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Model 1861 Civil War Trenton Contract Rifled Musket


Model 1861 Civil War Trenton Contract Rifled Musket – This rifle is a strong example of the Trenton contract Model 1861 Civil War Rifled Musket, manufactured by Burt & Hodge of Trenton, New Jersey. Per usual, this is a .58 cal. percussion, 3 band rifled musket. A.M Burt & J.T. Hodge had a US contract, during the Civil War, for muskets; they ultimately would manufacture around 22,000 rifles. The guns were made at the Trenton Locomotive & Machine Co. in Trenton, N.J. This rifle exhibits the standard M1861 rifled musket characteristics: a 40″ round barrel, M1861 configured hammer, 3 flat barrel bands held in place by band springs, bands evidencing the “U” on each band, original swollen 1861 style ramrod area near the tulip headed region, and a clean out screw on the nipple bolster. This Trenton Musket has a pleasing dull polished finish on the barrel and other iron hardware; the lock plate has the eagle head, “U. S.” over “Trenton” and “1863” stampings; on the barrel is stamped “VP”, “1863”, “B”, a star and a feather-like imprint. Standard two-leaf rear sight and a standard front sight are present. Action is excellent. Butt-plate has the standard “US” stamp. Walnut stock is in very good condition, retaining its un-cleaned, original finish; two U.S. government inspector’s cartouches are visible on the obverse side from the lock plate; also, rarely seen, is the Burt & Hodge manufacturers’ stamping impressed into the stock, just beyond the government inspector cartouches; both sling swivels are intact. Gun’s mechanical action is fine.  Overall condition is very good.