Merrill Carbine, Second Type
Wood, iron, steel, brass
Overall: 37 in. ( 94 cm ) Part (barrel): 22 1/8 in. (56.2 cm)
stamped: center lockplate: "J.H. MERRILL BALTO./PAT. JULY 1858/APL 9 MAY 21-28 61"; with eagle mark also in center; "B" (probably gov't nspector mark); tail: "1863" stamped: breech lever: "J.H. MERRILL BALTO./PAT. JULY 1858"; and "14548" stamped: breech
Wood, iron, steel, and brass percussion carbine; brass furniture; stamped marks forward of hammer and at tail of lockplate, barrel tang, trigger guard, rear sight, tang of buttplate, and breech lever; stamped proofs at breech end of barrel; stamped cartouche on left side of stock.
Many Merrill carbines were manufactured under federal Civil War military contracts, and were used by Union cavalry units that included the 1st, 5th, and 18th New York cavalry regiments.
Gift of Charles MacCauley
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