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Lot 1254: Civil War Confederate Fayetteville Armory Smoothbored Rifle

Civil War Confederate Fayetteville Armory Smoothbored Percussion Rifle

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1254: Civil War Confederate Fayetteville Armory Smoothbored Rifle

Civil War Confederate Fayetteville Armory Smoothbored Percussion Rifle

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

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Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500

Civil War Confederate Fayetteville Armory Smoothbored Percussion Rifle

Manufacturer: Fayetteville Armory Pistols And Rifles
Model: Percussion Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 65
Barrel: 33 inch round
Finish: brown/bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 294
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 236
Class: Antique
Description:

The Fayetteville rifles were similar copies of the U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1855 rifle, manufactured with machinery captured from the U.S. arsenals at Harpers Ferry, Virginia and Fayetteville, North Carolina. An estimated 8,000-9,000 of these well-made rifles were manufactured between 1862-1865. Features a blade/stud front sight that doubles for use with a socket bayonet, iron ramrod with tulip head, brass forearm cap, trigger guard, buttplate, and flat barrel bands secured by band springs. In addition to the "1863" date behind the hammer, the lock plate is stamped with a small eagle and shield above "C.S.A." followed by "FAYETTEVILLE". The left quarter of the barrel is stamped with "eagle head", "P" and "V" proof and inspection marks. The two barrel bands are stamped "U" facing the band springs. The heel of the buttplate is stamped "CSA".

Rating Definition:

Good, exhibits a mix of artificially applied brown finish and smooth brown patina on the barrel with mild flash pitting on the top of the breech and around the bolster, otherwise sharp reapplied proofmarks on the left quarter of the breech, and visible markings on the lock with smooth gray patina and scattered light pitting. Brass retains an attractive golden aged patina. Stock is good as sanded and re-oiled, with scattered scratches, nicks, cracks, and chipping in the ramrod channel. Front sling swivel broken but included separately. Ramrod does not sit flush with the muzzle. Converted to smoothbore. Mechanically fine.



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