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    The most remarkable period ID we've ever seen on a Civil War longarm.

    Very Fine, "In the Black," Completely Untouched US M1861 .58 Caliber Percussion Rifled Musket, Wm. Muir & Co., 1863, with the Butt Stock Covered on Both Sides with Carving including the owner's name and battle history. "Corporal Sam Conning Jr." beautifully carved on the left side of the wrist/butt with large "33d" with "Mass. Vols." In the loops of the threes. Twenty battles deeply and neatly carved in block letters covering both sides of the butt stock, including Chancellorsville, Sherman's March and Gettysburg. Absolutely remarkable. Conning enlisted in the 33d Mass. on Jan 15, 1862 and was mustered out May 18, 1865. He is listed as present on the rolls until October 22, 1864 when, until muster out, he is reported absent sick. He was wounded Oct. 28, 1863 at Wauhatchie, Tn., one of the battles carved on the stock. The 33d lost 111 men killed and mortally wounded during its term of service. The gun is in wonderful 'attic' condition with all metal smooth with a deep dark patina and matching 1863 breech date. Wood also with deep dark rich patina and excellent, just some minor dents/bruises commensurate with its lengthy term of hard service. Excellent bore, mechanically perfect with the exception of a broken nipple. Accompanied by a complete set of records. A great identified Civil War musket, none better.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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