CONFEDERATE CAPTURED US CONTRACT MODEL 1861 MUSKET BY NORWICH

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This contract Model 1861 by the Norwich Arms Company is in good condition with a very clear and unmistakable “Q” stamped just forward of the trigger guard showing that it was captured, cleaned and repaired by the Confederates and reissued to their troops.

The barrel is very dark with light pitting along the top but heavier around the breech. Rear sight has one flip-up leaf. Front iron blade sight is present at muzzle. Left barrel flat is stamped with a faint “VP” and eagle head that is partially obscured by pitting. Top of the breech has a worn barrel date of 1863. Bore is dark and dirty with faint rifling and some pitting.

The lock is bright with some mottling and moderate pitting. May have been lightly cleaned. There is a crisp “1863” stamped behind the hammer. Forward of it is a good spread-winged eagle and forward of that is “U.S.” over “NORWICH.” Action works properly. Nipple is original but rusted. Clean out screw is badly worn.

The wood stock has numerous small scuffs and scratches with a few scattered small gouges. The flat opposite the lock has no inspector’s cartouche marks. There are no visible cracks however there is some light wear along the ramrod channel but nothing major. Rear most barrel band has a very faint “U” stamping. The front band has the normal clear “U” while the central band has an off center “U” stamping.

Both sling swivels are present. Trigger guard and buttplate are very dark. Buttplate tang has a strong “US.” Tulip shaped swelled shank ramrod is full length with threads at bottom.  [ad]

In his book “CAPTURED & COLLECTED CONFEDERATE REISSUED FIREARMS author Steven W. Knott states “The “Q” stamp is the most common of the Confederate cleaning & repair (C&R) letter stamps by a significant margin; therefore, inspector “Q” was very likely employed by the Richmond Arsenal/Artillery Workshop because no other satellite location matched this facility in C&R production…”

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