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Lot 3059: Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Co. Volcanic Carbine

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Company Volcanic Carbine with Scarce 21 Inch Barrel

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $16,000 - $25,000

Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Company Volcanic Carbine with Scarce 21 Inch Barrel

Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co.
Model: Volcanic
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 41 Volcanic
Barrel: 21 inch
Finish: brown/silver
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 56
Class: Antique

This factory engraved Volcanic carbine was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company c. 1857. New Haven Arms lever action carbines with 21 inch barrels are very scarce; experts estimate fewer than 100 21 inch barrel carbines were manufactured between 1857 and 1860. This carbine has a 21 inch, Type II, octagon barrel with partial rib and integral magazine. The barrel has a German sliver, half-moon front sight, rounded T-bar spring and brass, clam-shell shaped follower. The silver-plated brass receiver and crescent buttplate are factory engraved with open style scrollwork with line and dot borders. The receiver has semi-circular cut-outs at either end of the ejection port, dove-tail mounted rear sight with elevation wheel, hammer with hand-cut knurling on the spur and bolt with hook type extractor. The straight grain walnut stock is oil finished. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the New Haven Arms Company legend: "NEWHAVEN CONN. PATENT FEB. 14. 1854" in one line. The serial number is stamped on: (1) the left side of the lower receiver tang beneath the stock, (2) the stock heel beneath the buttplate, (3) inside of the buttplate heel, (4) the shanks of the hand-fitted buttplate screws and (5) the shanks of the tang screws. All of the visible serial numbers match. The barrel and magazine of this carbine were originally browned, and the receiver and buttplate were silver plated. The rear sight, bolt, cartridge elevator and other small parts were fire blue. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrel/magazine is mostly a dark brown patina with sharp edges and clear markings along with traces of light pitting on the magazine and lower edges of the barrel flats. The receiver has been lightly polished but shows minimal handling wear with crisp side plate joints and deep, crisp engraving. Considerable amounts of the delicate silver-plated finish are visible on the protected areas of the receiver and buttplate. Traces of fire blue finish are visible on some of the internal components. The rear sight, hammer, lever and trigger have a brown patina with traces of light pitting. The brass buttplate has an attractive aged patina with crisp engraving on the heel. The stock has been re-varnished and is in good overall condition a few minor, scattered handling marks. This is a solid example of a New Haven Arms Lever Action Carbine with very rare 21 inch barrel that is missing from all but the most advanced collections of Volcanic and Winchester firearms.

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