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Lot 1216: Civil War Merrill Second Type Breech Loading Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Civil War Merrill Second Type Breech Loading Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine

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

Civil War Merrill Second Type Breech Loading Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Merrill James H
Model: Pat-Carbine
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 22 1/8 inch round
Finish: bright/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 347
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 94
Class: Antique

Just under 14,500 Merrill carbines were manufactured in two variations during the Civil War. This example is the second type with slightly different stock contours, no patch box, and the button type latch. Merrill carbines were almost exclusively issued to cavalry units during the war, including units from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Delaware. The top of the loading lever is marked "J.H. MERRILL BALTO/PAT. JULY. 1858". The lock plate is marked "J.H.MERRILL BALTO./PAT. JULY. 1858./APL 9. MAY 21-28-61" at the front and dated "1863." behind the hammer. The barrel has a notch rear sight with two folding leaves and a fixed front blade front sight. The left stock flat has a saddle ring bar. "U.S." marked buttplate tang. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Barrel band screw absent. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good, displaying brightly polished metal, smooth gray patina on the balance with some patches of light pitting, sharp edges and defined markings in the metal. Stock is fine with defined edges, a few mild gouges on top of the buttstock, and some light scratches and handling marks. Mechanically fine.

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