A .56-50 RIMFIRE TRIPLETT & SCOTT REPEATING CARBINE, CIRCA 1865, serial number 3408,
with 22in. barrel rifled with three grooves and fitted with a block and blade front-sight and ladder rear-sight (missing the sliding bar), left side of action body stamped with manufacturer's name "MERIDEN MAN'FG / MERIDEN CONN" and "KENTUCKY" the action tang stamped "TRIPLETT & SCOTT / PATENT DEC. 6, 1864", two piece walnut stock, half fore-end secured by a single spring retained barrel band, iron mounted butt containing the seven round tubular magazine and fitted with sling swivels on both the top and bottom of the butt, some original blue to barrel, action does not hold on half-cock and as usual with the Triplett & Scott, some cracks to butt.
Provenance: The Triplett & Scott features a unique action, the butt houses a tubular magazine that protrudes through the butt on the left side of the action. Depressing the locking lever on the frame behind the hammer allows the barrel to twist in a circular motion and come in line with the magazine and accept a cartridge. A contract was made in January 1865 by the State of Kentucky for 3000 rifles with 30in. barrels and 2000 carbines such as this example. They were required to arm 5000 Kentucky troops mustered to protect the supply lines of the Union Army under General Sherman then engaged in the Atlanta campaign
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament