Joslyn "Monkey Tail" Carbine

.54 caliber, 22.5" round barrel, no S/N. 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 upside-down in two lines: A.H. WATERS & CO / MILBURY MASS. Single brass barrel band marked P1. Adjustable folding ladder rear sight, fixed front sight, saddle bar with ring on obverse. Only 1,500 of these scarce and early production Joslyn breechloading percussion carbines were produced ca 1855-1856, with 1,200 going to the US government. The lack of inspection marks and the upside-down lock marking suggest that this is one of the even scarcer commercial carbines that did not see government service.


Very good to fine. Barrel cleaned to bright with a dull pewter patina and scattered age discoloration. Lock with traces of case color and a mottled gray appearance. Breech lever retains traces of case color on the exterior and some vivid color on the interior. Saddle bar plate with some case color as well. Brass with an attractive golden patina. All markings remain crisp and clear. Mechanically functional, fine bore. Stock very good as refinished with a repaired chip at the toe and some added filler at the lower rear of the reverse of the butt. Overall a very crisp example of a scarce carbine.

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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