MODEL 1861 BRIDESBURG CONTRACT MUSKET, DATED 1863

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Item Code: 218-564

This Model 1861, .58 caliber, percussion rifle-musket, dated 1863, is in complete, and in very good condition. Produced at the Alfred Jenks & Co facility in Bridesburg, PA.

The 40” long barrel is bright and clean overall exhibiting just a confined area of pitting around the breech and bolster and an area of small dings at the muzzle. Barrel, lockplate, C-shaped hammer, butt plate, bands, trigger guard, and ramrod all wear the same clean, slightly tarnished look. Lock plate is stamped “U. S. / BRIDESBURG” in front of the hammer and strongly stamped “1863” behind hammer. A detailed spread-winged eagle motif is stamped on lockplate between hammer and bolster.

Steel butt plate strongly stamped with “U S”. Musket also exhibits small sub-inspector marks on major components. Has the original two-leaf rear sight and small blade front sight. Barrel date stamp on the breech top flat is “1863” although slightly obscured by pitting. Bore is clean and bright with very good rifling. Government proof marks “V / P / eaglehead” are found on left facet of the breech. Another small sub-inspector mark is visible just above the wood. Mechanics are strong and crisp.

Black walnut stock is in very good condition overall. Has clean edge contours on the flat opposite the hammer. Stock exhibits two government cartouches and a sub-inspector mark on the flat. The rest of the wood has the usual tiny dings and dents from use and storage. Retains its steel, swelled shank, tulip-head steel ramrod with a threaded tip, all in excellent condition.

A fine Bridesburg contract musket of the Civil War.  [jet]

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