Wesley Richards Experimental Self-Priming Carbine

.75 caliber, 20" barrel, no S/N. An extremely rare and possibly unique Wesley Richards percussion saddle-ring cavalry carbine with self-capping device attached to barrel. The rarest Wesley Richards percussion gun we have ever cataloged.This short-barreled large bore manual-capping saddle-ring carbine is unique. The Wesley Richards marked lock is of unusual form, as is the hammer. The unique self-contained capper is of brass and steel with a full walnut stock. The hinged butt trap contains two spare cappers and one spare nipple. One of the finest and most unique 19th-century percussion British military type arms we have seen either privately or in institutional collections. 


Lock and hammer retain much original color cased hardening. The round barrel retains nearly all of its glossy Damascus brown finish with some minor staining. The steel parts retain nearly all their glossy brown. The brass marked "Wesley Richards patentee." Saddle-bar retains most of its bright polish. The barrel wedges retain much original niter blue. The stirrup ramrod retains its original bright polish. The breech itself retains much original color cased hardening. The figured walnut stock is essentially as new. The trigger still retains some niter blue.

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
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