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Item Code: 513-04
This Civil War longarm is a .58 caliber “Springfield” Model 1863, Type 2, single-shot muzzleloader in complete, good overall condition. The Springfield M1863 Type 2 musket was a government arsenal product from Springfield, Massachusetts. Over two hundred and fifty thousand such longarm weapons were produced for the US Ordnance Dept during the war years. All gunmetal on the weapon appears to never have been cleaned and exhibits a dark brown plum coloring. Lock surface wears the same patina with a smooth finish. “1864” stamped behind the hammer. Lock markings with the “Eagle / US” / SPRINGFIELD” are sharp and clear. 1864 date, eagle and maker’s mark exhibit remnants of white chalk in the cavities. The distinctive “S” shaped hammer with its chamfered, beveled edges has the same smooth patina as the rest of the iron components. Breech area of the barrel suffers from moderate to heavy pitting and the date is not visible on barrel tang. Also, proofmarks not visible on the barrel.
Original nipple and rear sight. Mechanics tight. Barrel wears a smooth brown patina. Bore is dirty with thin rifling, almost gone. Steel tulip-shaped ramrod is original and wears the same dark patina. All barrel bands are original and secured to the stock via flat iron springs. Black walnut stock surface looks to have been sanded and varnished at one time. Stock is solid with no cracks, splits. No cartouches visible. Still exhibits a number of light scratches and scuff marks overall along with minor dings and nicks. A good representative Springfield longarm of the Civil War.
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