.69 caliber, 26" round barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, walnut stock. Standard Springfield lock markings dated 1855, matching 1855 date on breech plug tang, standard proofs on barrel. Upper barrel band with D4 alphanumeric mating code to match the gun to the M1847 Sappers & Miners bayonet it was originally issued with. Rack number 19 in wood forward of buttplate tang. Partially legible script WN cartouche on counterpane. Original sappers & miners upper barrel band, bayonet lugs removed, sling swivels removed, original ramrod.
Due to a lack of available cadet muskets during mid-to-late 1850s, several states requested the issuance of US M1847 Artillery Carbines. Once those stores were depleted, Springfield Arsenal altered 228 M1847 sappers & miners musketoons to the "Artillery" configuration for cadet use. These guns were altered ca 1856-1857 by removing the saber bayonet lugs from the barrels and upper barrel bands, adding a socket bayonet stud under the barrel, sized to accept the US M1835/40 socket bayonet. The sling swivels were also removed, with the supporting studs under the lower barrel band and the mounting plate in the stock toe ground off. This example shows all of these modifications. This is an exceptionally scarce arsenal alteration of an already rare US M1847 sappers & miners musketoon that is often missing from even the most advanced collections of cadet arms.
Very good. Metal with a medium pewter patina and patches of surface oxidation. Metal shows some etching patterns, suggesting that it was cleaned with a corrosive liquid. Markings in metal remain clear. Mechanically functional, very good bore. Stock with scattered bumps, dings, surface mars and handling marks, with some chipping around the toe swivel mounting plate and the rear sideplate screw.
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