|Seller's Location||Grove City, OH|
|Shipping Weight||15 lbs|
|Packing and Materials||$50.00|
|Current high bidder||flyingdeer44|
|Current high bid||$2,100.00|
|Next minimum bid||$2,150.00|
|Overseas Shipping||Seller Ships Overseas|
|ESTIMATED RETAIL VALUE:||$2,500.00|
|$1 - $100||$5|
|$101 - $250||$10|
|$251 - $1000||$25|
|$1001 - $3000||$50|
|$3001 - $6000||$100|
|$6001 and above||$200|
The Springfield arsenal made more than a quarter million model 1863 rifle-muskets in the standard .58 caliber. In 1866-7, the famous arms maker Whitney bought 6,900 of these still in excellent shape from the government as surplus, cleaned and blued the metal, stamped the side of the wood with WHITNEY ARMS Co and an eagle and sold them. These were not parts guns made with surplus or condemned parts, but new or lightly used surplus Springfield muskets. The barrel shows the preliminary and final firing proofs applied at Springfield, and the stock still shows the crisp US inspector’s marks, including the final acceptance mark by inspector Erskine S. Allen showing he had inspected the completed arm and was certified it met specifications.
The only change made by Whitney was the style of ramrod. Whitney did not use the tulip headed ramrod that came with this gun, but made a knurled head ramrod for these, picking up on the “new” 1865 style used on the last Springfields of the War, and also used on the earliest trapdoor conversions of the time. I suppose it was a simple way to add a “modern” touch. Some collectors have compromised the originality of these rare Whitney products by swapping the standard tulip headed ramrod for these distinctive Whitney ramrods.
This is a great conditioned Model 1863, with the wood still crisp and edges sharp, showing only the type of wear that comes from being handled by collectors over the years. The mechanics are crisp, as is the rifling in the bore, and the nipple does not show any use to my eye. It is in very fine condition, and I am tempted to take this out to the range myself.
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