The two models of Maynard carbines were easily among the best cavalry weapons available during the Civil War. Both sides used them and held them in high regard. They are based on the designs of Dr. Edward Maynard, a dentist and inventor from New York and Washington, D.C. Approximately 20,000 of these Second Model carbines were manufactured in 1864 and 1865. Some were delivered late in the war and were issued and used by 6th, 9th, and 11th Indiana Cavalry and the 10th and 11th East Tennessee Union Cavalry. It has a "pinched" blade front sight, three leaf rear sight (graduated for 100, 300, and 500 yards), "S" stamped on several of the main components, "EDWARD MAYNARD/PATENTEE./MAY 27. 1851./DEC. 6. 1859." on the left side of the frame, "MANUFACTURED BY/MASS. ARMS CO./CHICOPEE FALLS." on the right side of the frame, the serial number on the lower tang, and boxed "JM" and "GWP" inspector cartouches on the left side of the wrist. Provenance: The Allan Cors Collection
Extremely fine, retains 90% plus original blue finish and 75% of the slightly muted original case colors with the balance a smooth brown-grey patina. The wood is very fine with crisp cartouches, a few scattered minor scuffs and dings, and a hairline crack near the toe. Mechanically excellent.
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