SPRINGFIELD M1855 PERCUSSION RIFLE-MUSKET, DATED 1858

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Item Code: 809-04

This Civil War era single-shot muzzleloader is a .58 caliber Springfield Model 1855 percussion rifle-musket in good condition. Longarm has a 40” round barrel with broad three-groove rifling. Stock is secured to the stock with three-barrel bands and three band springs. All furniture is iron including the lockplate, hammer, buttplate, triggerguard, swivels, and ramrod. The nose cap is brass.

All lockplate stampings are strong. The large spread-winged eagle on the kidney-shaped, hinged primer door retains very good detail. The date “1858”, behind the large, high spur hammer and the “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD” stamping forward of the hammer are crisp. Barrel breech area is worn with no date visible. The eagle head and proof marks are also well worn but visible on the barrel left facet. Beveled lockplate is fitted with a C-shaped hammer and with the Maynard tape priming system. System employed a waterproof paper tape of percussion caps inserted into the primer magazine that set a cap unto the nipple when the hammer was pulled back and trigger pulled. Tape priming system mechanics very strong and smooth. Hammer has a knife-edged, bottom lip that severed the expended portion of the tape. Musket has a long-range rear sight and an iron blade front sight. Mechanics crisp and tight. Bore has surface pitting and needs to be cleaned but has decent rifling. Original, steel, swelled-shank, tulip-head ramrod is complete and retains the threaded end. All barrel bands are original, marked with “U”, and secured to the stock via flat iron springs. Buttplate is stamped “US”. All gun metal had been cleaned and buffed mostly smooth but older, deeper pitting remains in scattered locations.

Walnut stock is solid with no cracks or splits. Has usual dings and dents typical of a gun that saw use and is over 150 years old. Well worn with a few slightly deeper gouges here and there and no government cartouche remaining. Attractive color and finish to the wood. Possible unit markings are also found: “10” stamped on the butt plate tang behind the top screw and “B / 66” stamped in stock on flat opposite lock plate.

A Springfield Model 1855 rifle-musket that is complete, clean, and original. [jet]

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