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Can you Identify this old Butt Plate

TheBrassManTheBrassMan Member Posts: 3,808 ✭✭✭
edited March 2016 in Ask the Experts
Only pictures I have are on the auction listing.
Can you identify it.

http://www.GunBroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=546770093

Comments

  • rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,428 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    The notch on the side of the butt plate is very distinctive. It's for a U.S. Army rifle dating to the 1840's. Known to collectors, as the "Mississippi Rifle. The notch is cut out for the patchbox cover, on the side of the stock. It held spare caps, and cleaning equipment.

    Most of the early Mississippi Rifles had all brass furniture. Including butt plates. Contract made Mississippi's, were made by various manufacturers as late as the 1860's though. They might have used iron or steel furniture?
  • cbyerlycbyerly Member Posts: 703 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    It is a steel butt plate for a Model 1855 rifle or musket
  • Spider7115Spider7115 Member, Moderator Posts: 29,599 ******
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by cbyerly
    It is a steel butt plate for a Model 1855 rifle or musket

    You beat me to it but I agree. Here's one for comparison:

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  • TheBrassManTheBrassMan Member Posts: 3,808 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thanks guys.
    I will be able to change the auction listing.
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