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Auction Date: December 2, 2011

Lot 3150: Waters A.H. - 1855 Joslyn Pantent Carbine

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Unique Joslyn Model 1855 "Monkey Tail" Carbine with Plated Finish
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $5,000
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Serial #Waters A.H. - 1855 Joslyn Pantent Carbine ManufacturerWaters A.H. Model1855 Joslyn Pantent Carbine
TypeCarbine Gauge54 Catalog Page175
Barrel22 1/2 Inch Round FinishNickel Grip
Stockwalnut ClassAntique RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis carbine was one of approximately 1500 manufactured by A. H. Waters of Milbury, Massachusetts in 1855 and 1856. These Joslyn carbines mostly were issued on a limited basis to several Federal volunteer cavalry regiments early in the Civil War (The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Ohio Cavalry were each issued 100 of these as well as the 6th, which were issued 250). The lock is unmarked and the top of the breech lever is marked "PATD BY/B.F. JOSLYN./AUG. 23, 1855". The right side of the breech lever is marked with the serial number "629". There are no visible ordnance proof or inspection marks and the top of the stock opposite the hammer is stamped with a museum or collection inventory number "1400". The other most notable feature on this scarce carbine is the unique tin plated finish. Writer has seen other types of martial arms with this finish that were reportedly made for the U.S. Navy. This finish was more durable to the harsh elements of the salt water and would be one of the explanations for this to have been applied. (The other possibility could be that it was a presentation piece, which would explain the absence of a cartouche; you be the judge). Features also include a pinched front sight and a folding leaf rear sight graduated to 800 yards. All nickel finish. The single brass barrel band, trigger guard and buttplate and mounted with an oil finish walnut stock, fitted with a saddle ring bar with ring on the left flat. Of the 1,500 manufactured 1,200 are known to have been sold to the U.S., leaving only 300 for public sale. The Model 1855 was the last firearm made by the A.H. Waters company.

ConditionVery fine with 70% plus untouched original plating remains overall. The trigger guard and tang have a frosted appearance. A small area of brass is exposed on the buttplate and shows a finely aged patina. The stock is very good with some scattered minor chips, dents and dings. The breech lever marking is clear and crisp. Mechanically fine.
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