Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 150: Civil War First Type Linder Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Auction Date: April 13, 2018

Scarce Civil War U.S. Contract First Type Lindner Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $3,750

Scarce Civil War U.S. Contract First Type Lindner Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Manufacturer: Lindner
Model: Carbine
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 58 percussion
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 958
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 74
Class: Antique

The Linder carbine design was a clever solution to the gas leak that plagued many early breech loading firearms. This is one of the reported 892 First Type carbines manufactured based on Edward Lindner's patent for the U.S. Government during the Civil War. They were likely manufactured at Amoskeag Manufacture Co. Of the 892 First Type carbines manufactured, 391 were delivered to the Michigan Cavalry around November 1861, and 501 were delivered to the 8th West Virginia Mounted Infantry in late 1863. This example has the correct First Type breechblock patent marking: "EDWARD LINDNER'S/PATENT/MARCH 29, 1859," and the lock plate is correctly not marked. 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. A faint inspector's cartouche is stamped near the buttplate tang.

Rating Definition:

Very good with crisp markings on breechblock, fairly bright surfaces, light patina, some faint pitting and spotting, and scattered small marks and scratches. The stock lightly sanded and refinished stock is very good and has some minor scratches and dings. Mechanically excellent.

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