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W1374...Breechloader, Burnside single shot percussion carbine, 1856 patent date, lever is hinged with guide screw, "5th model", .54cal., (#23701)
Carbine was manufactured by Burnside Rifle Co., Providence, Rhode Island, General Ambrose Burnside, was an official in the company before the war but was not involved in wartime development of the weapon. The Burnside carbine employed an unusual cone shaped metal cartridge for use in a percussion system. Period literature refers to the Model 1863, although none are marked with this date and collectors have referred to the model generally as "5th model", however, that is a collector term of convenience and not a contemporary designation. This model was in the field during the 1864 cavalry campaigns. Serial numbers continued from 4th model to about 40,000 overall, production 1863 or 1864. This model represented only modest improvements over the earlier models, most notably being the placement of a guide screw on the right side in the middle of the receiver, this improvement facilitated smoother operation during loading. The loading lever was hinged starting with the 4th model, however the lever had a tendency to jam if not cleanly released. The addition of the guide screw enabled the hinged receiver to be raised or lowered without catching and jamming. The barrel is stamped "Cast Steel", followed by a date, the date is weak or missing on most, this because the long and narrow stamp had to be centered on a round barrel, apparently most were not centered. Both the 1862 or the 1864 date seem to have been used. Standard features include an iron buttplate, single iron barrel band, saddle riding bar and ring on left side, strap hook on bottom of butt, double hinged iron loading lever also serves as a trigger guard, hinged sight, chamber tapered for unique Burnside metal cartridge with a priming hole in the bottom for percussion. Marks on top of frame "BURNSIDE PATENT / MARCH 25, 1856". Barrel is marked "CAST STEEL (date usually obliterated) ". Lock marked, "BURNSIDE RIFLE CO. / PROVIDENCE = R. I. ". Serial number normally appears three times, on the top of the breech, top of the receiver, and inside (can be viewed by opening the breech). Cartouches in the wood on the left side indicate government inspection, additional inspector marks may be found on other parts. Barrel length 21in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-046, 1856 patent date.

Serial number, 23701, matches three times, on the top of the breech, top of the receiver, and bottom of the barrel. Metal appearance pleasing with with rust and some pitting, metal needs cleaning, maker marks are strong, serial numbers are matching, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, cartouches are present, sight intact, band intact, bar and riding ring intact, strap swivel hook intact, bore is clean, rifling definite, mechanics fully functional.
For Sale ...........$1,300.


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