Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3307: U.S. Colt Special Model 1861 Contract Percussion Rifle-Musket

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Outstanding Civil War U.S. Colt Special Model 1861 Contract Percussion Rifle-Musket

Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

Outstanding Civil War U.S. Colt Special Model 1861 Contract Percussion Rifle-Musket

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: 1861
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 58
Barrel: 40 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 300
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 169
Class: Antique
Description:

Approximately 75,000 of these rifle-muskets were manufactured by Colt during the Civil War loosely based on the British Pattern 1853 "Enfield" rifle-muskets, and some of the design elements were later used on the Springfield Model 1863 rifles. This "1863" dated rifle-musket (both lock plate and barrel correspond) has the Colt Hartford address marking on the lock, eagle and shield emblem on the bolster, "V/P/eagle head" proofs, "F" and "STEEL" markings on the barrel, two clear script letter cartouches on the left stock flat, and "US" marked buttplate. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent plus, as issued. The metal surfaces have a highly attractive polish bright appearance showing slight age discoloration. The stock is also excellent plus with some scattered minor dings and scratches and two crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent.



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