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    Extremely Fine M1861 .58 Caliber Percussion Rifled Musket, Norfolk 1861, with Great Period ID to "G. T. Holford/ Co. F 83 O. V. I./ 1862" which Is Deeply Carved in Three Lines on the Cheek Side of the Butt Stock. All metal bright and clean, near mint with just a hint of salt and peppering at the breech. Deep crisp markings including matching 1863 breech date. Rear sight retains most of the original blue, .58 caliber rifled bore perfect. Wood very fine, just showing some honest use with some scattered minor dents and nice rich patina. Good inspector's cartouche and the correct "W. W. Welch/Norfolk, Ct". opposite the lock. Gun retains the original bayonet, brown leather sling, which is deeply boldly marked "OHIO" and wooden tompion. George T. Halford enlisted in the 83rd Ohio Infantry on August 22, 1862 at the age of 15. Holford was reported as captured at Carrion Crow, La. on November 3, 1863 and as present at the camp of Union paroled prisoners on December 23, 1863. Holford mustered out with the regiment at Galveston, Texas on July 24, 1865. This exact gun was featured in an article in "The Gun Report" magazine in September 1979. A wonderful Civil War rifled musket with impeccable ID in choice condition.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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