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Palmetto Armory - 1852

Lot 3024
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Estimated Price: $9,500 - $16,000
Rare Model 1842 Palmetto Armory Percussion Musket
Serial # ManufacturerPalmetto Armory Model1852
TypeMusket Gauge69 Perc Catalog Page15
Barrel Length42 Inch FinishBright Grip
Stockwalnut ClassAntique RatingSee Condition
DescriptionModel 1842 pattern percussion musket was manufactured in 1852 by the Palmetto Armory of Columbia, South Carolina. The Palmetto Armory was a private manufacturing firm established in 1851 by William Glaze and Benjamin Flagg. In 1851 South Carolina contracted with the Palmetto Armory for weapons to arm the state militia. Included in the contract was an order for 6,000 percussion muskets. This Palmetto Armory Model 1842 percussion musket has the distinctive brass barrel bands and bayonet lug on the underside of the barrel. The smoothbore barrel has no rear sight. The oil finished black walnut stock has an iron buttplate. The barrel, lock plate, trigger guard, side plate and buttplate are National Armory Bright. The lock plate has the distinctive Palmetto Armory markings that consist of "COLUMBIA/S.C. 1852" stamped in two vertical lines behind the hammer and a narrow trunk palm tree ("spiral tree") circled by "PALMETTO. ARMORY. S*C." with a five pointed star between the "S" and "C". The barrel tang is stamped "S.C." and the left side of the barrel is marked with "V/P/Palm Tree" proof and inspection marks parallel to the bore. "W.G. & CO." is stamped on the left barrel flat. "SC" is stamped on the top of the buttplate ahead of the screw. A rack number "24/3" is boldly stamped on the right side of the stock ahead of the buttplate. Purchased by South Carolina to arm the state militia during the secession crisis of the early 1850s, the Palmetto muskets are considered to be secondary Confederate weapons that almost certainly saw service during the Civil War.

ConditionFine. The barrel, lock and iron furniture retain the National Armory Bright finish. There is an old coating of dried grease along the edges of the stock and barrel bands. The bolster, percussion nipple, hammer and adjacent portions of the barrel are free from flash pitting. The brass barrel bands have an untouched patina. The markings on the lock plate, tang, barrel and buttplate are sharp. The black walnut stock is very good plus condition with moderate handling wear. The edges surrounding the lock plate are sharp. The rack numbers on the stock are crisp. This is a very good original example of a scarce Model 1842 Palmetto Armory Musket. It would be very difficult to find a better example of this scarce secondary Confederate musket.
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