REMINGTON, MAYNARD TAPE CONVERSION, RIFLED MUSKET

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Item Code: 911-44

This heavy, full-stock, percussion cap and ball, .69 caliber, rifled musket was originally a M1816 smoothbore musket. It was rifled and altered to percussion at the Frankford Arsenal with new Maynard Type primer locks and percussion bolsters made by the Remington Arms Co of New York. Remington Arms contracted with the government between 1856 to 1859 for 20,000 Maynard primer locks and bolsters and delivered all to Philadelphia’s Frankford Arsenal. The primer lock device was centered on the lockplate with a kidney-shaped hinged door while the bolster / nipple was made extra-long to fit the Maynard device. A tape or strip of narrow varnished paper holding small dabs of fulminate of mercury was inserted into the hinged door device. When the hammer was cocked, an internal paw rotated the tape and allowed the fulminate to rest atop the nipple.  The internal Maynard parts are all complete and operational on this musket.

The .69 caliber musket measures approximately 58” long overall and has a 42” long round barrel matched to a one-piece stock of dark walnut. Stock has great depth of color and original finish. Left side of barrel breech has worn stampings that appear as “JT”. Left side of barrel (just at the stock) is surcharged “NJ”. There is a tang date stamping “1857”. Stock shows a single, oval government cartouche on left flat. Gun metal parts are semi-bright with light patina and scattered “speckles” of surface rust overall. Lockplate and hammer, being the newer “replaced” parts, are in slightly better condition exhibiting smooth service and even dark patina. Strangely this longarm has no rear sight and looks to have never had one. Its front sight is integral to the upper band. Furniture is iron including the hammer, buttstrap, trigger guard, lockplate, swivels and barrel bands. Lockplate has the four-line maker’s mark “REMINGTON’S / ILION N.Y. / 1857 / U.S.” behind the hammer. An unknown amount of these rifled muskets saw service in the Civil War. Has an original ramrod with its trumpet head which was slightly milled out. Bore has rifling with moderate pitting; needs to be cleaned.  All mechanics are strong. A nice collectible and displayable transition weapon.  [jet]

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