COMPOSITE PALMETTO ARMORY MUSKET & BAYONET.
inv # 01-18463
NSN. 42” bbl marked “W.G&CO.” on breech.
Lock is smooth and gray with crisp “Palmetto Armory, S*C” around a Palmetto tree forward of hammer and tail is well struck “Columbia/S.C. 1852. Buttplate has SC surcharge and bayonet has “WG”. See attached excellent American Society of Arms Collectors bulletin on Palmetto rifles by Dr. Fred Novy with interesting comments concerning the bbl proofs showing that Palmetto utilized Springfield 1842 inspected bbls, stamping the Palmetto tree proof over Springfield eagle head proofs.