Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1134: Civil War Confederate Morse Breech Loading Carbine

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Desirable and Rare Civil War Confederate Morse Breech Loading Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $12,000 - $18,000

Desirable and Rare Civil War Confederate Morse Breech Loading Carbine

Manufacturer: Morse
Model: Carbine
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 50
Barrel: 20 1/4 inch round
Finish: blue/brass
Stock: hardwood
Item Views: 439
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 112
Class: Antique

Only around 1,000 Morse carbine were manufactured by the State Military Works in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1864 using machinery captured from the U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Most of the Morse carbines were issued to the South Carolina Militia, and limited numbers of the carbines were also issued to other Confederate forces. This rifle has the breech locked by a latch that engages the bolt head. The brass breech plate and bottom of the brass frame are marked "729." The round barrel has dovetailed brass blade front and iron notch sighs. It is mounted with a long butternut forearm with brass forend cap and stock with thick brass buttplate with the rod attachment.

Rating Definition:

Fine with attractively aged patina on the brass which has some voids/casting pits, gray patina and mild pitting on the barrel, and moderate overall wear. The wood is very good with loose fit at and some hairline cracks visible at the junction with the back of the frame, some chips at the top edges of the forearm, general mild scratches and dings, crack in a knot ahead of the toe, and smooth oiled finish. Mechanically fine.

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