U. S. SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1863 TYPE I MUSKET, DATED 1863

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Item Code: 490-2435

This Civil War longarm is a .58 caliber Springfield Model 1863, Type 1, single-shot muzzleloader. The Springfield M1863 Type 1 musket was a government arsenal product from Springfield, Massachusetts. Over two hundred seventy thousand such weapons were produced for the U.S. Ordnance Department during the war years.

The 40” long barrel has the original two-leaf rear sight and small blade front sight. Round barrel has clean, smooth surface covered with light surface pitting. Breech is stamped “1863” with worn proof marks “V / P / eagle head” on left facet. Bore is clear with good rifling; some pitting in the grooves.

Lock plate and hammer have a darker patina.  Lock markings are strong with the “Eagle / U.S. / SPRINGFIELD” in front of the hammer. “1863” stamped behind the hammer. This pattern has the distinctive “S” shaped hammer with beveled edges. Hammer-trigger mechanical action is crisp and strong.

All other gun metal parts exhibit matching patina with light surface pitting. This type musket was produced without barrel band springs. The three screw-tightened barrel bands are correct and in place. Retains its original straight-shank ramrod; the threaded end has been cut off.

Black walnut stock is good and retains nice color and finish. Has the usual dings and scratches normal for its age and use. No inspector cartouches remain visible.

An original Model 1863 Springfield type-1 rifle-musket.  [jet] [ph:L]

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