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Item Code: 172-1947
Presented here is a very rare, early Colt, side-hammer percussion Model 1855 revolving carbine in outstanding condition. Referred to as the 'Artillery Model', this .56 caliber, repeating, percussion specimen is the rarest variation in all of the Colt carbine series. The two-band carbine has a full forestock and features seven-groove rifling, a five-shot fluted cylinder and a lug on the right side of barrel for a saber bayonet. In addition, it has two sling swivels, a folding rear sight set in 100, 300 and 600 yards graduations, and has a short 19½" long cleaning ramrod under the 24" long round barrel. Originally finished 'in the white' or bright, the entire metal surface of the weapon wears a dusky gray plum patina overall with just minor scattered areas of rust oxidation and light pitting, especially near the frame. Bore shows surface grime and pitting but should clean up to very good.
Records are scarce on exact production numbers of this type carbine but government purchases in 1859 indicate that just over 100 such artillery carbines were made for disbursement to the States under the Militia Act of 1808. Records indicate that North Carolina received sixty such artillery carbines on May 7, 1859, while a number of other states received lesser numbers. The serial number on this weapon is #358 and it is probable that many revolving Colt's carbines saw service with the Confederacy. A ratchet-type-loading lever is forward of the frame and flush with the bottom of the barrel. Black walnut stock has the original factory varnish and is in excellent condition with just scant surface dents and dings. A light "COLT'S / PATENT' stamping is visible on the tang behind the hammer but no other maker's stamping or patent markings are visible on the carbine. The curved butt plate contains a recessed trap in the stock that housed a cleaning rod extension (missing). If one seeks a rare Colt revolving artillery carbine, this outstanding specimen makes for a once in a life time acquisition.
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