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Lot 241: Civil War Merrill First Type Breech Loading Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Civil War Merrill First Type Breech Loading Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Civil War Merrill First 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: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 116
Class: Antique

Just under 14,500 Merrill carbines were manufactured in two variations during the Civil War. This example is the first type with patch box and the flat knurled 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." and "3520". The lock plate is marked "J.H.MERRILL BALTO/PAT. JULY. 1858./APL 9. MAY 21-28-61" at the front and serial number "3413" 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

Rating Definition:

Very good plus with a mix of gray and brown patina on the barrel with some patches of moderate pitting, strong traces of casehardened finish concentrated on the breech body, and defined edges and markings in the metal. Stock is fine with attractive raised grain, some scattered dings concentrated on the left side, a few minor chips around the lock, some light handling marks, and defined edges. Mechanically excellent.

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