783. Ball & Williams Ballard Breechloading Carbine

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serial #2197, 44 RF, 22" half-octagon half-round barrel with a very good bore that shows scattered pitting but strong rifling. The frame appears mostly bright with some scattered oxidation stains, scattered scratches, a few dings and light oxidation on the left side. The lower tang and lever appear to be a gray patina with oxidation and oxidation staining throughout much of their length. The barrel is an overall brown patina with a large area of pitting in front of band, a few light dings and scattered oxidation staining and the brass band has turned a dark ochre patina with oxidation staining throughout. The walnut stock rates very good with a dark oil finish, a 2" crack on the right rear of forend, a 2 1/4" crack on front right of forend, scattered dings, scratches and handling marks. This carbine appears similar to the U.S. and state contract guns but it lacks a sling swivel on the brass front band and there are no inspector's or state property markings. The breechblock is numbered "185" but the barrel and receiver are matching. The hammer spring appears a bit weak, but the lever functions and one of the lower tang screws shows slot damage and the bottom buttplate screw appears to have a circular repair over it. An interesting Ball & Williams carbine for the antique arms collector. (207877-18) {ANTIQUE} (800/1200) SOLD FOR $632.50

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