|Seller's Location||Grove City, OH|
|Shipping Weight||15 lbs|
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|Auction ends||January 25, 2018 7:45 PM MST|
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|Next minimum bid||$375.00|
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I am offering one of my favorite Civil War weapons, a 32” barrel two-band rifle, in .577 caliber. This rifle was made in Belgium (then a major center of European arms production, selling to all sides of any global conflict), and bears Liege proof-marks. The US bought 5,800 of these in 1861, and they were considered to be first class arms. These handsome arms are discussed in “Firearms from Europe,” Noe, Yantz & Whisker,1st edition, page 110.
These are marked on all metal parts and on the wood with an anchor, with a D on the left and the C on the right of it. The traditional story is that these were made in Belgium for the Navy of Dom Carlos of Brazil, and so they were stamped with the anchor to show naval use, and DC for Dom Carlos. I think more likely that this is the mark of the O.P. Drissen company of Liege. In any event, they were bought in Europe by Northern agents at the very start of the Civil War. The US paid $27 each for these, top money, and they were rated a first class weapon.
There is still clear rifling all the way down the barrel, the nipple is clear and the mainspring is strong and it locks up crisply in both half and full cock.
These had a distinctive, long rear sight. The sights were soldered on, and, just like the British Enfield rear sights, they often are missing, having been knocked off over the years. The sight is long missing from this particular one.
The ramrod is a tulip head straight shank ramrod with the threaded bottom end. It matches the rest of the rifle, but I think it is not the original - for some reason, many of these have non-standard ramrods; I think the original ones were not favored by the users, who took an opportunity to get one more to their liking.
This rifle makes a nice display, but it was broken through the wrist at some point in its history. You can barely see the crack and it seems tight, but I don’t know how strongly it was fixed and so you should not buy this as a shooter.
One of these rifles is pictured in the most famous photo taken April 3, 1865 in the confederate trenches at Petersburg Virginia, the day after Lee escaped in a final march to Appomattox. You can see that Brazilian Naval Rifle above the confederate soldier’s body in the photo, which is the last of my photos.
I may offer this locally, so consider using the buy it now feature.
All items that I sell will have a 3-day inspection with full sales price refund minus all shipping charges when returned in same condition as shipped. ALL items are sold in USED AS-IS condition and as "Collector Curios and Antiques" with NO guarantees, warranties, or liabilities implied or given for shooting or any other use. ANY inferences or comments made by me as to shooting condition is for informational description purposes ONLY and is NOT meant or intended to be a guarantee or inference of the item's safety for firing!!
Payment MUST be in either a bank Cashiers Check or Money Order ONLY. Payment must be received within ten-days of any finalized deal or ended auction.
I will ship outside of the US, but it is not possible to fully insure items once they are outside of the U.S. postal system...but if the buyer accepts this responsibility of possible damage or loss, and if he checks his Customs laws and is legal to import this particular antique weapon, then I MAY ship outside the USA, depending on the country involved. I know the federal laws about shipping antiques, and will follow them always...but you must make sure that it is legal for you where you live to receive and possess the item you want to buy. Please e-mail for any unclear terms.