Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3166: "Kentucky" Marked Civil War Era Triplett & Scott Carbine

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Fine "Kentucky" Marked Civil War Era Triplett & Scott Breech Loading Carbine

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

Fine "Kentucky" Marked Civil War Era Triplett & Scott Breech Loading Carbine

Manufacturer: Meriden Firearms Co
Model: Triplett & Scott Repeating
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 50 RF
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 102
Class: Antique

The Triplett & Scott carbines and rifles were manufactured by the Meriden Manufacturing Company in the final two years of the Civil War. Only 3,000 of the rifles and 2,000 of the carbines are estimated to have been produced. The whole 5,000 appear to have been sold on a contract executed on January 2, 1865, to the State of Kentucky for use by the Kentucky home guard troops who were called upon to protect Sherman's supply lines. They were delivered in May after the war had ended. This example was clearly designated for that purpose based on the small "KENTUCKY" stamp on the left side of the breech. The upper tang is marked "TRIPLETT & SCOTT/PATENT DEC. 6. 1864", and the left side of the receiver is marked "MERIDEN MAN'FG. CO./MERIDEN. CONN." The rifle has a pinched front sight and folding ladder rear sight. The forearm is secured by a screw and a single barrel band. The stock has swivels on the top and bottom and a standard carbine style buttplate. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes wood tampion and period leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 60% original blue finish mixed with mottled brown, and 40% plus case colors mainly turned to a gray patina. Wood is very fine with some light handling marks. Mechanically excellent.

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