CIVIL WAR Period BALL & WILLIAMS BALLARD .44 Rifle
Scarce, One of About 5,000 Made!
Here we present an antique Ball & Williams Ballard Rifle in .44 Rimfire, made circa 1864 by Ball & Williams in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Ballard design was one of the favorite long arms during the Civil War period, though production numbers do not necessarily reflect it. The original designer was Charles H. Ballard and his agents Merwin & Bray oversaw production between several different companies. It was a simple, single-shot falling block action and was one of the early guns that would fire a metallic cartridge. Though many of these were purchased by the state of Kentucky, this model was not made for a specific contract, state or otherwise, like many others. However, this was made during the war period and may very well have been thrust into a militia role.
The part octagonal barrel is chambered for .44 Rimfire and is marked “BALL & WILLIAMS/WORCESTER MASS”, “MERWIN BRAY AGTS NEW YORK” and “BALLARD’S PATENT/NOV 5 1861”. It is equipped with sling swivels..
The overall condition is very good. The iron parts have a gray patina. The markings are clear. The numbers match. The walnut stock shows much use and remains solid. The bore is in good condition with thin rifling. The action is excellent.
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .44 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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