VERY RARE .36 CALIBER SMITH “RUBBER CASE” CARTRIDGE

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Gilbert Smith of Buttermilk Falls, NY, received patent #17,702 in June of 1857 for his invention of a cartridge case made of India rubber.

All should be familiar with the .50 caliber Smith carbine used extensively during the early years of the Civil War. That gun first used the, now rarely encountered, .50 caliber “rubber case” cartridge.

Although most carbines of this model were obviously made for military use, there exist some examples that were made for commercial sales. One such model is a carbine made in .36 caliber with checkered stock and without sling swivels; otherwise, the same features as military models.

Offered here is an original example of a scarce, intact .36 caliber “baby” Smith India rubber cartridge for rifles and carbines. India rubber case with small perforation in the base. A pointy lead bullet is fitted into the open end. There is some minor chipping around the top edge, otherwise this is in wonderful condition. A very rare cartridge.

Reference: “Round Ball to Rimfire” Part Two, page 246, #573.   [jet][ph:jet]

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