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Colt Model 1861 Special Rifle Musket with New Jersey Markings and Bayonet

Colt Model 1861 Special Rifle Musket with New Jersey Markings and Bayonet.

This is a remarkable and original Colt “Special” 1861 3-band Rifle-Musket in .58 caliber. It is complete with an original bayonet, and is New Jersey State marked on the stock and the barrel. The barrel is dated 1862, while the lock plate is dated 1863. It has a “D” stamped in the wood behind the trigger guard, and may have been repaired at the arsenal, resulting in the mixed dates. The only marks in the wood are the “N.J.” stamped in the wood opposite the lock plate, and the “D” mentioned before, so this was clearly not Federal issue. The bayonet is stamped U.S. The stock is oil-finished walnut. The metal is bright steel.

The State of New Jersey purchased 10,000 of these Colt muskets in 1862 and 1863. A number were reserved for State Militia, and were never issued, of which this is undoubtedly one. Dimensions: 58 inches long overall, with a 40 inch barrel. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $110.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance. 

 

 

 

Condition:

Excellent overall, with bright steel showing no signs of pitting or use. The bore is bright, with excellent rifling, appearing never to have been fired. The stock is excellent, with deep, clear stamps. The bayonet is bright, with a little roughness along the edges. The sling is a modern one. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions. Please be advised we do not provide porters nor packing materials for pick ups. We do not accept credit cards. 

 

Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,933
03/19/2022

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Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms and Conditions. Methods of payment are cash, check, money orders, or wire transfer for foreign payments. Please note we do not accept credit cards. This auction has a buyer's premium of 21% when bidding through witherells.com.