Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3303: Whitney-Howard Thunderbolt Lever Action Single Shot Carbine

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $850 - $1,300

Whitney-Howard Thunderbolt Lever Action Single Shot Carbine

Manufacturer: Whitney Arms Company
Model: Howard-Carbine
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 RF
Barrel: 18 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 209
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 167
Class: Antique

This Whitney-Howard hammerless single shot breech loading carbine is also known as the Howard Thunderbolt. It is estimated that less than 2,000 Whitney-Howard rifles, carbines, and shotguns were manufactured in total between 1866-1870, with this example included as one of only less than an estimated 200 carbines manufactured. The serial number is marked on the left side of the lever link. The left side rear of the barrel is marked "CHARLES HOWARD'S PATENTS.OF-SEPT.26.-AND-OCT.10.1865.-AND-MAY.15.1866" and the right side is marked "WHITNEY-ARMS-CO.-WHITNEYVILLE-CONN." Features a dovetailed fixed brass blade front sight and dovetailed fixed notch rear sight, and a walnut straight grip stock with an iron crescent buttplate. According to the consignor, this is one of six known carbines extant. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with smooth gray and brown patina overall and nice markings in the metal. Stock is good with numerous scattered scratches and dents. Mechanically excellent.

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