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Iron Mounted Palmetto M1842

Iron Mounted Palmetto M1842
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Here's an awesome piece Civil War history with provenance on both sides of the conflict. This iron mounted Palmetto M1842 was made for the South Carolina militia in 1852 and was issued to South Carolinian troops at the beginning of the war. It appears that sometime during the war it was captured and re-issued by Ohio troops as it bears the famous "OHIO" surcharge stamp on on the left side lock panel and wrist of the stock. Ohio was one of the few states to surcharge their guns and countless examples of both imported and battlefield salvaged arms can be found with large "OHIO" marks stamped into their stocks. These markings make this Southern '42 profoundly historically significant as there are few guns that can claim usage by both the North and the South

Palmetto M1842s are most commonly encountered with brass barrel bands, but several iron mounted muskets like this one have been documented; as they appear to have been assembled from condemned parts purchased from other state and Federal aresenals. This musket is a complete example of the rare iron mounted Palmettos. The lock features great, legible marks with a smooth action and solid half and full cock. 

The stock is full length and shows some evidence of having been lightly refinished at some point. But there is no damage with exception of a small lock mortise repair near the tail of the lock plate.

The barrel is full length and the bore is dark and uncleaned. Externally, the barrel is uniformly pitted especially near the breech where all the marks except the VP and Eagle are obscured. 

The furniture is all original although the ramrod has been shortened several inches.

This desirable piece is sure to be the crown jewel of any Civil War buff's collection.

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