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Lot 242: Civil War Merrill Second Type Breech Loading Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Civil War Merrill Second Type Breech Loading Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine

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

Civil War Merrill Second 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
Item Views: 252
Item Interest: Average
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 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 "1863" 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 above an oval script "ZB" (Zadock Butt) inspection cartouche. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with a mix of gray and brown patina on the barrel, breech, and lock, with mostly defined markings in the metal. Stock is very good with numerous scattered pressure dents, some mild scratches, a few chips, and a crisp cartouche. Mechanically excellent.

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