Premier Firearms Auction
May 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2022
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1863 DATED RICHMOND RIFLE MUSKET.
This is a very good example of the standard production Richmond Armory rifle musket that saw lots of use but has survived in original complete condition. Standard configuration made from captured Harpers Ferry machinery late 1862-1864. 56” overall, 40” barrel with proper fixed front site, adjustable leaf rear sight, brass butt plate, brass nose cap, original tapered ramrod. Longitudinal forging flaws are seen on barrel which is characteristic of Richmond manufactured barrels. “VP” and eagle head proof at breech are discernible including broken “P” characteristic of Richmond manufacture, barrel date is not visible due to pitting from hard use. The lock is dated “1863” at tail and “C.S. / RICHMOND, VA” forward of hammer. All components appear of Richmond manufacture except for the front two bands which are Harpers Ferry. Captured Harpers Ferry finished parts were generally utilized on earliest production muskets, this example probably early 1863. This is among the most difficult Confederate arms to find unmolested.
PROVENANCE: Dr. Fred Novy collection.