Item: Pattern 1853 British Enfield Rifle Musket
Condition: Very good, excavated. The musket has been lightly clear coated. With the exception of its wood parts it is complete to include its ramrod, brass nose cap, three iron barrel bands, lock plate, hammer, nipple, trigger, brass trigger guard, and brass butt plate. The trigger guard assembly, while still attached to the barrel, is bent slightly downwards and the rear tang of the guard has a break. The entire musket has been wire mounted on a 9-1/8 x 56-7/8 inch board and decorated with an egg and dart trim.
Recovered: Shiloh, TN
Reference: "Civil War Artifacts" by Howard Crouch on page 85, item 2. See additional images for a scan of this page.
Comments: By the time of the battle of Gettysburg, in the summer of 1863, the pattern 1853 Enfield rifle musket was believed to be the primary infantry weapon of the Confederate army. The rear of the board is not yet equipped with a wall hanging device however, upon request, one can be added. This mounted Enfield rifle musket will be an excellent American Civil War relic to hang over a fireplace, or on the wall of an office, den, or family room.
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