31. U.S. Model 1841 Percussion Rifle Civil War-Altered with State of New Jersey Surcharge

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.58 cal, 33" barrel with a mostly bright very good 3 groove bore showing scattered oxidation and some areas of light pitting. The metal surfaces are primarily a pleasing tarnished pewter patina with scattered light oxidation staining and perhaps the widely scattered pinprick pit here or there. The front sight remains intact and the rear has an added dual folding leaf musket style sight, showing evident firing proofs at the left barrel radius and a state of New Jersey "NJ" surcharge on the left barrel flat. The tang is 1851 dated and the saber bayonet lug modification has been done, the lug being attached 3 1/2" from the muzzle and the short style of band being installed. The Harpers Ferry lock is 1850-dated and is a similar pleasing patina as the barrel. The brass hardware is a warm goldenrod patina and what appears to be the original slightly tulip-shaped all steel ramrod is present. The stock rates about very good with overall dings and handling marks from the years and a bit of added varnish, showing a good left-side cartouche along with "JLR" inspectors marking and a State of New Jersey "NJ" in oval at the front of the stock flat. The lock is crisp and mechanically functional and the rifle has a lovely antique appearance. (38737-258) {ANTIQUE} [Dr. Louis C. March Jr. Collection] (2000/3000) SOLD FOR $2,875.00

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