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Can anyone help me identify the model of an old Marlin lever action Rifle and tell want it might be worth? The lettering on top of the octagon barrel, in front of the rear site, reads:

-> MARLIN FIRE-ARMS CO, NEW-HAVEN CT. U.S.A. <-
PATENTED OCTOBER . 11 . 1887.

and behind the rear site, reads:

.38-W.

The Serial No. on the bottom of the receiver is 20948.

The metal has a brownish tint (not rust), the wood has some minor dents and the bore shines.

Any help will be appreciated.

BF_HERO
 

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From the serial number, caliber, and patent dates, it sounds like you have a model 1888 Marlin. Is your gun a top eject?
The caliber 38W is .38-40 Winchester. The model 1888 was only made for about 18 months in 1888 and early 1889. The total number mfg. was about 4800 units. The model 1888 is one of the scarcest Marlin models made, and quite collectable.
Hope this helps. By the way; welcome to this site!
 

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Thanks for the welcome MM93. It is a top eject. Would you have any idea what these scarce rifles are worth?

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