A breech loading brass frame .54 cal. single shot percussion carbine
with an upward tilting iron breechblock with steel lever/trigger guard. 22-1/2" round barrel with mortised iron front sight and rear "V" sight. Iron trigger plate, percussion hammer and saddle ring on the left side. Crude black walnut shoulder stock with iron butt plate stamped: "CS." The carbine appears to be devoid of any other markings, except for the carved initials "J.R.H." attractively carved on the right side of the shoulder stock. This extremely rare Confederate carbine is believed to have been manufactured by Keen, Walker & Co., Danville, Virginia, in 1862 as part of a contract to the Confederate States government. With the total quantity manufactured at 300, only a handful survive. CONDITION: Excellent. The gun has a pleasing and attractive untouched patina overall. The barrel has turned to a dark plum brown color with two spots of minor pitting. The front sight has been knocked to the left, possibly intentionally. The brass frame is excellent with its characteristic casting flaws. The mechanism is sound and functioning and the stock retains its crisp appearance with light edge wear from use and storage. An extremely rare opportunity to purchase the most sought after Confederate carbine in the collecting field today. 4-42590 CW22 (20,000-35,000)

Open breech of a Perry Patent Sporting Rifle

Breech-block is hung like a cart wheel and swings up by means of the trigger-guard. When the paper or linen cartridge is pushed into the chamber, it is torn open by the projecting thorn. It used copper caps which are fed auto­matically from the tubular magazine in the stock. A very well made arm, used some in the U. S. Navy and favorably mentioned as an ideal weapon for landing parties by Admiral Dahlgren in his book, "Boat Armament, 1856." Alonzo U. Perry's patent of 1855. Marked on top of breechblock, Perry's Patent Arms Co., Newark, N. J. Number on butt plate tang, "1330.

The claims of this patent arc as follows:
1. The arrangement of the tube in the stock for containing the caps, and a spring to force them forward in a line radiating from the axis of motion of the turning breech, and placing the nipple also in a line radiating from the axis of motion of the breech, so that when the breech is opened to receive a charge the nipple will be brought into the same radial line with the cap-tube, so that the same spring which forces the caps for­ward in the tube may also force one of them upon the nipple, thus simplifying the mechanism for automotic capping.

2. The use of an eccentric or its equivalent, as specified, in combination with the capping tube and nipple on the movable breech, as specified, for the purpose of forcing the caps to their proper place on the nipple as the breech is brought in line for the discharge, as specified.

3. Pivoting the trigger to the lever for operating the breech, as described, so that the trigger shall be carried in and out by said lever, and shall not be brought into a position to act upon the lock until the breech is in a line with the barrel, as set forth.

Perry Civil War Percussion Carbine
Serial no. 250, .54 caliber,
20 3/4 inch barrel with standard sights