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Lot 232: Civil War U.S. Contract Gibbs Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Scarce Civil War U.S. Gibbs Breech Loading Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Lot 232: Civil War U.S. Contract Gibbs Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

Scarce Civil War U.S. Gibbs Breech Loading Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

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Estimated Price: $3,250 - $4,500

Scarce Civil War U.S. Gibbs Breech Loading Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Brooks
Model: Gibbs
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 52
Barrel: 22 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 276
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 196
Class: Antique
Description:

The Gibbs carbine is one of the scarcest and best designed carbines used by Union forces. Only 1,052 Gibbs carbines were manufactured by William F. Brooks of New York City at the Phoenix Armory and delivered to the U.S. government in 1863 due to the factory being burned down during the New York Draft Riots in that same year. Around 500 of these were issued to the 10th Missouri Cavalry and smaller quantities were issued to the 13th and 14th New York Cavalry. "Wm F. BROOKS/MANFr NEW YORK" marked on the lock ahead of the hammer with the patent date marked on top of the breech.

Rating Definition:

Very good, bright gray patina overall with scattered light pitting, traces of original blue finish in protected areas on the barrel, and clear markings and edges in the metal. Modern replacement hammer screw. Stock is also very good as lightly sanded and re-oiled, with a light crack visible on the underbelly, and some light handling marks. Mechanically excellent.



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