“CAPTURED & COLLECTED” CONFEDERATED USED RIFLED AND SIGHTED SPRINGFIELD 1842 MUSKET WITH BAYONET

$3,000.00

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Item Code: 1093-04

This particular gun was captured or collected on the battlefield and sent through the Confederate Ordnance cleaning and repair system for reissue to Confederate troops. These arms were first documented by Steve Knott in his ground-breaking book, “’Captured and Collected’- Confederate Reissued Firearms.” As many as 200,000 captured or salvaged weapons and another 50,000 turned in by CS army units went through several CS Ordnance facilities and before reissue were marked with an inspector’s letter code, usually on the belly of the stock forward of the triggerguard tang. All sorts of rifles, muskets, and carbines came through the system. The catalog of inspector marks is still growing.

Repairs made on this weapon are very evident. The barrel tang has been repaired. The stock is certainly not a Springfield product. Stocks were one of the highly needed items during the C&R process. The stock has the identifying letter “T” stamped forward of the trigger guard. When the US arsenal rifled and sighted these models no care was taken to reassemble with matching barrel & lockplate dates. It is also possible this was done during the C&R process. The stock is in VF condition with sharp edges but when viewed from an inspector’s eye it is clearly not the quality of a US arsenal stock with mortised cuts being slightly off and not as precise.

The Model 1842 was the last of the .69 caliber infantry long arms, but also the first regulation musket in percussion and the first weapon made at both Harpers Ferry and Springfield with fully interchangeable parts. This is a nice example of a Springfield 1842 that was upgraded to keep pace with the new 1855 series of arms by being both rifled and sighted. Since the parts were interchangeable, there was no need to number them for reassembly or even keep parts from a particular gun together and this one shows a typical and acceptable difference of dates on the lockplate and barrel, the plate bearing an 1844 date and the barrel and 1846 date although as we have said this may have been done via the “C&R” process.

The wood shows good edges and color with just a few small handling dings on the left butt flat and left forestock just below the rear sight. The but stock shows just a tad lighter on the left than the right. The left flat is good with nice edges showing just one small chip at the bottom rear, no visible cartouches. The metal is in the bright with the barrel showing some scattered gray area between the lower and middle bands and more between the middle and upper bands, mostly in the upper section. There is a little “salt-and-pepper” pitting near bolster from firing and a couple of small dings on the top of the barrel forward of the middle band from resting against something. All the marking are sharp. The lockplate is marked Spring/field/1844 behind the hammer and has a Springfield eagle over U.S. forward. The bolster shows gray spotting from firing. The breechplug date is good, a little light on the “6,” and the V/P/[eaglehead] barrel proofs are very good.

The bore shows very good rifling. The long-range rear sight, with ladder, is present. Not all rifled 1842 muskets were also sighted, but from 1856 to 1859 about 23,000 had both upgrades done, mostly at Springfield and Harpers Ferry. The mechanics are good. All bands, springs and swivels are in place. The ramrod is not cupped on the tip. We also include the correct bayonet in matching condition.

The Model 1842 was an interesting part of US small arms development and this one shows the continuing efforts on the part of the army to keep pace with arms development and innovation throughout the 1850s. These muskets were used throughout the war and the production of 1864 pattern cartridge boxes for the .69 caliber Minie ball shows the army contemplated keeping them in service for some time.

A very interesting weapon from the standpoint of its US service and ultimately its Confederate service.  [sr/ss]  [ph:L]

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