POTD: Not Just Lever Guns – Marlin Firearms Co 1875 Revolver 32 RF
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! I honestly did not know that at one point Marlin Firearms made revolvers and for more than 30 years no less! Judging by the photo the way this revolver has to be loaded is by depressing or pulling down on the tabs on both sides of the frame in front of the cylinder and then pulling out the center pin. After the center pin is pulled the revolver’s barrel and top strap break upwards. Pure speculation on my part, maybe one of you folks out there own one and can explain in the comments!
“This is a scarce factory engraved Marlin No. 32 Standard 1875 Pocket Revolver with standard nickel-plated finish and two-piece factory mother of pearl bird’s head grips. This revolver is one of approximately 19,500 1875 Pocket Revolvers made from 1853-1887. The top of the barrel is marked “No 32 STANDARD 1875”. The left side of the barrel is marked “J.M. MARLIN NEW HAVEN CT U.S.A. PAT JULY 1,1873”. The matching serial number, “927” is stamped on the left side of the frame beneath the grip, on the rear face of the cylinder and in the inside of the barrel lug. The sides of the barrel and in the rib flute have a simple zigzagging pattern, repeated on the cylinder, the sides of the frame above and below the cylinder have a scallop design, the sides of the frame have a broad leaf scroll pattern with a matte background, the top strap has a fine scroll pattern and the backstrap has a burst design at the top and zigzag border on the upper half. Brass frame, nickel finish with casehardened hammer and trigger and fitted with smooth two piece factory mother of pearl grips.
-Rock Island Auction Company”
Lot 560: Marlin Firearms Co 1875 Revolver 32 RF [Photograph found in Auction Catalog #50, Rock Island Auction Company]. (n.d.). Retrieved June 20, 2021, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/50/560/marlin-firearms-co-1875-revolver-32-rf