GOOD CONDITION NEW YORK ALTERATION OF A MODEL 1841 U.S. PERCUSSION RIFLE

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Often referred to as the ‘Mississippi Rifle’, this shoulder arm is a Model 1841 U.S. percussion rifle and it is one of 10,000 such rifles produced by the contract firm of E. Remington of Herkimer, New York between 1850 and 1854. This single-shot, percussion-rifle features the original barrel bored to .58 caliber. Lockplate features markings that read “REMINGTON’S / HERKIMER / N.Y.” forward of the hammer and to the rear, a two-line stamping that reads “U S / 1849.” All markings are readable.

Overall length of the weapon is 48½” and weighs ten pounds. The round barrel measures 33” in length, is fitted with an open rear sight and a brass blade front sight. Barrel surface is turning a plumb brown. There is a moderate amount of pitting between the breech and the rear sight. No date visible on the breech tang. The only visible barrel marking is a ”P” and the word “STEEL” on the left facet. Breech bolster area suffers from moderate to heavy rust pocking. Bore is dark and dirty and looks to have some pitting approx. halfway down the barrel. Rifling is good. Lug for sword bayonet is attached to the right side of the barrel and is marked with the number “20.”

Each of these M1841 longarms had black walnut stocks fitted with brass furniture and a brass patchbox. All brass has acquired a rich, mellow patina. The stock surface is smooth with an oil finish and exhibits a very pleasing patina. On the flat opposite the hammer is a faint government cartouche mark and a lightly stamped number “36.” Stock bears scattered dings and dents from use and storage. Stock suffers from normal erosion at the nipple bolster area as is common with much fired muzzleloaders. Brass buttplate features the “US” on the tang.

Lock plate and hammer have no case colors remaining but show scattered areas of dark oxidation. Mechanics are fair. Hammer holds full-cock but not half-cock. Original steel ‘trumpet head’ ramrod with its iron head and threaded tip wears a dark gray patina overall.

The well-made Model 1841 percussion rifle performed as a “Good and Serviceable Arm” for the US military and later for the Confederacy. A veteran ‘Mississippi’ percussion rifle in good condition overall.  [ad]

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