Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 91: Outstanding Civil War Ball Repeating Carbine

Auction Date: December 2, 2016

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $9,500

Outstanding Civil War Ball Repeating Carbine

Manufacturer: E.G. Lamson & Co.
Model: Ball Carbine
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 50 RF
Barrel: 20 1/2 inch round
Finish: brown/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 46
Class: Antique

This is an example of a Civil War era Ball Repeating Carbine that was manufactured by Lamson & Co. of Windsor, Vermont, between 1864 and 1865. The Ball carbine featured a lever action and 7-shot tube magazine. The carbine has a near full length walnut forearm secured by two barrel bands and has a steel cleaning rod mounted on the right side of the forearm. The barrel has a iron half-moon front sight and two leaf rear sight with sight notches marked "1", "4" and "6." A sling bar with ring is mounted on the left side of the receiver. The carbine has a brown finish on the barrel and color casehardened forearm cap, barrel band, receiver, breechblock, hammer, lever, trigger and buttplate. The screws and small components are niter blue. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut. The left side of the receiver is marked "E.G. LAMSON & CO./WINDSOR VT./U.S./BALLS PATENT/JUNE 23 1863/MARCH 15 1864" ahead of the sling bar mount. An Ordnance final inspection mark which consists of the script initials "GGS" surrounded by an oval border is stamped on the left stock flat. A block "P" is stamped on the stock between the Ordnance inspection mark and the receiver. The Ordnance sub-inspector's block initials "GGS" are stamped on the stock comb ahead of the buttplate and on the underside of the forearm. A "S" sub-inspection mark is stamped on the barrel, barrel bands, rear sight, receiver, breechblock, hammer, sling bar mount and buttplate. Lamson & Co. manufactured a total of 1,002 Ball Repeating Carbines for the Ordnance Department. These carbines were delivered in May 1865.

Rating Definition:

Excellent plus, as issued. The barrel retains 97% plus original brown finish showing some minor thinning, some loss at the muzzle and marks caused by the barrel bands. The remaining metal surfaces retain 98% vivid original case colors. The buttplate has a collector or museum number. The wood is excellent with a long scratch on the wrist (left side) and chipping near the buttplate toe, otherwise some minor pressure dents and scratches. The cartouche is crisp. Mechanically excellent.

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