Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
Civil War Era Guns
W761 HISTORIC HENRY PRESENTATION RIFLE
Item # W761
Cal 44RF. Early production serial number 1111. Right side of the receiver is period engraved "Edgar Totten Wisconsin April 8th From Wm. A Warren" For some unknown reason the year has been deliberately taken out. Many privately purchased Henry's were carried by soldiers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky (which cost them $42. About 3 months soldiers pay) during the Civil War. I found an Edgar Totten who mustered out of the 173rd Regiment in October of 1865. There was a William Warren listed from Bellevue, Iowa. He was the local sheriff and the leader of a posse during the "Bellevue War". He went on to become an important quartermaster for the Union Army in the Civil War. Not sure of the connection between the two or the reason for the presentation. This rifle is in Good overall condition showing honest wear and color for it's age. The rear sight is missing the slider. In the butt is the original hickory cleaning rod. This is a great piece of American History that anyone would be proud to own.
Antique $ 67,500.
MR1101 FINE SPENCER CARBINE
Item # MR1101
Cal 50 RF. 20" round bbl with 3-groove rifled bore. Gun appears to have post-war arsenal alterations. Bbl lacks the 1865 markings, is un numbered and retains a good amount blue. Likely a replacement at the time of alteration. Action also retains much of an arsenal aplied case color. Wood is in VG condition. Action is crisp and tight. Nice Spencer Carbine!
Antique $ 9,500.
MR1185 SPENCER RIFLE WITH SPECIAL ORDER SET TRIGGER
Item # MR1185
Cal 56-46. 28-3/8" oct bbl. Serial number 1151. This rare Spencer has standard sporting rifle blade front sight, folding ladder rear and receiver mounted peep sights. Barrel retains much of original blue finish. Frame has a good amount of original case colors. Wood is in VG condition with only minor scratches and dings. Set trigger needs some adjustment but the action works fine. Bright shiny bore. The Spencer rifles are a great piece of American History.
Antique $ 7,250.
MR1181 FIRST TYPE JOSLYN MODEL 1862
Item # MR1181
Cal 52 RF. 22" round bbl, blade type front sight and 3-leaf rear sight. Metal is a mottled gray. Brass trigger guard, buttplate and bbl band are a soft mustard color. Walnut stock has been lightly freshened and has a few scattered handling mars. Faint cartouche on left side above saddle ring. Bright shiny bore with some roughness at the breech and the muzzle.
Antique $ 2,275.
MR1179 HARD TO FIND TRANSITIONAL JOSLYN 1862
Item # MR1179
Cal 52 RF. 22" bbl and standard sights. Standard brass fitting and the friction latch with Model 1862 markings. After buying 2,200, the US Government requested improvements to the latch so it would not come open during combat. The Model 1864 was the outcome with a spring operated catch and all case hardened furniture. This bbl is a faint blue. Brass bbl band, trigger guard and buttplate are a nice mustard color. Remainder of metal is a mottled gray. Wood has been lightly freshened and has 2 visible cartouche. Lots of inspector markings. Lock functions fine.
Antique $ 2,950.
MR1178 JOSLYN MODEL 1864 WITH NAVAL ANCHOR MARKING
Item # MR1178
Cal 52 RF. 22" round bbl with a good amount of blue remaining. Balance of metal is a silver/gray color. Bright shiny bore. Wood is overall good with some minor chips and dents. No markings or cartouches on the wood except for the small anchor directly in front of the trigger guard. Buttplate has "US" above the heel screw. Approximately 8,000 of the improved Second Model carbines were purchased by the US Government.
Antique $ 3,100.
MR1034 CIVIL WAR MAYNARD CARBINE
Item # MR1034
On the side of the frame is "Manufactured by Mass. Arms Co". On the left side is the Maynard patent dates. This is a saddle ring carbine with a 20" bbl. 50 cal breech loading percussion. You don't see too many quite this nice. Very good metal finish remaining. Still orig case colors on the frame. Nice blue on the bbl. Wood has some dings and scratches and a couple of letters carved into the left side of the stock. Fortunately the cartouche is untouched and very readable. Bore is VG+. A good collectible gun.
Antique $ 3,450.
MR1184 GWYN & CAMPBELL PERCUSSION CIVIL WAR CARBINE
Item # MR1184
Referred to as the "grapevine" carbine because of the configuration to the hammer and lever. Gun is in fine condition with 50% toning blue on the bbl. Good case colors on the lock. Wood shows some light handling mars but is sound. Gun is in fine condition with correct saddle ring and orig sights.
Antique $ 2,775 sale pending.
MR1037 CIVIL WAR SMITH CARBINE
Item # MR1037
50 cal percussion breech loader. Poultney & Trimble, Smiths patent and Mass. Arms markings are on the left side. On the left side of the wood are two cartouches which are in very good condition as is all markings. A good solid gun. Tight hinge pin. VG+ cond bore. Nice blue except on the end towards the muzzle is some light pitting and roughness. Case colors are still on the frame. Wood is VG overall cond. A nice Civil War carbine.
Antique $ 3,575.
MR1038 SMITH CARBINE
Item # MR1038
The Smith patent carbine was one of the many guns ordered by the Union Army during the Civil War. Most have the same markings as this one. "Mass. Arms Co" and "Poultney & Trimble" marking and also the Smith patent. A decent gun with most bbl blue. Bbl band is a grey/brown color. Light freckling to the metal throughout. Still some case colors but most have aged to a medium grey/brown. Decent wood with visible cartouches. Rather dark from oil staining. Overall good cond. A chip missing where the stock meets the frame on the top.
Antique $ 2,995.
MR743 SMITH PATENT PERCUSSION CARBINE IN .50 CALIBER
Item # MR743-26-694
The 21-5/8 barrel has an about good bore that is bright with strong rifling, and just a bit of light to moderate pitting here and there. The metal is smooth overall with the barrel finish a freckled gray patina back to the carbine band and about 70% blue turning plum brown from there back. Light traces of case colors on the frame give it a modeled nickel appearance. Original sights and sling swivels. Walnut stocks show plenty of use having the typical bumps and bruises, a small chip is missing at the toe, but otherwise are solid and may have had a light coat of finish added a long time ago. A real nice example that has some character.
Antique $ 2,375.
MR809 SMITH PATENTED CIVIL WAR CARBINE BY POULTNEY AND TRIMBLE
Item # MR809-26-692
Overall gun is in fine condition with a few mars to the forearm but the rest of the wood is sound and solid with most original finish and good cartouche. About 75% toning bbl blue. About 60-70% of vivid case colors on the receiver. Complete with correct saddle ring. Original sights. VG bore. Very clean little gun.
Antique $ 3,100.
MR381A SMITH CIVIL WAR ERA PERCUSSION SRC IN .50 CALIBER
Item # MR381a-26-685
21-5/8 barrel, VG+ shiny bore, 90% darkening barrel blue, the balance turning a dark blue plum coloration, traces of case colors remaining on the frame, the balance is darkening, original sights, near fine walnut. Great looking example.
Antique $ 3,500.
MR927 SMITH CARBINE
Item # MR927 -26-693
This is the Poultney & Trimble percussion breech loading carbine. This old gun has seen some use. A deep brown patina covers most of the gun with the balance being a grey color. It is lightly cleaned where the Poultney & Trimble markings are. Bore is very dark but rifling is visible. There is some play in the lock up mechanism. This old Civil War gun was used for a long time after the war for hunting or protection. It shows the wear. Butt stock isn't too bad but there is a few small pieces missing on the left hand side towards the frame. A chip out on the bottom towards the lower tang on the right side. Suprisingly the toe and bottom of the stock is pretty good. The forearm has seen some use and abuse with a couple of chips out and several dings. The wood is solid though. Saddle ring is missing. This gun is very old and it looks it! A good wall hanger.
Antique $ 1,595.
MR834 SMITH PATENT SINGLE SHOT CARBINE
Item # MR834-26-696
This is a typical folding breech percussion Civil War rifle. Markings on it are "Poultney and Trimble" and "Manufactured in Springfield Mass". Also a couple of readable cartouche. Nice lock-up. Solid gun. All metal is antique brown. Wood is scarred but in overall good cond. Bore is good. Great piece of Civil War History!
Antique $ 1,895.
MR611 UNIQUE EXHIBITION GRADE NEW MODEL EVANS CARBINE WITH A 22” BARREL
Item # MR611-26-551
Original Circassian deluxe wood in excellent condition with about 1/4" sliver missing on both sides. The only one I have ever seen with gold trim. The buttplate, lever release and lever are all gold gilded. This gun came out of Spain where it was an armory for many years and no doubt it was originally a "gift" to an official. It has all the documentation regarding its purchase from Spain by an American Officer in the 1960's. A very neat gun in fine condition. 95% bright vivid receiver blue. Bbl is toned slightly but still retains 90% blue. Parts of the buttplate and the lever retain 90% plus gold gilt. Original sights and VG bore. A very interesting gun!
Antique $ 6,500.