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Fine Looking .69 Caliber 1864 Dated Civil War Navy Rifle by Whitney
Item #: A6026
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This is a gun that you don't see offered every day! It is an original U.S. model 1861 navy rifle. This is the pattern that was made by the famous firm of Eli Whitney of New Haven, Connecticut. The lockplate has his famous "WHITNEY-VILLE" maker's mark along with the Union eagle and the "US" stamping. Behind the hammer it has the stamped "1864" date of Production. These guns show up with 1863 or 1864 dates and were made to fulfill their 10,000 gun contract with the U.S. Government. The mechanics of the lockplate work on all positions. The barrel is full-length at 34 inches. The barrel has the the serial number of "8115" stamped on the barrel tang. This number would have matched the hand fitted bayonet at one time. This one has a fine original bayonet that fits the gun perfectly that is described below. It has the unique style long range rear sight intact and it is 100% original. The sight is designed to be used for up to 1,000 yards. On the front of the barrel it has the lug on the side to accept the saber style bayonet. Inside of the barrel it no longer retains any of the original rifling. Underneath the barrel it has the original and full-length ramrod intact. It also has both of the original sling swivels remaining and they both still pivot. As you can see all of the metal parts have a pleasing gray tone. The stock is a beautiful piece of medium colored walnut with a furniture grade grain to the wood. It has a hairline crack under the rifle hammer. On the flat of the stock, opposite of the lockplate, it has the inspector cartouche still partially visible where it was approved for use by the Government. One thing that makes this one special is that It is accompanied by a fine original saber style bayonet of the style that is illustrated as figure #4 on page 207 of Janzen's bayonet book. He lists them as the model 1861 U.S. Navy Rifle saber bayonet. They are very distinctive because of the large barrel opening that accepts the large bore of the model 1861 navy rifle made by the Whitney Company that is known to collectors as the Plymouth Navy Rifle. The rifle and bayonet were designed for Admiral J.A. Dahlgren who also developed the cannon that bore his name. The blade is full-length at 22-1/2 inches. It has the maker mark of the Hartford, Connecticut firm of Collins and Company at the base of the blade. The blade has some spotting as you can see but displays well. The brass handle is complete with a great look and on the top of the handle it has the serial number of "7395". These were hand fitted to the end of the gun and it would have had a matching serial number on the gun. The locking spring is still present and complete on the handle as well and it is fully functional. On the back of the handle it has the "F.C.W." stamping. These are the inspector initials of the U.S. Ordnance Department inspector who approved the bayonet for military use, Frank C. Warner. On the left hand side of the handle it has the small anchor stamping where it was inspected by the Navy. What makes this one special is that it is accompanied by the original leather and brass scabbard. The scabbard still has the belt frog stud intact on the top mount. The leather is complete and has nice honest wear from service. This is a fine original and beautiful displaying U.S. Model 1861 Whitney navy rifle with an 1864 date.

Shipping Weight: 30 lbs
$2,995.00 USD

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