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CONFEDERATE
COOK CAVALRY CARBINE
EARLY ATHENS PRODUCTION
SN 2661

 

This is a really nice, early Athens production, Cook & Brother Cavalry Carbine.  It may in fact be, the earliest known Athens made Cavalry Carbine.  On page 53 of the Confederate Carbines & Musketoons book by Dr, Murphy,  he illustrates a Cook Carbine SN2719, which he believes is the earliest known Carbine he could find.  This gun is 58 numbers earlier.  It has a 21 inch barrel and is  36 1/2 inches in overall length.  The gun retains the two piece New Orleans style trigger guard and the New Orleans style rammer assembly.  It has all matching serial numbers to include barrel, lock, barrel bands, nose cap, lock screws and the tang screw.  The metal surfaces are smooth with a nice brown patination and the brasses are lightly patinaed.  The barrel has legible barrel markings behind the rear sight.  The bore has some pitting with very clear and distinct rifling.  The wood on this gun is in very nice condition with no burn out behind the bolster.  It is scorched but there is no real wood loss.  The stock is not made of walnut but appears to be made of cherry wood.  Cook & Brother used both walnut and cherry wood interchangeably.  The cherry has a little denser grain and does not turn as dark as the walnut does.  You will note that this gun does not have sling swivels.  Dr. Murphy pointed out clearly that the gun he illustrated in his book, Serial number 2719 did not have sling swivels.  Like this gun, it only had the carbine bar and ring.  The trigger guard tang on this gun has cracks in it and somebody has added an extra screw.  It is solid and stable.  This is one of the nicest Cook & Brother products I have come across.  P.O.R.  SOLD!!