Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1166: Civil War U.S. Burnside Fifth Model Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Fine Civil War U.S. Burnside Fifth Model Breech Loading Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,400 - $2,250

Fine Civil War U.S. Burnside Fifth Model Breech Loading Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Burnside Rifle Co
Model: 5th
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 21 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 398
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 126
Class: Antique

These "Fifth Model" Burnside carbines represent the completion of the evolution of General Ambrose Burnside's ingenious carbine design. Unfortunately for Burnside, he profited little, if at all, from his well-known design because he sold his shares before the company received sizable government contracts. The outbreak of the Civil War led to the purchase of over 50,000 Burnside carbines. They were the third most purchased breech loading carbine during the war, after only the Sharps and the Spencer. This example has standard markings and features. Matching serial number marked on the frame, breech block and underside of the barrel. Two faint boxed script inspection cartouches are visible on the left stock wrist with what appears to be "R.K.W" inspection initials marked underneath the forearm and "N.S.P" inspection initials ahead of the buttplate tang.

Rating Definition:

Very good plus, retains 30% thinning original blue finish on the barrel, 40% plus original nitre blue finish mostly concentrated on the upper and lower tangs, and half of the muted original case colors with scattered light to moderate freckling and brown patina on the balance. The re-oiled wood is fine with defined edges and a few scattered light scuffs and handling marks. Mechanically excellent.

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