BRITISH PATTERN 1853 ENFIELD PERCUSSION MUSKET WITH BAYONET

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Item Code: 809-05

This original British longarm is a .577 caliber, Enfield Pattern 1853 rifle-musket, single-shot muzzleloader in very good condition. Of all the British arms, this, the third type of the Pattern 1853 rifle-musket is perhaps the best known and regarded weapon that was imported by the North and South during the Civil War.

Weapon measures a total length of 55” with a 39” long barrel. Barrel surface is smooth with the exception of some moderate pitting at the breech and bolster area. Three Birmingham viewer’s marks and two “25” marks are on the left side of the barrel breech. The “25” indicates the bore is .577 caliber. The bore is clean with just hints of oxidation. Rifling is still good. Long range, rear sight is complete. Bayonet lug / blade sight at muzzle.

The lockplate surface is clean and smooth with Tower markings and border. Crown and two sear screws appear behind the hammer and “1862 / TOWER” are stamped in front of the hammer. Hammer bears engraved edge details. Mechanics are strong. There is no snap-cap.

Has original ramrod, barrel bands, and sling swivels. Gun metal parts have a matching dark brown patina. All brass furniture (nose cap, trigger guard, and butt plate) exhibits a light patina.

Black walnut stock is strong with a clean surface and original finish.  Very few dings and dents in this stock. One hair line crack runs about 1 ½” forward from the front end of the lockplate. Another crack appears on the right side of butt stock emanating from location of the lower screw in the brass butt plate; does not run through to other side. Stock shows numerous original stampings. Stock maker’s name is stamped in ramrod channel as well as a few hash-marks that appear like Roman numbers. The round “Birmingham Small Arms Trade” stamp is present on the right side of the butt stock. On the underside, behind the trigger guard tang, are two viewer’s marks and the stock maker’s name again (lightly) visible, stamped slightly further back on the underside.

Accompanying this fine weapon is a perfect fitting Enfield bayonet. The bayonet is clean with no pitting but some darker spotting scattered overall. No stampings of any kind. Complete with locking ring.

A very nice, clean 1862 Enfield rifle and bayonet.  [jet]

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