BALL & WILLIAMS, USA
A .44 RIMFIRE SINGLE-SHOT CARBINE, MODEL 'BALLARD'S PATENT MILITARY CARBINE', serial no. 4267,
circa 1864, with 22 1/8in. octagonal to round barrel, dove-tailed blade fore-sight, twin leaf rear-sight, the top-flat forwards of the rear-sight marked 'BALL & WILLIAMS, WORCESTER, MASS.', the right side top-flat further marked 'BALLARDS PATENT NOV 5TH 1861' (all faint), integral receiver and action body with dropping breech and central hammer, walnut butt-stock with iron heel-plate, cocking lever forming the trigger-guard and walnut half-length fore-end with single barrel-band
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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