MASSACHUSETTS ARMS CO., USA
A .52 PERCUSSION BREECH-LOADING CARBINE, MODEL 'GREENE'S PATENT BRITISH ISSUE', serial no. 61,
dated for 1856, with tapering round 18in. barrel, dove-tailed block and blade fore-sight, elevating ladder rear-sight, central section of outer barrel faceted for grip, plain receiver, long plain top-tang marked 'GREENE'S PATENT JUNE 27 1854', back-action lockplate fitted with 'Maynard's' tape priming system and marked 'MASS. ARMS CO. CHICOPEE FALLS USA 1856' a 'VR' crown cypher and 'MAYNARD'S PATENT SEPT 22 1845', plain hammer, walnut butt-stock with iron patch-box and semi-crescent heel-plate, stock marked 'B. 10. R.D.M.R.', saddle-ring to the trigger-guard tang, large trigger-guard bow with two triggers, the front one unlocking the barrel for loading, ordnance stamps and no provision for fore-end, much original finish remaining
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