Lot 1072: James Warner - Breechloading Saddle Ring
|Scarce and Extraordinary Warner Carbine|
|Estimated Price: $8,500 - $12,000|
|Serial #||Manufacturer||James Warner||Model||Breechloading Saddle Ring|
|Type||Carbine||Gauge||56 Spencer||Catalog Page||51|
|Description||This 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.
|Condition||Excellent. 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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