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Lot 1175: Civil War Smith Breech Loading Carbine

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Outstanding Civil War Smith Breech Loading Carbine

Estimated Price: $3,750 - $4,500

Outstanding Civil War Smith Breech Loading Carbine

Manufacturer: American Machine Works
Model: Smith Carbine
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 50 percussion
Barrel: 21 5/8 inch part octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 306
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 79
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured from 1861 to 1865. The carbine has a military blue barrel. The breech latch, trigger guard and lower tang have a high polish blue finish. The barrel band, hammer, receiver and buttplate are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are oil finished black walnut. Dovetail mounted front sight with nickel silver blade and a folding leaf rear sight. A sling bar and ring are mounted on the left side of the receiver. The left side of the receiver has the American Machine Works markings below the sling bar and the Poultney & Trimble markings above it. The 1857 patent markings are stamped on the left side of the receiver. The serial number "11105" is stamped on the bottom of the barrel lug. The partial serial number "105" is stamped on the left side of the receiver lug, and "11" is stamped on the right side. The left barrel flat has the Ordnance sub-inspection mark "L.F.R." The left side of the stock wrist has two Ordnance inspection marks that consist of the script initials "GR" in a rectangle and the script initials "JH" in an oval. Approximately 30,000 Smith Carbines were manufactured and are one of the most important Civil War carbines.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The carbine is all original and retains 90% plus of the original blue and color casehardened finish. The barrel has nearly all of the military blue finish. The trigger guard and barrel latch have about 85% of the high polish blue finish. The receiver retains approximately 95% of the color casehardened finish with strong case colors. The case colors on the barrel band, hammer and buttplate have faded to an even brown patina. The percussion nipple, hammer and interior and exterior of the breechblock have no flash pitting, and the carbine appears to be un-fired. The stock and forearm are in excellent overall condition with scattered light, handling and storage marks. The underside of the stock has a series of small chips and a large pressure dent near the toe. The Ordnance sub-inspection and final inspection marks on the left stock wrist are very crisp. This is an excellent example of an important Civil War Federal cavalry carbine.



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