1862 CONFEDERATE C.S. RICHMOND ARMORY HUMPBACK MUSKET CSA Civil War Antique
Made After the Capture of Harpers Ferry in 1861!
Here we present an antique Confederate C.S. Richmond Armory Rifle-Musket, made in 1862 in Richmond, Virginia. The original Virginia Manufactory of Arms was a state-owned manufacturer of firearms and arsenal in what today is Richmond, Virginia. It was established by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1798 to supply the Virginia militia with firearms. The factory operated from around 1802 to 1821. When the American Civil War broke out in 1861, the works were revived as the Richmond Armory, eventually utilizing the machinery captured from Harpers Ferry in April 1861. The Richmond Armory Rifle-Muskets are easily identified by the hump-back lock plate made from forgings and dies for the U.S. Model 1855 Maynard tape primer lock plate that were captured at Harpers Ferry (April 1861). While the Model 1855 lock was made to be milled out for the use of paper primers, Richmond left the locks intact and simply used the standard percussion caps directly on the nipple. This musket represents the most numerous domestically produced longarm of the Confederacy and one that would have been found in the infantry’s hands most often.
This rifled musket features the C.S. Richmond “Humpback” lock marked “C.S./RICHMOND,VA.” (type II) and dated “1862”. The lock inletting is correct and there is no provision for the Maynard system to be used. The rear sight notch is the correct “T” shape. The butt plate is plain bronze.
The overall condition is good, certainly very good for a Confederate musket. Dark, untouched patina throughout. The action is excellent. The bore is dark and smoothbored to .60 caliber. The stock is dark and shows lots of use and remains solid.
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Barrel is 40 inches.
Caliber: .60 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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