Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 206: Documented Civil War U.S. Springfield 1863 Type II Rifle-Musket

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Very Fine Documented Civil War U.S. Springfield Model 1863 Type II Percussion Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

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

Very Fine Documented Civil War U.S. Springfield Model 1863 Type II Percussion Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1864
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 58
Barrel: 40 inch round
Finish: bright/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Catalog Page: 98
Class: Antique

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 flip-up rear sight. Ramrod is similar to the Enfield pattern with concentric grooves and slot for a cleaning patch. 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. These "Model 1864" rifle-muskets are described on pages 333-335 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume III" with this exact rifle pictured on pages 333 and 335. "1864" dated on the tail of the lock and top of the breech. The left stock flat is marked with two bordered script cartouches including that of Springfield Master Armorer Erskine S. Allin. Includes US socket bayonet and period leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining most of the bright finish. The barrel, barrel bands, buttplate and trigger guard have a smooth finish with scattered very light pitting and do not appear to have been repolished. The barrel markings are very crisp, and the edges of the flats are sharp and distinct. 60% original blue finish on the rear sight with some mottled brown surface corrosion. Retains 80% original muted case colors on the lock with vivid case colors showing on the hammer. The lock and bolster markings are crisp. The stock is fine as lightly arsenal refinished with a few moderate scratches, some light dents, slightly undersized at the toe, and nice cartouches. Included bayonet is very fine with sharp edges and some light pitting, and the included sling is very good with some light cracking. This is a very fine example of the primary rifle-musket issued to the Federal armies during the last years of the Civil War.

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