FYI. A comment was made on my FB page by none other than Doug Turnbull that his Company did the Case Coloring for Marlin in 1994 .
It is a Century Limited 1894. Somewhere near 2000 were made. Info from another source. I will post some wood photos soon.
If that beauty is unfired, I would be struggling with...shoot it...don't shoot it! It would be just as much of a shame to shoot it, as to not shoot it. Either way, it is drop dead gorgeous. Congrats on a truly great find!