Government records list 6,686 of these carbines purchased for the Navy. Many saw extensive use during the war in both the Union's "blue water" and "brown water" navies. The leather cover on the barrel is secured by a band at the muzzle and screws at the breech and was designed to protect the barrel from corrosive saltwater; many are badly damaged or entirely absent due to extensive service, unlike this fine example which survived its service with all of the leather covering. It has a band at the muzzle, blade front sight, adjustable rear sight, and standard Sharps & Hankins markings. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good plus with strong silvered out patterns of case colors visible on the frame with some very light small patches of pitting, and bright patina on the brass buttplate. The leather barrel cover is also very good with some areas of flaking and some light cracking. The re-oiled wood is also very good with some light scratches and some chips at the toe. Mechanically excellent.
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