.44 RF percussion caliber, 26" octagonal barrel, S/N 19116 . With matching serial numbers throughout. The top flat of the barrel is marked No. 44 , and the serial number is marked on the top of the barrel near the breech, and on the top of the frame. The left side of the frame is marked Merrimack Arms & M.F.G. Co. / Newburyport Mass. / Ballard's Patent / Nov. 5 1861 . A patent date is also marked on the left of the hammer. With blade front sight and sliding peep rear sight on the tang. Rosewood forearm with plated forend and shell extractor. Rosewood stock with crescent buttplate.
The barrel has dark patches of original blue finish, with some fading and streaking throughout. The frame has a mostly gray patina, with some darker areas splotched throughout. The rosewood has several handling marks, with some scratches along the upper ridge of the butt. The bore and mechanics are very good to excellent.