.69 caliber, 26" round barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, brass furniture, walnut stock. Lock with two-click tumbler, standard Springfield markings, dated 1848, breech plug tang date 1849, standard barrel proofs. Sling bar and ring, US M1858 rear sight, rifled bore, chain retained tulip head ramrod, lead weight in butt. During 1859 two M1847 cavalry musketoons were modified at Springfield Arsenal by rifling the bores and adding long range rear sights. Additionally the original production swivel ramrods were replaced with chain retained ramrods and an 8oz lead weight was installed in the butt to help reduce recoil. The sample carbines became the models for the modifications that were performed at Frankford Arsenal during 1859, where 334 M1847 cavalry musketoons were so modified. 100 of these were later altered to the Merrill breechloading system, leaving only 226 M1847 rifled and sighted percussion cavalry carbines in inventory, including the two Springfield sample guns. Original, complete and correct examples of this carbine are exceedingly rare. This is appears to be completely correct in all respects.
Very good. Metal lightly cleaned with a medium pewter patina. Markings mostly clear on the metal, no visible cartouches. Brass with a medium gold patina. Mechanically functional, very good bore with lightly scattered pitting. Retains correct pattern M1858 rear sight, chained ramrod and lead weight in butt. Butt with cracks due to lead weight corrosion. Stock shows scattered bumps, dings and mars. A great example of a rarely found, totally correct Frankford Arsenal modified US M1847 Cavalry Musketoon.
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