Antique CIVIL WAR Lamson, Goodnow and Yale SPECIAL MODEL 1861 Rifle-MUSKET
With “1864” Dated Lock and Barrel
Here we present an antique Lamson, Goodnow, and Yale Contract Special Model 1861 Percussion Rifle-Musket, produced in 1864 in Windsor, Vermont. Production began in July of 1861 when the Civil War was getting started. The Union was still trying to make up for arms shortages and the destruction of Harpers Ferry Armory with production at Springfield, supplementing this with contracts with over 20 other contractors, like Lamson, Goodnow, and Yale, for rifle-muskets. This was a “special” version of the musket that Colt initially is thought to have designed (and produced as well).
The M1861 is representative of the “everyman’s” rifle during the war. About 1.5 million rifle-muskets were made in the U.S., over 800,000 of which were made by the Springfield Armory. This was the last hurrah of the rifle-musket as arms development and tactics rapidly advanced during the short period of the American Civil War. Nevertheless, the 1861 represented new technology as it was made for use with the Minié ball, a hollow based, conical projectile that was small enough to quickly push down the muzzle of a rifled barrel and expanded to create a good gas seal unlike a solid, round ball. Almost immediately after the war, the US military switched from the old muzzle loading type weapons to the newer breech loading rifles, bringing an end to the musket as a standard frontline firearm in American history.
The American Civil War raged from April 12, 1861 to May 9, 1865 in which roughly 50,000 Model 1861 muskets were produced by Lamson, Goodnow, and Yale for the U.S. government. Like the Springfield production of the Model 1861, their contract model could be considered the “everyman’s” infantry weapon.
The overall condition is very good+. Strong action. The bore is in very nice shape with strong rifling. Solid walnut stock throughout, with a clear cartouche on the left wrist: HEV for Henry E Valentine, an Ordnance inspector. “1864” dated barrel and lock. A superior example of a scarce and desirable contract Special Model 1861!
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Barrel is 40 inches.
Caliber: .58 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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