A .32-40 (W&B) LEVER-ACTION REPEATING SPORTING-RIFLE, MODEL '1881 LIGHTWEIGHT', serial no. 12648,
circa 1888, with re-blued 24in. octagonal barrel, the top-flat signed 'MARLIN FIRE-ARMS CO. NEW-HAVEN C.T. USA' over patent dates to '1880', dove-tailed 'Rocky Mountain' fore-sight, elevating buckhorn rear-sight, re-blued slab-sided receiver with sliding load gate and top ejection bolt with integral dust-cover, plain top-tang drilled with provision for peep-sight (absent), walnut butt-stock and fore-end and full-length under-barrel magazine
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament