Fine 1864 Fayetteville Rifle

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      When Stonewall Jackson captured Harper’s Ferry in 1861 the arsenal contained both rifle and rifle- musket manufacturing machinery.  The rifle-musket machinery and parts were sent to the Richmond Armory to manufacture the Richmond Rifle-Musket.  The rifle making machinery and parts were sent to the arsenal in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Fayetteville’s production is broken down into four models.  The first of these arms is distinguished by its high-hump lockplate.  The second by its low-hump lockplate, and the third by its low-profile lockplate, all three of these being equipped with a bayonet lug to take the saber style bayonet.  The fourth model is identical to the third model with the exception that the bayonet lug had been discontinued.

     The rifle shown here is the fourth model.  The lock plate has the standard CSA under an eagle and Fayetteville stamped forward of the hammer and the year, 1864, behind the hammer.  The markings are as crisp and clear as you will ever find them.  The brass butt plate has a crisp C.S.A. stamped into the tang.  The brass nose cap and the U marked bands are in perfect condition.  The sights, sling swivels and ramrod are original and in excellent condition.  The stock is beautiful; having only minor nicks and dings.  The barrel retains 90 plus % of its original brown finish and has crisp view and proof marks; even a clear 1864 barrel date remains.  The bore is in near mint new condition.  The rifle even has one of the clearest script “PB” cartouche of inspector Philip Burkhart you will ever see.

     If only the very, very best will do for your collection, there is no doubt that this is one of the very best original, fine conditioned Fayetteville rifles in existence.

   

 

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