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  LOT 308
Scarce E.G. Lamson & Co. Palmer Saddle Ring Carbine - Serial no. 366, 50 RF cal., 20 inch round bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut stock. The Palmer carbine holds the distinction of being the first metallic cartridge bolt action firearm ever adopted
 LOT 309
Exceptional Civil War U.S. Burnside Fifth Model Breech Loading Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine - Serial no. 11998, 54 cal., 21 inch round bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut stock. 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 share
   by the U.S. Army and among the first bolt action firearms accepted by any military. Adding to the Palmer’s value is the fact that only 1,001 of these carbines are estimated to have
been manufactured, all in 1865 on contract for the Union Army. They were delivered to late too see action in the Civil War but would have undoubtedly been very popular compared to many of the other single shot carbine
designs used during the war. It features a blade front sight, notch and folding leaf rear sight with 300 yard peep, “U.S./E.G. LAMSON & CO./WINDSOR VT” and “1865” on the lock, “366” two the left of the chamber, multiple “MM” inspector markings including a cartouche on the left stock flat, a saddle ring and bar above the trigger on the left, and “P” marked buttplate. CONDITION: Excellent, as-issued. 98% of the original brown finish remains on the barrel. 98% plus of the original vibrant case colors remain
on the lock and hammer, and the other casehardened parts retain strong original finish and have more subtle colors. Even the screws retain most of the original niter blue and straw colors. There are a few light marks and a few faint pits. The stock is very fine as expertly repaired and refinished and has very faint evidence of a prior crack in the wrist extending back from the tail of the lock, distinct cartouche and other markings, and some minor dings and scratches from storage. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000
s 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. Matching serial numbers on the frame and breech block. Two crisp boxed script inspection
cartouches stamped on the left wrist of the stock and small “J.M.W” inspection initials on bottom of the forearm and “J.H.” ahead of the buttplate tang. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, retains 90% plus original blue finish on the barrel with some corrosion visible around the muzzle, 90% plus vibrant original case colors on the frame, hammer, lever latch and buttplate, 97% bright original niter blue finish on the upper tang and breech block, and 85% plus bright original niter blue finish on the lever and lower tang, with a few scattered areas of freckling. The wood is very fine with attractive original raised grain and rich oil finish, a few dents and handling marks, distinct edges, and exceptionally crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent. This Civil War Burnside carbine appears to have seen little, if any, use at all and would make a fine addition to any Civil War firearms collection! Estimate: 3,000 - 4,500
LOT 310
Fine Civil War American Machine Works Smith Breech Loading Percussion Carbine - Serial no. 10778, 50 percussion cal., 21 5/8 inch part octagon bbl., casehardened/blue finish, walnut stock. Approximately 30,000 were manufactured by the American Machine Works in Massachusetts from 1861 to 1865. Some of these carbines were issued to the 11th Illinois Cavalry who saw considerable action at the Battle of Shiloh, arriving at Pittsburg Landing five days before the battle started. This carbine is in very fine condition with standard
markings and features including “JH” cartouche on the left of the stock. CONDITION: Fine overall, retains 50% plus original blue finish and strong case colors in sheltered areas with the balance a smooth grey patina. The otherwise fine wood has some scattered minor dings, some chipping near the buttplate, and a crisp cartouche. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000

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