U.S. Roberts Model 1861/63 conversion rifle musket and bayonet circa 1869-70
NVSN; .58 caliber Roberts rimfire, tilting block, walnut stock, nickel finish, marked "ROBERTS PAT. JUNE. 11. 1867" on left side of breech, "U.S." on buttplate tang, "U.S. SPRINGFIELD" and eagle and "1865" on lockplate; together with 18" triangular blade bayonet marked "U.S."
overall L55 3/4" barrel L36 3/4" to ring on breech
Provenance: Property deaccessioned from the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso to benefit the Museum Collections Fund. (Accession #56.06.01 inked on triggerguard)
Literature: Flayderman, Norm. FLAYDERMAN'S GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AMERICAN FIREARMS AND THEIR VALUES. 9th ed. Gun Digest Books, 2007. p.576, #9A351.
Kiesling, Paul. BAYONETS OF THE WORLD, THE COMPLETE EDITION. Oosterbeek, Netherlands, 2009. p.551, #305.
Other Notes: Flayderman (p.576) indicates this conversion is for a centerfire cartridge but this example is for a rimfire cartridge. Also, cocking the hammer does not close the breech, contrary to what Flayderman says [Through his 5th edition he says that the conversion is for .58 rimfire. That changed in his 6th edition, without clarification. It would appear that there was an error made and it has been perpetuated in later editions. This gun is clearly a rimfire version].
Bore has some pitting. All metal except for buttplate has been nickeled, otherwise good condtion with some evidence of roughness on bands and barrel.