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Lot 1157: Mass Arms Co. British Contract Greene Breech Loading Carbine

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Fine Massachusetts Arms Co. British Contract Greene Patent Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Fine Massachusetts Arms Co. British Contract Greene Patent Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Manufacturer: Massachusetts Arms Co
Model: Greene
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 577
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 255
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 125
Class: Antique
Description:

One of approximately 2,000 manufactured circa 1855-1857 on contract with the British for use in the Crimean War. All but a few hundred were reportedly scrapped for parts later, with few seeing military service. They differ from the American type in the larger caliber, the use of Queen Victoria's "St. Edward's Crown/VxR" cipher on the lock, British proofmarks, shorter barrel, hexadecagonal section ahead of the rear sight, sling ring on the lower tang, and a steel buttplate and patch box instead of brass. Blade front and folding ladder rear sights. British sold out of service mark on the barrel. British proofs stamped in the stock behind the lower tang.

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 60% plus original blue finish with scattered light flaking and smooth brown patina on the balance. 30% vivid original case colors remain with scattered light to moderate freckling, and some light pitting concentrated on the patchbox and buttplate. Sharp markings and edges exhibited in the metal surfaces. Stock is very fine as re-oiled with defined edges, scattered pressure dents and handling marks, and crisp proof stampings. Mechanically excellent.



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