Civil War era Norwich Arms Company Contract Model 1861 Rifle-Musket, .58 caliber. Lock plate dated "1863" and marked with a federal eagle and "U.S./NORWICH," left side of the barrel with "V/P/eagle head" and "B" proofs, top of barrel near breech with additional date "1862," barrel bands with additional "U" proof marks, butt plate tang marked "US." Walnut stocks, round barrel transitioning to an octagonal section at the breech, metal curved butt plate, checkered hammer, fixed front sight which doubles as a bayonet lug and three-leaf folding rear sight, iron tulip head ramrod, cork and brass bore plug, modern leather shoulder strap. Barrel length – 40 1/8". Overall length – 56". Manufactured circa 1862 to 1863. Provenance: Private Maryville, TN collection. CONDITION: Action holds at half and full cock. Storages dings to stocks, with "X" scratches to either side of butt stock. Stocks and metal have been cleaned. Rust to primarily to hammer, few spots to lockplate. Visible rifling to bore.
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