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.


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
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