Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 311: Bentley & Playfair Marked Pattern 1853 Percussion Rifle-Musket

Auction Date: May 5, 2017

Civil War Era Bentley & Playfair Marked Commercial Pattern 1853 Percussion Rifle-Musket

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $950 - $1,600

Civil War Era Bentley & Playfair Marked Commercial Pattern 1853 Percussion Rifle-Musket

Manufacturer: Tower
Model: 1853
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 577 percussion
Barrel: 39 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1535
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 115
Class: Antique
Description:

The lock is marked with "1862/TOWER" at the front and St. Edward's Crown without the "VR" below at the rear indicating this was a commercial arm, not one accepted by the British government for issue to their troops. Many British companies exported rifles for use by both the Confederacy and the Union during the American Civil War. In fact, the Pattern 1853 "Enfield" is said to be the second most widely used rifle of the war. The backside of the hammer and lock are marked "RB," and a "B&P" stamp is also above the mainspring. The rear sight base is marked "PW & S" on the right side. The barrel has standard proofs. Between the trigger guard and butt it is marked with another proof, "B&P," and "BENTLEY & PLAYFAIR." The right side has a Birmingham Small Arms Trade circular stamp.

Rating Definition:

Very good. There are traces of original finish and otherwise gray and brown patina, light pitting, and some scattered minor marks. The brass, other than the bright lock screw washers, has attractive aged patina. The stock has some dings and scratches and a small crack at the tail of the lock. Mechanically fine.



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