Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1118: Scarce Civil War E. G. Lamson & Co. Palmer Bolt Action Carbine

Auction Date: May 4, 2019

Excellent and Scarce Civil War E. G. Lamson & Co. Palmer Bolt Action Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,750 - $6,500

Excellent and Scarce Civil War E. G. Lamson & Co. Palmer Bolt Action Carbine

Manufacturer: E.G. Lamson & Co.
Model: Palmer
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 50 RF
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 834
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 69
Class: Antique
Description:

The Palmer carbine holds the distinction of being the first metallic cartridge bolt action firearm ever adopted by the U.S. Ordnance Department and among the first bolt action firearms accepted by any military. The bolt does not contain a firing pin and is simply used to seat the cartridge and seal the breech. It fires with a traditional side lock. Approximately 1,001 of these carbines were ordered by the U.S. government on 20 June 1864, none were delivered until June of the following year however, meaning they arrived too late to see action during the Civil War. It has the standard markings and features. This is a outstanding example of a rare Civil War arm that is very significant in the development of military arms as well as firearms in general, and would be a welcomed addition to any such collection.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retains 90% plus original blue finish and vivid original case colors with the balance a smooth grey patina. The wood is also excellent with a few scattered light dings and scratches and clear cartouche. Mechanically excellent.



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