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Especially desirable! VIRGINIA MANUFACTORY Confederate Conversion



Now fully operational from the beautiful Pacific North West, we encourage all to keep a close eye as we unpack posted offerings and continue what will be an ongoing effort of unpacking the collection while taking stock with an eye toward thinning out our accumulation of treasures. After years of seeking out and acquiring all manner of quality antique Americana from simple but seldom surviving items of special interest to historically important treasures, Janet and I look forward to offering the fruits of our years of seeking out such to new and appreciative homes.

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Another remnant from our decades of scouring the countryside for such treasures, this Confederate altered 2nd Model Virginia Manufactory will be of special interest to the deep dish historian who appreciates unquestionable evidence of hard wartime use while remaining in honest as found and unmolested condition. Pleasing to the eye with an obvious hard fought history, this example from the war’s only state run armory was manufactured in Richmond, Virginia circa 1818 with its original ’RICHMOND 1818’ & ’VIRGINIA / MANUFACTORY’ functioning lock. Fitted with its crude field replacement hammer and hammer screw, the arsenal plate is held in place with one arsenal screw and a period field replacement stud and classic square nut. As part of the war-time conversion (c. 1861/62) the original manufacture brass flash pan was removed with an iron sliverset in place under the braised percussion bolster all reminiscent of the work of W. Morgan in Richmond who altered approximately 700 muskets by contract between February and September 1862. The 69 caliber 33 inch barrel offers an appealing smooth 100% natural age patina with telltale wear at the muzzle as a result of heavy use of an iron ramrod. The barrel is unmarked except for a deeply struck V touch mark at the left breech. The musket retains a shortened to fit Tower ramrod as continued evidence of make-do field circumstance. Dr. John Murphy’s CONFEDERATE RIFLES & MUSKETS offers additional insight into these scarce conversions all of which were contracted for by the State of Virginia to supply its own troops. Dr. Murphy in his work and Virginia historian Giles Cromwell in his Virginia Manufactory of Arms offer good information on early war issue of these arms as flintlocks with a campaign to cycle these muskets back through for update conversion to percussion. Included is specific information pertaining to the shortening of muskets which had damage to their forward portions. The stock was period shortened just forward of the middle barrel band with a crude extensively black iron pinned but sound wrist repair continues to provide evidence of a heavily used arm of the weapons starved Virginia Confederate. These, like other Southern and Confederate arms of the war, were obsolescent weapons subject to extremely hard use such that few exist today. As such this crudely adapted field used Virginia Manufactory is all the more desirable as an artifact of the Civil War Confederacy and the State of Virginia. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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