Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3164: Civil War Merrill First Model Percussion Carbine

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Civil War Merrill First Model Percussion Carbine

Manufacturer: Merrill James H
Model: 1st Model
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 22 1/8 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 503
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 102
Class: Antique

Total production of type I and II Merrill carbines by James H. Merrill of Baltimore, Maryland, was just under 14,500, and nearly all were issued to Union cavalry units including several from New York and Pennsylvania. Merrill was in Washington, D.C. in 1816 and initially worked with his brother William as a gunsmith in Baltimore in the 1840s. His first breech loading design was patented in 1856. Features include a brass patch box and furniture, blade front and notch rear sight with two folding leaves marked for 300 and 500 yards, a sling bar and ring attached to the brass side plate on the left stock flat, matching serial numbers on the tail of the lock and lever. Boxed script "RP" cartouche on the left stock flat. Carved initials "BAC" in the left side of the buttstock. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes wood tampion. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 85% period refinished nitre blue finish with some areas of light pitting on the lock and around the breech area, and bright brass fittings. Stock is also fine with some light handling marks, a few scratches including the carved initials, and a nice cartouche. Mechanically fine.

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