WONDERFUL SMITH CARBINE IN VERY FINE CONDITION DIRECT FROM THE FAMILY OF UNION ARTILLERYMAN GEORGE W. HAZLETT

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Item Code: G3968

Carbine is in overall excellent condition.

The .50 caliber barrel retains its original blue throughout with only minor imperfections such as slight rub marks etc... The iron blade front sight is mortised into the barrel above the muzzle and the rear sight has the single flip-up leaf with moveable aperture in working condition. Left barrel flat at the breech is marked with the letter “N.” Bore has good rifling but there are some small amounts of built-up dirt near the breech.

Receiver retains almost all of the original case colors. Hammer and bolster are dark. Top strap retains its blue. Original nipple is present with minor dirt around base. Action is excellent and works properly. Left side of the receiver has crisp markings of “MANUFACTURED BY/ MASS. ARMS CO. / CHICOPEE FALLS” as well as “ADDRESS / POULTNEY & TRIMBLE / BALTIMORE U.S.A.” and below the saddle ring bar “SMITH’S PATENT / JUNE 23, 1857.” Bottom of the receiver is marked with serial number 19191. Weapon properly breaks open for loading.

Excellent two-piece black walnut stock with a 9” forearm held by a single barrel band. Stock retains its original feathered finish with just a few light dings and dents mostly on the forearm. There are two crisp cartouche marks on the left side of the wrist.

Trigger guard retains most of its original finish. Saddle bar and ring are present. Buttplate has turned a plumb brown. Screw heads do show some wear.

Carbine comes directly from the family of George Wilson Hazlett who served as a private in Hampton’s Independent Battery F, Pennsylvania Light Artillery. When or where Hazlett picked up, or was issued, the carbine is not known but there is no doubt that it comes from his family.

Hazlett was born in Pennsylvania on May 7, 1843. He enlisted as a private in Hampton’s Battery F on February 18, 1864. He was promoted to corporal on January 1, 1865 and was mustered out at Washington, D.C. on June 26, 1865. During his time with the battery it was in the defenses of Washington, D.C. and in early 1865 it was moved to Harper’s Ferry till the wars end.

George W. Hazlett died in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania on October 2, 1924 and is buried in Deer Creek Cemetery, Cheswick, Pennsylvania.  [ad] [ph:L]

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