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 "1864" 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. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good with some scattered light pitting, sharp edges and defined markings in the metal. Brass retains a pleasing aged patina. Stock is fine with defined edges and some light scratches and handling marks. Mechanically excellent.
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