Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1183: Civil War U.S. Lindsay 'Two Shot' Model 1863 Double Rifle-Musket

Auction Date: May 15, 2021

Desirable Civil War U.S. Lindsay "Two Shot" Model 1863 Double Percussion Rifle-Musket

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,250

Desirable Civil War U.S. Lindsay "Two Shot" Model 1863 Double Percussion Rifle-Musket

Manufacturer: Lindsay John P
Model: Two Shot
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 58
Barrel: 41 1/8 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 143
Class: Antique

Approximately 1,000 of these two shot rifles were manufactured by J.P. Lindsay of New York from 1863-1864. Regiments that are known to have tested or been issued them are the 5th, 16th, and 23rd Michigan, as well as the 9th New Hampshire. The 9th tested "the new double-shooting rifles" on 8 November 1864 and found that they "...showed off their demerits to good advantage, flashed, fizzled, and failed famously; enough to secure their condemnation and a speedy exchange to the Springfield rifle." However, it appears the 16th Michigan carried the rifles for at least a short time during the Petersburg campaign. This example shows standard markings and features including two cartouches on the left flat.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with mostly "armory" bright metal surfaces, and some scattered light pitting. Lightly disfigured buttplate screw. Stock is fine with a crack visible in wrist, some light handling marks and dents, a chip in the right side ahead of the flat, a small chip below the flat, a few small chips behind the upper tang, and crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent.

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