Total production of type I and II Merrill carbines by James H. Merrill of Baltimore, Maryland, was just under 14,500, and nearly all were issued to Union cavalry units including several from New York and Pennsylvania. Merrill was in Washington, D.C. in 1816 and initially worked with his brother William as a gunsmith in Baltimore in the 1840s. His first breech loading design was patented in 1856. Features include a blade front and notch rear sight with two folding leaves marked for 300 and 500 yards, sling bar and ring attached to the brass side plate on the left stock flat and a brass patchbox and furniture. Matching serial numbers marked on the breech lever and tail of the lock. Carved design on patchbox door. Includes U shaped combination tool in patchbox.
Very good, exhibiting smooth gray and brown patina with some scattered patches of light pitting, and sharp markings in the metal. Brass retains an attractive golden aged patina, with carving on patchbox as mentioned above. Stock is also very good as lightly sanded and re-oiled with lightly visible inspector marks on the comb ahead of the saddle ring bar, scattered dents and scratches, a few filled in repairs at the edges and some chips above the front area of the lock. Mechanically excellent.
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