This extremely rare Civil War musket is one of the 29,000 Saxon or Dresden rifles & rifle muskets imported by the US during the war. The well known Federal purchasing agents George Schuyler and Marcellus Hartley purchased these "Saxon" muskets for the US government in Dresden. The rifles muskets were some of the few European imported muskets that were rated as "First Class" by the US Ordnance Department and original records show that they were carried by 44th & 55th Illinois, 9th Iowa, 22nd & 30th Wisconsin and the 56th Ohio infantry. There were two models of Dresen muskets, the M1851 and M1857. The M1857 has a slightly longer barrel and is considered more common. This particular musket is a M1851 and is rarely encountered.
This rifle-musket is in great shape and is all original and complete with the exception of a missing rear band and band spring. The stock is in nice shape with no cracks or splits and several identifiable cartouches. The lock is in nice shape and functions reliably on both full and half cock. The lock is marked "PJ Malherbe & Cie" identifying it as a true M1851.
The .58 caliber rifled barrel is full length and in good condition. There isn't any significant pitting on the external surfaces of the barrel and the bore is nice with some areas of light rusting. Both front and rear sights are original and unmodified. The furniture is all original and matching.
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