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Manufactured by:
WM. Muir & Co., American, 1860 - 1867  Search this
walnut, steel and brass (alloy)
H x W x D: 56 5/16 × 8 1/4 × 7 1/16 in. (143 × 21 × 18 cm)
rifles (long guns)
Place made:
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States, North and Central America
A U.S. Model 1861 .58 caliber rifle musket produced by William Muir & Company for use by the Army and Marine Corps during the American Civil War. The rifle is constructed of a walnut stock, steel barrel, barrel bands, front and rear sights, stored ramrod and fittings. The barrel bands are engraved with a “U” on their undersides. The top of the barrel bear the hammer bears a dated engraving, “1863”, parallel (on the barrel’s proper left) to which are manufacturer proof marks “V/P”. A “47 / 50” is stamped along the proper left stock parallel to the barrel’s date and proof marks. A “58” is stamped along the top of the breech, adjacent to the hammer. The proper right lock plate features an engraved eagle and manufacturer’s identification: [U.S. / WM MUIR & CO. / WINDSOR LOCKS,CT.]. Close to the butt screw, at edge of its extended plate, is a “US” engraving. The year “1873” is engraved along the stock near the butt.
African American  Search this
Military  Search this
U.S. History, Civil War, 1861-1865  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture