January 2021 Sealed Bid Auction : Sale S0121 Lot 2421

Product Details

A GOOD DETACHED MAYNARD PRIMER LOCK FOR THE GREENE'S CARBINE, dated for 1856, complete with hammer, side door covering Maynard tape priming mechanism, with strong case-hardened colours, small blued components and marked with "MASS. ARMS CO. / CHICOPEE FALLS U.S.A. 1856" and "crown / VxR" on the lock plate behind the hammer, "MAYNARD'S PATENT / SEP.22.1845" on the primer door, and "crown / A / 3" proofs on the inside face of the plate, complete with an original roll of Maynard primers.

Other Notes: These locks were produced on contract for the British government for use with the Greene's Carbine which combined the Maynard patent priming system, paper cartridges and a unique hinged barrel arrangement to increase the rate of fire. An order for 2,000 at a cost of £11,100 was received into store at the Tower by March 1858 but were never regimentally issued due to problems with the cartridges and almost all were broken up for parts.

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Estimate £200-300