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    HARPER'S FERRY M1855 TWO BAND RIFLE DATED 1861. A substantial number of these 61 dated rifles were captured by the Confederates when they took the arsenal and subsequently saw hard service during the war. A well-worn but totally correct and original example of this scarce rifle with secondary Confederate attribution.

    All metal with deep dark patina and scattered light pitting, a bit heavier at breech, muzzle, butt plate tang and trigger guard bow. Lock nicely marked "U. S./ Harper's Ferry/ 1861 with eagle on primer door. Mechanically perfect including primer feed mechanism. Bore fair, small two-leaf rear sight missing 400 yard leaf. Wood overall with dark patina, untouched. A couple of chips at nose cap and by one lock screw, small split at the toe of the butt, all minor. Small set of three initials, obviously the soldier who carried it, neatly carved opposite the lock.

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    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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