12,501 of these rifles were manufactured by Remington between 1862-1865 during the Civil War for the Union. Government records listed them as "Harpers Ferry Pattern" rifles, and they have similarities to both the Model 1841 and Model 1855 rifles that were manufactured at Harpers Ferry prior to the Civil War but are of a unique pattern. Whether or not any of these rifles saw use in the war remains unclear and debated. "1863" dated lock and barrel. Left stock flat marked with boxed script inspection cartouches "GP" (Giles Porter) and "BH" (Benjamin Hannis). "B.H" inspection initials marked on the left barrel flat at the breech. Brass patch box contains an extra nipple. Includes a brass handled saber bayonet marked with "BH", "C", and "P" inspection initials, and leather sling (rough condition, torn). Absent ramrod.
Fine, retains 70% plus original blue finish on the barrel with scattered mild surface spotting/corrosion. Lock turned to a gray patina underneath a coat of old dried grease. Sharp markings and edges in the metal overall. Stock is also fine with rich oil finish, a few scattered moderate chips and scratches, defined edges and mostly crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is very good with heavy brown patina on the otherwise sharp blade and darkened golden aged patina on the brass handle and a nonfunctional catch spring.
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