CIVIL WAR ERA SMITH'S CAVALRY CARBINE IN .50 CALIBER. AMERICAN MACHINE WORKS FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION MORE THAN 150 YEARS AGO! AMAZING CONDITION! MUSEUM PIECE!

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CIVIL WAR ERA SMITH'S CAVALRY CARBINE IN .50 CALIBER. AMERICAN MACHINE WORKS FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION MORE THAN 150 YEARS AGO! AMAZING CONDITION! MUSEUM PIECE!  Guns > Rifles > Antique (Pre-1899) Rifles - Perc. Misc.
Description: FOR THE COLLECTOR WHO WANTS THE EXCEPTIONAL: we offer a rare and important, Civil War era, martially inspected, complete and original Smith’s Patent Carbine in a truly extraordinary condition. This Smith’s Patent Carbine carries a three digit serial number and receiver stampings that reflect an early birth at the American Machine Works factory in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Smith’s Patent Carbine, as a single shot, breech loading, percussion .50 caliber, was one of the most important Federal Cavalry carbines of the Civil War. Production of these carbines was almost entirely consumed by government contracts. A total of approximately 30,362 Smith Carbines were purchased by the United States during the Civil War. The left side of the receiver is marked with the standard address and patent dates: on the forward portion of the receiver, stamped horizontally, is "MANUFACTURED BY/AM' N M'CH'N WKS/SPRINGFIELD MASS", on rearward portion of the receiver above the saddle ring bar, stamped horizontally, is "ADDRESS/POULTNEY & TRIMBLE/BALTIMORE, U.S.A.", and underneath the saddle ring bar, stamped horizontally, is "SMITH'S PATENT/JUNE 23, 1857". The serial number “499” is marked on the bottom of the frame in two places, on the bottom of the barrel (under the hand guard) and on the rear section of the frame at the butt stock attaching point. The part octagonal/part round barrel is 21 5/8 inches long, with blued finish. The barrel is fitted with a blade front sight and a folding ladder rear sight. The “octagonal” portion of the barrel is 6 1/8 inches long and consists of 5 flats over the top 180 degrees of the barrel and a round surface for the lower 180 degrees (the portion under the hand guard). The front 14 inch section of the barrel is round. The barrel is stamped on the left side on the 9’oclock flat with the inspector’s stamp “L.F.R.”. The bottom of the barrel beneath the walnut handguard is stamped (in order from the forward portion of the area under the handguard to the rearward portion) with an “H” aligned with the longitudinal axis of the barrel, then “JH” at 90 degrees to the longitudinal axis of the barrel, then an “R” aligned with the longitudinal axis, and then the serial number “499” aligned with the longitudinal axis. The rear sight is stamped with a slanted "H" on the base. The same slanted "H" stamp is repeated on the base of the saddle ring bar. The walnut forearm is stamped with a tiny “JH” just behind the attaching screw bushing. The walnut buttstock carries two cartouches on the left side of the wrist with “L.F.R” in cursive script in a rectangle with rounded corners and a “J H” in cursive script in an oval. A tiny “JH” is impressed into the rear of comb near the steel buttplate tang tip. The trigger guard tang has a tiny “R” stamp. The tiny “R” is repeated on the toe of the butt plate. [“JH” = initials of the US government armory sub-inspector, Joseph Hannis; “L.F.R.”, "H", "R" = inspector’s stamps not identified in the historical records.] The receiver finish is a combination of deep blue and casehardened multi-colors. The hammer and frame are casecolored and the barrel latch is niter blued. The barrel latch release lever is brass or bronze and very elegant in design and execution. The saddle ring and bar mounted on the left side of the receiver are “white” steel with a niter blued mounting screw. The matching walnut stocks are finished with a smooth oil, hand rubbed finish that is original to the carbine. The walnut forearm is secured by a single blued barrel band with a single blued wood screw, and a single blued screw mounted through the center of the forearm. The straight grip walnut butt stock is attached to the carbine frame with a handmade, single, slot-headed, blued bolt that extends from the interior curve of the butt stock to the threaded attaching point at the rear of the carbine frame. SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR FULL DESCRIPTION.


Condition: Used - See Item Description
Caliber: .50 (other)
Location: IA

Trades Accepted: VINTAGE QUALITY FIREARMS IN 100% FACTORY ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION AND 90+% CONDITION.

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Item #: 929346344
Stock No.: 13-0706-1&2&3
Seller Since: Apr. 2000
Seller Level: Gold Seller +
This seller is an FFL
City: Cedar Rapids
State: IA
Price:
$13,000.00


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