CONFEDERATE “CLEANED & REPAIRED” M1861 BRIDESBURG RIFLE DATED 1862

$3,500.00 SOLD

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Item Code: 528-09

This Model 1861, .58 caliber, percussion rifle-musket, dated 1862, is in complete, very good condition. Originally produced at the Alfred Jenks & Co facility in Bridesburg, PA.  Later “cleaned and repaired” at Richmond then reissued to the Confederate infantry.

The 40” long barrel and all gun metal is clean and bright. Breech has light pitting with no date visible. Viewer and proof stamps on the left side of breech are weak. Original sights; combination bayonet lug/blade sight and flip-up, long-range rear sight. Bore is clean and clear with strong rifling.

Lock plate is stamped with an eagle and “U. S. / BRIDESBURG” in front of the hammer and the date on the rear of the lock. Mechanics are crisp. Steel butt plate stamped with “US”. All screw heads are good and show very little wear. Has original ramrod and swivels. Two of the three barrel bands appear to be Richmond-made replacements: the middle and upper bands feature a “U” that is unevenly stamped and/or out of line with the band spring.

Black walnut stock is in nice shape with only a few minor dings as is typical from age and use. A lightly stamped “Z” inspection stamp is found on the underside of the stock in front of the trigger guard.  This mark signifies that this weapon was recovered and turned in to the Confederate Ordnance Bureau for at least cleaning, and/or for some type of repair. The “Z” is believed to stand for Louis Zimmer who oversaw repair work at Richmond. A similar gun is detailed on pages 70-71 of Steve Knott’s new “Captured & Collected” book.

A nice M1861 rifle musket with a known Confederate inspection mark.  [jet]

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