October 22-23, 2019 Extraordinary, Sporting & Collector Firearms
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/22/2019
Maintained and handed down through the Marble's family, this prototype "GAMEGETTER" combination gun, serial number 1, was patented in 1910 by W.L. Marble of Gladstone, Michigan. This unique design evolved into the later production models that became synonymous amongst firearms enthusiast and collectors alike. This unique example operates by pivoting the barrel cluster to left as opposed to a breakdown as later models where. The 20" superimposed barrels are chambered for the .32-20 Winchester cartridge over a 28 gauge shotgun barrel. Front sight is a drift adjustable bead front sight and a folding express rear sight. A single trigger operates the dual pull-cocking striker mechanism. The rust blue action is mounted into what appears to be a varnished American walnut stock with hard rubber buttplate from a Stevens small frame Champion shotgun. A manual cartridge extractor is mounted to the right side of the barrel assembly as is the manual disconnect for opening the action. The serial number one is found on the lower tang to rear of trigger as well as on forward stanchion of the receiver at pivot point and on the breech in between the chambers. Gun is accompanied by extensive provenance by previous owner showing the chain of custody of the gun as well as documentation from the National Rifle Association awarding this gun with a Silver Medal (number 273) for one of the "10 best Weapons" from the 1987 Reno, Nevada annual meeting and firearms exhibit. Gun is also cased for display in a velvet lined fitted walnut trunk pattern case with brass furniture and carry handle. CONDITION: Very fine with over 97% of the rust blue finish remaining with losses at edges and areas of lever operation. The bores are excellent, the action operates properly and smoothly. Walnut stock is very good with varnish loss at wrist from handling. Case is very good with several minor exterior scratches. NRA "COIN# 273" is excellent with presentation box, certificate and award plaque. Rarely can a 100 year old firearm be traced from its patent stage through development, manufacture, and to its current caretaker. Unique in every respect. TDW

Item Dimensions: 38x11x4
Case with cleaning rod
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Drop at Heel
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $9,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $30,750.00
Estimate: $18,000 - $25,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
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