Designed by Edward Lindner of Manchester, New Hampshire and manufactured by Amoskeag Manufacturing company. Only 500 of these First Type American carbines are reported to have been delivered on U.S. Government contract in January of 1863, and 297 of them are reported to have been issued over three months later to the 8th West Virginia Mounted Infantry, who used them in skirmishes against Confederate forces between August through November of 1863. Fixed blade front sight and flip-up two-leaf rear sight with the lock, trigger guard, buttplate, and stock all resembling the pattern found on the U.S. Special Model 1861 Rifle-Musket then in production by Amoskeag. The breech block is marked on top "EDWARD LINDNER'S/PATENT,/MARCH 29, 1859." in reference to U.S. patent number 23,378. "GKJ" (George K. Jacobs) inspection initials marked on the left stock flat and an oval script "AMC" inspection cartouche marked ahead of the buttplate. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Detailed information about these First Type U.S. Lindner carbines can be found in the book "Lindner Carbines and Rifles" by Edward A. Hull on pages 88-95. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very fine, retaining bright surfaces with sharp edges on the metal, sharp markings on the breech piece, and some scattered areas of light freckling. Stock is fine with some light handling marks and dents, an indent from the saddle ring on the left flat above a mild chip, and a long crack visible ahead of the lock. Mechanically excellent. This is an exceptional example of a hard to find First Type U.S. Lindner Carbine!
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