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Lot 1231: U.S. Springfield 1847 Artillery Altered Musketoon with Bayonet

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Documented U.S. Springfield Model 1847 Artillery Alteration of a Cavalry Percussion Musketoon with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Documented U.S. Springfield Model 1847 Artillery Alteration of a Cavalry Percussion Musketoon with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1847
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 26 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 268
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 97
Class: Antique
Description:

Artillery alterations of Model 1847 Cavalry musketoons are described on pages 228-230 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume III" with this exact musketoon pictured at the top of page 230 above the caption, "In 1858-1859, 630 cavalry musketoons were altered to the artillery musketoon configuration." The brass front barrel band has a blade front sight on the forward strap. This example has standard markings including an "1851" dated lock and barrel tang, and a boxed script inspection cartouche on the left stock flat. Upside down initials that appear to read "TI" are carved into the left of the buttstock flat with filler inside the carving. Four tally marks are scratched into the toe of the stock. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a "U.S." marked socket bayonet. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with mostly bright surfaces, scattered patches of minor pitting, attractive golden aged patina on the brass fittings, and sharp markings in the metal. Stock is also very good scattered scratches and dents, some chips on the edges of the ramrod channel, a chip behind the lock, a small crack at the top right of the buttplate, carving and tally marks noted above. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is also good with some light pitting and sharp edges.



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