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Lot 89: Virginia Manufactory Second Model Percussion Conversion Musket

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Scarce Confederate Virginia Manufactory Second Model Percussion Conversion Musket

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Scarce Confederate Virginia Manufactory Second Model Percussion Conversion Musket

Manufacturer: Virginia Manufactory
Model: Percussion
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 70
Barrel: 40 3/4 inch round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 112
Class: Antique
Description:

The conversion on this musket is very similar to the example on page 149 of "Arming the Glorious Cause: Weapons of the Second War for Independence" by Whisker, Hartzler and Yantz (a book about Confederate arms, not the War of 1812). That First Model Virginia Manufactory musket is identified as a Henry Leman conversion. Other muskets with the same patent breech are also identified as Leman conversions, for example see pages 81 and 82 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Vol. 3" by George Moller for a Harpers Ferry Model 1803 rifle and a Model 1816 musket converted by Leman. These Virginia Manufactory muskets would have seen service in the Civil War, especially in the early years when the Confederacy was desperately short of rifle-muskets. It has a bayonet lug/front sight, iron furniture, "VIRGINIA/Manufactory" and "RICHMOND/1818" on the lock, and "88" on several components.

Rating Definition:

Good with brown and gray patina overall, moderate oxidation and pitting, and moderate overall wear. The stock is also good and has a repaired crack in the wrist and breech section, some chips at the edges, several dings and dents, a few cracks, and moderate overall wear consistent with a Confederate used weapon. Mechanically fine.



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