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Upperville, VA  20185

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Item No.: 8534 Price : SOLD
Item : VERY FINE, SPRINGFIELD U.S. MODEL 1855 RIFLE MUSKET
Description :
This is an original, Civil War, U.S. Model 1855 Type II Rifle-Musket manufactured at Springfield Armory in 1860. The Model 1855 was the first U.S. Musket specifically designed to fire the new "Minie" ball ammunition. It was .58 caliber and fitted with the Maynard Tape Primer Device. This allowed, in theory, a new cap to be advanced to the percussion cone each time the musket was cocked, eliminating the need to manually cap the weapon for each shot. In practice it did not work well, and was eliminated on the later Model 1861 Rifle-Musket. This was the primary musket in the hands of the troops at the beginning of the Civil War. The Model 1855 soldiered on throughout the conflict, side by side with the later types. Springfield Armory made 47,115 of this type. This musket is in very fine to excellent condition. It remains armory bright, as finished, with just a very light freckling of tiny specks of patina. The gun has excellent mechanics. The Maynard Device is complete and functional. The bore is very fine with bright, sharp rifling and just a few small specks of corrosion. The stock is excellent with a crisp inspector's cartouche on the left flat. There is a small scratch above the patch box on the right side of the butt. The markings are crisp, with both the lock and barrel dated 1860. This is a superb example of the Springfield Model 1855 Rifle Musket, one of the best I've seen in years. Stock no. 22652

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