Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 9: New Haven Arms Co. Volcanic Carbine 41 Volcanic

Auction Date: April 13, 2018

Attractive Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Co. Volcanic Lever Action Carbine Formerly of the Harolds Club's World Famous Collection

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $22,500 - $35,000

Attractive Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Co. Volcanic Lever Action Carbine Formerly of the Harolds Club's World Famous Collection

Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co.
Model: Volcanic
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 41 Volcanic
Barrel: 16 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 17
Class: Antique

Manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company circa 1859. The carbine has a blued barrel, brass receiver and crescent buttplate and casehardened lever and hammer. The stock is straight grain, American walnut with a high polish piano finish. The top and sides of the receiver and edges of the buttplate are factory engraved with open scrollwork, simple floral designs and border work. The barrel has a nickel-silver, half-moon front sight blade. The top barrel flat is lightly stamped "NEWHAVEN CONN. PATENT FEB. 14. 1854." The receiver has a dovetail mounted rear sight with elevation wheel and fire blue finish. The hammer has fine knurling on the spur. The serial number "110" is stamped on the lower left side of the tang beneath the stock, on the inside of the buttplate heel and on the shanks of the hand-fitted tang and buttplate screws. All of the visible serial numbers match. The assembly number "10" is stamped bottom of the receiver below the cartridge elevator. As documented in the included Butterfield & Butterfield 1994 auction catalog, this rifle was formerly of the Harolds Club's world famous collection (page 83, lot 3431). The Harolds Club was a Reno, Nevada, casino that opened in 1935 and closed in 1995. By the early 1960s, the Harolds Club possessed a collection of some 3,000 guns in all with about 2,000 displayed in the Roaring Camp Room, the Silver Dollar Bar, and elsewhere throughout the casino. Co-owner Harold Smith Sr. called it "one of the world's greatest gun collections," but in 1993 the collection was sold to Butterfield & Butterfield, and the guns were auctioned off in 1994.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel and integral magazine have 30% original blue with the balance a very attractive smooth plum brown patina with sharp edges. The barrel markings are extremely sharp. The hammer, trigger and lever have most of the mottled case colors with slight age frosting. The rear sight retains 50% of the nitre blue finish. The brass receiver and buttplate are in excellent condition with a good-looking untouched patina. The side plate joints are near perfect. The well-executed factory scroll engraving is deep and crisp. The refinished stock is fine and retains nearly 90% of the piano finish. There is a hairline crack in the right wrist and two shallow scratches between on either side of the upper tang. This is a fine representative example of a New Haven Arms Company Volcanic Lever Action Carbine with factory engraved receiver.

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