1841 Rifle Whitney SOLD
The 1841 rifle was produced at Harpers Ferry and by 5 contractors. Whitney produced 26,500 1841 rifles which was roughly 29% of the total produced. While Whitney produced the largest number of 1841 rifles of any contractor, his rifles were altered in larger numbers. He produced them up to 1855. As originally produced the was in 54 caliber and had no provision for a bayonet. This example is all original and unaltered. The markings are all sharp, deep and readable. Both the barre and lock are dated 1850. The barrel also has the V P plus a US and SW inspector's initials. The metal is a grey patina with some areas of light pitting. The stock is sound and full length. There are two cartouches in the flat opposite the lock. The corners around the lock are good. The buttplate is marked US. There is what looks like a small hole in the stock in front of the buttplate. It looks to have a matching wood dowel filling it. The stock has some dings and signs of wear but overall is nice. The ramrod is original. In 1861 these rifles were in demand for the troops on both sides.