Reportedly 30,362 Smith carbines were purchased by the United States Government throughout the Civil War from 1861-65. Some of these carbines were issued to the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry, who served as part of George Armstrong Custer's 3rd Division and played a pivotal role in the Battle of Moorefield in 1864. Standard markings and features including a blue barrel with blade front and ladder rear sight. The left side of the casehardened receiver is fitted with a sling bar and ring. The barrel has an "L.F.R" inspection mark on the left at the breech. Left of the stock wrist marked with circled script "LFR" and "JH" cartouches. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes wood tampion. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Excellent with 85% plus original blue finish with some light mottled brown patina on the band and trigger guard, 95% vivid original case colors on the frame, with the buttplate turned an even brown patina. The wood is very fine and has smooth oiled finish, some light chips at the edges of the buttplate and at the toe, and a few minor dents. Mechanically excellent.
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