.50” Smiths U. S. Civil War Patent Capping Breech Loading Carbine
Octagonal to round barrel, elevating sight, breech stamped “Address Poultney & Trimble/Baltimore, USA/ Smiths Patent /June 23 1857”.
Two piece iron mounted walnut stock.
This carbine was the invention of Gilbert Smith a physician of Buttermilk Falls, New York. He received 3 patents covering his design the first of which was granted in 1855. To operate, the brass lifter in front of the trigger is pressed upwards, rising the long spring locking catch and allowing the carbine to break open in a folding motion. This exposes the chamber for inserting the special Smiths patent rubber cartridge, although another cartridge of foil and paper was also used.
The commission agents for the Smith carbine were the firm of Poultney & Trimble who at the time were the largest importers of arms into the USA. Manufacture was under contract to American Arms Co.
A very nice example with a mint bore.
From an American collection
No licence required in the UK
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