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|W1492...Rifle percussion musket, Model 1855 Springfield, with three iron bands, iron buttplate, three leaf sight, iron trigger guard, iron forenend cap, fitted for socket bayonet, 1858, .58cal.
The model 1855 was the first long arm made for the new. 58 caliber minie. The addition of the new Maynard feed system was thought to be an improvement over the earlier percussion nipple system in which caps had to be hand placed, however caps could still be manually placed, and as a practical matter the paper feed system did not work out, was simply abandoned, and by the time the next model was introduced in 1861. Musket is single shot .58 cal. rifled muzzleloader, iron buttplate, "C" shaped hammer, bolster with clean out screw, later versions employed the three leaf site, iron trigger guard, three barrel bands are flat and held in place with springs, two strap hooks, nose cap is brass, ramrod is tulip head with bulge, end is threaded, fitted for socket bayonet. . Manufactured by Springfield Armory, Springfield, Massachusetts. Lock is marked "1858" behind the hammer, with eagle on the Maynard flap and "US / SPRINGFIELD" in front, Barrel is marked "VP" over eagle head, and (date). Buttplate is marked "US". Three bands each marked "U", strap hook on middle band and trigger guard. Barrel length 40in.
Ref: Flayderman 9A-307.
Springfield, lock 1858, barrel date not readable, cartouches present , primer cover intact with marks, primer latch is worn. Metal appearance pleasing grey patina, dark with rust and some pitting, maker marks are strong, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, sight intact, tulip head ramrod intact with threads, 3 bands intact, both strap hooks intact, bore is clean, rifling definite, mechanics fully functional.