VERY NICE “SAVAGE” MODEL 1861 RIFLE MUSKET, DATED 1863, NEW JERSEY STAMPED

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Item Code: 172-5806

Original, 1863-dated, .58 caliber, Model 1861 percussion rifle-musket in very good condition. Specimen is a product of the Savage Revolving Fire Arms Company of Middletown, Connecticut. Savage was a major contractor in the Civil War who supplied the government with some 25,500 such muskets for the army.

Barrel is a beautiful smooth plum color. Barrel measures 40” long and features standard two-leaf rear sight and bayonet lug / front blade sight. Top flat of breech is clearly stamped “1863” and viewer’s proof marks “V / P / eagle head” are strong on the left facet of barrel. A strong “N.J” New Jersey surcharge is on left side of barrel. Bore has light oxidation throughout and retains strong rifling.

Lock plate is stamped in front of hammer with a worn spread-winged eagle motif above “U.S.” Just forward is the two-line maker address “SAVAGE R. F. A. Co. / MIDDLETOWN, Ct.” A clean date “1863” stamped on lock plate behind hammer. Mechanics very strong and tight.

Steel ramrod with threaded tip, original barrel bands, band springs, sling swivels, and trigger guard assembly are all original and in place. Butt plate has clearly stamped “U.S” on tang. All gun metal components are in excellent condition with a matching tone.

Black walnut stock is in excellent condition with a handsome patina and original finish. Stock bears deep “NJ” surcharge stamp on left flat. A few minor dings and dents from storage and age.

A fine original Civil War Model 1861 “Savage” contract rifle musket. Purchased by the state of New Jersey.  [jet] [ph:L]

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