The Finest Known Extremely Rare Model 1863 LeMat Percussion Carbine\nThis is a truly extraordinary example of a Model 1863 LeMat Percussion Carbine. This very rare carbine has a .44 caliber rifled upper barrel with ten-shot cylinder and a rifled, single-shot .50 caliber barrel. The hammer has a selector spur to fire the lower barrel. The carbine has a loading lever attached to the left side of the barrel lug and is fitted with a two-leaf, folding, rear sight. Sling rings are fitted to the lower barrel band and the stock. The barrel, frame, cylinder and buttplate have a blue finish and the carbine is fitted with a varnished, European walnut stock. The hammer and trigger are bright. The top barrel flat is marked: "SYSTme LEMAT Bte S.C.D.G. PARIS" ahead of the rear sight. The right barrel flat is numbered "73" and is stamped with the LeMAT 'LM/*" proof. The serial number, "73" is also visible on the right side of the frame and the cylinder. This rare carbine is pictured in THE CONFEDERATE LeMAT REVOLVER by Doug Adams and COLONEL FRANCIOS A. LEMAT by Marie-Antoinette Serpette. The carbine is accompanied by an appraisal letter by noted authority Eric Vaule. The letter states: "This specimen of the extremely rare percussion LeMat carbine is totally original with the exception of the loading lever catch which is an incorrect replacement. It retains most of the original blue finish and is in overall excellent condition. It is one of the greatest rarities in the highly desirable and collectible LeMat line with approximately 6 known specimens." He further states, "thus a current retail of $70,000.00 for this specimen, #73, is $70,000.00. 27th March, 1997, Eric Vaule."