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BRITISH PATTERN 1853 ENFIELD RIFLE
BIRMINGHAM EXPORT PRODUCTION
MARKED TOWER 1863

This is a solid, very nice condition, Pattern 1853 57 Caliber Enfield Rifle.  It was manufactured in the middle of the American Civil War.  The gun has a very nice, smooth stock with only the slightest abrasions.  The lock plate has most of the original case hardening and the barrel has much of the original finish, thinning to a smooth brown on top.  The bore needs cleaning but is actually much brighter than our photography exhibits.  The lock is marked with a crown behind the hammer and 1863 over Tower in front of the hammer.  The right side of the stock features the Birmingham Small Arms Trade roundel.  The left side of the stock, opposite the lock, features a single inspectors mark "D".  The belly of the stock has the furnisher mark "Joseph Smith."  Joseph Smith is listed in the new book "The English Connection" by Pritchard & Huey as a Birmingham, England manufacturer and furnisher.  The list of furnishers they provided are names observed on rifles with a reliable Confederate association.  The barrel, the breech plug tang and the stock have matching assembly numbers, which are stamped beside the hammer.  The left side rear of the barrel has the standard 25 bore Birmingham proof marks.  The ramrod is original.  The sights are very nice and the action is crisp.  The gun is missing its rear and forward swivels, which can be easily replaced.  A very pleasant, solid, Civil War Enfield which may very well be Confederate purchase.   SOLD!!