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Item Code: 123-7385
This original, breech-loading carbine, one of only some 14,500 weapons produced by H. Merrill of Baltimore, MD. The cavalry weapon is a wartime example of the Second Type Merrill carbine with a 54 caliber, single shot, percussion breechloader as used in the Civil War. Carbine exhibits the brass triggerguard, brass butt plate but has no patch box and is missing the single barrel band. Buttplate marked with “U.S.” Carbine carries serial #12384 on the rear of the lockplate behind the hammer and has a 22 1/8” long round with smooth, dark plum-brown patina. Piece was loaded by pulling back the ball-type plunger latch on the top breech lever, then lifting and pulling up the lever and inserting the cartridge. Mechanics need some adjustment.
Top flat of the breech lever is marked with “J.H. MERRILL BALTO. / PAT. JULY 1858.” 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.” Carbine features a dark walnut stock that carries a single cartouche on the stock flat opposite the hammer along. Stock left side also fitted with an iron sling bar and sling ring. Two large hand-carved initials, “C.C.”, appear on the stock along with normal dings, dents and scuffs marks appear on this carbine. All brass exhibits a mellow patina. Barrel bore boasts three-groove rifling that is still sharp and clean and should clean up to bright. This Merrill Type 2 carbine is a fine, representative cavalry arm of the Civil War.
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