Jenks Navy Mule Ear Carbine

.54 caliber, 24.25" round barrel, no S/N. Browned and color case hardened finish, brass furniture, walnut stock. Breech marked Wm Jenks and in four lines: USN / RP / P / 1845. Mule ear lock marked Wm Jenks at tail and in three lines: N.P. AMES / SPRINGFIELD / MASS. Two cartouches on counterpane, a script RP of sub-inspector Richard Paine and the script JL of final inspector Joseph Lanman. Carbine is in the standard "modified" configuration with the oval rather than round loading aperture and a rifled bore. Sling ring remains in tang of triggerguard.


Fine. Barrel retains most of the original lacquer browned finish with the lock retaining most of the original vivid mottling of the case colors. The loading lever retains strong traces of muted case color. Mechanically fine, fine bore with crisp rifling. Brass with an uncleaned patina. Stock crisp with numerous small dings and mars, a 3" diagonal grain crack in the forend near the barrel channel on the obverse, a pin hole in the forend on the reverse with some wood loss, and couple of small areas of wood filler, the largest being a 1" area in the obverse butt.

Estimate: $2,500 - $4,000
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