Springfield Roberts model 1861/1863
Rare Springfield Roberts rifle musket conversion model 1861/1863.
Caliber 58 percussion muskets were converted into 58 Roberts center fire. 5000 were done and these were delivered to the State of South Carolina who armed all 13 of its national guards with it.
Suffering heavy loss and breakage while in service, the survival rate was very low, so finding one is difficult and finding a nice one nearly impossible.
On sold at "IVES DEVOS"
U.S.A. Model 1861/63 Roberts single-shot side-hammer rifle #4988 (.58 Roberts centerfire), mfg. by Providence Tool Co., Providence, R.I. in c.1869-1870 (conversion from uncertain Musket).
One of 5,000 issued to the South Carolina National Guard in 1870. Flayderman 9A-351 "Suffering heavy loss and breakage while in service, the survival rate of these was very low, hence examples, especially those in finer grades, are very scarce". . . "When found on American arms other than the Model 1861 Musket, a premium should be added to the value".
Thanks to "EMPIREARMS" for the picture.
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