This great-looking M1854 has withstood the test of time in untouched and unmolested condition. This Lorenz is all original from top to bottom with crisp wood and metal; both of which have taken on a beautiful patina with that exemplifies the look of a well cared for antique.
The barrel is in fantastic condition inside and out with a good, intact front sight and an American-machined reproduction Lorenz rear sight. All proof marks are legible and struck deep including the barrel maker's stamp on the breech-an extreme rarity for an original Lorenz! The original .58 caliber bore is very good - among the nicest I've seen in an original Lorenz. It's mostly shiny with crisp rifling and only minor "frost pitting" near the muzzle; which certainly isn't sever enough to effect accuracy.
The lock functions perfectly on both full and half cock. The ramrod and all the furniture are original and all matching with each piece bearing an original and matching assembler's number. Both sling swivels are intact and movable. The ramrod is full length.
The beech wood stock is in incredible condition with wonderfully crisp edges and no cracks chips or splits. It's only real defect is the fact that someone has neatly installed an 1863-dated dime in the left side lock panel opposite the lock. I can't say why this was done or when, but the workmanship is good and the dime is original to the Civil War - at least its not a Kennedy Half Dollar! The stock also appears to have had a tang sight mounted in the wrist at some point, as there are two very small screw holes in the top of the wrist (see pictures).