REMARKABLE CONDITION BRASS MOUNTED HARPERS FERRY M1855 RIFLE!

$27,500.00
Originally $32,500.00

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Item Code: 302-68

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Only an estimated 3,544 early production Model 1855 percussion rifles were made at Harper's Ferry with brass furniture, including two barrel bands, between 1857 and 1860. The brass mounted rifles also had browned barrels and casehardened locks unlike the later iron mounted rifles which were finished bright. A total of 8,700 Model 1855 rifles were manufactured prior to Confederate forces capturing and burning the arsenal in April 1861. 2,800 of the 3,450 rifles in the arsenal during the Confederate attack were destroyed. Most of those that survived would have seen hard use throughout the war, and many more would have been likely been destroyed in combat. It is dated "1858" on the lock and has a matching "1858" marking on the barrel. The lock also has the U.S. seal on the primer door and "U.S./HARPERS FERRY" at the front. The buttplate is not marked “US”, and the barrel has the standard "V/P/eagle" proof markings. There is a single superb “SB” in an oval inspector cartouche. The rifle is equipped with a blade front sight, saber bayonet stud, and adjustable rear sight with notch and folding ladder. A correct iron ramrod is fitted bellow the barrel and sling swivels are appropriately attached to the upper barrel band, and front of the trigger guard. A spare nipple and additional detachable front sight is in the patch box.

Condition is exceptional! The barrel displays approximately 95% to 98% of its original laquer brown finish. The thinnest area near the muzzle. The lock has about 50% of its case colors with the hammer slightly stronger. . The brass hardware has a light patina. The lock is mechanically excellent. The markings throughout are crisp. The stock still retains some of its raised grain finish and the edges are exceptionally crisp. This is a rare opportunity to get your hands on one of the highly desirable surviving examples of the scarce brass mounted Harpers Ferry Model 1855. One of the finest known! [ss]

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