Dug Detatchable Bayonet Lug
In 1861 with the mobilization going on in the south, many 1841 rifles were in storage. As origionaly designed the 1841 rifle was not fitted with a bayonet. This brass ring was designed to fit over the muzzle and slide down and with the tightening of a screw it provided a saber bayonet lug. This example was made by the Richmond firm Boyle and Gamble, who also made saber bayonets. Often the lug was numbered to a specific bayonet. This has the number "8" stamped in the face of the bayonet lug.
This example has traces of the firm name and remnants of the iron screw.