Joslyn Carbine - Inventory Number: RIF 103 / Sold
The Joslyn carbine Model 1864 called the Second Model used an innovative breechloading, single-shot, .52 caliber rimfire system invented and was patented by Massachusetts gun designer Benjamin Franklin Joslyn in 1861. His company, the Joslyn Fire Arms Company of Stonington, Connecticut, produced two models for the U. S. government, the Model 1862 and Model 1864.
Designed for field use with Federal horse soldiers, the
Joslyn was simple to use and employed a rimfire cartridge very much like the
Spencer’s .56-.56 cartridge or its own special .54 Joslyn cartridge. Joslyn’s
unique loading arrangement consisted of pulling out the breechblock knob,
pivoting the breechblock up and to the left and then inserting the round. However, Joslyn’s single-slti-hot design was not
as popular as the Spencer’s repeating multi-shot rimfire capability, so Joslyn
carbines were retired from service at the end of the war.
This example is a fine original example and bears the serial number #16,445 on the top of the breechblock and barrel tang. Lockplate was casehardened and exhibits a smooth, dark plum colored patina overall. The M1864 Joslyn carbine has a 22” long barrel fitted to a one-piece walnut stock / forend. Weapon has an overall length of 38 ½”. Barrel has a matching light grey patina as the lock.
Lockplate in front of the hammer is stamped with “JOSLYN FIRE ARMS Co / STONINGTON CONN / 1864” while the rear breechblock exhibits the clear patent stamping of “B. F. JOSLYN’S PATENT / OCTOBER 8TH 1861 / JUNE 24TH 1862.” Stamping is very sharp. Two-leaf rear sight has a “V” notch and sits at the rear of the barrel while at the front is a small pinched sight.
The bore is good with visible rifling. Scattered areas of light oxidation. Mechanics very strong and tight. Stock is in good condition with normal dings and saddle wear. Steel sling bar and sling ring are tightly attached to the left side of the stock. All screws are original and in good condition. Steel butt plate is strong and exhibits a mottled dark grey coloring. Has “US” stamped in the butt tang.
This Civil War Joslyn Model 1864 carbine is an excellent representative weapon used by the Federal cavalry in the Civil War and would enhance any military display or weapons collection.
Inventory Number: RIF 103 / Sold