A RARE .54 LINDNER'S PATENT CAPPING BREECH LOADING CARBINE OF THE CIVIL WAR, CIRCA 1861, serial no 487,
having a 20in. barrel with brass blade fore-sight and a fixed block rear-sight, the action features a pop up rear hinged chamber that could be loaded with either a prepared cartridge or loose powder and ball, the chamber top engraved, 'EDWARD LINDNER'S / PATENT / MARCH 29 1859', the lock plain and unmarked, the carbine is stocked in beech with iron butt-plate trigger-guard, sling ring and a spring retained brass nose-cap
Provenance: Edward Lindner was a German émigré to the USA in the mid 1850's where he became involved with in fireams design and filed a number of patents for breech loading systems of which this is one. The outbreak of the Civil War saw him like many others offering their inventions to the government. Lindner had maintained his European contacts and frequently travelled there.
He managed to obtain a quantity of surplus Austrian longarm arms which he converted to breech loading carbines on his system. This example being a conversion from an Austrian Model 1854 Extra Corps Rifle, it is unknown where the conversions were carried out possibly in Hamburg but it is known that the Amoskeag Mfg Co. had some involvement once the 1000 carbines arrived in USA. A quantity of these conversions were sold to the Government, possibly just 500. Amoskeag then went into production of Lindner's carbines - these were new made arms and not conversions, a quantity of these were also sold to the government. The Lindner's were issued to at least two regiments of cavalry, the 1st Michigan and the 7th West Virginia and remained with them until 1864.
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