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Early Smith Carbine – Civil War Poultney & Trimble

This Smith carbine was manufactured very early in its production history as evidenced by the serial number (319). That, and the absence of inspector cartouches (the stocks have not been sanded) indicate that this is one of the very few examples that were not purchased by the government – quite a rarity and probably sold by the famous Civil War military outfitters Schuyler, Hartley & Graham. The 21-5/8” barrel is a uniform dark brown patina with some scattered patches of old oxidation while the receiver retains about 30% case colors with some brown and gray patina blended in. The guard and guard tang have about 10% blue remaining. The stocks are completely sound and stand proud to the metal with zero evidence of sanding or refinishing and have a little less than the usual amount of handling marks. The mating surfaces of the frame retain about 90% strong case color and while there’s some dried grease on the mating cone surfaces, there’s no rust or pitting of any kind (looks almost unfired). The bore is almost like new, smooth and mirror shiny with strong, sharp rifling and only about 2% very lightly pitted in a couple of places (antique extraordinary). Markings are: MANUFACTURED BY / AM’N M’CH’N WKS / SPRINGFIELD MASS and ADDRESS / POULTNEY & TRIMBLE / BALTIMORE, U.S.A. / SMITH’S PATENT / JUNE 23, 1857. A rare, 3 digit serial example of a significant arm of the northern cavalry during the War of Southern Independence. If you have questions please email us at This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of July 23rd. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 07-15-18A--18-30-06