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Lot 19: New Haven Arms Company Volcanic Lever Action Carbine

Auction Date: June 5, 2020

Lot 19: New Haven Arms Company Volcanic Lever Action Carbine

Auction Date: June 5, 2020

Estimated Price: $15,000 - $25,000
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New Haven Arms Company Volcanic Lever Action Carbine

Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co.
Model: Volcanic
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 41 Volcanic
Barrel: 16 1/2 inch
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: varnished walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 22
Class: Antique
Description:

This Volcanic lever action carbine with a 16 1/2-inch barrel was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company. This carbine has the rarely encountered plain receiver. The barrel has an integral 20-shot magazine, Type II partial rib, crowned muzzle, rounded T-bar magazine catch, German silver front sight blade and small brass clam shell-shaped follower. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped: "NEWHAVEN CONN. PATENT FEB. 14.1854" in one line. The distinctive brass receiver has shallow circular cut-outs on either end of the ejection port and a dove-tail mounted, spring steel, rear sight with round-head elevation screw. The hammer has hand cut knurling on the spur. The straight grain walnut stock has a crescent brass buttplate. The serial number is stamped on the left side of the lower receiver tang beneath the stock, on the stock comb beneath the buttplate, inside of the buttplate heel and on the shanks of the hand-fitted buttplate and tang screws. All of the visible serial numbers match. The barrel/magazine, bolt, rear sight, lever, tang and buttplate screws have a high polish blue finish. The receiver and buttplate are natural brass. The cartridge elevator, trigger and hammer are bright. The walnut stock has a high polish piano finish. The New Haven Arms Company manufactured an estimated 1000 lever action carbines with 16, 21 and 25 inch barrels.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. This carbine is all original with only slight storage wear. 70% of the original blue is present on the sides and bottom of the barrel and integral magazine. Most of the finish wear is concentrated on the top and upper right and left barrel flats. The top flat has 20% of the bright blue finish; the balance is a dark patina with light pitting and surface discoloration which is most pronounced between the New Haven Arms Company legend and the edge of the receiver. The New Haven Arms Company legend is fully legible. The upper barrel flats have spots of surface discoloration with some light pitting near the edge of the receiver. The brass receiver was polished but remains in very fine overall condition with perfect side plate joints and has started to develop an attractive patina. The brass buttplate remains in excellent, untouched condition. The tops of the tang and buttplate screws are bright, but the screw shanks retain most of the high polish blue finish. The lever has 30% of the high polish blue finish with patches of darker surface discoloration. The rear sight retains 40% of the blue finish. The cartridge elevator, trigger and hammer are bright. The stock is in excellent condition and retains 90% plus of the original piano finish with a few scattered and insignificant storage marks. This is a very fine example of a scarce New Haven Arms Company 16-inch carbine. Provenance: Dr. Gerald Klaz collection.



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