CIVIL WAR Antique Merrill CAVALRY Saddle Ring Carbine
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Category: Civil War Carbines - Military Rifles - Antique
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CIVIL WAR Antique Merrill CAVALRY SR Carbine
First Type Merrill Saddle Ring Carbine
Here we present an antique Merrill First Type Saddle Ring Cavalry Carbine, made circa 1863 in Baltimore, Maryland. These were made by the company of H. Merrill in Baltimore, Maryland (a very divided city leading up to the war), with a total production of 14,500. These carbines are known to have been allocated to the following Union cavalry regiments: NY 1st, 5th and 18th; Pennsylvania 11th, 17th, and 18th; NJ 1st; Indiana 7th; Wisconsin 1st and 3rd; Kentucky 27th; and finally the Delaware 1st. They are also known to have been used by Confederates as they were available before the war or as they would capture them. Confederate ammunition for these were made at the Richmond Laboratory on Brown’s Island in Virginia. It is telling about how many of the carbines the South may have fielded to justify a significant operation making ammunition at the lab.
As an interesting side-note, the Confederate States Richmond Laboratory was the site of the worst home-front disaster in Richmond for the entire war when careless handling of percussion caps caused the several hundred thousand percussion primers, cannon friction primers and 10 lbs. of gun powder to explode, killing at least 44 and seriously injuring 25 more in the small building.
The top of the latch is marked “J.H. MERRILL BALTO./PAT. JULY.1858”. The lock is marked “J.H. MERRILL BALTO./PAT. JULY.1858” on top of “APL 9 MAY 21-28-61”.
The overall condition is very good. The iron and brass parts have a aged patina. The markings are clear. The walnut stock is smooth and solid with the handling marks you would expect. There is a repair from the back of the lock and around the receiver tang. The .58 caliber bore is smooth and clean. The action is strong. Here is a great example of a Civil War cavalry carbine!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .58 percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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