This is one of 8,000 Model 1864 Joslyn breech loading carbines purchased by the Ordnance Department from the Joslyn Fire Arms Company of Stonington, Connecticut. The Joslyn was one of the more widely used carbines during the Civil War with effective use by Union cavalry units including the 4th and 8th Indiana, 19th New York, 13th Tennessee, 9th Pennsylvania, 3rd West Virginia, 2nd Wisconsin and 1st Nebraska. Features a blued barrel equipped with a pinched blade front sight and a three folding leaf rear sight, casehardened iron mountings and a one piece straight grip stock with saddle ring and bar on the left side. The lock plate is marked "JOSLYN FIRE ARMS Co./STONINGTON CONN./1864" ahead of the hammer. The rear of the breechblock is marked "B.F. JOSLYNS PATENT/OCT 8 1861 JUNE 24 1862". The matching serial number is located on the top of the breechblock and upper tang. The left stock flat is marked with two boxed script inspection cartouches. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Fine, retaining 70% original blue finish on the barrel with scattered brown patina and light surface pitting on the balance. 20% original case colors on the lock and breech area with scattered gray/brown patina on the balance. Stock is also fine with crisp cartouches, some scattered dents, chips and scratches, a 2 1/4 inch crack ahead of the buttplate tang, an 8 1/2 inch crack on the lower right of the buttstock, and crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent.