M1841 “MISSISSIPPI” RIFLE WITH VERBAL ID TO 1ST MARYLAND, POTOMAC HOME BRIGADE

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Item Code: 528-03

This single shot muzzle loading, Model 1841 Mississippi rifle was manufactured at the Harpers Ferry arsenal. Barrel is 33” long with a surface that is dark brown with scattered light pitting. The rear sight is a flip-up, long range sight while the front is a blade sight. “1851” date visible on breech tang amid pitting. Viewer and proof stamps are lightly visible. .58 caliber bore is dirty but retains good rifling. Original nipple. Lock is clearly stamped “HARPERS / FERRY / 1850” behind the hammer. An eagle and “US” are stamped in front of the hammer. Action works well.

Wood stock is in good condition. There are small dings and dents consistent with age and use but no cracks. No inspector’s cartouches are visible. Right side of the butt has the brass patch box. Below patch box there is a surface scrape with white paint or white wash lightly embedded…no doubt from being banged against a wall at some point.

All furniture is brass and exhibits a light patina. Both iron sling swivels are present. An Enfield ramrod which has had the threaded end clipped, flattened and had a hole drilled has replaced the original. Butt plate tang is unmarked.  A solid Mississippi Rifle.

Identification comes from a copy of an old letter. This document states the gun was purchased for $3 from Joe Chipley in 1913 while living in Troy, NY. The story checks out as there was a Joe Chipley living in Troy at that time as was the purchaser, Robert Smallenbarger. Although the letter suggests Chipley may have fought for the Confederacy, the only records available show him in the 1st Maryland Potomac Home Brigade, joining in February 1865.

A solid “Mississippi” rifle.   [jet]

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