Friday, March 14, 2014
Rare Confederate Morse Carbine Up for Auction-- Part 1
From the March 11, 2014, Indianapolis (Ind) Star "Rare Civil War gun up for auction at Indy" by Brian Eason. //// The Morse carbine will be one of six Civil War guns offered by Wickliff Auctioneers of Carmel, Indiana. It is very rare and expected to fetch $30,000. //// The Morse carbine was a .50 caliber, breech-loading gun made in Greenville, South Carolina, for state militia and was one of the most technologically advanced weapons of the Confederacy. //// It is believed that just about 1000 were made and only a small number remain. //// One big breakthrough was that the gun's hammer, used to cock the weapon, also served as a catch to keep the trapdoor closed over the ammunition chamber. Otherwise, if tilted up at an angle of 45 degrees or more, the shell would fall out.