Approximately 255,000 Model 1863 Type II, also known as Model 1864, rifle-muskets were manufactured in 1864-1865. These Type IIs are nearly identical to the Model 1863 Type I before it, but now with spring retained barrel bands and typically with a simplified single leaf rear sight. This example, dated "1863" on the lock and barrel, falls in the transitional period and still has a Type I two leaf sight (has a replacement leaf). These rifles are significant in the history of U.S. martial arms, as they armed Union troops and saw widespread use in the latter years of the Civil War. They are the last U.S. regulation muzzle loading arm. The left stock flat is marked with two bordered script inspection cartouches including that of Springfield Master Armorer Erskine S. Allin. "US" marked buttplate tang. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes US socket bayonet, scabbard with frog, and reproduction leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good with some scattered light spotting on the otherwise bright surfaces of the barrel, and dark patina and corrosion on the buttplate. The casehardened lock displaying a smooth gray surface with sharp markings, and the hammer retains strong original casehardened finish. Stock is also very good with defined edges, scattered scratches and dents, a chipped/absent section at the left of the forend, a few absent slivers at the top edge of the left flat, an absent section beneath the hammer, a repaired section ahead of the buttplate tang, a crack at the top right of the buttplate, and crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is very good with scattered light pitting.
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