This is an early antique Marlin 1895 rifle in 45-90. This model was produced from 1895 to 1917 with only a mere 18,000 rifles produced. Of that small number, the 45-90 was the BIG DOG, their largest caliber offered in the company's line of lever actions during the 19th century. Serial ranges for this model start in the 131,000 range (circa 1895)...with this rifle's SN is right at the beginning of production in the 135,000 range. It features a standard 26" octagon barrel, full magazine, and crescent rifle buttplate.
Overall condition is NRA antique VG+ to Fine. The case colored receiver has faded out to about 15% thin mottled color remaining with the balance turned either to silver or a light gray patina. The barrel and magazine tube have 50% original blue. Nice markings throughout. Upper tang marked "MODEL 1895". Top of Frame reads "MARLIN SAFETY" in script. Marlin Address and patent dates on top of barrel. Caliber is marked "45-90". Rear sight is the original long style Marlin Ballard semi-buckhorn retaining most of its original blue. Front sight is a period Lyman Hunting blade sight with matted facing and Ivory bead....this is an excellent sight! The wood is in very good condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. Nice wood to metal fit overall. Bore is in Excellent condition with strong rifling. A nice example of the most powerful Black Powder lever action Marlin made....this one has everything collectors want...octagon barrel, caliber 45-90, and an antique serial number. This is a very rare and desirable configuration....much scarcer than a Model 1886 Winchester with these features.