Approximately 10,500 of these "side lever" Hall Model 1843 carbines were manufactured by Simeon North in 1844-1853. The 1st and 2nd U.S. Dragoons were among the units issued these carbines during the Mexican-American War, and more than half are believed to have been rifled for use in the Civil War, making original smoothbore examples like this scarce. Its western heritage certainly adds to its interest. It has a blade front and V notch rear sight. "U.S./S. NORTH/MIDLtn/CONN./1847" marked breech block. "GWH" (George W. Hamlin) inspection initials marked on the left of the breech end of the barrel, boxed script "GWH" inspection cartouche marked on the left stock flat, and oval script "WAT" (William A. Thornton) inspection cartouche marked on the right stock flat. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very fine, retaining 80% plus original brown finish with some light scratches, and some patches of light pitting on the middle of the barrel, and the rear band and sling bar turned bright with some patches of light pitting. 70% plus original case colors with some light freckling. Sharp markings in the metal. Retains 60% plus original fiery niter blue finish on the side lever and spring with some light flaking and smooth brown patina on the balance. Stock is also fine plus with scattered light scratches and dents, defined edges, and crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent. This is an attractive example of an 1847 dated Hall Model 1843 carbine that would make a fine addition to any U.S. Martial collection.
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