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Auction Date: April 30, 2016

Lot 1072: James Warner - Breechloading Saddle Ring

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Scarce and Extraordinary Warner Carbine
Estimated Price: $8,500 - $12,000
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Serial #James Warner - Breechloading Saddle Ring ManufacturerJames Warner ModelBreechloading Saddle Ring
TypeCarbine Gauge56 Spencer Catalog Page51
Barrel20 Inch FinishBlue Grip
Stockwalnut ClassAntique RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis is an exceptional example of a Warner Breech-Loading Carbine that was manufactured by the Massachusetts Arms Co., of Springfield, Massachusetts, circa 1864. The carbine has a 20-inch round barrel with distinctive brass receiver, breech-block, trigger guard and buttplate. The barrel, barrel band and extractor are blued and the rear sight, hammer and trigger are casehardened. The stock and forearm are oil-finished, straight grain American walnut. The barrel has a steel, half-moon front sight and a folding leaf rear sight. A carbine ring is mounted on an eyebolt on the left side of the receiver. The left side of the receiver is roll-stamped: "JAMES WARNER, SPRINGFIELD,MASS" in one line. "2069" is stamped on the buttplate heel; this may be a serial number but production of Warner carbines by the Massachusetts Arms Co., is estimated at only 1,501 pieces. There are no military markings on this carbine.

ConditionExcellent. The carbine is all original and retains 95% plus of the original blue finish overall. The barrel band shows some very light handling wear and the extractor retains about 70% of the blue finish. Nearly all of the case colors are present on the hammer and trigger. The exceptional brass receiver, breech block, trigger guard and buttplate have a handsome aged patina. The stock and forearm remain in excellent plus condition; the only significant wear is a hair-line crack in the bottom of the forearm between the end of the receiver finial and the forearm screw. This is a truly extraordinary example of a Massachusetts Arms Co., Warner Carbine. One that would be difficult to improve upon!
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