I have a rifle that I first admired forty years ago and was able to purchase 10 years ago. I am an avid hunter and shooter, not a collector. That said, I had an undeniable desire to acquire and keep this one rifle. The rifle is marked, <->MARLIN FIRE'-ARMS CO. NEW-HAVEN CT. U.S.A.<-> PATENTED OCT. 11. 1887. APRIL. 2 1889. on top of the blued, octagon, 27-1/2" (muzzle to receiver) barrel. It also has .32-W. on top of the barrel just in front of the receiver. It has a blued, hooded post and bead front sight (3/8" o.d. round hood) that flips forward to raise what appears to be an 1/16" ivory bead. The rear barrel mounted sight is a buckhorn mounted on a 3-1/2" bar with a sliding ramp that has six notches for elevation. The buckhorn has a set screw on the right side and a vertically adjustable fine notch The rear tang has a peep sight mounted using the front tang screw hole. The rear tang screw is visible but the peep sight base covers any writing that might be on the tang. The peep sight is ~ 1" o.d. with a 1/32" aperture. The receiver, hammer and lever appear to be case hardened. The top 1/4" of the hammer is checked and rolls over ~ 1/8" at the top. When the hammer is cocked, the number 8 can be seen stamped in the frame. The lever has a detent latch at the rear, engages a small metal protrusion just behind the trigger and actuates a larger metal protrusion in front of the trigger. The receiver has a right side loading port and ejects out the right side. The right side has a double line border (stamped or engraved) front botton and rear with triangles stamped vertically, front and rear, beteen the border lines and scrolls stamped horizontally along the bottom between the border lines. There is nice scroll patternengraving in front and behind the loading port with one more scroll pattern closer to the rear of the receiver. The ejector slide has a repeating pattern (6 1/2 times) of scroll engraving along it's full length. The left side of the receiver has a double line border all the way around with the same stamped triangles vertically betweent the lines front and rear and the stamped scroll pattern horizontally top and bottom. The left side also has four more engraved scroll patterns with the larger two center ones wrapping around a double circle with an eight point deer inside the circles. The deer is standing in some grass and it appears there is water depicted below the deer. There is some kind of a tree behind the deer. The bottom of the receiver has one nice scroll engraved ahead of the lever just behind a screw. The Serial No. 107xxx is between the screw and the forearm leaving room for more stamped triangles between the Serial No. and the receiver. The first three digits of the Ser. No. were made with a larger stamp than the last three digits. The top of the receiver is marked < MARLIN SAFETY > and has border lines and scroll work. The rifle has a blued full length tubular magazine that extends to within 1/4" of the muzzle. The forearm is a very nice piece of wood with fine bordered checkering and a blued steel end cap. The Stock is a very nice piece of wood with an uncapped pistol grip that ends with a wave rather than flat. The neck of the stock is finely checkered extending down the pistol grip. The diamond pattern matches the forearm checkering and is also bordered. The butt plate has a circle on it with MARLIN at the top, SAFETY at the bottom and M.F.A.Co. in the center and is made out of some kind of brown plastic looking material. The rifle almost looks like it was just taken out of the box. A few very small dings in the wood, some tiny scatches in the bluing on the barrel and no visible wear or discoloration on the loading port. The butt plate has had the bottom tip broken off. The bottom butt plate screw is above the chipped portion. If this is a really old rifle, it is in amazingly great shape. If I had pictures and knew how to load them I would have sent them and saved some words. Any assistance with information about this rifle will be greatly appreciated.