Model 1861 Rifle-Musket made under contract by Savage Revolving Fire Arms Company of Middletown, Connecticut. The metal has the remnants of a dull gray/silver paint, likely from the G.A.R. era. The bore is somewhat dark with very sharp rifling and would clean up well if desired. The stock is unvarnished and in nice, unsanded condition with sharp contour, typical dings from service, with a sharp “N.J” cartouche opposite the lock. The tulip head ramrod is lacking the threading at the end. The barrel is dated 1863 with “VP” and eagle proof marks, as well as the “N.J.” state marking. The lock plate is dated 1863 and marked “SAVAGE R.F.A. Co. MIDDLETOWN, Ct.” The action is tight and functions on all positions, and the cone is original and in good condition. The hammer screw is absent but could easily be replaced if desired. The rear sight is absent ant and the mortise and screw hole skillfully filled in with steel. Savage was a major contractor in the Civil War who supplied the government with some 25,500 such rifle-muskets for the army.
Inventory Number: RIF 145