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|W1490...Rifled percussion musket, Model 1863 with external band springs, (Type II), Springfield, 1864, .58cal.
Rifled percussion musket, Model 1863 with external band springs, (Type II), Springfield, 1864, .58cal.
The Model 1863 introduced "improvements" over the original Model 1861 rifle, most new features were copied from the English Enfields. The Type II modifications were introduced in 1864 to correct deficiencies of the Type I design, namely the tendency of the bands to work loose. Musket was designed as a single shot .58 cal. rifled muzzleloader featuring iron buttplate, the old design of "C" shape hammer was replaced with a contoured and beveled hammer, nipple bolster was milled flat eliminating the clean out screw, single leaf sight replaced the earlier two leaf sight, iron trigger guard, three barrel bands were rounded, barrel springs initially eliminated in the Type Iwere returned to use in the Type II, however the internal ramrod spring was continued, two strap hooks were installed on middle band and trigger guard, the tulip head ramrod with threaded end and bulge was replaced with a straight shank, iron nose cap. This was the last muzzle loading musket produced as a primary military arm. Musket was manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield, Massachusetts. Lock was marked "1864" behind the hammer, with eagle and "US / SPRINGFIELD" in front, flat bolster depicts an eagle, barrel was marked "VP" over eagle head and (date), buttplate marked "US", three bands each marked "U", cartouche on wood on left side indicate government inspection. Round barrel length 40in.
Ref: Flayderman 9A-341.
Model 1863 Springfield type II, lock 1864, barrel date not readable, parts and springs correct for 1864..Additional cartouches on right side indicate government inspection and are visible. Metal appearance pleasing and uncleaned, with light rust, maker marks are strong, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, cartouches are visible, sight intact, tulip head ramrod intact with threads, 3 bands intact, both strap hooks intact, bore rifling definite, mechanics fully functional.