MINT “SAVAGE” CONTRACT MODEL 1861 .58 CALIBER RIFLE MUSKET, DATED 1863

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Item Code: G3698

Original, 1863-dated, .58 caliber Model 1863 “Savage Arms” contract percussion rifle-musket in excellent condition; perhaps unfired. Specimen is a product of the Savage Revolving Fire Arms Company of Middletown, Connecticut circa 1862-64. Savage was a major contractor in the Civil War who supplied the government with some 25,500 such muskets for the army.

Barrel is bright, smooth, and clean. Barrel measures 40” long and features standard two-leaf rear sight and bayonet lug / front blade sight. Top flat of breech is strongly stamped “1863” and viewer’s proof marks “V / P / eagle head” are equally strong on the left facet of barrel. A strong “N.J” New Jersey surcharge is on left side of barrel. Bore is clean and bright with strong rifling.

Lockplate is strongly stamped in front of hammer with a spread-winged eagle motif above “U.S.” Just forward is the two-line maker address “SAVAGE R. F. A. Co. / MIDDLETOWN, Ct.” A clean date “1863” stamped on lockplate behind hammer. Mechanics strong and tight.

Steel ramrod with threaded tip, original barrel bands, band springs, sling swivels, and trigger guard assembly are all original and in place. Buttplate has clearly stamped “U.S” on tang. All gun metal components are is excellent condition with a bright, clean finish.

Black walnut stock is in excellent condition with a handsome patina and original finish. Stock bears deep “NJ” surcharge stamp on left flat. Minor dings and dents from storage and age.

A fine, near mint, original Civil War Model 1861 “Savage” contract rifle musket. Purchased by the state of New Jersey.  [jet]

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