Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1201: Confederate Palmetto Armory 1841 Percussion "Mississippi" Rifle

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Rare Documented Confederate Palmetto Armory Model 1841 Percussion “Mississippi” Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $18,000 - $27,500

Rare Documented Confederate Palmetto Armory Model 1841 Percussion “Mississippi” Rifle

Manufacturer: Palmetto Armory
Model: 1841
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 33 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 158
Class: Antique

Approximately 1,000 Palmetto Armory Model 1841 "Mississippi" rifles were made for the South Carolina militia and many saw hard use during the Civil War. These are considered a secondary Confederate weapon. In February 1865, General Sherman's forces destroyed 500 of these in storage at the armory, contributing to their low survival rate today. Palmetto Armory Model 1841 rifles are described in depth on pages 123-127 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume III", with this exact rifle photographed on page 124 and at the top of page 126. Features a socket bayonet lug on top of the barrel towards the muzzle, brass blade front sight, and fixed V notch rear sight. "COLUMBIA/S.C. 1852" is vertically marked at the tail of the lock, and "PALMETTO ARMORY/S*C" in a circle around the palm tree is marked at the center of the lock. The barrel near the breech has a visible "V" above the Palmetto emblem, and "Wm GLAZE & CO." marked on the left flat. "SC" marked on the buttplate tang. Brass-tipped ramrod, brass barrel bands, trigger guard, patch box, and buttplate. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes leather sling and tools inside the patch box. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with scattered light brown surface pitting on the otherwise bright barrel, mild flash pitting at the breech, and gray/brown patina on the lock with mostly clear markings. Stock is also very good with scattered light scratches, a chip on the left flat, and a small crack ahead of the rear sideplate screw. Mechanically excellent.

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