ORIGINAL SMITH CARBINE IN VERY FINE CONDITION

$3,500.00
Originally $3,950.00

Quantity Available: 1

Item Code: 169-224

Invented and patented by a medical physician named Gilbert Smith of Buttermilk Falls, New York in late 1855, here is an original Civil War Smith carbine in very fine condition used by Union forces during the Civil War. A single-shot, percussion firearm, the weapon is a .50 caliber, breechloading carbine that measures 39½” long overall and weighs a hefty seven pounds and eight ounces.

The excellent two-piece black walnut stock is made up of a 9” forearm held by a single barrel band. Left side of stock exhibits a fine, deep stampings “G. P.” directly behind the blued ferrule. Black walnut stock retains its original feathered finish with just few light dings and scratches. Inspector marking “B” visible on the neck of the stock on the right side near receiver. The 21 5/8” long round / octagonal-shaped barrel surface wears its original dark bluing with no rusting.  Original, brass blade front sight and folding rear sight. Frame housing is stamped with serial number “17601”. Left side of breech opposite the hammer bears an excellent patent mark “ADDRESS / POULTNEY & TRIMMER / BALTIMORE U.S.A.” Directly behind the sling bar is a strong patent mark “SMITH’S PATENT / JUNE 23, 1857”. A fine maker’s stamp “MANUFACTURED BY / MASS. ARMS CO /  CHICOPEE FALLS” is visible on frame at front of breech beneath sling bar. All stampings are sharp. Frame exhibits very good case colors with iron furniture finished with original bluing.  Carbine exhibits very crisp mechanics. Bore with six-groove rifling is absolutely mint. All screws excellent and not buggered.

The Smith carbine saw extensive service with the following volunteer cavalry regiments: 1st Connecticut, 1st Massachusetts, 6th and 9th Ohio, 7th and 17th PA, 7th and 11th Illinois and the 3rd West Virginia Regiments.

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