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The Virginia state forces captured Harper’s Ferry on April 18, 1861. The captured stores and machinery were quickly removed to Richmond and set up in the old Virginia Armory. In late August 1861, the Confederate States Government took over the facility and it was thereafter known as the “Richmond Armory”.
Those who do not collect Richmond long arms have no idea how rare it is to find an example that is an original, complete Richmond Armory product. I literally examine several dozens of Richmond long arms in order to find one that is truly original and even at that, I am excepting the ramrod. The reason for this is two fold. The first is that the Confederates salvaged everything that they could by gleaning the battlefields and reused the parts. The other reason is that all through the years, collectors and dealers, some innocently and some not, have replaced missing or damaged parts with U.S. parts.
The 1864 dated C.S. Richmond rifle-musket shown here is a text book example of a one hundred percent Richmond Armory rifle-musket. Every screw, sling swivel, barrel band, sight, buttplate, stock, lock and barrel, even the ramrod is original. The gun has been lightly cleaned in the past and has aged back nicely. It has no repairs or replacements whatsoever. The metal is smooth with the exception of the top barrel flat and even that is so good that the 1864 date stamping is still legible, a very rare occurrence; not one in a hundred is legible today. The barrel, lock and bands have some very nice forging flaws. The forging flaws, which are desirable are some of the most pronounced that I have ever seen, demonstrate how pushed the Confederate Government was to get these arms out of the armory and into the hands of Lee’s incomparable infantry. The barrel bands are the same way; extremely out of line, the lower band is out of line and upside down! The stock has only very minor dings and scratches. The gun has had zero restoration.
This is about as close as you can get to a nearly new, as issued Richmond rifle-musket.
If you only want a “Richmond”, and want one of the very best, this is a wonderful opportunity. This comes from one of the finest Confederate arms collections in the country and the ownership provenance will come with the gun.