Image Lot Price Description


RARE CONFEDERATE TARPLEY CARBINE. SN 63. Cal. 52. This very rare Confederate carbine was just discovered and makes a total of 21 specimens known and is new to market. This example is orig, complete and authentic in every regard. This is a most interesting gun that it bears a very rare feature of the full firm mark stamped in 3 lines on reverse of buttstock which reads “MANUFACTURED BY / J & F GARRETT & CO / GREENSBORO N.C.” Very few of these guns are marked in the stock, this being only the 4th we are aware of and possibly the only one in private hands. This gun also exhibits battle damage which clearly shows in top of buttstock above the stamped manufacture’s mark is imbedded a small piece of “shrapnel” and a about 1/2″ x 1/2″ impression from another projectile. The small piece of shrapnel (see photos) is still visible in the 3/4″ x 1/2″ impression made in the wood that caused a several inch crack in stock, though it is still quite sound and solid. This gun must has been well cared for to show off this battle damage. (If this gun could only talk and tell us where it received it’s battle wounds.) This early SN carbine, 63, is also marked on the tail of the breech “J.H. TARPLEY’S & / PAT. FEB. 14.1863” Gun is also SN on top of bbl, frame and breech “63”. Gun was not disassembled as gun appears “as found”. Very few Tarpley carbines have come to market in many years and this newly found SN 63 is no doubt the best and most complete example to occur. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Bore is also dark and pitted but rifling is still deep and quite discernible. Iron surfaces are brown and pitted overall. Brass frame has mustard colored patina with scattered small dings, dents and scratches. Markings, including SN and patent information, are all well struck and easily discerned, as can be seen in photos. Bbl proof “P” is also well struck and discernible. Stock is sound and solid with manufacturer’s mark being well struck and easily read. There are scattered small dings, scratches and two long hairline cracks associated from the shrapnel (close scrutiny of “shrapnel” does not deduce what it is made of. It appears to be stone and not lead or iron; little doubt it is from high impact in “heat of battle” though) damage with about a 1/32″ separation at widest gap while stock remains sound and solid. There are small amounts of a white “concretion” in the deep recesses where projectiles have dented this gun. 4-46846 JS26 (90,000-120,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
Please Note: All prices include the hammer price plus the buyer’s premium, which is paid by the buyer as part of the purchase price. The prices noted here after the auction are considered unofficial and do not become official until after the 46th day.