Civil War Confederate Blockade Run 1862 Pattern Enfield Tower rifled musket, .577 caliber. Lock plate marked "Tower 1862" with crown, breech marked with "25" proof marks, bottom of butt stock comb marked with Confederate or English inspection stamp "JS/(anchor)", butt plate with hand engraved serial number "6273/A". Walnut stock, brass butt plate, trigger guard, and fore end tip, iron barrel bands, inlaid iron escutcheons, proper ramrod #1347. Also included is an original document dated March 17, 1862 signed by Gen. John C. Breckenridge to Capt. Brewster a request for 600 Enfield rifles, possible including this rifle. Barrel length – 39". Overall length – 55". Note: See "The English Connection" by Russ A. Pritchard and Cleveland Adger Huey, 2014, p. 112-133. Provenance: Estate of Jim Maconkey, Landrum, SC. CONDITION: Action is excellent. Barrel cleaned approximately 50 years ago, starting to assume patina. Breech of barrel with moderate pitting, balance of barrel smooth with numerous dings, sling swivels are missing, stock worn smooth with numerous usage and storage dings. Stock is cracked at breech extending 1 1/4" to the escutcheon on left side.
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