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Lot 222: Civil War Dwight, Chapin & Company Ballard Single Shot Carbine

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Scarce Civil War Dwight, Chapin & Company Ballard Single Shot Carbine

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

Scarce Civil War Dwight, Chapin & Company Ballard Single Shot Carbine

Manufacturer: Chapin
Model: Ballard
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 56-56
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 376
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 107
Class: Antique

Only 115 carbines were completed and delivered by Dwight, Chapin & Co. by September 1863 under a 2,000 gun (split evenly between rifles and carbines) sub-contract with Merwin & Bray for the U.S. Government. The company went into bankruptcy, and the parts and completed guns on hand were acquired by Merwin & Bray who sent them to Ball & Williams to complete. This carbine falls within the Dwight, Chapin & Co. 1-115 range and the faint Dwight, Chapin & Co. address is visible on the left side of the frame with the serial number "46" below it. The right side has the faint standard Ballard patent marking. It also features a blade front sight, notch and folding leaf rear sight, manual extractor, E.M. Dustin's small "D" inspection markings on several components, and "46" faintly on the bottom of the receiver ahead of the lever. Discreet "GDM" George D. Moller collection mark in the toe of the stock and "79" is on a brass collection tag mounted on the left of the heel and red paint on the right. With leather sling and wood tampion. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good, retains 50% plus of the period arsenal style refinished blue with the balance having thinned to a smooth grey-brown patina and softened markings. The lightly sanded and re-oiled wood is also good with a crack in the right of the stock starting at the upper tang and otherwise some scattered dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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