CIVIL WAR Antique BRITISH TOWER Pattern 1853 ENFIELD Rifle-Musket BAYONET
Most Popular Imported Small Arm for NORTH & SOUTH
Here we present an antique British Commercial Pattern 1853 Enfield Three Band Percussion Rifle-Musket, made in 1862 in England. The P53 was the British Military Ordnance Board’s choice for adoption as the primary long arm in 1853. It was considered the apex European military gun of that time, introduced by the British War Department after several studies to improve the calibers and the dimensions of the previous models. However, it kept the same general appearance of the earlier pattern 1851. The overwhelming majority of P53 Enfield Rifles were made by commercial gun makers in Birmingham and London under contract. This gun features steel barrel bands, and the ramrod tip is shaped with the characteristic jag slot.
The Enfield 1853 rifle-musket was also used by both the North and the South in the American Civil War and was the second most widely used infantry weapon in the war, surpassed only by the Springfield Model 1861 Rifled Musket. The Confederates imported more Enfields during the course of the war than any other small arm, buying from private contractors and gun runners. It has been estimated that over 900,000 P53 Enfields were imported into America and saw service in every major engagement of the war. These were also used in the Crimean War from 1854 to 1856, the Sepoy Mutiny from 1857 to 1858, the New Zealand Land Wars that ended in 1872, and many various other conflicts, especially in colonies in British Imperial possession in the 1850s, 60s and 70s.
This example includes a socket bayonet.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bore is in good shape for its age. This example sports a solid stock. The bottom of the stock is marked “PRYSE & REDMAN”. Legible markings. “1862/TOWER” marked locked. Good bayonet.
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Barrel is 39 inches.
Caliber: .577 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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