US Model 1861 Contract Rifle Musket by William Muir

.58 caliber, 40" barrel with three barrel bands, no S/N. Bright finish, smooth walnut stock. Lock marked with spread-winged eagle and US/ WINDSOR LOCKS forward of hammer and dated 1862 at tail. Breech with matching 1862 date, no barrel proofs. Counterpane with script cartouche that appears to be LD, with the same cartouche present on the comb of the stock as well. Correct pattern 1861 rear sight, front sight/bayonet lug, correct pattern tulip-head swelled-shank ramrod. Lower sling swivel present, missing upper swivel. The US M1861 contract rifle muskets with the "Windsor Lock" marked locks are attributed to the earliest delivered by William Muir who had a contract to provide 30,000 rifle muskets to the US government. Only the earliest guns bear this lock mark, as later ones are marked with Muir's name. This is a very scarce variant of the US M1861 rifle musket with a nice, early war date.


Very good. Metal with a mottled oxidized appearance with splotchy discoloration here and there. Markings clear, mechanically functional, bore very good. Stock very good with scattered bumps, dings and handling marks and some slivering in the ramrod channel.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600
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