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Category: ALL (5 records) Civil War Era Rifles - Fine Examples of Civil War Era Rifles. The owner, from Memphis, had a lifelong love of antique firearms and was the brother-in-law of our NASA Apollo engineer. Please be sure to attend preview to inspect these historical firearms. - Auction Starts to Close: Tuesday, September 8, 7PM
Preview: Tuesday, September 8, 1-5PM
Removal: Wednesday, September 9, 2-5PM
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1t.jpgDESCRIPTION: War-dated Civil War Musket. Lock plate is marked William Mason, Taunton, Massachusetts. To the rear of the hammer is the date, 1863. The date 1863 can also be found on the barrel tang. The musket is a Model 1861. There is also a Civil War bayonet which fits it. (See Lot #5) The musket shows lots of use. The original ram rod is pitted. Also the lock plate is pitted, which shows that it was fired many times as the percussion caps used in the Civil War were very corrosive. The hammer mechanism is excellent. The markings are faint but there, and readable. There are two cartouches faintly visible on left side of stock. The stock is in very good to excellent condition. These were the primary differences between the special Model 1861 rifle musket produced exclusively under contract and the regulation model 1861 as produced at Springfield and by most contractors. Aside from these changes and the blued finish applied to some parts of a portion of the model 1863 rifle muskets, the arm remained much the same as its predecessors. It should be noted that the model 1863, were produced at Springfield only during that year, for not only were the changes for this arm approved on February 9, 1863, but subsequent changes initiating another variation U.S. model 1863, Type (Fig. 5B & Fig. 10C) were approved on the 17th of December. During 1863, a total of 273,265 model 1863 Type rifle muskets were turned out at Springfield, establishing a new production record for any U.S. armory. In addition to this number, a relatively small quantity was produced by a few of the contractors who had initially undertaken the manufacture of the model 1861 rifle muskets, but who apparently modified their production to conform with the changes at Springfield. Although no government contracts are known which specified the model 1863 arm, it is know that they were produced by such contractors as Alfred Jenk & Son; William Mason; Norris & Clement; E Remington & Son and the Savage Revolving Fire Arms Company. These and possibly a very few others manufactured model 1861 rifle muskets but in relatively small quantities. During its life span, which lasted less than a year, no changes are known to have been incorporated into the U.S. model 1863 rifle musket, until 1863 when a variation to the model was introduced. (Fig. 10C & 5B)
23 1691 1,967.00  
2t.jpgDESCRIPTION: Norwegian Infantry Rifle: Rare Military Tilting Bolt Breech Loader (Kammerlader) Gun is breech-loaded converted from percussion to rim-fired cartridge. The gun is an under hammer with a system somewhat similar to the Hall Rifle. An unusual feature for a military rifle is the Horn Nose Cap. Serial numbers are all 2282, marked on frame, stock, rear sight, bottom tang, and butt plate. Left side of breech marker: Model 1860__4. Top of breech marked 1864. Crown proof marks in many places. I traded some guns for it in the early 1950's. It was so unusual, I just wanted it. I would love to know how it came to America!. Caliber .50 rim-fire. Breech swings up into two sections for loading. Rifled with excellent bore. On Aug 8, 2008, I received the following e-mail from Trond Wikborg of Norway: You are right. This is the civilian skytterlagsgevaeraer M1860. As far as I could see, you have both the cartridge and the open chamber for the rifle. This is unusual; one of them is nearly always missing. It seems to be in fairly nice condition as well. It is produced at Kongsberg Vaapenfabrikk in Norway. The original caliber is 11,77 mm, but it was enlarged to 12,17 mm when fitted for cartridge.
7 1663 303.00  
3t.jpgDESCRIPTION: Austrian Jaeger Tube-Lock Rifle - L. E. 1852. FERD.FRUWIRTH on top of barrel. 852 on right side below trigger. (Kammerbuchse designed in Vienna) Rifled with original ramrod. Rear sight replaced. Excellent bore, very good wood. Original patch box cover is missing and has a replaced piece of wood. Decorative pewter-colored metal inlay on left stock. Serial number 175 on barrel. A muzzle-loader with original ramrod. Stock has cheek rest to lessen recoil and make gun more accurate. Original barrel approx. 72 caliber. Wood stamped FF1852 on the bottom of the stock. Comments about these rifles from the Internet: Austrian arms play a major part in American history as many thousands were imported by the North and the South during the Civil War. Many of these were the earlier console tube locks that were easily converted to percussion by adding a drum and nipple. The Console and Augustin locks can be easily fired today by laying a musket cap upside down in the channel and closing the latch around it. The firing anvil will easily set them off.
5 2077 305.76  
4t.jpgDESCRIPTION: Model 1854 Austrian Lorenz 54 caliber. Purchased from Cliff Sophia, owner of in Upperville, Virginia in 2013. Rifle is in almost mint condition and has no markings except for production assembly letters on left side of barrel. Possibly an early export model. 250,000 imported by North and 100,000 imported by South during the Civil War. Percussion style breech loader. Called a rifled musket. Stocks were made of beech or occasionally walnut. Fixed rear site indicate Type 1 made between 1854 and 1857. Soldier could get off 2 rounds per minute.
11 2315 900.00  
5t.jpgDESCRIPTION: 1861 Bayonet for Civil War musket. Fits perfectly on lot #1, the William Mason Musket
3 1691 101.00  

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