MODEL 1861 BRIDESBURG CONTRACT RIFLE MUSKET, DATED 1863

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Item Code: 218-577

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Here is an original, 1863-dated Model 1861 .58 caliber “Bridesburg Contract” percussion rifle-musket in very fine condition overall.

The weapon was a product of the Alfred Jenks & Co facility in Bridesburg PA. Firm had a contract with the government and it produced muskets for the army during the Civil War.

The black walnut stock has an attractive color and surface, with 2 government cartouches visible on the flat opposite the hammer. There are a few small dings, dents and scuffs that are visible from normal use.  All gun metal is clean and exhibits an attractive smooth bright finish.

Lockplate has a sharp and has a detailed spread-winged eagle motif, as well as a deep clear “U.S./BRIDESBURG” under the bolster and “1863” stamped behind the hammer. The mechanics are crisp and strong.

Barrel breech area has a slightly worn “1863” on the top flat with sharp government proof marks “V/P / eagle head” on the left facet. Barrel has a JM sub-inspection. Breech area near the nipple and bolster area has very light surface pitting which is consistent with the rest of the metal. The bore is in near mint condition.

All barrel bands, sling swivels, band springs and trigger assembly are original. This musket retrains its original tulip-head, swelled shank, steel ramrod with its threaded tip. Butt plate is marked with a US and W sub-inspector mark on the tang. Many other metal parts have a sub-inspector mark. Screw heads are in great condition.

A fine Model 1861 BRIDESBURG Contract Musket of the Civil War and would be a nice addition to any Civil War collection. [KN] [ph:L]

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