Wonderful Condition Civil War British Model 1853 TOWER Enfield Percussion Musket, Dated 1861
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A Fantastic Condition Antique Civil War Period Model 1853 TOWER Enfield Percussion Musket, Dated "1861". 39", .577/.58 caliber rifled barrel marked on the top of breech with multiple Government Inspector's marks and fitted with long range rear sight. Regulation pattern brass and steel furniture (barrel bands with inspector's marks). Butt plate is stamped "226". Lock marked "TOWER", dated "1861" and stamped with a "CROWN" at the tail end of the lock-plate without the Queens VR cypher (indicating that this weapon was not intended for the British Military rather made for sale outside of the country to the overseas market (United States) for the Civil War. All steel surfaces are blued (approx. 90% remains) with very minor areas of discoloration. The stock is solid with many inspector's marks (especially on the right side of butt circular stamp "PIMLICO 1861", "24" stamped on the left, (2) marks just above the right side of trigger guard, (4) marks just below the trigger guard, "I GODDARD" stamped on the left side just below the rear side lock screw, light scratches and dings from years of handling. The musket has the original wood tompion. A remarkable condition example in good mechanical working order.
NOTE: These muskets were imported by both sides during the Civil War. These were predominately used by the Confederate Army.