Lot 118

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U.S. Model 1861/63 Needham conversion rifle-musket and Model 1855 type bayonet circa 1869
NVSN; .58 caliber centerfire, rotating block, walnut stock, nickel finish, marked "BRIDESBURG" and eagle and "1862" on lockplate, "472" on hammer, "US" on buttplate tang, "10" in stock behind breech tang, "IN" and "O" in stock opposite breech, traces of sub-inspector initials on some parts; together with 18" nickelplate triangular bayonet.
overall L56" barrel L36"

Provenance: Property deaccessioned from the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso to benefit the Museum Collections Fund. (Accession #56.24.01 inked on rear of trigger)

Literature: Flayderman, Norm. FLAYDERMAN'S GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AMERICAN FIREARMS AND THEIR VALUES. 9th ed. Gun Digest Books, 2007. pp.575-76, #9A-350.

Other Notes: This is the type of musket that was used by the Fenian Brotherhood, an Irish-American secret society, when they invaded Canada in 1870. they were attempting to force Britian to give independence to Ireland by using Canada as a bargaining chip. All 200 Fenians were captured in May 1870 in Vermont, their leaders arrested and their weapons confiscated.

This weapon is not a "Fenian" as their weapons had a "V" cut under the middle band in the stock so that they could be disassembled and packed in trunks for traveling.

  • Very good condition. Bore good, couple of spots of roughness. All metal has been nickelplated, sometimes over pitting, such as on the hinge of rotating block and buttplate.

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December 4, 2009 2:00 PM EST
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