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KERR'S PATENT RIFLE
CALIBER .451
MFG'D BY LONDON ARMOURY COMPANY
DATED 1861

This rifle was made by the London Armoury Company, most likely in the first half of 1862.  It is serial number 539.  It is best quality with a checkered stock and brass mounted.  It has a reverse mounted Enfield style rear sight.  The front site is an adjustable dovetail.  It is complete with it's original ramrod and swivels. The new book "The English Connection" by Pritchard & Huey has added much definition into the search for the Confederate used .451 caliber Kerr's Patent Rifle.  You should refer to the Kerr's Patent subchapter on page 176.  The authors discovered a Sinclair Hamilton & Company document which proves that Caleb Hughes (Confederate Purchasing Agent) bought 20 small bore rifles which were best quality, checkered stocks and brass mounted.  That is precisely what this gun is.  They also note that the purchase took place around July of 1862.  These guns made their way to the Richmond Arsenal where they were again recorded.  Most of them seemed to have been issued into the Army of Tennessee.  Ten of them were specifically issued to General Cleburne's division of that army.  This gun is exactly the configuration that Sinclair Hamilton & Company recorded.  I don't have a bore light that will go down the bore but I did run a compression patch down it.  The movement of the compression patch all the way down to the bottom and back out is smooth as glass.  The bore should really be nice.  The lock mechanism is crisp.  A nice, pleasant gun which was more than likely Confederate used.  P.O.R  SOLD!!