|Seller's Location||Grove City, OH|
|Shipping Weight||8 lbs|
|Packing and Materials||$30.00|
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|Next minimum bid||$700.00|
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|ESTIMATED RETAIL VALUE:||$1,000.00|
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This large bore percussion carbine is one of the most distinctive arms imported for use in the Civil War. These Austrian Model 1851 carbines were originally made with the distinctive Austrian tubelock ignition system, but when sold by Austria as surplus, they were modified to percussion ignition and sold to American buyers at the start of the War, both North and South.
This does have the oval Liege Belgium proof mark on top of the barrel, as well as two Gothic style letters which I think is the makers mark “FF” of the Austrian firm of Ferdinand Furnwirth. It measures 30 inches overall length with a 14.5 inch barrel. Long thought to be imported by only the North during the Civil War, recent scholarship has shown that these were imported by the Confederate government as well.
Vol. 35 No. 4 2011 of the North South Trader’s Civil War had a lengthy cover story article on these distinctive carbines by Russ Pritchard and Tim Prince which gives a good summary of what is known of these arms, including recent discoveries showing they were shipped to the confederacy during the War.
The wood is solid with the usual stress cracks, but is not missing any pieces. These were not fitted for ramrods when first made; the Austrian cavalrymen had their ram rods attached to their leather gear. About half were drilled for ramrods when converted for import to the US and half were not; the screw holding the band to the barrel was in the way of the usual location, and my carbine solved this problem by having the ramrod channel drilled behind the band.
The lock work just as it should and the nipple is clear. This still has the distinctive double ring on the sling bar, and both front and rear sights are still present and untouched. There is no rifling in the bore of this carbine. These guns were third class weapons, issued to Western troops by the Federal army, and one common complaint was that the ammunition issued for them was too small a diameter. Boring this out to a smoothbore made it into a short barrel shotgun, a type of weapon especially appreciated by Confederate cavalrymen.
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