The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway.

Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
Model 1816 muskets, Whitney.


This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.  All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use.  These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever!  Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.

Smoothbore flintlock musket, Model 1816, P & E W BLAKE, converted to percussion in 1850's using "Belgian cone" alteration, 1828, .69 cal.

The Model 1816 was originally designed as a flintlock muzzleloader, iron buttplate is straight against the shoulder, iron strap opposite the lock, iron trigger guard, no rear sight, two iron barrel bands, two strap hooks with button or cylindrical swivel, large iron nose guard serves as third band and forward sight, bayonet lug on top of barrel at muzzle, steel ramrod is button head and threaded.  The butt stock features a very low comb, which is the graceful curve between the butt and the wrist of the stock.  Manufactured by  Philos and Eli Whitney Blake, who were relatives of Eli Whitney Sr. under 1822 contract.  Most were converted to percussion in the 1850's, this one by the  "Belgian cone" method, this alteration was performed at the arsenals.  The flintlock pan was milled flat to the lock, the void filled with brass and the top milled flush with the lock, the flintlock hole was plugged, a nipple lug was placed on top of the barrel slightly to the side of lock, and a new hammer was placed to achieve the correct alignment.  Lock is marked "NEW HAVEN / 1828" behind the lock, and "US / P & E W BLAKE" forward of the hammer, there never was an eagle.  Barrel is marked "VP" over eagle head, breech tang date is "1828".   Two cartouches on the wood.  Round barrel length 42in.
Ref:  Flayderman's 5J-026, 1828, Belgian cone alteration.

W0950     Smoothbore flintlock musket, Model 1816, P & E W BLAKE, converted to percussion in 1850's using "Belgian cone" alteration, 1828, .69 cal.