This fantastic m1864 Springfield is sure to be the pride of your collection. This beautiful musket is all original from top to bottom and in excellent condition.
This Springfield is all correct. The stock is excellent with crisp corners and two beautiful Springfield cartouches.
The 1864 dated lock is in beautiful, uncleaned and unmolested condition with great markings. All original internals provide a very smooth and positive action on both full and half cock.
The 1864 dated barrel is in excellent condition inside and out. The bore is very good with strong rifling. The sights are both original and in great condition. The breech stamps are all present, crisp, and legible.
The furniture is all original. The ramrod is original and full length.
An interesting inscription has been stamped into the butt stock. It reads, "PVT FRANKLIN LAURY 484 PA VOLS / BTTY M 3RD PENNA HEAVY ARTY / GUARD - JEFF DAVIS FTS MUNROE VA". The inscription was stamped with machine-cut die stamps which date to the turn of the Century. We looked up "Franklin Laury" in the national database of Civil War soldiers and were able to confirm that there was indeed a Franklin Laury enlisted in the 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery; so at the very least, the inscription is factually accurate.
However, without any solid provenance or chain of ownership to link this musket with Pvt Laury, we cannot say for certain that this was his musket, and have set the price of this musket to reflect that of a good condition M1864, rather than a musket with provenance. However given the apparent age of the inscription, as well as the amount of historically accurate detail the inscription includes, it is highly likely that this musket once belonged to Pvt Laury.