Approximately 1,000 Type II Model 1858 Cadet rifle-muskets with the Model 1858 style flip-up rear sight were manufactured at Springfield Armory in the year 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 II Model 1858 Cadet rifle-musket is described on pages 281-282 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume III", with this exact rifle pictured on page 282. This example has standard markings and features with an "1860" dated lock, Model 1858 three-leaf rear sight, and brass end cap with the rest of the fittings iron. "V/P/eagle head" proofs at the top left of the breech. 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 a US socket bayonet, Ridabock & Co. New York leather sling with "D" ahead of initials "J.E.C." carved into it, and a brass tipped wood tampion. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good with scattered light mild pitting, and crisp lock markings. Stock is also very good with some scratches and dents, chips in the ramrod channel, a crack ahead of the lock, a chipped/absent section to the right of the barrel tang, and visible cartouches. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is very good with sharp edges and scattered light pitting, sling is also very good with some light age related cracking.
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