IRON MOUNTED HARPERS FERRY M1855 PERCUSSION RIFLE, DATED 1860

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This Civil War era single-shot muzzleloader is a .58 caliber Harpers Ferry Model 1855 percussion rifle in very fine to excellent overall condition. Longarm has a 33” round barrel with broad three-groove rifling. A lug is mounted on the right side at the muzzle for a saber bayonet. Stock is secured to the stock with two barrel bands and two band springs. All furniture is iron including the lockplate and hammer, buttplate, triggerguard, patchbox, nose cap and ramrod. All metal is clean with matching smooth plum color patina.

All lockplate stampings sharp and clear. The large spread-winged eagle on the kidney-shaped, hinged primer door, along with the date “1860” deeply stamped behind the large, high spur hammer. Large eagle motif on door is still high in detail, including stripes on shield and feathers. Lockplate marked with the “U.S. / HARPER’S FERRY” forward of the hammer. Barrel breech area is smooth with a matching date “1860” on the flat. The eagle head and proof marks are visible on the barrel left facet. Original nipple.

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. The upper edge of the hammer face has chipped off. Musket has the typical two-leaf rear sight graduated to 500 yards and an iron blade front sight. Mechanics crisp and tight. Bore is clean with good rifling. The original, steel, swelled-shank, tulip-head ramrod retains its threaded tip. All barrel bands are original and secured to the stock via flat iron springs. Buttplate is stamped “US”. There is an extra nipple in the patchbox.

Handsome black walnut stock is solid with no cracks or splits. A single, small round dent is found on the top of the wrist. Next to that is a lightly carved roman number “XXXXII”. Wood surface is very good and smooth. Two government cartouches are visible on the left flat.

An exceptional Harpers Ferry Model 1855 rifle.  [jet]

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