.58 caliber, 40" barrel with three barrel bands, no S/N. Bright finish, smooth walnut stock. Lock marked with spread-winged eagle and US/ WATERTOWN forward of hammer and dated 1864 at tail. Breech with matching 1864 date, and usual V/P/[eagle head] barrel proofs. Counterpane with multiple markings including RPB and FEM script cartouches, a block F.E.M. and C.B. HOARD in a box. Correct pattern 1861 rear sight, musket pattern front sight/bayonet lug, correct pattern tulip-head swelled-shank ramrod. Both sling swivels present. C.B. Hoard of Watertown, NY received a contract for 50,000 US M1861 Rifle Muskets in late 1861 and a second for 20,000 in late 1863. Between 1863 and 1865 he only managed to deliver some 12,800 guns, placing his arms in the lower half of all Civil War contract rifle musket deliveries. Of the 18 contractors who delivered some 448,314 M1861 pattern arms to the US government only six delivered fewer arms than Hoard, with eleven delivering significantly more. This is one of the scarcer Civil War contract muskets and appears to be completely right in terms of configuration and inspection marks, with lock, stock and barrel all being original to the gun.
Good to very good. Metal lightly cleaned with a dull pewter patina and showing scattered surface oxidation, discoloration and some scattered light pitting. Markings remain clear and crisp. Mechanically functional, very good bore is mostly bright with some light pitting. Stock shows use with numerous bumps, dings and mars, some slivers out of the ramrod channel and the initials ES carved into the forend behind the middle band.
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