RARE Antique J.H. KRIDER of PHILADELPHIA .58 Caliber MILITIA Rifle P-1853
1 of approximately 300 Manufactured!
Here we present an antique John H. Krider Full Stock Percussion Militia Rifle made circa 1861 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first city directory in Philadelphia that Krider’s name appears is in 1837 with his shop located at Second and Walnut Streets in the same building that later housed the original and famous Book Binders Restaurant.
With the outbreak of the Civil War, Krider apparently tried to cash in on the need for arms in the north and started to produce a variety of percussion .58 caliber muzzle loading, rifled long arms for sale to the Union. As described on pages 393-395 of “American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume III” by George Moller, the company records may be incomplete, because only a limited number of military long arms are noted to have been sold during 1861 and 1862. This suggests either incomplete records or very limited success in selling the guns. The reality is probably a combination of both, as most examples of Krider military pattern arms are very scarce today, and that scarcity suggests a very limited production.
Krider was a gunsmith who possessed an unusual skill and was considered by many to be Philadelphia’s most outstanding maker of the percussion era. Krider is reported to have made only a few hundred of these long arms similar to the British Pattern 1853 Enfield .577 rifled-muskets. Records from the Krider business account indicate that less than 150 “rifles” and less than 100 “muskets” being sold between 1861 and 1862.
The overall condition is very good. Original finish patina. Strong action. Dim bore with good rifling. The stock is in very good shape. “KRIDER” marked lock. Fully functional rear ladder sight.
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Barrel is 36 inches.
Caliber: .58 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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