.52 smoothbore, 24.25" round barrel, no S/N. Tinned finish, including brass furniture, case hardened lever, blued screws, walnut stock. Top of breech weakly marked Wm JENKS and clearly in four lines: USR / JCB / P / 1844. Mule ear lock marked in three lines: N.P. AMES / SPRINGFIELD / MASS. The carbine is one of the very scarce US Revenue Cutter Service (predecessor to the Coast Guard) purchased guns, with appropriate markings. It conforms to the known examples in that it remains in its original smoothbore configuration with a round loading hole aperture and without a sling ring in the triggerguard tang. The applied tin finish appears to be completely period and original, and is occasionally found as an experimental protective finish on US Navy arms from the mid-19th century. This is an extremely rare gun, in a particularly nice state of preservation.
Fine. Retains most of the period applied tinned finish, with some thinning, light wear and loss especially along the high edges and contact points. The areas where the tin has thinned have developed a lightly oxidized brown patina. Mechanically functional, good bore is mostly bright with some scattered pitting and a couple or larger, more moderate spots of pitting. Stock fine and crisp with some light handling marks and a couple of larger impact marks on the counterpane, and a 3" grain crack running from the barrel channel along the action towards the wrist on the reverse. Really a lovely and very scarce gun that is missing from most advanced US Navy and Coast Guard collections.
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