Original U.S. Civil War Contract E.G. Lamson & Co. Ball Patent Repeating Saddle-Ring Carbine c.1865

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Original Item: Only One Available. These are extremely rare, records tell us only 1,002 pieces were manufactured, and all delivered to New York State. Delivery was accepted in May 1865 just after the war. They would have been one of the more advanced weapons of the war had they been introduced earlier. The magazine under the barrel holds seven cartridges, and the action operates somewhat similar to the famous Spencer carbines.

Extremely clear markings on the left side of the receiver read:-


The carbine features a breech side-loading mechanism that consisted of a lever / trigger guard combination that when pushed down, allowed the shooter to inject up to seven brass rimfire cartridges into the tubular magazine within the fore-end. It also has a rather unique "partial breech block" design, where part remains attached to the barrel, and part moves back when cycling. Definitely an interesting and unique action design!

The carbine retains its saddle bar with Ring to the left side and comes complete with ramrod. There is an Inspector's Cartouche on the wood Butt Stock directly behind the action on the left hand side. Stocks are in very nice shape, and the metalwork has a lovely aged patina. The bore shows strong lands and grooves, with oxidation in places, so the bore is only partly bright.

We are told New York State surplussed off the entire 1,002 Carbines in 1902, we think to Bannerman's for the princely sum of 12 CENTS each!!! Very very rare today, our example is in really good condition and is ready to display in any Civil War Collection!


Years of Manufacture: c.1865
Caliber:  .50 cal
Ammunition Type: Rimfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 20 1/2 inches
Overall Length: 37 1/2 inches
Action: Lever Action with Manual Hammer
Feed System: 7 Round Tube Magazine

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