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Colt Model 1861 Special Rifle Musket

.58 caliber, 40" barrel retained by three barrel bands, no S/N. Bright finish, smooth walnut stock. Lock marked in three lines U.S./COLT'S PT F.A. Mfg Co/HARTFORD Ct and dated 1863 at tail. Breech with matching 1863 date, V/P/[eagle head] proofs and left flat marked STEEL and with inspector initials EF. Counterpane with two excellent DAP and JT cartouches, top of comb with clear MMJ sub-inspection. Small letter sub-inspections throughout on the metal parts. Correct 1861 pattern rear sight, musket front sight/bayonet lug. Correct straight-shank ramrod, sling swivels, added Enfield pattern cone protector. A really wonderful example of a mid-war produced US M1861 Special Model musket from one of the most iconic of US arms makers.

Condition:

Very fine. Metal bright with some old dried oil and light discoloration, fine bore, mechanically excellent, all margins crisp and clear. Stock extremely crisp with a fine open grain and feathery texture, showing only a 1.75" scrape on the obverse butt at the butt plate and some very minor light handing marks.

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,525
10/30/2018

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