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Item Code: 172-2003
This original breech-loading cavalry carbine is one of only some 14,500 weapons produced by H. Merrill of Baltimore, MD. The weapon is a very good wartime example of the First Type Merrill carbine with a 54 caliber, single shot, percussion breechloader as used in the Civil War. Carbine exhibits all brass furniture including the brass patch box, triggerguard and a single barrel band. Weapon carries serial #1220 on the lockplate behind the hammer. Carbine has a 22 1/8" long, round barrel that shows scattered light rust pitting on its surface along with a dark plum colored patina overall. Hammer exhibits light pitting. All gunmetal shows no original case colors or bluing. Weapon was loaded by pulling back the sliding lock on the top breech lever, then lifting and pulling up the lever and inserting the cartridge. Top flat of the breech lever is marked with "J.H. MERRILL BALTO. / PAT. JULY 1858." Atop the barrel is the double leaf rear sight with the peepholes. Marked on the iron lockplate forward of the hammer is the three-line address of "J.H. MERRILL BALTO. / PAT. JULY 1858 / APL. 9 MAY 21-28-61."
Weapon features an uncleaned, dark walnut stock with no visible cartouche. Iron sling bar and ring are strong and tight to the stock flat. Patch box, triggerguard, butt strap and barrel band all wear a rich, bronze patina with scattered dark oxidation spots. Only normal dings, dents and scuffs marks from age and use appear on the stock. All brass components exhibit a fine, mellow patina. Barrel bore is dark and boasts seven-groove rifling that has scattered areas of light surface pitting. Exterior surface of the barrel wears a dusky, mottled patina. Mechanics are crisp and strong. Original screws good and not buggered. This early 1st Model Merrill carbine is a scarce specimen of a cavalry arm used by numerous Federal horse regiments during the Civil War.
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