CONFEDERATE VIRGINIA ALTERED U.S. MODEL 1795 CONTRACT MUSKET SIGNED S. KILHAM.CIRCA 1859-61.
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CONFEDERATE VIRGINIA ALTERED U.S. MODEL 1795 CONTRACT MUSKET SIGNED S. KILHAM.CIRCA 1859-61. 60” o/a with 45” smoothbore .69 caliber barrel stamped at the left breech with the numeral “2” and a flintlock era Ordnance survey punch. Type 3 Model 1795 mounts with the butt plate tang dated 1808. Lock with no visible maker stamp but distinctive tail molding. Civil War era distinctive Confederate flat hammer without knurling and beveled drum bolster conversion are the type seen often on arms converted for the State of Virginia. Additionally the holes for the screws which held the frizzen spring to the plate have been filled with lead which is seen frequently on converted Confederate Virginia muskets. Original tiger maple stock which along with the lock configuration and the markings seem to indicate manufacture for a state contract by a Pennsylvania maker of which there were many. The name “S. KILHAM” is stamped on the side panel for U.S. Armory Harper’s Ferry gunsmith Samuel Kilham. Kilham worked at the Armory from the early 1820’s to 1850 and was a lock maker. The stamp is worn and very old but legible and could easily date to the flintlock primary use period. Although we are unable to peg the original flint era maker the conversion elements are attributable to Virginia and possibly to Kilham in the years post retirement from the Armory and done as a private contractor. Kilham died in 1863 at 71 years old and is buried at Harper’s Ferry. Identical and near identical examples are well documented as done for use by Virginia state forces and C.S.A. forces during the Civil War. Dr. John Murphy’s very fine definitive work CONFEDERATE RIFLES & MUSKETS illustrates and describes examples plate 3 top w/pages 454-5, plate 10 w/pages732-3 and plate 23 w/page 753. Murphy posits some of these may have been done by an unknown contract gun manufactory in western Virginia (now West Virginia). Harper’s Ferry was part of Virginia at the time. Wonderful original condition with the metal having a deep grey-brown patina and the stock having the original finish. Came to us in a very old collection of guns mostly of West Virginia origin. Very handsome-particularly with the 45” barrel and the maple stock.