Reportedly 30,362 Smith carbines were purchased by the U.S. Government throughout the Civil War. Some of these carbines were issued to the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry, who served as part of George Armstrong Custer's 3rd Division and played a pivotal role in the Battle of Moorefield in 1864. Blade front and ladder rear sights. A sling bar and ring are mounted on the left of the receiver. Small single letter inspection marks on various components, small "JH" inspection initials on the left barrel flat at the breech and on top of the stock ahead of the buttplate tang, and a circled script "JH" inspection cartouche on the left stock wrist. Provenance: The David Aroh Collection; The Ron Bucholtz Collection
Excellent, retains 98% original blue finish on the barrel with some light thinning and a few very small spots of light surface corrosion, 97% plus vivid original case colors on the frame and hammer, 90% plus original bright nitre blue finish overall, strongest on the rear sight, breech latch, stock junction and lower tang, with some light flaking and smooth brown patina visible on the barrel band and trigger guard, and a patch of light surface corrosion at the top edge of the buttplate with 85% original blue finish remaining on these parts. Markings and edges in the metal remain sharp overall. Wood is also excellent with attractive original raised grains and rich oil finish, a few minor chips at the toe, a few minor dings, defined edges and an exceptionally crisp cartouche. Mechanically excellent. This excellent example of an American Machine Works Smith carbine would make a fine addition to any Civil War or U.S. Martial collection!
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