks

    The photos of mine at the range in the one linked thread are after cleaning them up. All the light colored spots are where rust was after using oil and a brass toothbrush (gently!) on them. Thankfully the rust came off very easily. Only difference today is that I've put some cold blue on those bare spots where the rust was to make it look a touch better and to help discourage rust from taking hold again.

    Not sure just what the long-term plan is. A part of me wants to send 'em off (maybe to Cogan's) to get completely refinished and another part says to just leave 'em as they are right now and use the daylights out of them.
    It gets complicated; got another, correctly marked, barrel from Numrich/Gun Parts Corp for the 39, but it needs bluing and (probably) fitting to go on there, so there's that to take into consideration on top of it.
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    I'd list my guns in this space, but instead let's just agree to tactfully ignore the fact that I can't remember what all's still here after a series of tragic boating accidents.

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    There were a set sold in the January 9th Marlin auction in Salina, KS... #537 (pair) sold for $2200. They were 95%, but had been kept in the box for a lot of their life.. and it took it's toll. The box was pretty typical - good wood but the "felt" had deteriorated to powder. I have the following records as well - mostly from sales on Gunbroker since 2006: serial #, sold for, date, comments....
    53xx $1,200 11/1/06 90% both guns scratched and dinged, with hard case
    329 $980 12/30/05 Model 39A only
    644 $1,600 5/26/07 95%, some spotting at levers
    576 $1,600 9/15/12 75%, bad pitting on left side of 39A receiver
    784 $1,575 9/25/12 99% with hard case, nice
    75 $2,500 11/17/12 99% with hard case, nice
    257 $2,200 2/15/13 99% with hard case, nice
    743 $1,875 4/9/13 98% with hard case, felt replaced on bottom of case
    ? $1,800 5/21/13 90%, with hard case, bottom of case had felt removed, some freckles on 39a
    75 $2,150 6/15/13 99%, with hard case, nice
    148 $1,849 4/14/14 99%, with hard case, nice - mark on forearm of 336
    ? $1,250 4/27/14 90%, pitting on levers of both guns
    839 $1,850 7/10/14 95%, no case

    hope this helps.....
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    HELP?
    This is the Motherlode so far Sneekpete! Way to go!
    I looked for something like this while researching for my purchase...
    Lotta work and listed by date. Great reference material!
    If future entries follow your format they could build on your work.
    ...added mine.. should I add the prior list, don't want to step on toes....?


    53x $1,200 11/1/06 90% both guns scratched and dinged, with hard case
    329 $980 12/30/05 Model 39A only
    644 $1,600 5/26/07 95%, some spotting at levers
    273 $1700 7/03/08 90% spotting on both receivers, bad case*
    ? ? $2040 4/2209 95% no case *
    597 $1250 10/05/09 90% heavy freckling no case*
    280 $850 4/13/10 90% pitting on levers and freckling on barrels*
    576 $1,600 9/15/12 75%, bad pitting on left side of 39A receiver
    784 $1,575 9/25/12 99% with hard case, nice
    75* $2,500 11/17/12 99% with hard case, nice
    257 $2,200 2/15/13 99% with hard case, nice
    743 $1,875 4/9/13 98% with hard case, felt replaced on bottom of case
    ?? $1,800 5/21/13 90%, with hard case, bottom of case had felt removed, some freckles on 39a
    75* $2,150 6/15/13 99%, with hard case, nice
    111 1500E 11/6/13 relined case, Germany*
    148 $1,849 4/14/14 99%, with hard case, nice - mark on forearm of 336
    ?? $1,250 4/27/14 90%, pitting on levers of both guns
    839 $1,850 7/10/14 95%, no case
    537 $2200 1/9/16 95% and bad case
    591 $0000 3/5/16 99% spot on 39 trigger, no case
    947 $2700 3/25/16 For sale GunsIntl.*
    410 3/27/16 with deteriorating case, IL (see thread)
    13 see MO https://www.marlinowners.com/forum/ma...ed-pair-3.html
    767 see MO https://www.marlinowners.com/forum/ma...ed-pair-3.html
    429 $800 12/14/15 se MO https://www.marlinowners.com/forum/ma...-set-sale.html


    * Pete... seems to be # 75 sold twice?
    Last edited by Colonel Angus; 04-18-2016 at 07:51 AM. Reason: *added from Google
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