MODEL 1861 BRIDESBURG CONTRACT MUSKET DATED 1862

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Item Code: 172-5773

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The Alfred Jenks & Co facility in Bridesburg, PA had one of the largest contracts for arms awarded during the Civil War. This musket is one of their fine products.

The weapon has a barrel that is plumb brown with some scattered lighter spots. Front and rear sight are present. Rear sight has both flip-up leaves. Breech area has a good “VP” and eagle head. Top of breech is lightly pitted and has a barrel date of “1862.” Bore has good rifling but it is dark with scattered pitting in several spots. Nipple is original and shows some dirt and pitting around its base.

Lock plate matches the barrel for the most part but has been lightly cleaned giving it a semi-bright appearance. It has a strong spread-winged eagle and “US” over “BRIDESBURG” forward of the hammer and a strong 1862 behind it. Hammer matches barrel and the action is good.

All three barrel bands are present and stamped with a horizontal “U.” Bands and band springs match the rest of the iron on the weapon.

Walnut stock is dark and is mostly free of dings and dents. The left side of the butt is carved with an interesting decoration that looks like two pine tree branches laid end to end flanked by two horizontal diamonds. The carving is well done. There is also a faint inspector’s cartouche mark just forward of the trigger guard on the bottom of the stock. The flat, where the cartouche usually is, has the carved initials “A.B.” and the Roman numeral “XIX.” Also under the stock, just forward of the inspector’s cartouche are the initials “A.B.” again.

Buttplate matches the rest of the metal on the rifle and has a strong “US” on tang. Trigger guard matches as well. Both sling swivels are present.

Ramrod is correct tulip head with swelled shank and is complete with threads on tip. Wood of the ramrod channel shows very little wear. Ramrod is bright and may have been cleaned or maybe a original replacement.

Except for the ramrod and a little cleaning on the lock plate, this weapon is untouched.  [ad] [ph:L]

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