Exceptional Civil War U.S. Contract Palmer Bolt-Action Carbine

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Exceptional Civil War U.S. Contract Palmer Bolt-Action Carbine
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Estimate: $7500 - 12000
Manufacturer: Palmer Model: 1865
This is an extraordinary example of a Palmer Carbine that was manufactured by E.G. Lamson and Co., of Windsor, Vermont, c. 1865 as part of a 1001 gun contract with the Ordnance Department. The Palmer carbine was the first bolt-action, metallic cartridge firearm purchased by the Ordnance Department. The first Palmer carbines were delivered to the Ordnance Department in June 1865 after the end of the Civil War and were never issued. The carbine has a bolt with short handle at the rear of the breech and a side lock with manually cocked hammer the directly strikes the exposed cartridge rim. The round barrel has a iron half-moon front sight and two-leaf, folding rear sight with three apertures graduated to 500 yards. A sling bar and ring are attached to the left stock flat. The carbine has a military blue barrel and receiver, bright bolt and color casehardened barrel band, hammer, lock plate, bolt handle, trigger guard and buttplate. The stock is oil-finished black walnut. The lock plate is dated "1865" behind the hammer and roll-stamped: "U.S./E.G. LAMSON & Co./WINDSOR .VT." in three lines in front of it. "Wm PALMER/PATENT/DEC. 22 1863" is roll-stamped on the top of the receiver. A "MM" ordnance sub-inspection mark is stamped on the left side of the barrel below the rear sight. Small, single letter, sub-inspection marks are stamped on most components. The Ordnance final inspection mark (the script initials "MM" with an oval border) is stamped on the left stock flat.
BBL: 20 Inch
Stock: walnut
Gauge: 50 rimfire
Finish: blue/case-hardened
Serial Number: NSN
Near new as issued. The carbine is unfired and retains at least 99% of the bright original blue and casehardened finish. The case colors are vivid. The bolt is bright. The lock screws have nearly all of the niter blue finish intact. The markings on the barrel, receiver and other components are crisp. The stock is in near mint condition with a perfect Ordnance final inspection mark and extremely sharp edges surrounding the lock plate, left flat and barrel channel. Wear is limited to several very minor storage marks. This is a nearly new example of a very scarce Civil War bolt action Palmer carbine.