Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1197: Civil War Burnside Fifth Model Percussion Carbine

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Excellent Civil War Burnside Fifth Model Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Excellent Civil War Burnside Fifth Model Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Manufacturer: Burnside Rifle Co
Model: 5th
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 21 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 480
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 156
Class: Antique

These "Fifth Model" Burnside carbines represent the completion of the evolution of General Ambrose Burnside's ingenious carbine design. Unfortunately for Burnside, he profited little, if at all, from his well-known design because he sold his shares before the company received sizable government contracts. The outbreak of the Civil War led to the purchase of over 50,000 Burnside carbines. They were the third most purchased breech loading carbine during the war, after only the Sharps and the Spencer. This example has standard markings and features. Matching serial numbers on the frame and breech block. Left wrist marked with two crisp boxed inspector cartouches "EPR" and "RKW". "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes wood tampion. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 95% plus original blue finish on the barrel with a patch of scratches visible at the muzzle end, 90% bright original nitre blue finish on the lever and tangs with some flaking on the lower tang, and 98% vibrant original case colors on the frame and lever latch, with very light freckling. Wood is also excellent with defined edges, a patch of scrapes underneath the forearm, some light handling marks, and exceptionally crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent. An absolutely stunning Civil War Burnside carbine that appears to have seen little if any use at all!

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