This is a very fine condition Ballard Civil War Carbine with 90% original blue to the barrel. The frame is a rich, brown patina and the gun is just completely untouched. The wood is excellent. It is beautiful. These guns, in 44 rim-fire were used extensively by Kentucky Cavalry Units during the Civil War with the State of New York also ordering a large quantity. I'm sure there are other nice ones out there, but this is the best I've handled.