The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway
.

Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

relicman.com.


Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
Smith carbines.

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.  All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use.  These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever!  Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.



Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (American Machine Works, forward horizontal address), .50 cal.

Carbine was manufactured by American Machine Works, Springfield, Massachusetts, Poultry and Trimble, Baltimore were selling agents.  The Smith carbine utilized a paper or rubber cartridge and employed a unique loading system, the barrel swivels downward like a shotgun upon release by a latch underneath.  Developed and marketed early, The Smith carbine was used extensive by Northern cavalry units that enlisted early.  Standard features include an iron buttplate, single iron barrel band, saddle riding bar and ring on left side, latch on top of barrel with release on bottom, hinged sight, six lands & grooves.  Mark on forward section of the receiver, "MANUFACTURED BY / AM' N M'CH'N WKS / SPRINGFIELD MASS", on rear section of the receiver, "ADDRESS / POULTNEY & TRIMBLE / BALTIMORE, U.S.A.", and lower right side underneath the saddle bar, "SMITH'S PATENT / JUNE 23, 1857".  Serial number   appears twice on the bottom.   Inspector cartouche in wood on left side behind the receiver indicated government inspection, additional inspector mark, "JMW" on the barrel.  Barrel length 21.625in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-085. (American Machine Works, forward horizontal address)

W0843     Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (American Machine Works, forward horizontal address), .50 cal. (#270)

W1169     Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (American Machine Works, forward horizontal address), .50 cal. (#1698)


Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (American Machine Works, forward vertical address), .50 cal.

Carbine was manufactured by American Machine Works, Springfield, Massachusetts, Poultry and Trimble, Baltimore were selling agents.  The Smith carbine utilized a paper or rubber cartridge and employed a unique loading system, the barrel swivels downward like a shotgun upon release by a latch underneath.  Developed and marketed early, The Smith carbine was used extensive by Northern cavalry units that enlisted early.  Standard features include an iron buttplate, single iron barrel band, saddle riding bar and ring on left side, latch on top of barrel with release on bottom, hinged sight, six lands & grooves.  Mark on forward section of the receiver is vertical, "MANUFACTURED BY / AM' N M'CH'N WKS / SPRINGFIELD MASS", on rear section of the receiver, "ADDRESS / POULTNEY & TRIMBLE / BALTIMORE, U.S.A." and lower right side underneath the saddle bar, "SMITH'S PATENT / JUNE 23, 1857".  Serial number  appears twice on the bottom.   Inspector cartouche in wood on left side behind the receiver indicated government inspection, additional inspector mark on the barrel.  Barrel length 21.625in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-085 (American Machine Works, forward vertical address)

W0851     Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (American Machine Works, forward vertical address), .50 cal. (#1808)

W0874     Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (American Machine Works, forward vertical address), .50 cal. (#2550)


Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (American Machine Works, rear address), .50 cal.

Carbine was manufactured by American Machine Works, Springfield, Massachusetts, Poultry and Trimble, Baltimore were selling agents.  The Smith carbine utilized a paper or rubber cartridge and employed a unique loading system, the barrel swivels downward like a shotgun upon release by a latch underneath.  Developed and marketed early, The Smith carbine was used extensive by Northern cavalry units that enlisted early.  Standard features include an iron buttplate, single iron barrel band, saddle riding bar and ring on left side, latch on top of barrel with release on bottom, hinged sight, six lands & grooves.  Mark on forward section of the receiver is vertical,  "SMITH'S PATENT / JUNE 23, 1857" , on rear section of the receiver, "ADDRESS / POULTNEY & TRIMBLE / BALTIMORE, U.S.A." and lower right side underneath the saddle bar, "MANUFACTURED BY / AM' N M'CH'N WKS / SPRINGFIELD MASS".  Serial number   appears twice on the bottom.   Inspector cartouche in wood on left side behind the receiver indicated government inspection, additional inspector mark, "LFR" on the barrel.  Barrel length 21.625in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-085 (American Machine Works, rear address)

W0537     Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (American Machine Works, rear address), .50 cal. (#7797)

W1264 Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (American Machine Works, rear address), .50 cal., (#8465)


W0850     Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (American Machine Works, rear address), .50 cal. (#11665)


Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (Massachusetts Arms Works) (no saddle bar), .50 cal.

Carbine was manufactured by American Machine Works, Springfield, Massachusetts, Poultry and Trimble, Baltimore were selling agents.  The Smith carbine utilized a paper or rubber cartridge and employed a unique loading system, the barrel swivels downward like a shotgun upon release by a latch underneath.  Developed and marketed early, The Smith carbine was used extensive by Northern cavalry units that enlisted early.  Standard features include an iron buttplate, single iron barrel band, latch on top of barrel with release on bottom, hinged sight, six lands & grooves.  This one was not configured with a saddle bar, there is strap hook on the butt and the barrel band, this may have been a special order, or may have been sold to Schuyler for their catalog.  Mark on forward section of the receiver, "MANUFACTURED BY / MASS ARMS CO / CHICOPEE FALLS", on rear section of the receiver, "ADDRESS / POULTNEY & TRIMBLE / BALTIMORE, U.S.A.", and lower right side, "SMITH'S PATENT / JUNE 23, 1857".  Serial number appears twice on the bottom.  Barrel length 21.625in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-085 (Massachusetts Arms Works) (no saddle bar)

W0677     Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (Massachusetts Arms Works) (no saddle bar), .50 cal. (#1189)
 

W0541     Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (Massachusetts Arms Works) (no saddle bar), .50 cal. (#1756)


Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (Massachusetts Arms Works), .50 cal.

Carbine was manufactured by American Machine Works, Springfield, Massachusetts, Poultry and Trimble, Baltimore were selling agents.  The Smith carbine utilized a paper or rubber cartridge and employed a unique loading system, the barrel swivels downward like a shotgun upon release by a latch underneath.  Developed and marketed early, The Smith carbine was used extensive by Northern cavalry units that enlisted early.  Standard features include an iron buttplate, single iron barrel band, saddle riding bar and ring on left side, latch on top of barrel with release on bottom, hinged sight, six lands & grooves.  Mark on forward section of the receiver, "MANUFACTURED BY / MASS ARMS CO / CHICOPEE FALLS", on rear section of the receiver, "ADDRESS / POULTNEY & TRIMBLE / BALTIMORE, U.S.A.", and lower right side underneath the saddle bar, "SMITH'S PATENT / JUNE 23, 1857".  Serial number  appears on the bottom, center number has been altered.  Barrel length 21.625in.
Ref: Flayderman 9B-085 (Massachusetts Arms Works)

W0859     Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (Massachusetts Arms Works), .50 cal. (#12151)

W0753     Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (Massachusetts Arms Works), .50 cal. (#13709)

W0896     Single shot percussion carbine, Smith, (Massachusetts Arms Works), .50 cal. (#18874)