CIVIL WAR JOSLYN MODEL 1864 CARBINE IN GOOD CONDITION

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Item Code: G3675

The Joslyn carbine Model 1864, sometimes called the Second Model, was a cavalry weapon that used an innovative breechloading, single-shot, .52 caliber rimfire system invented and patented by Massachusetts gun designer Benjamin Franklin Joslyn in 1861. His company, the Joslyn Fire Arms Company of Stonington, Connecticut, produced two models for the U. S. government, the Model 1862 and Model 1864. The early Model 1862 used the percussion ignition while the later Model 1864 used the rimfire system. Designed for field use with Federal horse soldiers, the Joslyn was relatively simple and used a rimfire cartridge very much like the Spencer’s .56-.56 cartridge or its own special Joslyn cartridge. The unique loading arrangement of the Joslyn carbine consisted of pulling out the breechblock knob, pivoting the breechblock up and to the left and then inserting the round. However, Joslyn’s single-shot design was not as popular as the Spencer’s repeating multi-shot rimfire capability so Joslyn carbines were retired from service at the end of the war. The US government contracted for a total of over 16,500 Joslyn carbines during the war.

This carbine bears serial #5680 on top of the breechblock and #5680 on the barrel tang. Carbine has a 22” long barrel that is semi-bright. The muzzle shows small amounts of blue with the majority of the barrel being bright with moderate mottling that gets heavier at the breech. Correct rear sight with one flip-up leaf is present. Front sight is a raised iron blade sight. The left side of the barrel at the breech below the rear sight is stamped with “F. D. L.” Bore has good rifling but is dark and dirty.

Lockplate is casehardened but turning dark. It bears the stampings of the Model 1862 being stamped in front of the hammer “JOSLYN FIRE ARMS Co / STONINGTON / CONN.” Rear of the breechblock face exhibits the clear and strong patent stamping of “B.F. JOSLYN’S PATENT / OCTOBER 8th 1861 / JUNE 24th 1862.” Action works well as does breech mechanism.

Stock is in good condition but has a spotted appearance with areas of light and dark wood. There are the usual dings and scratches from age, use and storage but no cracks. Two faint inspector’s cartouches are visible above the saddle bar and ring mounted on the left side. Triggerguard and buttplate match the rest of the iron on the weapon. Tang od butt has strong US marking.  [ad]

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