RARE SECOND MODEL BURNSIDE CARBINE PRESENTED TO 2ND RHODE ISLAND OFFICER

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Item Code: 490-1003

Here is an original Civil War Burnside carbine in good condition that was produced by the Burnside Rifle Co of Providence, Rhode Island from 1860 to 1862. This cavalry model .54 caliber, single-shot, percussion breech-loading carbine was one of only 2,000 such pieces manufactured by the company. Produced without any forend, the carbine features a breech mechanism opened by the inside latch device on the trigger guard. The hinged breechblock drops down when the inner latch is activated and allows for insertion of the uniquely designed, tapered, copper Burnside cartridge.

The weapon offered here is serial # 1731 and is so marked on the receiver, breechblock and barrel. Overall the weapon exhibits a dusky gray patina with no trace of any bluing. Metal surfaces bear light to moderate rust pitting that is heaviest in the receiver area. Triggerguard and buttplate are also moderately to heavily pitted. Sling swivel is present on bottom edge of butt. Stock has small chip in this area. Lockplate tang shows the maker’s marks “BURNSIDE RIFLE Co. / PROVIDENCE R. I.” Lock markings are clear as are the serial numbers. Maker’s stamp “BURNSIDE’S PATENT / MARCH 25TH, 1856” on the receiver frame is hard to read due to pitting.

Mechanics are strong and tight. Bore has good rifling, is dark and shows rust oxidation and dirt.

Original walnut stock is in nice condition and has not been cleaned. No cartouches are visible. Stock exhibits just a handful of very shallow dings and scratches consistent with use and age. There are one or two very small slivers of wood missing along the edge of the lock. Left side of weapon is fitted with a cavalry sling bar and carry ring.

Attached to the left side of the stock cheek is a silver plaque that is engraved as follows “PRESENTED TO / 2ND LIEUT. E. R. SHERMAN / CO. C 2ND REGT. R.I.V. / BY HIS FRIENDS / OF /PROVIDENCE, R. I.”

Edwin K. Sherman was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on June 5, 1861. According to the regimental history he was assigned to Company C of the 2nd Rhode Island when the regiment was mustered in. Shortly afterward he was assigned to Company K.

The 2nd saw action at the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861 and the next day Sherman was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in Company E and, on November 28th he became Captain of the Company.  Sherman became ill in June of 1862 and was sent to a hospital in New York where he died on July 15, 1862.

With this weapon is a June 1969 copy of “THE GUN REPORT” that details a similar 2nd Model Burnside carbine issued to another 2nd Rhode Island officer. The article states that the carbines were given to some of the officers of the regiment by their friends.

This is a rare model of the Burnside carbine that is also identified.

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