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|W1514...Breechloader, Merrill single shot percussion carbine, "First Type", brass patchbox and breech lever secured with rounded latch, .54cal., (#5778)
The Merrill carbine bears a unique breech system with a long lever released by a spring latch, and is percussion primed using a paper cartridge. Manufactured by H. Merrill, Baltimore Maryland. This model with brass patchbox is referred to as "First Type", however this is a collector term of convenience, and not a contemporary designation. Standard features include brass buttplate, brass patch box, brass trigger guard, single brass band, saddle riding ring and bar on the left side, two leaf hinged sight, rifled with three grooves. On early production, the breech latch is rounded. Marks on lock forward of the hammer, "J. H. MERRILL BALTO. / PAT. JULY, 1858 / APL. 9. MAY 21 - 28 - 61", serial number appears on rear of the hammer, and on the breach tang. Breech lever is marked "J. H. MERRILL BALTO. / PAT. JULY, 1858". Additional inspector marks inside the loading lever. Barrel length 22.125in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-075, rounded latch.
Serial number, 5778, appears on rear of the hammer, and on the breach tang. Metal pleasing with grey patina, wood solid dings and scratches, mechanics fully functional, bore rifling strong.