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Lot 203: Documented U.S. Springfield 1858 Cadet Percussion Rifle-Musket

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Very Scarce Documented U.S. Springfield Model 1858 Type I Cadet Percussion Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

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

Very Scarce Documented U.S. Springfield Model 1858 Type I Cadet Percussion Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1855
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 58
Barrel: 38 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 472
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 158
Class: Antique
Description:

Approximately 1,501 Type I Model 1858 Cadet rifle-muskets with the early long range rear sight were manufactured at Springfield Armory in 1858, and 1,000 of the Type II variation with the later flip-up rear sight were manufactured in 1860. The Model 1858 Cadet is nearly identical to the standard issue Model 1855 rifle-musket, and only differs in having a two inch shorter barrel with a slightly shortened stock, as requested for use by the West Point Military Academy. The Type I Model 1858 Cadet rifle-musket is described on pages 278-281 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume III", with this exact rifle photographed on page 279. It has standard markings and early features including an 1858 dated lock and barrel, and early brass end cap. Left stock flat marked with circled script "JS" (John Symington) and "ESA" (Erskine S. Allin) cartouches. A small "X" is carved on the right rear of the stock. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a US socket bayonet, leather sling, and brass tipped wood tampion. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining mostly bright surfaces with some light pitting concentrated towards the muzzle end, a few patches of light pitting near the top of the rear band, markings on the barrel and lock are light but fully legible, and sharp markings on the lock. Stock is fine overall with defined edges, numerous handling and storage marks, and crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is excellent. This is a fine example of a rarely encountered Model 1858 Cadet rifle-musket that would make a fine addition to any collection.



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