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Lot 3160: Civil War U.S. Burnside Breech Loading Carbine

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: May 21, 2023

Lot 3160: Civil War U.S. Burnside Breech Loading Carbine

Auction Location: Rock Island, IL

Auction Date: May 21, 2023

Estimated Price: $6,500 - $9,500
Price Realized:

Outstanding Civil War U.S. Burnside Breech Loading Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Burnside Rifle Co
Model: 5th
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 21 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 580
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 129
Class: Antique
Description:

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 the standard markings and features. Matching serial numbers on the frame and breech block. Two crisp boxed script inspection cartouches stamped on the left wrist of the stock including "R.K.W" and "EPR", and "N.S.P" inspection initials on bottom of the forearm and ahead of the buttplate tang.

Rating Definition:

Excellent plus, nearly as issued, retaining 97% plus original blue finish on the barrel, 95% plus vibrant original case colors on the frame, hammer, lever latch and buttplate, 99% bright original niter blue finish on the upper tang and breech block, 80% plus bright original niter blue finish on the lever, and 40% plus original niter blue finish on the lower tang. Wood is also excellent with attractive original raised grains and rich oil finish, some light handling marks, a minor small chip on the left front of the forend, distinct edges, and exceptionally crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent. This absolutely stunning Civil War Burnside carbine appears to have seen little, if any, use at all and would make an excellent addition to any U.S. martial collection!



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