SPECIAL MODEL 1861 RIFLE MUSKET

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Item Code: 218-514

This Civil War longarm is a .58 caliber Special Model 1861, single-shot muzzleloader as produced by Lamson, Goodnow & Yale Company in Windsor, VT. As many as fifty thousand such weapons were produced for the U.S. Ordnance Department from 1862 through 1864.

All gunmetal is clean with areas of darker “age spots”. Lock surface is mottled with wear. Lock markings with “1863” stamped behind the hammer. Worn spread-winged eagle over “U.S.” and “L.G-&Y. / WIDSOR-VT” in front of the hammer. Breech area of the barrel exhibits some pitting and the eagle on the flat bolster is very hard to see. Matching 1863 date visible on breech. Proof marks are on the barrel facet. Mechanics work well. Bore is clean and clear with strong rifling. This type musket was produced without barrel springs. The three screw-tightened barrel bands are correct and in place. Retains its original steel straight-shank ramrod that has the threaded tip. The butt plate is clearly stamped “US”. All small components, sights and swivels, are original and in place.

Black walnut stock exhibits original color and finish. Two cartouches are visible on the flat opposite the stock. The number “26” is stamped into the wood behind the barrel tang. There is one small chip behind the nose cap along the ramrod channel. The stock has a large number of small dings and dents but the wood is attractive and solid with no cracks.

This is a very nice example of the Special Model 1861 rifle-musket.  [jet]

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