This is a very good example of the early small frame Remington Split Breech Carbine in .46 Caliber. 20" round barrel, saddle bar w/ring, and original carbine style Remington sights. The Split breech was the forerunner to the famous Remington Rolling Block rifle which was introduced in 1866. Although a Remington design, these were actually made in 1864-65 under contract by Savage Revolving Arms of Middletown, Conn. A fairly scarce Civil War era Breech loading carbine, only 5000 were produced with late war deliveries being made to the U.S. Gov't during Feb., Mar., and April of 1865. It is not known whether any of these ever saw use in the war being such late deliveries but it is known these did see duty during the Reconstruction after the Great Unpleasantness. In 1870, Remington re-purchased 3600 of these from the U.S. Gov't to fulfill an order to France during the Franco-Prussian War making these quite scarce here in the U.S.
Overall, this example is in NRA Antique Very good condition. Nice US Gov't Inspectors cartouches on the left side of the stock. The frame has turned to a mostly grey-brown patina with traces of silvered out case colors in the protected areas, mainly around the screws, saddle bar, and triggerguard...even a little color inside the of the guard. Screws overall are in very good condition...most are near perfect. Action works nicely with a very good bore...strong rifling, still bright with some scattered pits. Barrel has traces of blue in the protected areas with the balance turned to a mixture of plum patina and to a smaller degree, some age darkened blue. The wood is very good overall with the stock nice wood to metal fit...the edges of the stock and forearm mostly still swell slightly over the metal with no rounding. Once again, two nice cartouches are present on the left side. The forewood shows some scabbard wear with a couple of thin splinters missing from the top edges where it probably rubbed against a leather carbine boot. Nice markings throughout including the Remington Address and 1864 patent date on the upper tang. All in all, a very good example of a scarce Type I carbine.