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Original U.S. Civil War J.H. Merrill M1858 2nd Model Saddle Ring Carbine Serial 14887 - dated 1863

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice single shot percussion breech loading Civil War Saddle Ring Carbine. 14,500 were made by J.H. Merrill of Baltimore for the Union Cavalry, mostly between 1863 and 1865. 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 were however available before the war started, so the Confederate forces also had some, and also would capture them when possible. The breech loading design is somewhat unique: a breech loading percussion system with a large breech lever / loading rammer. Percussion cartridges were loaded, pushed forward into the breech by the rammer, and then ignited by a percussion cap.

This fine example bears serial number 14887 on the lock and the breech lever, and is very good used condition. The lock plate still has the original markings, though they are partly worn away due to pitting.

PAT JULY 1858,
APL. 9. MAY 21-28-61

The top of the breech lever also still has a partial two line patent marking

PAT. JULY 1858

The lock plate does not have the serial number on the tail, but does have a date of 1863. There is also assembly number 27 stamped onto many of the metal components.

The metal components still show some of the original finish, with the rest faded to a worn blued patina. There are also areas of light peppering and past pitting but the carbine is complete, and still retains the rear sight, with all three leaves. The bore is unfortunately quite dark, and this carbine seems to have seen extensive use, so the rifling is barely visible. The action still opens correctly, and locks into place, and the lock is functional, though as with any item of this age it can be finicky.

The saddle ring bar is still attached, with one ring. The stock does show numerous dents and dings from years of service, but it has a lovely color. There is a crack on the left side of the stock around the receiver, which was arsenal repaired at some point.

This is a very nice example of a rare and historical civil war carbine, and would be a great addition to any collection.


Year of Manufacture: 1863
Caliber:  .54
Ammunition Type: Percussion Cartridge
Barrel Length: 21 inches
Overall Length: 37 inches
Action: Breech Rammer with Manual Percussion Hammer
Feed System: Single Shot

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