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Lot 2108: British Contract Mass. Arms Co. Greene Carbine

Auction Date: December 2, 2017

Scarce British Contract Mass. Arms Co. Greene Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Scarce British Contract Mass. Arms Co. Greene Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Manufacturer: Massachusetts Arms Co
Model: Greene
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 54 percussion
Barrel: 18 inch part round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 82
Class: Antique

Only 2,000 Greene carbines were manufactured by the Mass. Arms Co. in the mid-1850s under contract with the British Government for use in the Crimean War. They differ from the American type in the larger caliber, the use of Queen Victoria's "St. Edward's Crown/VxR" cypher behind hammer on the lock, the British proofmarks, shorter barrel, hexadecagon section ahead of the rear sight, sling ring on the trigger guard tang, and the use of casehardened steel for the butt and patch box instead of brass. All but a couple hundred are believed to have been scrapped for parts. This example has the standard blade and folding ladder sights, "MASS ARM. CO./CHICOPEE FALLS/U.S.A. 1856" behind the cypher on the lock, Maynard patent marking on the primer door, British proofs, the two-line Greene patent marking on the upper tang, and matching serial numbers other than the hex section which is one number earlier, possibly a factory assembly error.

Rating Definition:

Very fine overall with 70% original case colors, 50% original blue finish, patches of moderate pitting on the barrel, minor scratches and dings on the fine buttstock, and crisp markings. Mechanically excellent.

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