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Authentic Original Rifles, Muskets
These are artifacts that are superior in Condition, Rarity or Both. They are pieces for the discerning collector.
Very Scarce 1860 Dated Harpers Ferry 2-Band .58 Caliber Model 1855
Item #: A5048
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This is your opportunity to own an extremely scarce version of military rifle musket. This is the .58 caliber military rifle musket that was made at the famous Harpers Ferry Armory just before the outbreak of the Civil War. The lock plate has the desirable Harpers Ferry maker's Mark as well as the 1860 production date. The lock plates of these guns were designed to utilize the Maynard patent tape primer instead of the normal percussion cap. All of the internal parts on the Maynard priming system are intact and they are still fully functional. They only produced these guns from 1857 until 1861 and according to Flayderman's guide they only produced 12,158 of them. This one has the full-length 33 inch round barrel with beautiful original rifling on the inside of the barrel. At the breech of the barrel you can still see the Eagle as well as the "VP" letters were the barrel was viewed and proofed by the arsenal inspector. The top of the barrel flat still retains the matching desirable 1860 production date. It is entirely likely that with this 1860 dates that this is one of the guns that was captured by the Confederate forces at Harpers Ferry and issued to Southern forces. These late production guns were produced with the shorter range rear sight and this one is still nicely intact as is the original front sight. These later productions are also produced with the iron patch box on the side of the shoulder flat. The later productions are also entirely iron mounted and all of the metal surfaces have a pleasant old polished gray tone. The stock of the gun is constructed from a single piece of high grade Walnut wood and as you can see it displays superbly with a smooth surface that has the deep dark tone which gives it a very pleasing appearance. Underneath the gun it has the original full-length ramrod with the swollen shank design. It has both of the original sling swivels intact under the gun as well. When you open the patch box up you see the old collection tag. This gun was part of the impressive collection of Jac Weller pf Princeton, New Jersey. There is a Wikipedia page about Mr. Weller that mentions his collecting of firearms. Mr. Weller was an All-American Football player in 1935 and was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame. He was the honorary curator of the West Point Museum in the 1960's. He also wrote several books about military history. If you have wanted a very pretty example of the scarce late production model 1855 rifled musket from the Harpers Ferry Armory that was likely Confederate used, then this is your chance.

Shipping Weight: 30 lbs
$5,450.00 USD

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