British P1853 Enfield Type II Musket
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Type II muskets are easily recognizable because they are the only series of Enfield rifle muskets to use solid barrel bands retained by band springs, instead of the more often encountered barrel bands secured with clamp screws. The upper barrel band is much wider than on any other series of Enfield muskets. Type II Enfield muskets were produced from 1855-1858. While Type II muskets were made for the British Military, it is known that some were imported during the early days of the Civil War, especially by the Confederacy, because British gunmakers were not yet able to meet the production demands of orders from both sides. Lock dated 1857 over "TOWER", Crown over "VR" behind hammer. Inside of lock stamped "KING". Faint London view and proof marks on breech. Rear sight stamped with crown over "53". Brass buttplate, trigger guard, and fore end cap. Stock with no visible markings, sound, but showing much wear and use. Steel parts with light pinprick pitting and an even brown patina. Retains slotted Enfield ramrod; missing front sling swivel. Bore fair, mechanically very good. Bargain priced Civil War era musket which likely saw a lot of action. From a North Carolina estate.
- Tuckasegee, North Carolina
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