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Merrill Carbine, Second Type

Object Number: 
1922.130
Date: 
1863
Medium: 
Wood, iron, steel, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 37 in. ( 94 cm ) Part (barrel): 22 1/8 in. (56.2 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: center lockplate: "J.H. MERRILL BALTO./PAT. JULY 1858/APL 9 MAY 21-28 61"; with eagle mark also in center; "B" (probably gov't nspector mark); tail: "1863" stamped: breech lever: "J.H. MERRILL BALTO./PAT. JULY 1858"; and "14548" stamped: breech
Description: 
Wood, iron, steel, and brass percussion carbine; brass furniture; stamped marks forward of hammer and at tail of lockplate, barrel tang, trigger guard, rear sight, tang of buttplate, and breech lever; stamped proofs at breech end of barrel; stamped cartouche on left side of stock.
Gallery Label: 
Many Merrill carbines were manufactured under federal Civil War military contracts, and were used by Union cavalry units that included the 1st, 5th, and 18th New York cavalry regiments.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Charles MacCauley
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group