Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1113: Burnside Rifle Co Carbine 54 percussion

Auction Date: April 21, 2013

Excellent U.S. Civil War Burnside Fifth Model Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $4,500

Excellent U.S. Civil War Burnside Fifth Model Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Manufacturer: Burnside Rifle Co
Model: Carbine
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 54 percussion
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 63
Class: Antique

Manufactured from 1863 to 1865 this is an example of a Burnside Fifth Model Carbine as manufactured by the Burnside Rifle Co. of Providence, Rhode Island and has the distinctive guide screw on the right side of the receiver as featured on Fifth Models. The top of the receiver is marked "BURNSIDE PATENT/MODEL OF 1864" and "CAST STEEL" is stamped on the barrel ahead of the rear sight. The lock plate is marked "BURNSIDE RIFLE CO./PROVIDENCE=R.I.". The matching serial number is stamped on the top of the receiver and breechblock. Single letter inspection marks are stamped on most components. The barrel has a dull military blue finish with the breechblock, lever and receiver tangs having a niter blue finish. The remaining metal surfaces are casehardened. The stock and forearm are oil-finished black walnut with ordnance sub-inspection and final inspection marks ("EPR" and "RWK") stamped on the left side of the stock wrist. The Burnside Carbine was designed by Federal General Ambrose E. Burnside before the Civil War and was one of the most widely issued and successful Federal cavalry carbines.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The carbine retains 95% original blue finish with very minor storage wear. The breechblock and lever retain 98% original niter blue finish. The niter blue finish on the upper and lower receiver tangs show only minor handling wear. 95% plus original case colors remain on the receiver, barrel band, hammer, trigger and buttplate and the case colors are strong. The wood is excellent with minimal handling wear. The Ordnance inspection marks are nearly perfect. This is a very fine example of a Civil War Burnside Breech Loading Carbine.

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