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Lot 5: New Haven Arms Volcanic Carbine with 25 Inch Barrel

Auction Date: May 13, 2022

Extremely Rare Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Volcanic Lever Action Carbine with Desirable/Scarce 25 Inch Barrel

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $22,500 - $35,000

Extremely Rare Factory Engraved New Haven Arms Volcanic Lever Action Carbine with Desirable/Scarce 25 Inch Barrel

Manufacturer: New Haven Arms Co.
Model: Volcanic
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 41 Volcanic
Barrel: 25 inch
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Catalog Page: 10
Class: Antique

This Volcanic lever action carbine was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co., c. 1858-59. The carbine has the extremely rare, 25-inch barrel with integral 30-shot magazine. Reportedly, twenty carbines with 25-inch barrels have been identified by collectors (these are sought after due to compatibility on rifle rack with Henry rifles). The carbine has the distinctive brass receiver and crescent buttplate with standard factory scroll and leaf engraving and extra cost silver-plated finish. The barrel/magazine was originally blued and the straight grain walnut stock has a high polish piano finish. The top barrel flat is stamped with the New Haven Arms Company markings: "NEWHAVEN CONN. PATENT FEB. 14.1854" in one line. The serial number is stamped on the lower left side of the receiver tang, on the stock comb beneath the buttplate, on the inside of the buttplate heel and on the shanks of both hand-fitted buttplate screws. All of the visible serial numbers match. The Type III barrel has a nickel-silver front sight, rounded T-bar spring and small brass magazine follower. The receiver has oval cut-outs on the front and back end of the ejection port and is fitted with a dove-tail mounted rear sight with elevation wheel absent. The bolt has a single hook extractor. The hammer has a hand-knurled spur. The top of the receiver and tang, the receiver sides, sideplates, and buttplate heel are decorated with open scroll and leaf factory engraving with dash borders, which was standard on New Haven Arms lever action carbines. The engraving is simple but well executed.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The blue finish on the barrel/magazine has aged to a mottled brown patina. The metal surfaces on the barrel and magazine are generally smooth with a few scattered traces of very light pitting. The barrel edges show light-moderate handling wear. The New Haven Arms Company legend is sharp. The brass receiver and buttplate are in good-very good condition with crisp engraving, tight sideplate joints and minimal handling wear. Traces of the delicate silver-plated finish are visible on protected areas of the tang beneath the stock. The brass receiver and buttplate have a good-looking, untouched, aged patina. The modern replacement rear sight (absent elevation knob), hammer, trigger and lever have a brown patina. The bottom of the lever has some small spots of pitting. The refinished stock is in fine condition and retains most of the high polish piano finish. This is a solid representative example of a historically significant New Haven Arms Company Volcanic lever action carbine with desirable 25 inch barrel.

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