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Lot 4006: Martially Inspected New Haven Arms Co. Henry Rifle

Auction Date: February 18, 2022

Highly Desirable Martially Inspected U.S. Civil War New Haven Arms Co. Henry Lever Action Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $18,000 - $27,500

Highly Desirable Martially Inspected U.S. Civil War New Haven Arms Co. Henry Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co.
Model: Henry Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 CF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Class: Antique

OE - GOOD - some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; lightly scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.


Manufactured September 1863 as part of an 800 rifle contact with the Ordnance Department found in the 3000-4000 serial number range that were issued to the 1st D.C. Cavalry and are the only Henry rifles marked with Ordnance inspection marks on the stock and barrel. During the Civil War the 1st D.C. Cavalry saw extensive action and was merged with the 1st Marine Cavalry. The second style receiver introduced around serial number 3000 lacks the alternate rear sight dovetail found on Henry rifles manufactured in 1862 and 1863. The barrel has a period replacement blade front sight and missing the rear sight with an empty rear sight dovetail. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line patent/address legend. Firing pin has been converted to center fire. The brass buttplate has a hinged trapdoor (cleaning not included). The "C.G.C." initials of Ordnance Inspector Charles G. Chapman are stamped on the right barrel flat at the junction with the receiver. The "H" New Haven Arms inspection mark of B. Tyler Henry is stamped on the barrel below the "C.G.C." inspection mark and on the right side of the frame adjacent to the "C.G.C./H" marks on the barrel. Burn marks are visible at the wrist. Matching serial number "3198" on the barrel, left side of the lower tang and stock inlet. Number "613" is marked on the buttplate and both buttplate screws. Number "850" is marked on a receiver tang screw. That damned Yankee rifle that can be loaded on Sunday and fired all week" was one of the most advanced firearms of the war.

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