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    EXCEPTIONAL UNTOUCHED CONDITION CONFEDERATE FAYETTEVILLE 1863 .58 CALIBER PERCUSSION TWO BAND RIFLE. During the early part of the war Fayetteville utilized parts captured when the Confederates took the US arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Total production at the armory was between 8000 and 9000 with the majority of rifles made being the late war Type IV. The rifle offered here is a late 1863 Type III with lock markings of "1863/Fayetteville/C.S.A." and the distinctive S contour Fayetteville hammer. Breech retains vestiges of the original date 1864 (not unusual) and the "V" "P" and eaglehead proofs of left flat. Brass nose cap, bands, trigger guard, lock bolt washers and butt plate. The butt plate tang is deeply marked CSA and both bands have the spring alignment U stamped slightly off center. Interestingly the U on the top band is stamped upside down. Retains both original sling swivels and a perfect inspector's cartouche, a rarity in and of itself. Made without bayonet lug. Mortised front sight, rear sight missing. A wonderful 1863 Fayetteville in a condition rarely encountered.

    Condition: All metal untouched/uncleaned with gray patina on barrel and screws with just some medium pitting and a few dents at the breech. All brass with very pleasing untouched age patina. Very good bore with rifling weak/worn at the muzzle. The wood is also exceptional with sharp edges, again untouched. There are two shallow gouges just forward of the trigger guard, minor. The area above the lock screws obviously took a hard hit at some point long ago with a ½" X 3" sliver missing. The edges show the same patina as the rest of the wood and the damage probably occurred during the period of use. The breech plug is cracked and separated from the wood at this point as well. There is original acid brown present on the side of the breech (Probably underneath the barrel as well although to protect the untouched integrity of the gun we have not dismantled it). Ramrod is a period field expedient replacement.

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    December, 2007
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