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|W1515...Rifled percussion musket, Model 1861, subcontract Norwich, 1863, .58cal.
The Model 1861 was the primary musket at the start of the Civil War. Musket was designed as a single shot .58 cal. rifled muzzleloader featuring iron buttplate, "C" shaped hammer, bolster with clean out screw, two leaf sight, iron trigger guard, three flat barrel bands held in place with springs, two strap hooks on middle band and trigger guard, tulip head ramrod with bulged shank and threaded end, iron nose cap. Springfield Armory supervised the manufacturing and distribution of the Model 1861 musket. In order to fulfill shortages, production was sub-contracted to a number of private manufacturers, Norwich Arms Co., Norwich, Connecticut produced 25,000 muskets under the subcontract. Lock is marked "1863." behind the hammer, with eagle and "U.S. / NORWICH." in front. Barrel is marked "VP" over eagle head and (date). Buttplate is marked "US". Three bands each marked "U". Cartouche in wood on left side opposite the lock indicate government inspection, additional inspector mark on the barrel. Barrel length 40in.
Ref: Flayderman 9A-323.
Norwich lock dated 1863, barrel dated 1863. Additional cartouches on right side indicate government inspection and are visible. Metal appearance pleasing and grey patina, maker marks are strong, barrel date is readable, wood solid with dings and scratches from use, cartouches are visible, Leaf missing on rear sight, tulip head ramrod intact with threads, 3 bands intact, both strap hooks intact, bore rifling is definite needs cleaning, mechanics fully functional.