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Rare! Confederate Sinclair Hamilton & Co. marked Edward Middleton- Enfield Rifle Musket

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A rare untouched Civil War Pattern 1853 three-band rifled musket as was purchased in Great Brittan by the Confederacy and run through the Union blockade. This arm remains untouched and pure with good attic patina offering eye appealing condition yet with good period evidence of age, originality and field use. This offering is guaranteed to please per our no questions asked return policy as stated below. This arm bears the date 1862 over TOWER with the figure of a crown on the lock and commercial proof marks with 2525 gauge marks (for .577 caliber) at the barrel breech. Typical of the commercial contract P-1853, this arm bears numerous maker marks on stock and metal as was indicative of what, for all intense and purpose, was a cottage industry with components made by a number of craftspeople in their own shops, all to be brought together for final fitting and assembly. The buttstock of this musket bears the marking of Edward Middleton who’s listing may be found in the 1862 Birmingham Directory as a rifle, pistol & gun maker & military contractor. Worthy of note too is that the Henry W. Shoemaker Catalogue Antique of Firearms and Edged Weapons lists an Edward Middleton, Gunmaker, Birmingham marked Confederate import with attribution to the Confederate Louisiana Tigers.
Additionally and most significant to the knowledgeable collector of Confederate arms, this wonderful old rifled musket bears numerous markings known to be indicative with Confederate purchase. They are:
CH/1 - a small marking in a circle located on the stock just below the brass trigger guard tang. Established as the mark of one of the numerous Birmingham based makers who helped supply the Confederacy, it is thought that the mark is that of Curtis & Hughes and is connected in some fashion to the English arms speculators who supplied the Confederacy – William Joshua Grazebrook.

SH/G3 The figure over a crown over SH above G3 appears on the butt stock just above the brass butt plate tang. While the precise origin of who or what the (CROWN)/SH/G3 marking relates to, remains elusive however experts in the field believe that substantial evidence exists to support the belief that it is in fact a Confederate import mark.

IC A script cartouche on the flat of the stock opposite the lock. While for years, this cartouche has been identified as a script JC more recent investigation has revealed the script letters are actually IC and are identical to the way in which Confederate contract arms viewer Isaac Curtis signed his name. As such, it has determined that indeed this is an Isaac Curtis inspection mark as was used on arms delivered to the Confederacy.

The underside of the barrel offers a panoply of marks to capture the attention of the of Confederate arms student. They include the name MIDDLETON as discussed earlier, roman numerals II (always a favorite of Confederate collectors) with larger hand cut IIIX marking. AnE II marking here is matched by two of the same in the wood by the metal stop in the ramrod channel. The back side of the lock bears IIII filed markings with a small E&F. Filed hash or match marks appear on the underside of the tang and finally, the brass butt plate has an engraved marking at the heal adjacent to the tang that will be best described by a look at our photographs.
This is as good a time as any to recommend Pritchard and Huey’s The English Connection. We have known these folks for years and can say from our personal knowledge that their 608 pages of informational photography and detailed text is the product of years of dedicated research, offering much groundbreaking new understanding of the arms and material supplied to the CSA by Great Britain. Finally we would remind the reader that a close look at our numerus illustrations will bring additional clarity to our description here.

Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!



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