NOTE: This description has been modified from the printed catalog version.
Crafted during a pivotal era in American history (and very possibly used during that same period), this 1852 Springfield percussion .57-caliber musket is one of an estimated 4,000 examples made. Measuring 55 inches in length from the steel edging on the butt to the muzzle of the barrel. On a metallic plate affixed near the trigger mechanism, a "SPRING FIELD 1852" engraving is accompanied by a "US" stamping and an American Eagle engraving, indicating manufacturer for use by United States military personnel. Overall, the elements combine for boundless aesthetic appeal throughout. The deep brown patina, for one, is furniture-like and flecked with telltale signs of use, while the steel components have natural oxidation. The ramrod is fully intact, as are (2) metal hooks to facilitate a leather holding strap. A 39"-long metal cleaning rod fits snugly in its grooved compartment on the barrel's underside.