J. F. Garrett & Company (Manufacturer)
J. F. Garrett and Comapany was a well known manufacturer near Greensboro, North Carolina.
Dimensions / Weight
Dimensions: 8.5" H x 40" W x 2.25" D
Tarpley breechloading carbine, .52 caliber. unfinished brass barrell and wood stock engraved on the barrel tang, “Jere Tarpley, February 14, 1863.”
On Valentines Day, 1863, Jere H. Tarpley was given a Confederate States of America patent on a breech-loading carbine. The carbines were in production for about a year at J. F. Garrett and Comapany in North Carolina. Only a few hunderd were made. The Tarpley carbine had a major flaw. It did not have a gas seal to prevent erosive gases from escaping between the barrel and the breech-block when firing. With each shot, the gap between the barrel and the breech-block would grow larger.