MERIDEN MANUFACTURING CO., USA
A RARE .50 (SPENCER) TWIST-ACTION REPEATING CARBINE, MODEL 'TRIPLETT & SCOTT', no visible serial number,
manufactured 1864-65, with 22in. round barrel, pinched blade fore-sight, elevating ladder rear-sight, slab-sided rounded-top and bottom, the breech side marked 'KENTUCKY', slab-sided central hammer receiver signed 'MERIDEN MAN.FG. CO., MERIDEN, CONN.', the top-tang marked 'TRIPLETT & SCOTT PATENT DEC. 6 1864' and mounted with the barrel-release button, sprung trapdoor for the concealed tubular magazine in the butt, walnut butt-stock with iron heel-plate (hairline crack at head along magazine tube), sling swivels mounted at heel and toe and walnut splinter fore-end with singular iron barrel-band, strong traces of original colour and finish remaining
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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