Confederate Fayetteville Armory Rifle With Bayonet and Sling, .58 caliber, 49" overall length with 33" barrel, lockplate stamped "FAYETTEVILLE, C.S.A." under eagle stamped before hammer, "1864" stamped behind hammer, walnut stock, two brass bands, brass buttplate stamped "C.S.A." on tang, brass trigger guard, iron ramrod, collapsible rear sight, rifle fitted with cotton sling having leather adjustment loops and with socket bayonet, 22.75" overall length, stamped D.64. Barrel has smooth even brown patina, brass elements lightly toned, walnut enjoys nice glossy aged patina. Working action with very light rusting, numerous dings on wood from use and a 1" split near nose cap. Overall good condition. The Fayetteville rifle is easily the most famous Confederate longarm after the Richmond Armory product. With its brass furniture and pleasing proportions, the Fayetteville is an eye-catching weapon. This splendid example is enhanced by the presence of a sling and bayonet.

    Kent Wall's Report:
    Shortly after the capture of the Harpers Ferry Armory and Rifle Works by Virginia forces in the spring of 1861, the machinery was removed and sent to the Fayetteville Armory in North Carolina.
    Production of military rifles began several months later and transitioned through several alterations in the final product. These alterations are known to collectors as Types I, II, III, and IV rifles.
    The standard pattern was the U.S. Model 1855 rifle and featured 2 barrel bands, .58 caliber, 49" in length with a 33" iron barrel. The two-leaf rear sight is iron and is adjustable. The front sight is an iron blade.
    The Type IV rifle followed the standard and featured a lower profile lock plate and no bayonet lug, since by 1864, the decision had been made to use only socket bayonets.
    The u-marked barrel bands, nose cap, and buttplate, with "C.S.A." stamped on the tang, are brass.
    This rifle follows the standard pattern for the Type IV. The barrel is stamped on the left side near the rear sight, "V", "P" and "__" (eagle head not legible). The lockplate is marked "Fayetteville" to the right, eagle over "C.S.A." in front of the hammer and "1864" to the rear of the hammer.
    There is a linen/leather sling attached to this rifle.
    Condition: Fair. Barrel has an even, dark patina with pitting near bolster. The bolster has light surface rust. There is a noticeable swell to the barrel 6" from the muzzle end. The stock does not appear to have been cut. It does exhibit a number of scratches and dings including a section missing between the barrel tang and the hammer. There are two significant vertical gouges on the left side of the stock, one near the buttplate, one midway between the buttplate and the trigger guard. There is a small split near nose cap. The inspector's cartouche is not visible.
    Other: The barrel swell prevents the removal of the front barrel band.

    Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000.

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