.52 caliber. 21" round barrel length. SN: NSN. Post 1848 Hall-North percussion breechloading carbine with notch and blade front sights. Browned metal finish with case hardened finish to breech. Walnut stock has a plain straight grip and forearm with two barrel bands. Item features a thumb operated lever on right side to open breech, with saddle bar and ring to left side, and a bayonet lug to bottom of muzzle. Markings include "STEEL" and "J.H." to top and top left side of barrel behind rear sight. Breech is marked "U.S./S. NORTH/MIDLtn/CONN./1848" to top. Stock appears to have two "U" marks to both left and right side cheek piece cutaways behind breech. Bottom edge of stock appears to have carvings "WJP" partially filled in with a wood fixative. Includes flathead metal ramrod. The rifled bore and enlarged chamber indicate that this is one of the gun from the infamous "Hall Carbine Affair" that eventually lead to General Fremont losing his command.
Good. Bore appears dark and shows oxidation, dust, residue to rifling near muzzle. Browned and case hardened finish have developed an attractive brown patina overall. Metal surfaces also show clusters of light to heavy pitting scattered overall. Markings forward or breech appear are slightly weak, likely due to cleaning. Wood heavily worn and sanded with repaired a crack behind the receiver and wood filler at the rear corners of counterpane and mortise areas. Old initials are carved behind the triggerguard on bottom edge of stock and appear to have been partially filled in with wood filler. Action is functional.
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