-RARE CONFEDERATE MENDENHALL, JONES, & GARDNER CONTRACT RIFLE

 

Spring 2024 Premier Firearms & Militaria Auction

June 7th, 8th, 9th, & 10th, 2024
This auction will feature an outstanding collection of items spanning multiple categories including Modern, Military, Sporting, & Antique firearms & militaria! Below is just a small grouping of select highlights from the massive offering to be featured in this upcoming sale!

 

RARE CONFEDERATE MENDENHALL, JONES, & GARDNER CONTRACT RIFLE

01-24683
Cal. 58
S# 833

32.5″ barrel is proofed “NC/P” 1″ rear of iron fixed notch rear sight, brass blade front sight and iron bayonet lug with small “8” stamped. Characteristic straight iron butt plate, 2-piece brass trigger guard, 2 brass bands stamped on top “U”, brass nose cap. Trumpet end iron ramrod is cut a bit short and is not threaded. Lockplate stamped: “M. J. & G. / NC”, and “CS” vertically at tail. Mounted on straight grain walnut stock, “M. J. & G.” rectangular cartouche only visible in outline rear of brass 1841 style sideplate. The bayonet lug appears remounted in its time of use as filled mortise still visible forward of current lug. Matching S# “833” are observed internally inside lock and bottom of barrel tang. John Murphy & Howard Madaus in their well known text “Confederate Rifles and Muskets” classify this model MJ&G as type 2, made in the model 1841 style 1862-1863.
UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: copy of chapter on this manufacturer from the 1996 Murphy and Madaus text.

CONDITION: very good overall, complete and matching with exception of broken rear sling swivel. Lock and barrel have mottled gray iron patina, NC/P proofs on top of breech are discernible but hard to see due to pitting, brass cleaned and toned to mixed mustard patinas. Stock is sound, refinished, three soldiers initials “GMF” carved upside down on right buttstock. Mechanics are fine, good 7 land and groove rifled bore. PROVENANCE: Private Southern collection.

STATUS: ANTIQUE

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