Harper's Ferry M-1855 Iron Mounted Rifle
- Product Code: FLA-1480-SOLD
- Availability: Out Of Stock
The rifle offered here is in about FINE condition overall. The metal rates about VERY FINE. The lock is crisply and clearly marked: U.S. / HARPER’s FERRY in two horizontal lines forward of the hammer, and the date 1861 horizontally behind the hammer. The breech is clearly and crisply marked with the matching date, 1861, and the left barrel flat is marked with the typical V / P / Eagle Head. The lock functions perfectly and all of the original Maynard Tape Primer parts are present and fully functional. The hammer responds correctly to both half cock and full cock, and the action remains tight and crisp. The hammer is clearly sub-inspector marked on one side with a V and on the other side with an S. As noted earlier, the lock retains traces of case hardening on the exterior as well as the interior of the lock, indicating that the lock may not have been polished to National Armory Bright. The metal is crisp and smooth throughout, with only the most minor pinpricking present near the breech. The rifle has a truly fine, bright, crisp bore. The barrel has a smooth, thin brown patina over its entire surface, with the furniture showing strong traces of blue. The original rifle rear site is present and correctly marked R. It retains about 70% of its original blued finish as well. The original swelled tulip head ramrod is present, full-length and retains fine threads on the end. The original rear sling swivel is present on the triggerguard. The upper swivel is a correct, and likely original, replacement. The rear barrel band is marked with a rack number: K / 36 and the patch box is marked 31. The original spare cone (nipple) is present in the patchbox. The iron butt plate is marked with the standard U.S. on the top of the tang. The stock is in about VERY GOOD condition overall, and it not quite as crisp and fine as the metal. The stock shows a significant number of bumps, dings and nicks from handling and use. There are two faint cartouche outlines on the flat opposite the lock, but they are not legible. The stock is full length, solid and without any breaks or cracks. The stock still retains decent edges, worn only by use, not by sanding. There are a couple of minor gouges near the upper barrel band and a very small chip of wood is missing behind the left side of the tang “ from improper barrel removal, that has been filled with a small amount of synthetic wood filler. I would consider removing the filler if I owned the gun, as the chip is small an shallow and would not detract from the overall display.
Overall this is a really great example of a late production Harper’s Ferry M-1855 iron mounted rifle. The gun has excellent markings, mechanics and a fine bore. The gun is one of the odd iron mounted guns that was also blued and browned “ a rare find among M-1855 rifles. Whether you are adding this rifle to a fine long arms collection or are considering it as an N-SSA “tack driver”, it is a great example of a relatively rare US Martial long arm, in great condition. If the buyer is interested I have a fine condition matching saber bayonet & scabbard available for the gun, as well as an original M-1855 Rifleman's belt. Either or both would be great additions to this rifle.SOLD