Joslyn M1855 "Monkey Tail" Carbine

.54 caliber, 22.5" round barrel, S/N 339. Blued and case hardened finish, brass triggerguard, buttplate and barrel band. Breech lever marked in three lines: PATD BY /B.F. JOSLYN / AUG. 23, 1855. Lock marked in in two lines: A.H. WATERS & CO / MILBURY MASS. Single brass barrel band marked X5, breech block marked with assembly mark J3 on the side, under the serial number. Adjustable folding ladder rear sight, fixed front sight, saddle bar with ring on obverse. Only 1,500 of these scarce and early production M1855 Joslyn breechloading percussion carbines were produced ca 1855-1856, with 1,200 going to the US government.


Very Good+. Barrel with a thinly oxidized plum brown patina over mostly gray metal. Lock and breech with traces of case coloring. Metal is mostly smooth with some scattered light surface oxidation and minor pinpricking, with some more moderate oxidized discoloration on the lock and hammer. All markings in metal are crisp and clear. Bore is fine and mostly bright, action is mechanically functional. Brass with an uncleaned mustard patina. Trigger guard tang with a cross lightly scratched into it. Stock lightly sanded with some scattered dings and mars, solid and free of any breaks or repairs. A tight surface grain crack, about 3.5" long, runs from the rear of the lock mortise to the tail of the action. This is solid, barely visible and does not appear to be structural. Some minor chipping is present around the tail of the lock mortise. A weak cartouche is present on the counterpane above the sling bar but is illegible, weak initials are present on the reverse of the butt.

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
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