CIVIL WAR Carbine by MAYNARD with Original HANGER
Made by Massachusetts Arms Co. in Chicopee!
Here we present an antique Maynard Second Model 1863 Cavalry percussion carbine, made by Massachusetts Arms Co. in Chicopee, Massachusetts, circa 1864. This Civil War carbine was a streamlined and simplified version of the first model, which was equipped with the Maynard Tape Priming System. Some of the first model was purchased in the South prior to the war. An interesting story regarding the Maynard is recorded in Benjamin Botkin’s A Civil War Treasury of Tales, Legends & Folklore, said to be the quote of Private Toby of the 1st Regiment of the Mississippi Army. The tall tale comes from The Intelligencer of Oxford, Mississippi, and at the end, Toby tells his mates “It’s a right big story, boys, but it’s true, sure as shooting. Nothing to do with Maynard rifle but to load her up, turn her North, and pull trigger. If twenty of them don’t clean out all Yankeedom, then I’m a liar, that’s all.”
Known significant issue and use occurred for the North in the 9th & 11th Indiana, as well as the 11th Tennessee. It was generally well-liked, owing to its light weight, handling and simplicity. The lever simply tips the barrel down so that the breech is exposed for loading and unloading. Compared to a percussion muzzle-loader, it was much faster to put fire down range. The left side of the frame is marked “EDWARD MAYNARD/PATENTEE/MAY 27, 1851/DEC. 6, 1859”. The right side is marked “MANUFACTURED BY/MASS. ARMS CO./CHICOPEE FALLS”. The left side of the breech bears U.S. government inspector initials “AJN”.
This one comes with one reloadable piece of brass as well as original hanger hardware that would have been used by cavalrymen to retain their carbines by a leather belt. The brass would have contained the powder and ball and the percussion nipple would still have to be separately primed.
The overall condition is near fine. 75% of the blue finish remains with clear markings. The walnut stock shows clear government inspector cartouches and remains smooth and solid. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The action is excellent.
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Barrel is 20 inches.
Caliber: .50 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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