LOW HUMP RICHMOND RIFLE-MUSKET DATED 1863

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Item Code: 302-61

This CS Richmond musket is correct throughout and comes from the collection of Gerald Bennett who is one of the leading authorities on the CS Richmond musket. This Richmond Armory longarm is often referred to as a Confederate “Low Hump” rifle musket.

Having captured the Federal Arsenal at Harper’s Ferry the Confederates removed the machinery to Richmond where this weapon was made. The type of lockplates produced by the captured machinery was the M1855 lockplate that had a raised area in its profile which would later be milled to add the Maynard tape primer system. The Confederates did not utilize this system in their own production of the lockplate but left the raised area. Thus the “hump” configuration of the lockplate.

The weapon has an overall measurement of approx. 55.75 inches. It’s round .58 barrel meas. approx. 40.00 inches long. The barrel surface is untouched and is a mix of semi-bright with mottling to areas that are turning a plumb brown. The only visible pitting is a small amount in the breech area. Proper rear sight has two flip-up leaves and front sight is present above the muzzle. Left barrel flat is stamped with thin but very visible “VP” with eaglehead. Bore has good rifling and light surface dirt that needs scrubbed.

Lockplate is semi-bright with scattered mottling to match the barrel. Original nipple is present on the bolster. Cleanout screw shows light wear. Strongly marked forward of the hammer is “CS” over “RICHMOND, VA.” Behind the hammer is “1863.” Action is a little sloppy but works properly.

Walnut stock is a true Richmond stock. Stock has nice lines and is in overall good condition. There is a jagged closed “V” shaped crack running from the rear of the lock to the barrel tang. There is also a small 0.50 inch crack at the base of the ramrod channel and an even smaller one behind the top lock screw. Stock also exhibits the usual small dings and dents but nothing else worth mentioning. Buttplate, barrel bands and nose cap are all of brass. All bands bear a “U” stamping and are held in place by springs.

Triggerguard matches the lock and barrel in appearance. Ramrod is full length with threaded tip and both sling swivels are present.

A very nice example of a true Confederate manufactured weapon.  [ad]

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