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    FINE CONDITION M1858 .577 CALIBRE ENFIELD CIVIL WAR PERCUSSION TWO BAND OFFICER'S MODEL RIFLE BY WILKINSON. Many of these beautiful rifles found their way through the blockade and were highly prized and much sought after. Many also saw use in the hands of Confederate sharpshooters because of their superior quality workmanship and accuracy. All steel mounted. All metal smooth with much original blue, the balance a pleasing plum brown. Long-range rear sight, original nipple protector and chain attached to a small loop forward on the front trigger guard extension. Lug for attachment of saber bayonet marked "W S 94". Original ramrod and swivels. Lock and hammer exquisitely hand engraved with "Wilkinson London" forward of the hammer. Interesting field modification with a small aperture neatly cut below the tail of the lock, a trick utilized by experienced riflemen which allowed them to lubricate the inside of the lock without dismantling the rifle. Wood retains most of the original finish. Exquisitely checkered at the wrist and behind the rear band. Small oval German silver escutcheon inlaid and pinned at the wrist. Wood with just some very minor scattered small dents, otherwise perfect. A beautiful Civil War period rifle with strong secondary Confederate association.

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    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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