This beautiful example of a Presentation Grade was built on a bright blued action with the hinged breechblock and no guide screw. The octagon barrel has a globe front sight and a notch rear sight with folding ladder with sliding centerpiece that has both a notch and two peep holes. The action has "BURNSIDE PATENT/MARCH 25TH 1856." on top at the breech and the serial number just to the rear on the action and breechblock. The serial number is also on the bottom of the barrel, handwritten inside the forearm, on the breechblock hinge, and inside of the lock. The lock also has the standard "BURNSIDE RIFLE Co/PROVIDENCE=R I" marking. The left side has a screw at the front and a slightly protruding screw at the rear where the sling bar on the carbines was fitted, and a piece of bone or similar material is on the bottom of the buttstock were the sling swivel base was located. The forearm has a pewter forend cap with ornate finial, and the buttstock is nicely figured.
Excellent with 98% plus original blue finish on the barrel, 90% plus bright blue finish on the action and breech, traces of original blue on the buttplate, patches of original vibrant case colors on the hammer, mostly smooth gray on the casehardened components, some mottled patina and minor spotting, and minimal overall wear. The wood is also excellent with some faint hairline cracks and checks in the forearm, rub wear on the bottom of the forearm, beautiful "frame grain" figure in the burl walnut buttstock, and minor storage type dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. This is easily one of the most attractive Burnsides we've ever seen.
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