CONFEDERATE USED MODEL 1861 BRIDESBURG, DATED 1863 WITH MATCHING BAYONET, FROM UTICA GAR HALL

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Item Code: 88-05

Several details are evidence of Confederate use. Stamped into the wood forward of the triggerguard is a letter “Q” showing that at some point this weapon was captured by the Confederates and sent to one of their armories for cleaning and refitting. In addition to that, the front and rear barrel bands are of Richmond manufacture (center band is US) and the barrel tang is pinched which is believed to be a telltale sign of the vice at the Richmond armory. Also, one of the lock screws is from an earlier weapon.

Barrel is dark throughout with heavy mottling. There is moderate to heavy pitting at the breech. Front and rear sights are present. Rear sight has both flip-up leaves but they are frozen. Breech area has a fair “VP” and a weak but visible eaglehead. Barrel date has been obliterated by pitting. Weapon saw heavy use. Bore is dark and dirty. Rifling is faint at best.

Lockplate is dark and matches the barrel in appearance. It has a good spread-winged eagle with a fair “US” over a weak “BRIDESBURG” forward of the hammer and a good “1863” behind it. Hammer matches barrel and lock and works well but it also exhibits moderate pitting. Nipple is original. Bolster screw shows faint wear.

Ramrod is correct tulip head with swelled shank and is complete with threads on tip. Ramrod channel shows light wear.  Buttplate has a faint “US” on tang. Both sling swivels are present.

Walnut stock is in nice condition with a dark patina. There are no cracks just the usual small scattered marks from use and handling. The flat opposite the lock retains no cartouche marks.

Model 1855 socket bayonet accompanying the weapon matches the rifle in appearance. Locking ring works properly and the flat of the blade has a crisp “US” marking. Bayonet fits and locks into place properly.

Verbal history says that the rifle and bayonet came from a Utica, New York GAR Post. [ad]

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