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Lot 1002: Scarce New Haven Arms Co., Engraved, Volcanic Lever Action Carbine
December 1, 2012
Rock Island, IL, USALive Auction
Estimate: $18000 - 27500
This is an example of a Volcanic Carbine that was manufactured by the New Haven Arms Co., c. 1860. The carbine has a 16 1/2-inch octagon barrel with integral magazine. The barrel has a blue finish and is fitted with a brass post front sight blade. A wheel adjustable rear sight is dovetail mounted on the receiver. The carbine has a brass receiver and crescent buttplate. The buttplate and receiver are engraved with factory open scroll engraving in panels with scalloped borders and have a silver-plated finish. The hammer and lever are color casehardened. The straight grain walnut stock has a high polish piano finish. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the modified one-line legend "PATENT NEWHAVEN CONN. FEB. 14.1854" used on New Haven Arms Volcanic rifles and pistols after Oliver Winchester assumed control of the Volcanic Repeating Arms Co., in April 1857 and reorganized it as the New Haven Arms Co. The serial number, "252" is stamped on the right side of the loading lever. The innovative Volcanic repeating arms featured a self-contained "rocket ball" cartridge, integral magazine and self-cocking mechanism and were the most advanced firearm manufactured prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War. These rare and historically significant firearms served as the basis for the Henry and Winchester lever action rifles and established Oliver Winchester as a firearms manufacturer. Deluxe silver-plated and factory engraved Volcanic carbines like this example are scarce.
BBL: 16 1/2 inch
Gauge: 41 Volcanic
Serial Number: 252
Condition: Very good. The barrel has a very attractive deep brown patina. The lower portion of the barrel near the muzzle has several minor dents and some light surface pitting.The barrel markings are clear. The receiver retains 30% of the attractive original silver-plated finish. The balance of the brass receiver and buttplate have a mellow untouched patina. The engraving is crisp. The side plate joints are tight. The bottom of the buttplate has some light scratches or polishing marks. The casehardened finish on the hammer and lever has aged to a mottled gray patina. The rear sight has 25% of the original niter blue finish. The stock has been lightly sanded and re-oiled but remains very good. This is a solid example of a scarce factory engraved silver-plated Deluxe Volcanic Lever-Action Carbine.