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 1862-1855. 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 "1864" 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" in front of the buttplate screw. Initials that appear to read "WBR" are carved on the right of the buttstock above a circular cutout.
Good as Confederate used and converted to smoothbore, likely for post-Civil War use in the American West, exhibits mostly a smooth brown patina on the barrel with some period characteristic flash pitting on the top of the breech and around the bolster suggesting this was a working gun, reapplied proofmarks on the left quarter of the breech, and sharp markings on the lock with scattered pitting. Brass exhibits an attractive darkened golden patina. Stock is fair as period sanded and revarnished, with attractive frontier wear and characteristic scars overall, and the circular cutout in the right of the buttstock where a lucky coin or plug of some sort may have resided with carved initials above that applied in the period by a Confederate soldier or Western explorer. Both sling swivels are period removed. Mechanically fine. As a long arm that saw use in the American Civil War and subsequent use out in the American West, this would make a fine addition to any antique American firearms collection!
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