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|W1443...Rifled percussion musket, Model 1841, Whitney, 1850, .54cal.
The Model 1841 was the first rifled musket, it is a relatively heavy and short piece. It is often referred to as the "Mississippi" rifle, because of its use by Mississippi troops under command of Jefferson Davis during the Mexican War. Musket was designed as a single shot muzzleloader, brass buttplate, patchbox, and trigger guard, single brass band, brass nose cap serves as second band, strap hooks on trigger guard and nose cap, small fixed rear sight, barrel is thick and heavy and configured with 7 lands and grooves, ramrod is trumpet head with brass tip and threaded end. Manufactured by Whitney Arms, New Haven, Connecticut. Eli Whitney produced the Model 1841 for 13 years, from 1843 through 1855, this was Whitney's earliest effort after assuming leadership of his company. Lock is marked "N. HAVEN 1850" to rear of hammer and "E WHITNEY / US" in front, there never was an eagle. Barrel is marked "US / [inspector] / VP" and [date]. Cartouches in the wood on the left side indicate government inspection, additional inspector marks on various parts. Buttplate is marked "US". Barrel length 33in.
Ref: Flayderman 5J-034.
Whitney, lockplate dated 1850, barrel dated 1850. Additional cartouches on right side indicate government inspection and are visible, Inspector SM on barrel. Metal appearance pleasing and uncleaned, with smooth grey patina, maker marks are strong, barrel date is readable, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, cartouches are visible, fixed sight intact, trumpet head ramrod with brass tip intact with threads, 2 brass bands intact, both strap hooks intact, bore is clean, rifling definite, mechanics fully functional.
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