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Lot 187: U.S. Harpers Ferry Hall 1836 Carbine with Ramrod Bayonet

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Scarce U.S. Harpers Ferry Hall Model 1836 Breech Loading Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine with Ramrod Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Scarce U.S. Harpers Ferry Hall Model 1836 Breech Loading Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine with Ramrod Bayonet

Manufacturer: Harpers Ferry Armory Muskets And Carbines
Model: 1836-Carbine
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 64
Barrel: 23 inch round
Finish: brown/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 93
Class: Antique

Approximately 2,020 Harpers Ferry Model 1836 Hall carbines were manufactured c. 1837-1840. The Model 1833 and 1836 carbines are historically important in being the first percussion arms adopted by the U.S. military. The ramrod bayonet was first experimented on the Model 1833 and 1836 Hall carbines, and was later revived on the Springfield Model 1880 and 1888 Trapdoor rifles, then again on the early Model 1903 rifles. These carbines were used by the 2nd U.S. Dragoons during the Seminole Wars in Florida in which they were exposed to harsh conditions, contributing to their scarcity today. Though largely overshadowed by other 19th century conflicts, the fight against the Seminoles was the longest and most expensive Indian war in U.S. history. Marked "J. H. HALL/US/1837" on the breech block with most of the standard markings and features including a triangular ramrod bayonet, implement compartment on the bottom of the buttstock as found on these earlier production guns, and a sling ring at the left of the wrist. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the bottom left of the buttstock. Includes a ball extractor tool in the compartment. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 60% arsenal refinished brown finish with some scattered light pitting. Strong refinished dark blue casehardening on the breech block with some light flash pitting, and clear markings. Stock is also fine as re-oiled with scattered scratches and dents, a chip behind the breech lever plate and a repair ahead of it, a chip at the front left of the trigger guard, and overall defined edges. Mechanically excellent. A scarce Harpers Ferry Model 1836 Hall carbine that would make a fine addition to any U.S. Martial collection.

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