Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1162: Burnside Fifth Model Civil War Carbine

Auction Date: December 3, 2016

Exceptionally Fine Civil War Burnside Model 1864 Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,750 - $5,500

Exceptionally Fine Civil War Burnside Model 1864 Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Manufacturer: Burnside Rifle Co
Model: 1864
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 54 percussion
Barrel: 21 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1057
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 124
Class: Antique

These "Fifth Model" Burnside carbines represent the completion of the evolution of General Ambrose Burnside's ingenious carbine design. Unfortunately for Burnside, he profited little, if at all, from the his well-known design because he was forced to sell his shares before the company received sizeable government contracts. The outbreak of the Civil War led to the purchase of over 50,000 Burnside carbines. They were the third most widely purchased breech loading carbines during the war after only the Sharps and the Spencer. This high condition example has the standard markings and features, including matching serial numbers and crisp government inspection markings.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. 85% of the slight fading original blue finish remains on the barrel. The lever retains 90% of the bright niter blue finish. The frame and remaining components retain 95% of the vivid, original case colors. The wood is also very fine and has some small pressure marks, minor strike marks, and a few light scuffs. Mechanically excellent. The markings are crisp.

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