The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway
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Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

relicman.com.


Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
Merrill carbines and rifles.

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.  All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use.  These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever!  Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.



Single shot percussion carbine, Merrill "First Type", .54 cal.
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.  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.  Marks on lock forward of the hammer, "J. H. MERRILL BALTO. / PAT. JULY, 1858 /  APL. 9. MAY 21 - 28 - 61", serial number rear of the hammer, "6602".   Serial number also appears 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.

W1100     Single shot percussion carbine, Merrill "First Type", .54 cal. (#6091)
 

W0996     Single shot percussion carbine, Merrill "First Type", .54 cal.  (#6602)
 

W0664     Single shot percussion carbine, Merrill "First Type", .54 cal.  (#10132)
 


Single shot percussion breech-loading rifle, Merrill, .54 cal.
The Merrill breech-loaders 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.  Standard features include brass buttplate, brass patch box, brass trigger guard, two brass bands, brass nose cap, two strap hooks on trigger guard and forward band, two leaf hinged sight, equipped with ramrod used for cleaning only, lug on nose for saber bayonet, rifled with three grooves.  This rifle, numbering about 770,  was made contemporary with the "first" type carbine.  Marks on lock forward of the hammer, "J. H. MERRILL BALTO. / PAT. JULY, 1858 /  APL. 9. MAY 21 - 28 - 61", serial number rear of the hammer.   Serial number also appears on the breach tang.  Breech lever is marked "J. H. MERRILL BALTO.  / PAT. JULY, 1858".  Additional inspector marks inside the loading lever.  Barrel length 33in.
Ref:  Flayderman 9B-077.

W0869     Single shot percussion breech-loading rifle, Merrill, .54 cal. (#6522)
 


Single shot percussion carbine, Merrill "Second Type", .54 cal.
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.  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.  The patch box utilized on the first model was eliminated on the "second" type.  Marks on lock forward of the hammer, "J. H. MERRILL BALTO. / PAT. JULY, 1858 /  APL. 9. MAY 21 - 28 - 61", serial number rear of the hammer, "6602".   Serial number also appears 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-076.


W1223     Single shot percussion carbine, Merrill "Second Type", .54 cal., (#12155)