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Posted 5 years ago


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1864 Amoskeag rifle manufactured in Manchester, NH. To my knowledge only 27,000 were built by the Amoskeag Co. because they only manufactured rifles during the war due to a shortage of Southern cotton. It is stamped with the name T. Mcdonall. Any help with the name is appreciated.


  1. USACollect, 5 years ago
    Thanks electobacco.
  2. electobacco electobacco, 5 years ago
    I am not familiar with this item my friend. It seems to be a great find though! Here is some a link with some information related to it that may assist you. Good luck! : )
  3. USACollect, 5 years ago
    Thanks electobacco!
  4. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Yours is a Special Model 1861 rifled musket.

    Unfortunately your example has been "sporterized" post war which really detracts from value and desirablility for a Civil War collector.

    The stock has been significantly shortened and it is missing all of the barrel bands. There is also a good chance that the barrel itself has been cut down. The barrel should be 40".

  5. USACollect, 5 years ago
    What do you think the value is?
  6. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Depends on the barrel length-- is it 40" or is is shorter?

    A full length barrel would make it possible to restock it and put it back into its Civil War configuration.

  7. USACollect, 5 years ago
    It is shorter.
  8. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    It looks like the modification was done fairly well. Whoever did it added the metal rib under the barrel, so it appears similar to a half stock percussion rifle of the 1850- 1870s time period.

    I think that it should bring in the $400- $600 range depending on the venue.

  9. USACollect, 5 years ago
    How much if the barrel was 40"?
  10. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Toward the high end of the estimate.

    I would expect to pay in the $800- $1200 range for one in VG condition.

  11. USACollect, 5 years ago
    Thanks Scott!
  12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    You ask about a T. McDonall stamping. Is that on the stock opposite the lock? U.S. inspectors marks were usually initials there. Dixie Gun Works cat. has a complete list of U.S. inspectors in the back of the cat.. Find 1 locally or about $5 plus postage for their cat..

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