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Scarce Civil War Remington Small ‘Split Frame’ Carbine .46 Caliber. Very fine example of a scarce Civil War carbine contracted late in the war with 20" round barrel and not delivered until June 1865. 5,000 of these carbines were made, but never issued due to end of hostilities. 3,600 of these guns were shipped to France during the Franco Prussian war and few survived in the original Civil War configuration. Some were shipped to Mexico. I personally witnessed the recovery of one from a Civil War era shipwreck lost in a storm off South Carolina in 1866.

This single shot, breech loader was invented by Joseph Rider and the forerunner of the famous Remington Rolling Block system. During the war, Remington was so busy making pistols & muskets, they gave Samuel Norris exclusive rights to contract the manufacture of these arms with Savage, who produced these.

This example exhibits crisp inspectors cartouches and original finish marked on rear tang "REMINGTONS ILLION N.Y. / PAT. DEC. 23, 1863, MAY 3 & NOV 16 1864".

Very good to fine overall Condition. Metal mostly smooth with mottled patina, some staining and pitting on barrel with traces of finish. Stocks are sound and solid with crisp inspector cartouches. Mechanically fine, crisp bore with light pitting.

Proper in any Civil War carbine collection.

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