Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle-Musket Lock Plate - Excavated


This excavated Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle-musket lock plate is in very good condition and was recovered in the Quantico, VA area, in the spring of 1974, in a camp occupied by both Confederate and Federal soldiers to control the Washington Rothenbro Rd (old mud road) crossing the Chompawansic Creek at this point. It has been cleaned and lightly clear coated as a protective measure. Looking at parts of this lock makes it hard to believe that it was ever in the ground however, there are other areas that say otherwise. Forward of the hammer, the plate is marked "1862 / TOWER" with a crown symbol behind the hammer however both of these marks are partially unclear due to ground action. The rear is marked in arched block lettering “S. MARTIN”, likely the manufacturer. Much of the surface area of the hammer and rear internal mechanisms are smooth and almost like new. The entire lock measures 3-1/8 x 5-3/8 inches.  A similar example can be found in "Civil War Artifacts" by Howard Crouch on page 89, item 5. and also in "Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War Supplement One" by Stanley S. Phillips on page 175 as items 2 & 4. See additional images in this listing for scans of these pages. This Enfield lock plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War firearm, campsite, or general relic collection.

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