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Lot 281: Civil War Era Tower Pattern 53 Enfield Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

Exceptional Civil War Era Tower Pattern 1853 Enfield Percussion Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Lot 281: Civil War Era Tower Pattern 53 Enfield Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

Exceptional Civil War Era Tower Pattern 1853 Enfield Percussion Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500
Price Realized:

Exceptional Civil War Era Tower Pattern 1853 Enfield Percussion Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Tower
Model: 1853
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 577
Barrel: 39 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 620
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 214
Class: Antique
Description:

The lock is marked "1863/TOWER" at the center and St. Edward's Crown without the "VR" below at the rear indicating this was a commercial arm, not one accepted by the British government. Many British companies exported rifles for use by both the Confederacy and the Union during the American Civil War. In fact, the Pattern 1853 "Enfield" is said to be the second most widely used rifle of the war. Solid front sight that doubles as a bayonet lug, and 900 yard ladder rear sight. The barrel has the standard double 25 bore size marks indicating .577 caliber. Small letters "ET" deeply stamped in the stock behind the lower tang. Includes a period socket bayonet.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine, retains 85% plus original blue finish with smooth brown patina on the balance mostly concentrated on the barrel bands, 70% muted case colors visible on the lock, and sharp markings and edges in the metal overall. Brass exhibits a pleasing golden aged patina. Stock is also very fine with some scattered light dings and handling marks, a noticeable chipped/absent section on the lower front edge of the left flat (some chipped pieces included in a bag), and distinct edges overall. Mechanically excellent. Bayonet is fine.



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