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|W1517...Breechloader, Smith single shot percussion carbine, cavalry model with saddle bar, "MANUFACTURED BY / AM' N M'CH'N WKS / SPRINGFIELD MASS", address is under the saddle bar, .50cal., (#6596)
Carbine was manufactured by American Machine Works, Springfield, Massachusetts, Poultry and Trimble, Baltimore were selling agents. The Smith carbine utilized a paper or rubber cartridge and employed a unique loading system, the barrel swivels downward like a shotgun upon release by a latch underneath. Developed and marketed early, The Smith carbine was used extensive by Northern cavalry units that enlisted early. Standard features include an iron buttplate, single iron barrel band, saddle riding bar and ring on left side, latch on top of barrel with release on bottom, hinged sight, six lands & grooves. All marks are on the left side in three panels, manufacturer mark, "MANUFACTURED BY / AM' N M'CH'N WKS / SPRINGFIELD MASS", is on the bottom panel under the saddle bar and is difficult to read, selling agent mark, "ADDRESS / POULTNEY & TRIMBLE / BALTIMORE, U.S.A.", appears on rear panel top, and the patent date, "SMITH'S PATENT / JUNE 23, 1857". is vertical on the forward panel. Serial number appears twice on the bottom. Inspector cartouche in wood on left side behind the receiver indicated government inspection, additional inspector markmay be found on the barrel or other parts. Barrel length 21.625in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-085, American Machine Works, Springfield, Massachusetts, cavalry model with saddle bar.
Serial number 6596 appears twice on the bottom. Manufacturer mark is directly under the saddle bar. Metal pleasing with original bluing, wood solid dings and scratches, mechanics fully functional, cartouches visible, bore rifling strong.