Rare CIVIL WAR Antique P.S. JUSTICE .69 Rifle-Musket c1861 Philadelphia PA
Brass Mounted with Patchbox Stock, Recurve Trigger Guard
Here we present an antique P.S. Justice 3-Band Rifled-Musket, made circa 1861 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The American Civil War had just begun and both sides were desperate for small arms. Phillip S. Justice was there to answer the call for the Union, and he was able to make quick delivery of about 2,174 .69 caliber rifled-muskets. These came in several different variants based on parts available from previous model of U.S. muskets. While he was able to deliver product to the right place at the right time, his muskets were not quite known for their high quality. For instance, he did not necessarily use seasoned wood for the stocks. Ordnance reports were scathing, to say the least, after Justice brought suit against the government for not paying for all the rifles. The case was initially decided in Justice’s favor, but eventually made its way to the Supreme Court and the lower court ruling was reversed, deciding in favor of the government. One source states that the majority of these muskets were eventually issued to the 58th, 88th, and 95th Pennsylvania Volunteers. A fascinating story of profiteering at the beginning of the American Civil War!
This specimen is a Third Type in a 3-band configuration and the double curved trigger guard. The lock and barrel are marked “P.S. JUSTICE/PHILADA.” and “US” is stamped into the lock.
The overall condition is good. Excellent action. The bore is in good shape for its age with visible rifling. Solid stock overall, contains average wear. Legible markings. The middle barrel band is loose. Here is a very scarce Civil War musket with an interesting story!
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Barrel is 39 inches.
Caliber: .69 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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