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One of only 500 First Type Lindner Patent carbines delivered to the U.S. Government.
 LOT 1174
Exceptional Civil War Lindner’s Patent First Type U.S. Martially Inspected Breech Loading
Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine - NSN, 58 cal., 20 inch round bbl., bright finish, walnut stock. Designed by Edward Lindner of Manchester, New
Hampshire and manufactured by Amoskeag Manufacturing company. Only 500 of these First Type American carbines are reported to have been
delivered on U.S. Government contract in January of 1863, and 297 of them are reported to have been issued over three months later to the 8th West
Virginia Mounted Infantry, who used them in skirmishes against Confederate forces between August through November of 1863. Fixed blade front sight and flip-up two-leaf rear sight
with the lock, trigger guard, buttplate, and stock all resembling the pattern found on the U.S. Special Model 1861 Rifle-Musket then in production by Amoskeag. The breech block is marked on
top “EDWARD LINDNER’S/PATENT,/MARCH 29, 1859.” in reference to U.S. patent number 23,378. “GKJ” (George K. Jacobs) inspection initials marked on the left stock flat and an oval script “AMC” inspection
cartouche marked ahead of the buttplate. “GDM” (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Detailed information about these First Type U.S. Lindner carbines can be found in the book
“Lindner Carbines and Rifles” by Edward A. Hull on pages 88-95.
CONDITION: Very fine, retaining bright surfaces with sharp edges on the metal, sharp markings on the breech piece, and some scattered areas of light freckling. Stock is fine with some light handling marks and dents, an indent from the saddle ring on the left flat above a mild chip, and a long crack visible ahead of the lock. Mechanically excellent. This is an exceptional example of a hard to find First Type U.S. Lindner Carbine!
Provenance: The George Moller Collection.
Estimate: 4,500 - 7,000
 inspection mark “L.F.R.” The left side of the stock wrist has two Ordnance inspection marks that consist of the script initials “GR” in a rectangle and the script initials “JH” in an oval. Approximately 30,000 Smith Carbines were manufactured and are one of the most important Civil War carbines.
CONDITION: Excellent. The carbine is all original and retains 90% plus of the original blue and color casehardened finish. The barrel has nearly all of the military blue finish. The trigger guard and barrel latch have about 85% of the high polish blue finish. The receiver retains approximately 95% of the color casehardened finish with strong case colors. The case colors on the barrel band, hammer and buttplate have faded to an even brown patina. The percussion nipple, hammer and interior and exterior of the breechblock have no flash pitting, and the carbine appears to be un-fired. The stock and forearm are in excellent overall condition with scattered light, handling and storage marks. The underside of the stock has a series of small chips and a large pressure dent near the toe. The Ordnance sub-inspection and final inspection marks on the left stock wrist are very crisp. This is an excellent example of an important Civil War Federal cavalry carbine.
Estimate: 3,750 - 4,500
 LOT 1175
Outstanding Civil War Smith Breech
Loading Carbine - Serial no. 11105, 50 percussion cal., 21 5/8
inch part octagon bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut stock.
Manufactured from 1861 to 1865. The carbine has a military blue barrel. The breech latch, trigger
guard and lower tang have a high polish blue finish. The barrel band, hammer, receiver and buttplate are
color casehardened. The stock and forearm are oil finished black walnut. Dovetail mounted front sight with nickel
silver blade and a folding leaf rear sight. A sling bar and ring are mounted on the left side of the receiver. The left side of
the receiver has the American Machine Works markings below the sling bar and the Poultney & Trimble markings above it. The
1857 patent markings are stamped on the left side of the receiver. The serial number “11105” is stamped on the bottom of the barrel
lug. The partial serial number “105” is stamped on the left side of the receiver lug, and “11” is stamped on the right side. The left barrel flat has the Ordnance sub-

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