Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1196: Frank Wesson First Type Two-Trigger Military Carbine

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Civil War Era Frank Wesson First Type Two-Trigger Military Carbine with Sling

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

Civil War Era Frank Wesson First Type Two-Trigger Military Carbine with Sling

Manufacturer: Frank Wesson
Model: Two Trigger
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 RF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 88
Class: Antique

Benjamin Kittredge & Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, is known to have supplied these carbines to the following states for use during the Civil War: Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, and Missouri. Though this example does not carry Kittredge's normal markings, many of these carbines were also purchased privately by soldiers during the war. It has a blade front sight on a thick dovetailed base, two leaf rear sight, " F. WESSON'S PATENT/OCT. 25 1859" on top of the barrel behind the rear sight, and the serial number on the trigger guard tang, left of the barrel, slotted link, barrel pivot screw, and top of the frame under the barrel. Partial serial numbers on various other parts including the buttplate and buttplate screws, trigger, and stock. There is inlet area on the left of the stock which used to contain a plaque/escutcheon that is now absent. Includes a leather sling and wood tampion. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good, retains traces of the original blue finish with the balance a mottled grey-brown patina with a few scattered patches of very light pitting or rough oxidation. The wood is also very good with the above mentioned inlet and otherwise some minor dings and scratches scattered throughout. Mechanically fine.

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