U.S. M1863-64 .58 Cal. Springfield Rifled Musket
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Item 671180844
Location ALLPORT, PA 16821
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U.S. M1863-64 .58 caliber Contract Springfield-pattern rifled musket, by rare maker, printed on lockplate: "Wm Muir & Co/Windsor Locks, CT/1863, with eagle and small US", and printed on top of the barrel, "J.P. LOWER PHILA." So rare is the Lower marking that not even Flayderman's Guide mentions it and it is not listed even in US government archives. It's almost a closely guarded secret; however, the name will be found under SLOTTER & CO, gunmakers in Philadelphia, where Lower worked at finishing barrels for US government muskets made by other contractors who farmed out such tedious hand finishing work to reliable sub-contractors. Lower is the only one known to have marked the barrels he finished for primary contractors, as these barrels bore no government inspectors' markings; he simply inspected and marked them himself before returning them to the contractor. (Lower also made custom percussion guns at the Slotter shop.) Unfortunately, after the Civil War, most muzzle loading muskets either underwent conversion to cartridge guns or were otherwise disposed of, and many were "sporterized" by shortening the barrels and the wood, eliminating the sights and two forward barrel bands, etc., and drilled out the bore for shotguns, which were sold to the cheap frontier and Indian trade markets. This one was shortened to 37-1/2" barrel length, and the rest of it was left strictly military, so it is quite restorable, as few Lowers have ever been found. Any Lower specimen will be a welcome addition to the erudite CW musket collector. All original, sound walnut stock, nice smooth finishes on all metal surfaces. Lock is fully functional, good nipple. All original, complete as-is and described. Disclaimer: This collectible is an antique or antique reproduction. Antiques and replicas of antiques are sold by us as collectors' items only, and any attempt to fire them is not recommended. We do not accept any liability if the buyer chooses to fire these antiques or replicas of antiques and does so at his own risk. ATTENTION GUN SHOP OWNERS: Our antique guns are exempt from registration and we will not participate in unnecessary registration of our guns by gun shop owners.
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