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Hello all. I did some research on google and found the basic info on this lil beauty. However, I am having trouble finding anything with the same engraving pattern. There are some that are similar but nothing matches 100%. Can anyone tell me what this might be worth? It is missing a small screw and there is a chip on one of the grips. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.





 

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That is slicker than deer guts on a door knob! Seems to me that the handguns are still kind of "unknown" as far as rank and file collectors go, but that one is a beaut!

A local trader was at a show last week with a Marlin handgun, saw him out of the corner of my eye showing it around, then I lost track of him, and never got too see the gun up close.

Yours sure looks to be VG or better, as far as antiques go but I have no experience to guess its value. I suspect its rather pricey in that condition.
 

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Marlin pistols were usually Nimschke engraved, and that appears to be his work. They are always extremely nice engraving. Values are not great on the old Marlin pistols, and a non engraved one in similar condition will go around $350-$400. With the engraving I'd say your's will probably double that figure and be in the $700-$850 range. Grips appear to be ivory from what I can tell, and that's nice.
 

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A lot of that era engraving has the large scrolls, so it might take some comparison with known work and yes, I would bet for sure those are pearl grips. If he could document that as Nimcshke's work, factory letter or however, it would sure add big dinero.

If I recall correctly there were two brothers named Nimchske, and both worked for Marlin and Win off and on. So the styles were very similar. I would have to go back and read up on it, but if memory serves, they got paid better at Marlin. ;)
 

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Barenjager said:
I believe those grips are mother of pearl.

Roe
Yep, they sure are. Guess I didn't look close enough. Still cool!
 
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