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Lot 3311: British Enfield Pattern 1839 Percussion Musket with Bayonet

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Scarce British Enfield Pattern 1839 Percussion Musket with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Scarce British Enfield Pattern 1839 Percussion Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Enfield
Model: 1839
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 75
Barrel: 39 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 959
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 170
Class: Antique
Description:

The Pattern 1839 percussion musket is considered to be the first percussion infantry long arm to be issued on a large scale in British military service, with some of these known to have been imported for use by the Confederacy during the Civil War. Features a bayonet lug front sight, V notch rear sight, and the front end has a Lovell patent spring catch for retention of the bayonet. "crown/VR/ENFIELD" marked at the center of the lock and "1842" date marked ahead. Crown proofs marked at the breech, on the lock, and on the left stock flat. "I.C.R" marked behind a circled Enfield stamp on the right of the buttstock. "28/267" marked on the buttplate tang. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes socket bayonet and leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 75% plus original blue finish on the barrel with smooth brown patina on the balance, some muzzle wear from bayonet mounting, a light patch of pitting on the middle of the barrel, casehardened lock turned to a smooth gray patina, and crisp markings overall in the metal. Brass fittings retain an attractive bright patina. Stock is also very fine with defined edges, numerous scattered light dents and scratches, and crisp markings. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is very fine.



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