M1863 BRIDESBURG RIFLE-MUSKET -- NEEDHAM CONVERSION

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Item Code: 490-2591

This is a Model 1863 Bridesburg contract rifle-musket with a Needham conversion system in good original condition. Before its alteration from .58 caliber percussion to a breechloading centerfire system in 1869, this longarm was a product of the Philadelphia firm of Alfred Jenks & Son, owners and operators of the Bridesburg Machine Works in Pennsylvania.

This Needham-altered, single-shot longarm is one of an unknown quantity that were modified and retains a pleasing appearance.  Barrel is clean and has a smooth surface with a mottled dark gray patina. In complete condition, this musket retains its original stock, “S”-shaped beveled hammer, straight-shank ramrod, all barrel bands, and sling swivels. Mechanics are good. Bore is bright with good rifling.

Black walnut stock is in solid condition overall with some dings from age and storage. No cartouches visible.  Number 44 stamped behind the breech tang.

Face of the lockplate stamped with a strong “1863” stamp behind the modified hammer. Upper right area of the lockplate in front of the hammer was cut to accommodate the unique Needham swing-out breech for the sideloading receiver. A name (SAUNDERS) is hand cut into the top of the breech. The spread-winged eagle and “BRIDESBURG” are still visible. Original tulip-head, steel ramrod is complete with threaded end. Buttplate tang stamped with a light “US”.

Needham conversion long arms have an interesting history involving an Irish-American secret society. Immediately after the Civil War, the Fenian Brotherhood plotted to invade Canada to pressure England to grant independence to Ireland.

A good example of post-war conversion with interesting footnote in history.  [jet]   [ph:L]

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