Cased, Inscribed Free Mason Attributed Marlin No.32 Standard 1875 Revolver

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Cased, Inscribed Free Mason Attributed Marlin No.32 Standard 1875 Revolver
Manufactured from 1875 to 1887 this model is similar in appearance to the "XXX Standard 1872" model except it is chambered for the 32 rimfire cartridge. It features a blade front sight and frame notch rear sight. The top of the barrel "NO. 32 STANDARD 1875" and the left side is marked "J.M. MARLIN, NEW HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. PAT. JULY 1, 1873". Five round fluted cylinder and checkered star embossed bird head grips. Complete with a wooden case lined in red velvet. The top of the lid has an initial plate script engraved "Lu Sincerite / J: M: Gauthier". The inside of the lid has a cavity that holds a leather pocket folder containing a Master Mason of the Grande Lodge of New York City (dated 1862) certificate belonging to J.M. Gauthier.
BBL: 3 inch fluted solid rib
Gauge: 32 RF
Finish: nickel
Grips: hard rubber
Serial Number: 4554

Very good. The barrel and cylinder retain 40% original nickel finish with the balance a smooth bright gray patina with some minor pitting (mostly on the cylinder) and some minor nicks on the cylinder near some of the flutes. The frame retains 85% of the nickel with loss mostly on the edges, some minor scratches, and a couple patches of unknown residue. The grips are excellent with some minor scratches. The checkering is crisp. The markings are weak but legible. Barrel is loose (missing part of a broken, absent hinge screw), otherwise the action functions properly. The case is very good with minor handling marks on the wood and the lining showing some minor wear. The document is good with some discoloration and some separation along the folds.