Confederate single shot (Richmond) carbine

Object Number: 
X.146
Date: 
1860-1865
Medium: 
Wood, steel, iron, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 41 in. ( 104.1 cm ) Part (barrel): 25 1/8 in. (63.8 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: center lockplate: "C.S./RICHMOND, VA."; tail: "1863" (probably a Confederate-manufactured lockplate) stamped: barrel: "V/P/eagle head" (barrel proofs used at Federal armories at Springfield, MA and Harpers Ferry, VA); "1863" stamped: bands: "U"
Description: 
Wood, iron, steel, and brass percussion carbine; iron furniture except for brass nosecap and buttplate; rifle or rifle-musket barrel with two barrel bands and rear sight; sling swivels affixed to butt, forward band, and trigger bow; stamped marks at center and tail of lockplate and barrel bands; stamped proofs at breech end of barrel.
Gallery Label: 
The combination of Union proofs on the barrel and what appears to be a Confederate-made lockplate suggest that this carbine was rebuilt in Richmond, Virginia from a combination of captured and locally-made parts. The barrel was originally intended for use with a musket or rifle musket, but has been cut to fit a carbine stock. Firearms expert William L. Brown questioned whether the carbine parts would have been stolen and reassembled in the same year, and said the gun may be a fake.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group