M1841 “MISSISSIPPI” RIFLE BY ROBBINS & LAWRENCE FROM GOSPORT NAVY YARD

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Item Code: 1000-198

This single shot muzzle loading, Model 1841 Mississippi rifle was manufactured by the firm of Robbins & Lawrence of Windsor, Vermont in 1849.

Barrel is 33” long with a surface that is dark brown with moderate scattered pinprick pitting throughout except at breech where pitting is heavy. The rear sight is a notch while the front is a small brass blade. No breech stamps are visible due to pitting. Bore has great rifling but dark with some pitting. Original nipple.

Lock and hammer are dark, matching the barrel. Lock has a very light stamping of “ROBBINS / & / LAWRENCE / US” amid pitting forward of the hammer and a clearer “WINDSOR, VT. / 1849” behind. Action works well.

Wood stock is in good condition. There are small dings and dents consistent with age and use but no cracks. The flat opposite the lock displays two faint inspector’s cartouches.

Right side of the butt has the brass patch box which when open reveals a drilled hole for an extra nipple.

All furniture is brass and exhibits a dark patina. Both iron sling swivels are present. The ramrod is full length with threaded tip and brass trumpet head. Butt plate tang has crisp “US” as well as “GNY” (Gosport Navy Yard).

The Gosport Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia, dates back to its British control before the American Revolution. It was the largest Navy yard at the time of the Civil War and fell into Confederate control at the beginning of the Civil War. After the war, it was renamed the Norfolk Navy Yard. During the Civil War Confederate forces took control and utilized most of the weapons stored there that were not burned by withdrawing Union forces.

This rifle could have been utilized by U.S. Marine Corps sharpshooters attached to vessels at Gosport or captured and used by the Confederacy.  A solid and interesting gun.  [jet]

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