BEAUTIFUL “CAPTURED & COLLECTED” MODEL 1861 CONTRACT RIFLE MUSKET, DATED 1864

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This Model 1861, .58 caliber, percussion rifle musket is complete, and in very good condition. Produced by E. Robinson in New York. Acquired at some point by the Confederates, cleaned and/or repaired, then marked with a Confederate inspection stamp “E”.

All gun metal on this rifle is smooth with matching gray/brown patina. A weak spread-winged eagle motif is stamped on lockplate between hammer and bolster. Under the eagle is “U.S.” In front of this and under the bolster is the maker’s stamp, “E. ROBINSON / NEW YORK”.  Behind the hammer is the date, “1864”. Mechanically strong and crisp.

The 40” long barrel has the original two-leaf rear sight and small blade front sight. Barrel shows moderate pitting and wear around the breech and bolster. The date “1864” is barely discernable on the top of the breech. Proof marks “V / P / eaglehead” are strong on upper left facet of the breech. Inspector’s initials “[star] LEM” are stamped on the left side of breech. Bore is bright and clear with strong rifling.

Screw heads are in good shape. Butt plate bears the “US” and a “32”. Retains its original swelled shank, tulip-head steel ramrod with a threaded end. Barrel bands, sling swivels, etc. are all in good condition.

Black walnut full stock is in very good condition overall. Stock has no visible cartouches on the flat. There are no cracks and only the usual dings and dents from use and storage. Wood retains dark original color and finish. Stamped with the Confederate “captured & collected” inspection stamp just above the trigger guard tang. This is the first “E” stamp we’ve encountered and has been reviewed and endorsed by Steve Knott.

Some 200,000 thousand firearms captured or collected by CS Ordnance teams and civilians, along with perhaps another 50,000 turned in by CS units, went through the cleaning and/or repair (“C&R”) system of the Confederate Ordnance Department for reissue to Confederate soldiers. The process took place mostly in the eastern theatre, where Lee’s victories left battlefields and arms in Confederate hands, and was concentrated at facilities at Danville, Staunton, Lynchburg, and Richmond.

Steve Knott’s book on Confederate reissue arms is the go-to source on the subject and there is more work being done. The cataloging of their repairs, their inspector marks, and the wide variety of arms that went through the system is ongoing and provides a real opportunity not only for those looking to acquire a real Confederate-used arm, but also those studying the south’s need for arms and the innovative and systematic ways they tried to compensate for the industrial superiority of the north.

An excellent contract musket of the Civil War.  [jet]  [ph:L]

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