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Lot 1186: U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1841 Mississippi Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

U.S. Harpers Ferry Type IB Alteration Model 1841 Percussion "Mississippi Rifle" with Desirable Long Range "Screw Pattern" Rear Sight

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $3,750

U.S. Harpers Ferry Type IB Alteration Model 1841 Percussion "Mississippi Rifle" with Desirable Long Range "Screw Pattern" Rear Sight

Manufacturer: Harpers Ferry Armory Muskets And Carbines
Model: 1841-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 33 inch round
Finish: brown/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 385
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 83
Class: Antique

The Model 1841 is the first official percussion rifle adopted by the U.S. Military. Harpers Ferry Armory manufactured 25,296 Model 1841 rifles between 1846 and 1855, with most of these rifles receiving various alterations. Harpers Ferry Type IB alteration Model 1841 rifles are described on pages 142-143 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume III", in which it states on page 142, "During fiscal 1855, 1,041 existing rifles were returned to Harpers Ferry Armory from Washington Arsenal and altered at Harpers Ferry to this configuration... The original fixed rear sight was removed and the dovetail was widened to 1/2" to accept the 'screw pattern' long-range rear sight... These rifles have lockplates and barrel tangs dated '1854' [this example is dated 1855]. The muzzle's face is often stamped with an alphanumeric bayonet mating number, such as 'C10' [the muzzle of this example is marked 'D10']. This matches a number stamped in the barrel ring of the bayonet fitted to this rifle." Brass blade front sight and projecting bayonet stud with guide key. The leaf of the rear sight is graduated from "3" to "7". "WW/P" and "V/P/eagle head" proofs at the breech, "1855" dated lock and barrel tang, and "B 39" marked buttplate tang. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes reproduction leather sling, tools and an extra nipple in the patch box. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with scattered patches of light pitting, and crisp markings in the metal. Brass retains an attractive bright patina. Stock is good as period re-oiled with scattered light scratches and dents, a chip to the left of the barrel, a mild crack and a chip to the right of the barrel, cracks behind the barrel tang, a crack behind the lock, a crack ahead of the rear sideplate screw, and some absent slivers at the toe. Mechanically excellent.

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