Ames U.S. Navy Jenks Carbine

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Ames U.S. Navy Jenks Carbine
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This is an example of a Jenks "Mule Ear'' carbine that was manufactured by N.P. Ames of Springfield, Massachusetts, for the U.S. Navy in 1846. Ames manufactured 4,250 of these distinctive, side-hammer, breech loading carbines between 1843 and 1846. This carbine has the rifled barrel and oval loading aperture found on later production carbines. The carbine has a brown barrel, casehardened lock plate, breechblock and tang and brass barrel bands, trigger guard and buttplate. The stock is black walnut with an oil finish. The front sight is an integral part of the upper barrel band. A sling ring is mounted on the lower tang behind the trigger guard. The carbine has no provision for a ramrod. "W.JENKS" is stamped in small letters on the top of the barrel parallel to the bore. "USN/RC/P/1846" is stamped immediately below the Jenk's marking, in four lines perpendicular to the bore. "N.P. AMES/SPRINGFIELD/MASS" is stamped in three lines on the center of the lock plate and "Wm JENKS" is stamped on the rear of the lock plate.
BBL: 24 inch round
Stock: walnut
Gauge: 54 percussion
Finish: brown
Serial Number: 429
Condition: Fine as partially refinished. The carbine retains 80% of the original brown finish on the barrel. Wear is limited to some minor handling marks on the barrel. There is no flash pitting on the lock plate, hammer and percussion nipple and the carbine appears to be un-fired. The brass furniture has an attractive aged patina. The markings on the barrel and lock plate are crisp. The lightly sanded refinished stock is very good. This is a solid representative example of a U.S. Navy, Jenks "Mule Ear" carbine manufactured by N.P. Ames.