ORIGINAL FIRST MODEL MERRILL CARBINE

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Item Code: 172-3448

This original, breech-loading carbine is one of only some 14,500 weapons produced by H. Merrill of Baltimore, MD. This cavalry weapon is a wartime example of the First Type Merrill carbine in .54 caliber. This specimen appears to be a private purchase.

Carbine exhibits the brass trigger guard, brass butt plate, single brass barrel band, and brass patch box. Specimen has a 22 1/8” long round barrel with dark plum colored surface. Bore is clean and shows good rifling. Piece was loaded by pinching the flat, cross-hatched tabs, then lifting and pulling back the plunger latch on the top of the receiver, and inserting the cartridge. Mechanics are good. Top flat of the breech lever is marked with “J.H. MERRILL BALTO. / PAT. JULY 1858” while its base is marked with serial #5402. Underside of the lever is clean. Atop the barrel is the three level rear sight with the “V” cuts graduated for 300 and 500.  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.” Serial number (5402) is again stamped behind the hammer. The head of the bolster screw is broken off. Original nipple is present.  Carbine features a dark walnut stock with no cartouches. Stock left side is also fitted with an iron sling bar and sling ring. Stock has normal dings, dents and scuffs.

All brass furniture exhibits a mellow patina and scroll-work engraving. The brass buttplate, trigger guard, and patchbox also show trace remnants of silver plating. This was a private purchase carbine.

This Merrill Type 1 carbine is a rare and beautiful representative of a cavalry arm of the Civil War era.  [jet]

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