How old a Marlin lever action in 45 government caliber serial number 2727?
Try this web link for the answer to your question. http://oldguns.net/cgi-bin/f2f/f2f.pl?http://oldguns.net/q&a1_05.htm Most likely your Marlin in .45-70 Govt. is a model 1881. These early Marlins were not recoded in Marlin records prior to about serial number 4000, but your's should date to about 1882.
== == Being this is the first model lever action Marlin ever made and serial 1 would be a rather prized piece for a collector. However even with it being serial 1 condition is still a significant factor in determining it's value and no information about that is given. http://wiki.answers.com/wiki.phtml?title=I_have_an_1891_marlin_tackdown_22_SN-56656_VGC_shoots_VG_what_can_you_tell_me_about_the_history_value_ect_TNX_joe&action=edit§ion=new