Here's an excellent, all correct M1861 Bridesbug musket in above average condition with an early date of 1862 - much earlier than an overwhelming majority of contract muskets; the majority of whom were unable to deliver any arms until 1863.
Like many issued muskets, this Bridesburg remains in absolutely fantastic condition. It is 100% percent correct, and the stamps and proof marks on the all the components are all of Trenton manufacture according to Hartzler, Yantz, and Whisker's book The U.S. Model 1861 Springfield Rifle-Musket.
The lock is in great shape with a perfect, untouched patina and good legible lock markings. The mechanics are perfect and the lock holds solid at both full and half cock.
The stock is well above average for a M1861. There are no chips or cracks anywhere and no burn-out behind the nipple. The lock moldings are wonderfully crisp as the stock has never been sanded or cleaned.
The barrel is good with excellent stamps at the breech and a great, light patina. Both front and rear sights are intact and in good condition, although a "peep" hole has been drilled in the base of the 300 yd leaf. The bore is good with strong rifle and even rust and pitting throughout, which would likely clean up with a brass brush and some elbow grease.
The furniture is all original and all matching. The ramrod is full length.
This M1861 just screams Civil War history and would make for a great addition to any history buff's collection.