Fine 1864 Fayetteville Rifle


Description and Photograph




     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 (I have a matching Fayetteville bayonet available).  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 barrel date is faint with the exception of the 4, with is very clear.  The brass nose cap and the U marked bands are in perfect condition.  The sights and sling swivels are original and in excellent condition.  One lock screw has a chip in the head.  The ramrod is a Richmond Armory product and is worth $1,500.00 alone.  The stock is beautiful; having a good fit, crisp edges, very little burnout and only minor nicks and dings.  There is an old label pasted to the reverse stock face which reads:  “E.R. Stevens”  Second line: “Millerton” (I think) “186-  1911   N.Y.” The script “PB” cartouche of inspector Philip Burkhart is very clear and legible.

     Mechanically it works perfectly.  A primer cap that appears to be original is seated on the nipple, but underneath the nipple is perfect.




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