This is one of the reported 892 First Type carbines manufactured under a design patented by Edward Lindner of Manchester, New Hampshire. They were likely manufactured at Amoskeag Manufacture Co. as were the Second Type carbines. Of the 892 First Type carbines manufactured, 391 were delivered to the Michigan Cavalry circa November 1861, and 501 were delivered to the 8th West Virginia Mounted Infantry in late 1863. The carbine is loaded by turning a rotating collar locking device on the barrel 180 degrees to the left. The breechblock is then pushed upward by a spring. The carbine has the correct First Type breechblock patent marking: "EDWARD LINDER'S/PATENT/MARCH 29, 1859". The lock plate is correctly without markings. A saddle ring is mounted on the left side of the stock. The carbine has a blade front sight and a two leaf rear sight. The carbine has an inspector cartouche stamped near the buttplate tang.
Good. The metal components are mostly bright with patchy pitting and oxidation. The stock is also good with several chips and slivers absent, some scrapes and bruises, and a few dents. The action is excellent, and the patent markings are crisp.
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