COLT “SPECIAL MODEL 1861” MUSKET, NEW JERSEY CONTRACT, DATED 1862/63

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This original Civil War shoulder arm is a Colt “Special Model 1861” contract rifle musket made from 1861 to 1865 by the Colt Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut. Though no serial numbers were used during the production of the M1861 Special musket, records indicate that some 100,000 such muskets were produced during that period with many supplied for various state sub-contracts. In this case, New Jersey.

This longarm is a percussion, .58 caliber, single-shot muzzleloader with the standard 40” round barrel. Markings are clear with proof marks “VP” on the left barrel breech facet, with “STEEL” and “N.J”.  A date “1862” is stamped on top of the breech. Bore is bright with good rifling.

Lock plate markings are standard Colt Special markings: “U. S. / COLT’S PT F. A. MFG CO / HARTFORD, CT” in front of the hammer and “1863” date behind. All markings are clear. Spread-winged eagle stamped on flat bolster below the nipple. Most gun metal exhibits a smooth gray patina with scattered light brown shades. Mechanics are strong and crisp.

Ramrod is present and complete. Musket has the standard two-leaf rear sight and three of the screw-type barrel bands. Sling swivels at the trigger guard and the middle band. Butt plate is stamped “US”.

Black walnut stock is in very good original condition. Strong wood with very few of the usual small nicks and dings. Stock flat opposite the hammer has deep “N.J” contract stamp and a small cluster of gouges and dings around a carved initial “M”.  Attractive dark wood tone with original finish.

A classic M1861 Colt Special Model musket.  [jet] [ph:L]

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